It’s been a month of Iftar, and we’re eagerly waiting for the moon to come out tonight. If you haven’t been able to travel to Mecca this year (photographed above), we bring you not one, but nine other most beautiful mosques in the world. By Neha Pandey and Jasmine Kaur

 

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque

Also known as the Blue Mosque, adorned with hand-painted blue tiles, The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is a historic mosque located in Istanbul, Turkey. At night, the mosque is bathed in blue as lights frame the mosque’s five main domes, six minarets and eight secondary domes. It sits next to the Hagia Sophia, another popular tourist site.

 

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The Blue Mosque, Turkey

 

 

Crystal Mosque, Kuala Terrengganu, Malaysia

A grand structure made of steel, glass and crystal, the mosque is located at Islamic Heritage Park on the island of Wan Man. Come and get tranquility at one of the most unique mosques of the world.

 

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The Crystal Mosque, Malaysia

 

 

 Dome of the rock, Jerusalem

The dome of the Rock shrine, with a large golden dome and an octagon structure, was built  in 691AD, and named  after Khalif Omar. Visit this place to feel closer to heaven.

 

 

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Gateway to the dome of the rock, Jerusalem

 

 

Umayyad Mosque, Damascus

Come and surrender your soul to the holy Great Mosque of Damascus. The Umayyad Mosque is located in the old city of Damascus and is one of the largest and oldest mosques in the world.

 

 

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The Grand mosque of Damascus, Syria

 

 

 Puchong Mosque

The Puchong Perdana Mosque is a mosque in the Puchong Perdana township in Selangor, Malaysia. Near Puchong Lake, it was constructed between 2004 and 2006. The scenic sunrise at this mosque is a sight to behold.

 

 

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Puchong Mosque, Malaysia.

 

 

Shah Faisal Mosque

Through the pillar, you can take peak into the great Shah Faisal Mosque located in the neighbouring country of Pakistan. Positioned at the foothills of Margalla Hills in Islamabad, the mosque features a contemporary design consisting of eight sides of concrete shell and is inspired by a Bedouin tent.

 

 

Shah Faisal Mosque, Islamabad,Pakistan.
Shah Faisal Mosque, Islamabad,Pakistan.

 

 

Qol Sharif mosque, Kazan, Russia

Against the blue sky, Qol Sharif mosque is a gorgeous sight in Russia. The renaissance and Ottoman architecture are sure to leave you spellbound. Besides the main mosque building, it includes a library, publishing house and Imam’s office.

 

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Qol Sharif Mosque, Kazan,Russia.

 

Suleymaniye Mosque in the Istanbul

Designed by the Ottoman Empire’s greatest architect, Mimar Sinan, the Süleymaniye dominates the city’s Third Hill, just north of Istanbul University, overlooking the Golden Horn. The inside of Süleymaniye is simply breathtaking in its expanse, a near-square 58 meters (63 yards) by 59 meters (64 yards).

 

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Suleymaniye Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

 

 

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in the Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

A structure that would unite the cultural diversity of the Islamic world with the historical and modern values of architecture and art, this grand mosque in the city of Sheikhs boasts design that have been inspired by Persian and Mughal architecture.

 

 

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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in the Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates