Islam as a religion spread all over the world at a mind numbing speed. Its influence was seen in far away lands when numerous mosques were built in order to symbolize the religion. Holy Ka’abah holds the great status of being the first mosque after which came Al Haram Mosque that has been built on the vicinity of the Holy Ka’abah. After that, Mosque Quba’s first stone was laid by the Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) himself. After that, the construction of different mosques all over the world started taking place. Mosque Al Zahra was Asia’s first mosque ever to be built showing that the spread of Islam knew no limits.
In the capital of India, New Delhi resides the largest mosque of the country, Jami-e-Masjid (Masjid – Urdu word for Mosque). Located on one of the busiest streets of the city, Chandni Chowk, the mosque boasts of housing 25000 followers at one time. Initiated by Emperor Shah Jahan, this mosque is a majestic example of Mughal architecture and craftsmanship of those times. He commissioned the construction of several other mosques as well in Lahore, Ajmer and Agra and so on. The style of these mosques, such as that of Badshahi Mosque in Lahore, resembles a lot.
The mosque can be accessed by a flight of stairs situated on the north eastern and southern side. The stairs have been treated as an architectural element that is supposed to enhance the users experience as he ascends them. The stairs situated on the northern side are thirty nine in number, thirty three on the southern side and thirty five on the eastern side. On the inside, these have been covered with velvet carpet giving them grandeur they so well deserve. It is said that the Emperor Shah Jahan himself used the eastern door to enter the mosque for his prayers.
When you enter the city of Delhi, the three domes of the Jami-e-Masjid are very visible on the skyline of the city. Spread over an area of 261 by 90 feet, it has two huge minarets on the far sides of building, rising to a height of 130 feet. On the rear end of the mosque, there are four more minarets located which are comparatively smaller in size. A lot of revenue went into its construction considering the sheer size of the footprint of the mosque and the intricate work situated on the insides of the building.
Jami-e-Masjid is a historical gift which forms the great legacy that Mughals left behind. Considering the importance it holds, this mosque has a significant position in both history and religion. On religious festivals such as Eid and Friday Prayers, followers prefer going to this mosque to offer their thanks to their Creator.