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History of Mosque In The World

History of Mosque In The World

The first mosque in the world is often considered to be the area around the Kaaba in Mecca now known as the Masjid al-Haram. Since as early as 638 AD, the Masjid al-Haram has been expanded on several occasions to accommodate the increasing number of Muslims who either live in the area or make the annual pilgrimage known as hajj to the city. Others regard the first mosque in history to be the Quba Mosque in present-day Medina since it was the first structure built by Muhammad upon his emigration from Mecca in 622.

The Great Mosque of Kairouan, in Tunisia, is the oldest mosque in the Muslim West.

The Islamic Prophet Muhammad went on to establish another mosque in Medina, which is now known as the Masjid an-Nabawi, or the Prophet’s Mosque. Built on the site of his home, Muhammad participated in the construction of the mosque himself and helped pioneer the concept of the mosque as the focal point of the Islamic city.[7] The Masjid al-Nabawi introduced some of the features still common in today’s mosques, including the niche at the front of the prayer space known as the mihrab and the tiered pulpit called the minbar.[8] The Masjid al-Nabawi was also constructed with a large courtyard, a motif common among mosques built since then

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