Thursday, September 9, 2010

Symbol of Muslim Grandeur:Al-Azhar Mosque

Al-Azhar Mosque (Arabic: جامع الأزهرGāma` al-Azhar, "mosque of the most resplendent") is a mosque in Islamic Cairo in Egypt. Al-Mu‘izz li-Dīn Allāh of the Fatimid Caliphate commissioned its construction for the newly established capital city in 970. Its name is usually thought to allude to the Islamic prophet Muhammad's (PBUH)daughter Fatimah, a revered figure in Islam who was given the title az-Zahra (the shining one). It was the first mosque established in Cairo, a city that has since gained the nickname "the city of a thousand minarets


                                    Minarets of Al-Azhar mosque


                                                    A ceiling at the mosque
                                   Interior of the mosque

                                    The marble courtyard of the mosque.

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