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mosque

Definitions

  • Mimbar of the Great Mosque at Damascus
    Mimbar of the Great Mosque at Damascus
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mosque (Islam) a Muslim place of worship that usually has a minaret
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Ruined Mosque Broussa Ruined Mosque Broussa
THE MOSQUE AT CAIRO THE MOSQUE AT CAIRO
THE MOSQUE OF OMAR ON MOUNT MORIAH, JERUSALEM THE MOSQUE OF OMAR ON MOUNT MORIAH, JERUSALEM
THE MOSQUE OF SULEIMAN AT CONSTANTINOPLE THE MOSQUE OF SULEIMAN AT CONSTANTINOPLE
THE COURTYARD OF THE "PIGEON'S MOSQUE" THE COURTYARD OF THE "PIGEON'S MOSQUE"
THE MOSQUE OF THE YENI-VALIDÉ-JAMISSI, CONSTANTINOPLE THE MOSQUE OF THE YENI-VALIDÉ-JAMISSI, CONSTANTINOPLE
THE MOSQUE OF SANTA SOPHIA THE MOSQUE OF SANTA SOPHIA
ST. GEORGE'S GREEK CHURCH, NOW A MOSQUE, CONSTANTINOPLE ST. GEORGE'S GREEK CHURCH, NOW A MOSQUE, CONSTANTINOPLE

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1893, the first mosque in the United States was built
    • n Mosque mŏsk A Mohammedan church or place of religious worship.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mosque A Mohammedan place of worship and the ecclesiastical organization with which it is connected; a Mohammedan church. The architectural character of mosques varies greatly, according as they occupy free or cramped sites, and as in construction they are original foundations or adaptations of existing buildings. The normal plan of the mosque is rectangular, and includes, besides the covered place of worship proper, an open cloistered court with a fountain for ablutions, and one or more minarets from which the faithful are summoned to prayer at stated hours. The dome, supported on pendentives, and the arch, usually pointed, of the horseshoe (Saracenic) form, and springing from slender columns, together with elaborate and often splendidly colored surface-ornament, mainly geometrical, are features of very frequent occurrence. In the interior the chief decoration is found in numerous hanging lamps. The direction of Mecca is indicated by a niche or recess, sometimes a mere tablet inscribed with verses from the Koran, called the mihrab. A class of mosques is set apart for the instruction of young men, and with many of the larger there are connected hospitals and public kitchens for the benefit of the poor. See cuts under Moorish, mimbar, and minaret.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mosque mosk a Mohammedan place of worship.
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Quotations

  • Kabir
    Kabir
    “Where are you searching for me, friend? Look! Here am I right within you. Not in temple, nor in mosque, not in Kaaba nor Kailas, but here right within you am I.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. mosquée, Sp. mezquita, Ar. masjid, from sajada, to bend, adore
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Sp. mezquita—Ar. masjidsajada, to pray.

Usage

In literature:

At 12.15 p.m. nobody could ever be found, but was presumably at the mosque.
"In the Tail of the Peacock" by Isabel Savory
The type from which the modern east has evolved so many fine mosques and churches was unknown in Chaldaea.
"A History of Art in Chaldæa & Assyria, v. 1" by Georges Perrot
The Mohammedan mosques are equal to any in the land.
"India, Its Life and Thought" by John P. Jones
The Grand Mosque at Delhi is one of the best preserved and most remarkable of her monuments.
"Due West" by Maturin Murray Ballou
After the prayers they bowed again to their teacher and, alone or in pairs, pattered out of the courtyard of the Gray Mosque.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
The Jews hold that the very peak on which the mosque now stands is that place.
"Round the Wonderful World" by G. E. Mitton
A Clock or Drum in their Mosques.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898--Volume 39 of 55" by Various
Flying buttresses, it may here be noted, are not uncommon in the great mosques of the city.
"Byzantine Churches in Constantinople" by Alexander Van Millingen
Is not a mosque or a palace better than a tomb?
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
The one beyond it is the Mosque of Omar.
"Out-of-Doors in the Holy Land" by Henry Van Dyke
MOSQUE "EL MOYED" AT CAIRO.
"Architecture" by Thomas Roger Smith
Went to Golden Mosque and Fort, the palace, elephant-pool, and Runjeet Singh's tomb.
"The Last Voyage" by Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
On approaching the town, a strong body of the enemy was observed stationed round the mosque, while the stockade was lined with men.
"The History of the First West India Regiment" by A. B. Ellis
A RUINED MOSQUE AT BROUSSA.
"Frederic Lord Leighton" by Ernest Rhys
Halid was reverently carried off to the Mosque, and Osman thought that it was time to leave the corpse to take care of itself.
"Told in the Coffee House" by Cyrus Adler
I visited the mosques, which have been thrown open to Europeans since the French occupation.
"Notes in North Africa" by W. G. Windham
The first mosque was built at Canton, where after several restorations, it still exists.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 2" by Various
We will not stop at this Mosque but will go directly to the Mosque of St.
"A Trip to the Orient" by Robert Urie Jacob
It stands back from the river, and contains a fine mosque, with a golden dome.
"A Kut Prisoner" by H. C. W. Bishop
The town contains handsome mosques, a nabob's palace in ruins, and the remains of an extensive fort.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2" by Various
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In poetry:

Each Moslem tomb, and cypress old,
Looked holy through the sunset air;
And, angel-like, the Muezzin told
From tower and mosque the hour of prayer.
"The Star Of Bethlehem" by John Greenleaf Whittier
There Cordova is hidden among
The palm, the olive, and the vine;
Gem of the South, by poets sung,
And in whose Mosque Ahmanzor hung
As lamps the bells that once had rung
At Compostella's shrine.
"Castles In Spain. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Fifth)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The mosques and churches float through our memories,
Prayers devoid of sense or taste echo from their walls.
Never has the heart of god been touched by them,
And yet it beats on amidst the sounds of drums and bells.
"Blasphemy" by Millosh Gjergj Nikolla
The mosques and churches float through our memories,
Prayers devoid of sense or taste echo from their walls.
Never has the heart of god been touched by them,
And yet it beats on amidst the sounds of drums and bells.
"Blasphemy" by Migjeni
The mosques and churches float through memories of the pious,
The chiming of the bell mingles with the muezzin's call,
Sanctity shines from cowls and from the beards of hodjas.
Oh, so many fair angels at the gates of hell!
"Blasphemy" by Millosh Gjergj Nikolla
The mosques and churches float through memories of the pious,
The chiming of the bell mingles with the muezzin's call,
Sanctity shines from cowls and from the beards of hodjas.
Oh, so many fair angels at the gates of hell!
"Blasphemy" by Migjeni

In news:

In 2006, sectarian violence engulfed Iraq after terrorists destroyed the mosque of the golden dome, built on a site sacred to Shiites for 1,100 years.
CAIRO Egyptians prayed outside a mosque on Friday.
West Bank Mosque Is Set Ablaze and Vandalized.
A Palestinian man inside the damaged Grand Mosque of Jabaa in the West Bank on Tuesday.
Locals attack, defend Sheepshead Bay mosque on our Web site.
Event takes place amid controversy over plans for a four-story mosque in the neighborhood.
0Kate kept a smile on her face while visiting the Assyakirin Mosque in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Sept 14 after learning that French magazine Closer had published topless photos of her sunbathing.
New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio is appearing in a new ad in which the he labels the imam behind the so-called "Ground Zero mosque" a terrorist sympathizer and asks, "who is really behind it.".
Islamists continue destroying Timbuktu heritage, attack 600-year-old mosque.
If you've got an opinion about the N.Y. Mosque controversy, better keep it to yourself or you could end up under investigation in the House Star Chamber.
One man, two worlds: Khalid Latif preaches the Friday sermon at the Islamic Cultural Center, also known as the 96th Street Mosque, on Manhattan's Upper East Side.
Mosque site a tourist mecca.
Welcome to Manhattan's new tourism hot spot -- the proposed mosque and Islamic center near Ground Zero.
Co-defendant's attorney dumped near mosque.
It was started by the wife of Sultan Murat III, but when the sultan died, the next sultan, Ahmes I focused on another mosque leaving the New Mosque unfinished.
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