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Aqsa Mosque in Rabwa, Pakistan
The Masjid-e-Aqsa (Punjabi in Rabwah (Pakistan) is the biggest place of worship of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Pakistan. Its foundation stone was laid down in 1966 and the building's inauguration took place on March 31, 1972. This is the main mosque of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Rabwah which can accommodate more than 18,000 worshippers.
The design for the mosque was prepared by Abdul Rashid, at the behest of Mirza Basheer-ud-Din Mahmood Ahmad. It was desired the Friday-Prayers in Rabwah should be offered at one Central Mosque. The construction blueprint was already prepared in his tenure, but because of the Caliph being not well, the foundation could not be laid down by him. On 28 October 1966 Mirza Nasir Ahmad, third Caliph of the Community laid the foundation stone of the Masjid-e-Aqsa. The mosque was opened in March 1972.
Construction and design
The column-free main hall is 1,650 square meters in size. 650 m² of floor are reserved for women and the remaining 1000 m² are reserved for men. The design of the mosque was said to be inspired by the Mughal Badshahi Mosque. Together with the 3,700 m² large compound, the mosque can accommodate up to 18,500 worshippers. The minaret, in accordance with the wishes of the Caliph, was intended to be a meter higher than that of the Badshahi Mosque, 55 m in height, and to resemble the design of the Baadshai Mosque minarets. However, the Pakistan Air Force in Sargodha did not allow this minaret, being a flying zone. The mosque now has a total of 6 minarets, four of which are about 20 m and two 12 m high.
The construction cost, of approximately 1.3 million Rupees was completely born by one Bani Muhammad Siddique, on his request, his name was not published till his death.
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