Baitul Mukarram

Baitul Mukarram

Baitul Mukarram (Dhaka) the National Mosque of Bangladesh. The structure resembles the Kaaba in Mecca

Coordinates: 23°26′05″N 90°14′40″E / 23.4346°N 90.2444°E / 23.4346; 90.2444Coordinates: 23°26′05″N 90°14′40″E / 23.4346°N 90.2444°E / 23.4346; 90.2444
Location Bangladesh Dhaka, Bangladesh
Established 1960
Branch/tradition Deobandi
Administration Islamic Foundation, Bangladesh
Ownership Government
Leadership Imam(s):
Professor Maulana Salahuddin
Architectural information
Architect(s) T Abdul Hussain Thariani
Style Islamic architecture
Capacity 40,000

Baitul Mukarram (Arabic: بيت المكرّم‎; Bengali: বায়তুল মোকাররম; The Holy House) is the national mosque of Bangladesh[1]. Located at the heart of Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh, the mosque was completed in 1968.[2] The mosque has a capacity of 30,000, giving it the respectable position of being the 10th biggest mosque in the world. However the mosque is constantly getting overcrowded. This especially occurs during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which has resulted in the Bangladeshi government having to add extensions to the mosque, thus increasing the capacity to at least 40,000.

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Architecture

The mosque complex was designed by architect, T Abdul Hussain Thariani. The National Mosque of Bangladesh has several modern architectural features whilst at the same time it preserves the traditional principles of Mughal architecture. Baitul Mukarrams large cube shape was modeled to that of the Ka'abah at Mecca making it a noticeable structure being unlike any other mosque in Bangladesh. The garden is laid out in a style borrowed heavily from Mughal gardens, however unlike the traditional Mughal gardens witch represent the Islamic Heaven, the garden does not have the Char-Bagh system most likely due to not having enough room for such a garden. The future of this garden is unknown, if the Bangladeshi government extends the mosque, it will most likely have to remove the garden.

See also

References

  1. ^ Baitul Mukarram-the National Mosque of Bangladesh, Bangladesh Embassy at Bhutan website.
  2. ^ Thariani and Co: Architects and Engineers. Booklet in section under projects completed "mosques".

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