The oldest mosque in Australia was built in the 1860s, set up by Afghan camel drivers in the middle of the South Australian desert. This was very early by Western standards - the UK's first mosque was built in 1891, while the US and France didn't have any mosques until the 1920s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The Kaaba πŸ•‹ in the Great Mosque of Mecca is black because it's covered with a giant silk shroud called the kiswah. It's made with 670 kgs of black silk, embroidered with 15 kg of gold thread, and costs $4.5 million to make. It's also replaced every year by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kis…
Winston Churchill gave his painting of the-Tower-of-Koutoubia-Mosque as a gift to President Roosevelt. It is now owned by the actor Bradd Pitt who purchased it for a world-record sum. englishmanlovesamerica.co…
It is forbidden for Muslims to go to the Mosque after eating garlic, onions or other food of offensive smell sahihmuslim.com/sps/smm/s…
A NYPD officer was killed by Nation of Islam members in a mosque while responding to a fake call for help and the investigation was practically shut down following political pressure from Louis Farrakhan and others. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/197…
The Oldest Surviving Mosque in the USA is in Cedar Rapids Iowa nps.gov/articles/mothermo…
Religious timekeepers employed by the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus included a 14th-century astronomer who proposed geocentric models mathematically identical to those later proposed by Copernicus. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ibn…
Today I learned of Si Kaddour Benghabrit, the rector of the Great Mosque of Paris who helped over 500 Jews disguise themselves as Muslims by making the administrative staff grant them certificates of Muslim identity, which allowed them to avoid arrest and deportation. wikipedia.org/wiki/Si_Kad…
There is a mosque in Galway, Ireland named "Maryam Mosque" in honour of Mary, mother of Jesus Christ. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gal…
Agra has three UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort in the city and Fatehpur Sikri nearby. Aside from these sites, there is not much else for tourists as travellers are pestered by swarms of touts and hawkers at every monument, mosque, temple or palace wikitravel.org/en/Agra
A beggar was caught outside a mosque in Kuwait telling worshipers that he badly needed cash and that he had no home. Since it is illegal, he was arrested and police discovered he had over 500,000 Kuwaiti Dinars in his bank account ($1,650,000) gulfnews.com/world/gulf/k…
The Great Mosque in Xi'an is one of the oldest, largest and best-preserved Islamic mosques in China. According to historical records engraved on a stone tablet inside, the Great Mosque was built in 742 during the Tang Dynasty travelchinaguide.com/attr…
The Ottoman Empire constructed birdhouses on the sides of important buildings starting in the 16th century in the shape of Mosques, Houses, or Palaces in Istanbul/Constantinople curioushistorian.com/tiny…
The historic 16th century garden of Babur is considered the loveliest spot in Kabul, Afghanistan. There’s a delicate white marble mosque in the garden built in 1647 by Shah Jahan, who commissioned the Taj Mahal lonelyplanet.com/afghanis…
Saddam Hussein commissioned a calligrapher to write a copy of the Quran using his blood as ink. The 605 page book contains roughly 27 liters of his blood and is kept in a mosque in Iraq behind 3 vault doors. atlasobscura.com/places/s…
The cornerstone and opening of the only mosque in Malta (a Mediterranean island country) was performed by Muammar Gaddafi. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Three French commandos from GIGN had to convert to Islam to help Saudi forces retake control over Makkah Grand Mosque in 1979 seizure. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/197…
Today I learned of the Siege of Mecca: on Nov. 20, 1979 a deviant group stormed the Holy Mosque of Makkah. They overpowered the guards, locked the gates and turned minarets into snipers’ nests, proclaiming the arrival of the savior, the Mahdi, who would cleanse the Muslim world of infidel influences. arabnews.com/node/1371221…
Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden (Osama’s father) founded the Saudi Binladin Group, which on September 11, 2015 experienced an accident on a job site at the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia which killed 107 and injured over 230. bbc.com/news/world-middle…
The Mosque of Paris saved Jews during WWII by providing them with fake Muslim IDs. nytimes.com/2011/10/04/mo…
Slovakia is the only country within the European Union without any mosque. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isl…
79.6% of Bulgarian Muslims believe that wearing a veil in school was "unacceptable". And some 41% never went to mosques hurriyetdailynews.com/bul…
The Hagia Sofia in present-day Istanbul was a cathedral for almost a thousand years before the Ottomans conquered the city and converted it into a mosque. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hag…
In 1979 during the seizure of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, France's Special Forces group French National Gendarmerie, a team of three (GIGN) commandos briefly converted to Islam before helping the Saudi armed forces along with Pakistani SSG Commandos plan the recapture of the mosque. businessinsider.com/most-…
The Great Mosque of Paris was constructed as a token of gratitude after WWI to the Muslims of France's colonial empire, of whom some 100,000 died fighting during the war. Later during WWII the mosque to served as a secret refuge for Algerian and European Jews en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
The Great Pyramid of Giza was once covered in highly polished white limestone, before it was removed to build mosques and fortresses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Sarajevo is so religiously&culturally diverse that it has a mosque, Catholic church, Orthodox church and synagogue in the same neighborhood en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sar…
The Great Pyramid of Giza was once covered in highly polished white limestone, before it was removed to build mosques and fortresses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Indonesian President Sukarno ordered a Christian Architect to build the largest Mosque in the country. He also ordered it to be build next to a Cathedral and a Church as a symbol of the nation religious harmony and tolerance. (Indonesia has the world largest Muslim population) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ist…
The Grand Mosque in Paris, under Si Kaddour Benghabrit, saved hundreds of Jews during WW2 by granting them fake papers and allowing them to hide in the catacombs beneath the mosque. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Si_…
The FBI tried to infiltrate a mosque in Irvine by sending one of their agents to incite terrorism. The people of the mosque reported him to the FBI instead. washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn…
Pope John Paul II entered and prayed in a mosque, and even kissed the Qur'an, in an effort to improve religious relations with Islam. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
There is a 150-year-old mosque in Iran that, when viewed from the interior at certain hours of the day, produces an intense kaleidoscopic effect due to its unique pattern of tiling and colored glass curius.co/community/p/751
In 1978 author of a Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess, wrote '1985' as a tribute to Orwell, in it he depicts the rise of Islam with London having a huge abundance Mosques. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/198…
Season Two of "24" featured a terrorist plot that originated from a London mosque. A few months after the season ended, authorities raided the mosque and found that it was indeed a terrorist hub en.wikipedia.org/wiki/24_…
A group of Muslims from a York mosque managed to pacify an English Defense League rally by offering the protesters tea, biscuits, and a chance to play football inside with worshipers bbc.com/news/uk-england-y…
The west's biggest mosque is in Rome en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mos…
To honor the victims of 9/11 the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community helped collect 11,170 pints of blood. The blood drives were conducted in collaboration with hundreds of organizations at all our mosques and prayer centers and scores of other locations. muslimsforpeace.org/life/
In 1979 the Grand Mosque in Mecca was seized by a muslim armed group for at least 2 weeks before forces from KSA, France and Pakistan restored control to the KSA government. Death toll was few hundreds from all sides. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
The House of One is a religious structure being built in Berlin. It will be the world's first house of prayer for three religions, containing a church, a mosque, and a synagogue. huffingtonpost.com/2014/0…
Today I learned about how Muslims would house Jews in the Grand Mosque of Paris during the Holocaust. Its sad to see the current state of disparity between these two religions who share so many similarities in their fundamental core beliefs. youtube.com/watch?v=AVAwR…
The Great Mosque of Paris sheltered Jews during the Holocaust and supplied them with Muslim identity certificates nytimes.com/2011/10/04/mo…
Two men actually attacked a mosque with bacon. bristolpost.co.uk/two-jai…
In an episode of his show "Triumph of the Will" comedian Kenny Hotz successfully rallied the Jewish community in Toronto to finance and build a Mosque for Muslims as a token of peace between the two cultures. vimeo.com/26832305
France's GIGN commandos briefly converted to Islam to help recover the Grand Mosque in Mecca. businessinsider.com.au/th…
In 2014, a rural Iraqi clock maker went to sleep, woke up, and watched a "nice Egyptian film" before realizing he was the last resident remaining after his town had been seized by ISIS. He convinced them he was not a soldier, showed them the Mosque's light switch, and went back to his house. news.vice.com/article/thi…
Today I learned of "Operation Flex", which took place in California in which an FBI informant pretended to be a radical Muslim, the members of the mosque quickly got a restraining order on him and reported him to the FBI. theguardian.com/world/201…
The beautiful Blue Mosque in Istanbul smells like feet because of the tourists who must remove their shoes, not the local worshipers who practice ablution that includes washing their feet before they pray acupofmoca.com/2013/06/08…
With the ruins of the World Trade Center still smoldering, Attorney General John Ashcroft told a congressional committee that a mosque in Brooklyn was funneling money to al Qaeda. It was the lead story in the New York Times. It turned out to be wrong. politico.com/magazine/sto…
There's Georgian Orthodox, Armenian Gregorian and Roman Catholic churches, a synagogue, a mosque and a Zoroastrian temple all within a 5 minute walk of each other in Tbilisi, Georgia. visitgeorgia.ge/about-geo…
Pyongyang is host to a Shia Mosque, North Korea's only Mosque and one of 5 religious buildings in the nation's capital. nknews.org/2013/01/iran-b…
There is a mosque in the Iranian embassy in Pyongyang, likely to be built for embassy staffs and visting foreigners. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rel…
That, at the Mosque of the Prophet in Saudi Arabia, there is an open grave next to the Prophet Muhammad's resting place that is meant for Jesus upon his return. [fixed] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bur…
Season Two of "24" featured a terrorist plot that originated from a London mosque. A few months after the season ended, authorities raided the mosque and found that it was indeed a terrorist hub. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2…
The number of U.S. mosques is up 74% since 2000 usatoday30.usatoday.com/n…
The first mosque in North America was built in rural North Dakota en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ros…
Slovakia is the last member state of the European Union without a mosque en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isl…
Si Kaddour Benghabrit, the rector of the Great Mosque of Paris during WW2, saved as many as 100 Jews by having the mosque's administrative personnel give them certificates of Muslim identity, with which they could evade arrest and deportation. washingtoninstitute.org/p…
In 1979, the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia was attacked and taken over by Muslim terrorists. The Saudi government called a French counter-terrorism unit, but since non-Muslims are not allowed in Mecca, the French soldiers had to convert to Islam before they were allowed to liberate the mosque. citizendia.org/Grand_Mosq…
The first purpose built mosque in the UK was built by a Jew. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
All 6,000 Mosques in Jordan Will Soon Go Solar solarenergy.net/News/all-…
The Grand Mosque seizure of 1979 in Mecca, initiated by radical Islamist hoping to overthrow of the House of Saud, led the King of Saudi to impose the modern day Wahhabization of Saudi society. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
The mayor of Irving, Texas, Beth Van Duyne, accused Mosque leaders in the city of "creating their own laws" and attempted to ban Muslim tribunals which function similarly to legal tribunals of Christian and Jewish members. dallasnews.com/news/commu…
In 1994 Baruch Goldstein, a US born Israeli citizen, massacred 29 Palestinian worshipers and injured 125 more when he open fire inside a mosque. A shrine was built around his grave and became a popular site for radical Jews from around the world. nytimes.com/1999/12/30/wo…
The proposed Ground Zero Mosque is neither to be built on Ground Zero, nor is it a Mosque en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gro…
The oldest standing mosque in America is located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mot…
In 1979, Islamic fundamentalist terrorists took over the Grand Mosque of Mecca and hundreds were killed in the ensuing battle with Saudi forces middleeast.about.com/od/t…
Mansa Musa, the world's richest man ever (worth over $400 billion dollars), as a tradition, ordered the construction of a mosque every Friday en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus…
The oldest mosque outside of Mecca/Medina that's still standing is in Guangzhou, China en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
In the mosque in which Mohammad is burried, there is also a grave reserved for Jesus after his second coming and his fight against the Antichrist en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-…
Extremists seized the Grand Mosque at Mecca in 1979. The Saudi king's attempt to prevent further attacks turned the country into the fundamentalist theocracy it is today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
Between 2004-12 Saudi Binladin Group built "Towers of the House", the world's second tallest building at 601m. Right next to the Sacred Mosque in Mecca, its four-sided clock can be read from 25km away, each face contains 2,000,000 LEDs and says above it: God is the Greatest. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/A…
The death of Phillip Cardillo, who died in a clash at a Harlem mosque in 1972, is the only unsolved killing of a New York Police Department officer in modern times. nypost.com/2015/04/19/did…
The minarets of the largest mosque in Baghdad are shaped like scud missiles and kalashnikov rifles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Umm…
The world's most expensive mosque is the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. Inside, 7 of the world's most expensive chandeliers reside and the world's largest carpet. lonelyplanet.com/united-a…
The oldest mosque in China has been around for 1300 years and has been rebuilt twice during two different dynasties islamoblog.blogspot.ca/20…
A large piece of 9/11 wing debris was found wedged between two NYC buildings in 2013. One of the buildings is the "Ground Zero Mosque". cbsnews.com/news/9-11-pla…
An 11th Century Syrian atheist poet/philosopher inspired Dante's Divine Comedy and he was held in such high regard in the Islamic world that he was invited the al-Mansour Mosque in Baghdad to read poetry. historyanswers.co.uk/medi…
England's first mosque was founded in 1889 by Abdullah Quilliam, a British man who had converted to Islam after a visit to Morocco en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abd…
In response to the demolition of the Giant Buddhas in Afghanistan a mob led by monks destroyed 6 mosques, 60 homes and all Muslim-owned shops in a Burmese town hrw.org/legacy/background…
The first mosque in the UK was built by a Hungarian- British Jew. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
In 2010, a group of Buddhists joined with skinheads to protest the construction of a mosque in Warsaw, Poland. islamophobia-watch.com/is…
Cats are the only animals allowed in mosques because they are considered "ritually clean" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isl…
The central hotel in Mecca has the world's largest clock face near the worlds largest mosque and Islam's most sacred site, the Masjid al-Haram. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abr…
The first known fountain pen which could be held upside-down without leaking was created in the 10th century for Al-Mu'izz, ruler of Northern Africa. He also founded the city of Cairo along with the Al-Azhar Mosque, the third-oldest university in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fou…
Saddam Hussein had a Koran written in blood, which he claims to be his own. He kept it in the largest mosque in the region, named "Mother of All Battles", which he also had built. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/B…
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is so sure Shi'a Islam's messianic figure (the Hidden Imam, Mahdi) is coming back to bring about the End Times, he pushed for a train from Mahdi's mosque to the center of the capitol to make the Hidden Imam's trip easier. pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontl…
There's a mosque in Mali made entirely out of mud. bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00f…
The Great Mosque of Paris served as a secret refuge for Jews during the Holocaust. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
The WTC South Tower had a mosque on its 17th floor, where Muslims working there could pray businessinsider.com/there…
Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman bin Faisal bin Turki bin Abdullah bin Muhammad bin Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, is the third wealthiest head of state in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kin…
Islam forbids Muslims from eating garlic and entering a mosque, unless the smell has tried out. Muhammed didn't like it either. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gar…
Saudi Arabia has destroyed early Islamic heritage sites as a part of the continued expansion of the Masjid al-Haram at Mecca and the Prophet's Mosque in Medina and their facilities in order to accommodate the ever-increasing number of people performing the pilgrimage (Hajj). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Des…
In 1994 Baruch Goldstein, a physician in the Israel Defense Forces, entered a mosque and massacred 29 Palestinian Muslim worshipers and wounded another 125 before being beaten to death by survivors. His grave site became a pilgrimage site and was visited by over 10,000 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
Today I learned of the formerly lost Mosque City of Bagerhat that has 360 mosques, was created within a few years, and then covered up by the jungle after the death of its founder in 1459. The site exhibits the only known example of its unique architectural style. whc.unesco.org/en/list/32…
The NYPD may be using undercover Muslims, called "mosque-crawlers," and undercover street agents, called "rakers," to collect information from Mosques and ethnic neighborhoods in the name of anti-terrorism nydailynews.com/blogs/dai…
Freemasons sometimes use mosques as their lodges en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abo…
In Paramaribo, Suriname - a country known for its peaceful coexistence between many cultures - the country's biggest mosque and synagogue sit side by side in the city center. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nev…

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