The Parthenon was reasonably intact until 1687. The Greek temple had been used as a church and then a mosque for centuries, then the Ottomans used it as an ammo dump during a war with the Venetians. The building was shelled and a mortar burst through the roof and destroyed much of the building. io9.gizmodo.com/the-jerks…
Non muslims are not allowed to enterinto the great mosque of djenne after a vogue fashion shoot in 1996. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Today I learned about the Haji Ali Dargah mosque off the shore of Mumbai in the Arabian Sea and only accessible by a narrow path at low tide en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haj…
Brenton Tarrant, the man who live streamed the Christchurch mosque shooting and murdered 51 muslims tried to plead not guilty despite the fact that he was caught red handed. stuff.co.nz/national/chri…
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…
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…
Nord Kamal Mosque in Norilsk, Russia is the most northerly-situated mosque in the world. Norilsk's minaret tower, which is generally supposed to have a round shape, has a square base, because in such walls, the bricks do not freeze and they are more resistant to wind loads en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
There is a mosque in Galway, Ireland named "Maryam Mosque" in honour of Mary, mother of Jesus Christ. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gal…
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…
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 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…
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
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…
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…
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…
The cornerstone and opening of the only mosque in Malta (a Mediterranean island country) was performed by Muammar Gaddafi. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The Mosque of Paris saved Jews during WWII by providing them with fake Muslim IDs. nytimes.com/2011/10/04/mo…
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…
Slovakia is the only country within the European Union without any mosque. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isl…
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…
79.6% of Bulgarian Muslims believe that wearing a veil in school was "unacceptable". And some 41% never went to mosques hurriyetdailynews.com/bul…
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 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…
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…
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-…
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…
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_…
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…
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…
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_…
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/
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…
The Great Mosque of Paris sheltered Jews during the Holocaust and supplied them with Muslim identity certificates nytimes.com/2011/10/04/mo…
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 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…
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
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…
Two men actually attacked a mosque with bacon. bristolpost.co.uk/two-jai…
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…
France's GIGN commandos briefly converted to Islam to help recover the Grand Mosque in Mecca. businessinsider.com.au/th…

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