Former president Asif Ali Zardari inaugurated the world’s 7th largest mosque located in Bahria Town.
After inaugurating the mosque and inspecting the establishment, Zardari said that the mosque was a magnificent work of Islamic architecture. He said that the mosque is a generous act of humanity and a priceless gift for Bahria Town as well as the Pakistani nation.
Bahria Town Chairman Malik Riaz Hussain stated that a mosque is Allah’s home and all the resources utilized for its construction have been provided by the Almighty.
Hussain stated that in 2006, he offered Eid prayers in Malaysia at the Mahathir Mohamad Mosque and prayed to the Almighty to give him a chance to make a similar mosque in Pakistan and that today his prayers have been answered. Hussain said that he would build an even bigger mosque in Karachi.
The mosque has been built at a cost of Rs 4 billion and has an outdoor capacity of 70,000 and an indoor capacity of 25,000, officially making it Pakistan’s largest mosque.
Truly a masterpiece, the interior represents the fusion of traditional Islamic architecture with Pakistani culture. The carpet has been custom-made from Turkey and there are over 50 luminous chandeliers that have been imported from Iran, creating a vibrant Islamic ambiance.
The structure comprises four minarets, each standing tall at 165 ft and a Grand Dome in the center, which is surrounded by 20 smaller domes. The most fascinating feature about this masterpiece is that the exterior consists of 4 million, 2.5 inch Multani tiles which have been handmade with special Multani Mitti and hand placed by the craftsmen, it took 4 years to complete. There are dedicated praying areas for women, a school and an Islamic Art Gallery.