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masjid n : (Islam) a Muslim place of worship [syn: mosque, musjid]

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Arabic from Arameic place of worship or prostration


  1. a Muslim house of worship corresponding to a church or synagogue; a mosque







Extensive Definition

A mosque is a place of worship for followers of Islam. Muslims often refer to the mosque by its Arabic name, masjid, — (pl. masājid, — /mæˈsæːʤɪd/). The word "mosque" in English refers to all types of buildings dedicated for Islamic worship, although there is a distinction in Arabic between the smaller, privately owned mosque and the larger, "collective" mosque (, masjid jāmiʕ), which has more community and social amenities.
The primary purpose of the mosque is to serve as a place where Muslims can come together for prayer and some other activities of their life (e.g centre for information,Education,Dispute settlement). The Imam leads the prayer. Nevertheless, mosques are known around the world nowadays for their general importance to the Muslim community as well as their demonstration of Islamic architecture. They have developed significantly from the open-air spaces that were the Quba Mosque and Masjid al-Nabawi in the seventh century. Today, most mosques have elaborate domes, minarets, and prayer halls. Mosques originated on the Arabian Peninsula, but now exist on all the world's inhabited continents. They are not only places for worship and prayer, but also places to learn about Islam and meet fellow believers.


masjid in Arabic: مسجد
masjid in Aragonese: Mezquita
masjid in Asturian: Mezquita
masjid in Azerbaijani: Məscid
masjid in Bengali: মসজিদ
masjid in Bosnian: Džamija
masjid in Bulgarian: Джамия
masjid in Catalan: Mesquita
masjid in Czech: Mešita
masjid in Welsh: Mosg
masjid in Danish: Moske
masjid in German: Moschee
masjid in Estonian: Mošee
masjid in Modern Greek (1453-): Τζαμί
masjid in Spanish: Mezquita
masjid in Esperanto: Moskeo
masjid in Basque: Meskita
masjid in Persian: مسجد
masjid in French: Mosquée
masjid in Western Frisian: Moskee
masjid in Irish: Mosc
masjid in Scottish Gaelic: Mosg
masjid in Galician: Mesquita
masjid in Korean: 모스크
masjid in Hindi: मस्जिद
masjid in Croatian: Džamija
masjid in Indonesian: Masjid
masjid in Ossetian: Мæзджыт
masjid in Icelandic: Moska
masjid in Italian: Moschea
masjid in Hebrew: מסגד
masjid in Javanese: Mesjid
masjid in Kannada: ಮಸೀದಿ
masjid in Georgian: მეჩეთი
masjid in Swahili (macrolanguage): Msikiti
masjid in Ladino: Mezkita
masjid in Latin: Meschita
masjid in Latvian: Mošeja
masjid in Lithuanian: Mečetė
masjid in Limburgan: Moskee
masjid in Hungarian: Mecset
masjid in Macedonian: Џамија
masjid in Marathi: मशीद
masjid in Malay (macrolanguage): Masjid
masjid in Dutch: Moskee
masjid in Japanese: モスク
masjid in Norwegian: Moské
masjid in Norwegian Nynorsk: Moské
masjid in Occitan (post 1500): Mosqueta
masjid in Polish: Meczet
masjid in Portuguese: Mesquita
masjid in Romanian: Moschee
masjid in Russian: Мечеть
masjid in Albanian: Xhamia
masjid in Sicilian: Muschea
masjid in Simple English: Mosque
masjid in Silesian: Mečet
masjid in Slovak: Mešita
masjid in Slovenian: Mošeja
masjid in Serbian: Џамија
masjid in Sundanese: Masjid
masjid in Finnish: Moskeija
masjid in Swedish: Moské
masjid in Tamil: மசூதி
masjid in Telugu: మస్జిద్
masjid in Thai: มัสยิด
masjid in Tajik: Масҷид
masjid in Turkish: Cami (ibadethane)
masjid in Ukrainian: Мечеть
masjid in Urdu: مسجد
masjid in Chinese: 清真寺
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