Masjid (Mosque) Designing

by Altaf Hussain, (F.ASCE), Civ. Engr.; Ministry of Defense and Aviation, Juddah, Saudi Arabia,

Serial Information: Journal of the Urban Planning and Development Division, 1976, Vol. 102, Issue 1, Pg. 177-185

Document Type: Journal Paper


The following parts of a masjid require special consideration: the praying area, the toilets, the prayer call points, full-time devotion, shoe space, and support facilities. The basic requirement for a masjid is a clean and pure area for offering prayers. The quantity and quality of facilities provided depends on the individual needs of the masjid and the resources available. The architectural style should be truthful (i.e., a masjid should look like a masjid), simple, magnetic, and inspiring. Distractive decor and lavishness must be avoided. Flooring should be comfortable to sit on, but easy to clean and maintain. Lighting should be adequate for reading, and the acoustics should be good. The handicapped must receive full consideration.

Subject Headings: Religious buildings | Magnetic fields | Floors | People with disabilities

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