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Ground breaking ceremony of BT's 'Grand Jamia Masjid' held in Karachi

KARACHI: The groundbreaking ceremony of the ‘Grand Jamia Masjid’- world’s third largest mosque held in Karachi today.

The ground breaking ceremony was performed by Nosherwan – oldest employee of Bahria Town, Karachi in the presence of CEO Bahria Town Ahmed Ali Riaz Malik son of Founder and Chairman of Bahria Twon Malik Riaz Hussain.

 

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VCE Bahria Town Cdre (r) Ilyas, VCE Bahria Town South Zain Malik, DCE Hamid Ilyas, Director Sales Shahid Qureshi and a number of religious scholars from various sects were also present at the occasion.

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Speaking on the occasion, the 73-year old, Nosherwan – Grader operator at Bahria Town, said “Never even in my dreams did I imagine my name engraved on the foundation Stone of such a great mosque.”

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Nowsherwan praised efforts of Malik Riaz Hussain for all the noble causes he is affiliated with and prayed for the wellbeing of Malik Riaz and his family.

“This kind act by Malik Riaz Hussain has given a new meaning and purpose to my life” Nosherwan said emotionally with tears in his eyes.

Nosherwan told media that he and his entire family are being sent to perform Umrah adding that upon his return he will spend the rest of his days in that great mosque.

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The latest marvel of Islamic architecture ‘The Grand Jamia Mosque’ in Bahria Town Karachi is being constructed on top of a 60 ft. high hilltop and will dominate the entire town with visibility stretching miles away.

The mosque’s design has been inspired purely by Islamic traditions and Islamic architecture stemming from Mughal Architecture of Dehli & Agra, Persian mosques of Isfahan, Turkey and Samarkand. The finest artisans and craftsmen have been selected to engage in the construction that will be a magnificent display of rich Islamic traditions. The Grand Mosque also includes Islamic University, Islamic Library, Islamic Research Center and a Museum.

The exterior blocks will be faces with large sheets of white marble and multiple geometric designs patterns that stem from Islamic Architecture and Islamic traditions. The Mosque will have a single-monument minaret towering at 325 feet, making it visible from miles away.

The interior will be embellished with traditional Islamic calligraphy and glazed pottery mosaic in ceramics and tiles, as well as a number of types of marble. The Chandeliers are being designed using rich elements from Turkey, Iran and Italy.

There will be an outside courtyard inspired by some of the most famous mosques of the Sub-Continent. This courtyard will serve as an outdoor praying facility as well as a beautifully landscaped emerald green garden surrounded by arch-shaped walls on all four sides, creating magnificent looking corridors.

Also Read: World’s seven largest Mosques

Earlier in November last year, Chairman of Bahria town Malik Riaz has announced that Bahria town will construct another masterpiece of Islamic architecture in the form of ‘Grand Mosque’ in provincial capital of Sindh.

This Grand Mosque is going to be the largest mosque of the non-Arab world while it will be third largest mosque of the world after Masjid-ul-Haram and Masjid-e-Nabavi that are situated  in the holy places of Makkah and Madina respectively.

Bahria town that has built world’s seventh largest mosque last year in Lahore has roped with renowned architect Nayyar Ali Dada for this project, Nayyar Ali has designed the mosque on the pattern of the architecture of Saudi Arabian, Iranian, Kuwaiti and Turkey’s mosque.

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