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Oct 30, 2014

10 Most Beautiful Mosques of Pakistan


Pakistan is a Muslim country full of Islamic culture and mosques. There are many beautiful mosques in every city and region of Pakistan but some are really famous for their architecture, structure and history. Even Non-Muslims appraise the grandeur and beauty of these mosques.

Faisal Masjid, Islamabad

It was designed by Turkish architect Vedat Dalokay to be shaped like a desert Bedouin’s tent, it completed in 1986. The Mosque is conceived as the National Mosque of Pakistan and named after the late King Faisal bin Abdul-Aziz of Saudi Arabia, who supported and financed the project. Unlike traditional Masjid design, it lacks a dome. The thin minarets borrow their design from Turkish tradition. This is listed as the National Mosque of Pakistan. It is also featured on the Pak Rupees 5000 banknote.

Badshahi Masjid, Lahore

This Masjid was built by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in 1673. It is the second largest mosque in Pakistan and South Asia and the fifth largest mosque in the world. It is Lahore's most famous landmark and a major tourist attraction. It is capable of accommodating 5,000 worshippers in its main prayer hall and a further 95,000 in its courtyard and porticoes, it remained the largest mosque in the world from 1673 to 1986 (a period of 313 years), when overtaken in size by the completion of the Faisal Mosque in Islamabad.

Masjid-e-Tooba, Karachi

Masjid e Tooba is located in Karachi, and is locally known as the Gol Masjid. It was built in 1969, and is often claimed to be the largest single-dome mosque in the world. The mosque is built with pure white marble. The dome is 72 meters (236 feet) in diameter and is balanced on a low surrounding wall with no central pillars. Masjid e Tooba has a single minaret standing 70 meters high. The mosque is the 18th largest in the world with the central prayer hall having a capacity of 5,000 people. 

Mahabat Khan Masjid, Peshawar

The Mahabat Khan Mosque is a 17th-century mosque in Peshawar. The Mosque was built in 1630. It is named after the Mughal governor of Peshawar Nawab Mahabat. The interior of the prayer hall is sheltered beneath three low fluted domes and is lavishly and colorfully painted with floral and geometric designs.

Bhong Masjid, Rahim Yar Khan

Bhong Masjid is located in the village of Bhong, Sadiqabad Tehsil, Rahim Yar Khan District. It was designed and constructed over a period of nearly 50 years (1932–1982) and won Sitara-e-Imtiaz in 2004. A postage stamp depicting it was issued on May 12, 2004, in Pakistan. The mosque is well-known for its exquisite design and architectural beauty with gold leaves carved for the complicated decorative patterns and the stylish calligraphic work. 

Wazir Khan Masjid, Lahore

It was built in seven years, starting around 1634–1635 AD, during the reign of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan. The mosque is inside the Inner City and is easiest accessed from Delhi Gate.

Grand Jamia Masjid, Bahria Town Lahore

Grand Jamia Masjid is a mosque located in Bahria Town, Lahore, Pakistan. It is claimed to be the 7th largest mosque in the world which can accommodate 25,000 worshipers in the main hall and it has a total capacity of 70,000. It has 21 domes and four 165 feet high minarets. 

Shah Jahan Masjid, Thatta

The Shah Jahan Mosque is located in Thatta, Sindh. The mosque was built in 1647, during the reign of Mughal King Shah Jahan. It has a total of 93 domes. It was built keeping acoustics in mind; a person speaking on one end of the dome can be heard from the other end when the speech exceeds 100 decibel.

Shahi Eid Gah Masjid, Multan

This grand mosque is located on the main Multan-Lahore highway. It was built in 1735 AD by Nawab Abdul Samad Khan when he was the Mughal governor of Multan. It is very spacious, provided with a vast courtyard and a huge prayer chamber measuring 250 feet by 54 feet and crowned by seven domes.

Jamia Masjid Eidgah , Gujrat

Jamia Masajid Eidgah Gujrat is the replica of Badshahi Masjid of Lahore. Though it is comparatively a smaller mosque but its design is same like Badshahi Masjid Lahore and Jamia Masjid Delhi. It is located near GTS Chowk in the city of Gujrat.

Oct 26, 2014

Top-10 Photos of Pakistan - selected by Wiki Loves Monuments


This year Wikimedia Foundation that runs Wikipedia supported 'Wiki Loves Monuments' in Pakistan for the first time. 'Wiki Loves Monuments' is officially the biggest photography competition in the world according to the Guinness World Records.

Globally, the 2014 version of the contests saw more than 8,750 contestants in 41 countries across the globe, who submitted more than 308,000 photographs throughout the month of September.

Wiki Loves Monuments Pakistan 2014 was a successful contest, with more than 12,000 submissions by more than 700 people from across Pakistan, all under a free license, which means they can now be re-used by anyone for any purpose, (even commercially), as long as the re-user attributes the photographer.

Following are Top-10 photos selected by Pakistani Jury from 12,000 photos, to be presented for international contest.
Four (04) photos are of monuments in Lahore, Two (02) of Islamabad and Bahawalpur each, One (01) of Thatta and Uch Sharif each.
There are 03 photos of Mosques, 03 of Tombs, 02 of Forts, One of a Palace and One of a National Monument.
Shagufta Karim is the only female photographer whose photo is selected. While two photos of a photographer, Muhammad Ashar , were selected.

Enjoy these exciting glimpses of Pakistani culture, tradition, history and architectural beauty.
Wazir Khan Mosque in Lahore - Photographed by Shagufta Karim

Derawar Fort in Bahawalpur - Photographed by Ali Mir

Faisal Mosque in Islamabad - Photographed by Ali Mujtaba

Lahore Fort in Lahore - Photographed by Rohaan Bhatti

Pakistan Monument in Islamabad - Photographed by Abdul Baqi

Tomb of Bibi Jawindi in Uch Sharif - Photographed by Shah Zaman Baloch

Tomb of Jahangir in Lahore - Photographed by Sohaib Tahir

Shah Jahan Mosque in Thatta - Photographed by Ovais Waraich

Noor Mahal in Bahawalpur - Photographed by Muhammad Ashar

Tomb of Dai Anga in Lahore - Photographed by Muhammad Ashar

Oct 23, 2014

Assistance Package for Families of Government Employees who Die in Service


Government of Pakistan Cabinet Secretariat, Establishment Division has issued Notification No. 8/10/2013-E.2 dated 20-10-2014 about Assistance Package for the Families of the Federal Government Employees who die in Service. Prime Minister of Pakistan has approved the following amendments/ additions, effective from 15-06-2013, in the existing assistance package for the families of government employees who die during service. 

The amendment/additions in the following headings have been made vide this Notification:

  • Lump Sum Grant
  • Pension
  • Education
  • Cash Payment in Lieu of Plot of Land
  • Employment
  • Marriage Grant
  • Nomination of an Officer as Counsel
  • Special Lump Sum Grant from Benevolent Fund
  • Monthly Benevolent Grant
  • Pre-requisite for Facilitation of Family of Deceased Govt. Employees
  • GP Fund
  • Payment of Pension through Direct Credit Scheme (DCS)

Read news about this package in Urdu.

Below is the Notification of Government of Pakistan regarding Assistance Package for families of Government Employees who die in Service.

Government has also issued the amendment in the above Notification on 22-10-2014 in connection with Retention of Government house or payment of rent for hired house for 05 years or till the age of superannuation which ever is later.

Oct 19, 2014

World's 500 Most Influential Muslims including 32 Pakistanis


The World's 500 Most Influential Muslims (also known as The Muslim 500) is annually published by Royal Islamic Strategic Center, Jordan since 2009. 

List of 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World for 2014-15 has recently been published. It starts with overall Top-50 Muslims, the remaining 450 most influential Muslims are country-wise divided in 13 categories without ranking.

The top 10 list, overwhelmed with the presence of kings and rulers, except Hajji Mohammed Abdal Wahhab, who is the Amir of Tablighi Jamaat in Pakistan. 

Top 10 Most Influential Muslims of the World

  1. His Majesty King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, King of Saudi Arabia, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques
  2. His Eminence Professor Dr Sheikh Ahmad Muhammad al Tayeb, Grand Sheikh of the Al Azhar University, Grand Imam of the Al Azhar Mosque
  3. His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Hajj Sayyid Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran
  4. His Majesty King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
  5. His Majesty King Mohammed VI, King of Morocco
  6. His Excellency Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey
  7. His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Hussein Sistani, Marja of the Hawza, Najaf, Iraq
  8. His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Sa’id Al-Sa’id Sultan of Oman
  9. His Highness General Al-Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan - Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces
  10. Hajji Mohammed Abdal Wahhab - Amir of Tablighi Jamaat in Pakistan

Most Influential Pakistanis 

32 persons from Pakistan feature in the list of 500 “Most Influential Muslims of the World”. Among the top 50, however, there are only two known figures from Pakistan: 

  • Hajji Mohammed Abd Al-Wahhab Amir of Tablighi Jamaat, Pakistan (at 10th position)
  • Sheikh Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani (at 19th position)

Following is a category-wise list of Pakistanis included in The Muslim 500.

Administration of Religious Affairs 

  • Mawlana Saleemullah Khan
  • Ayatollah Sayed Sajid Ali Naqvi
  • Siraj ul Haq

Arts and Culture

  • Al-Hajj Siddiq Ismail
  • Junaid Jamshed
  • Abida Parveen
  • Muhammad Owais Raza Qadri



Celebrities and Sports



  • Zaid Hamid
  • Aamir Liaquat Hussain
  • Mir Shakil ur Rehman

Philanthropy, Charity and Development

  • Abdul Sattar Edhi
  • Chaudhary Faisal Mushtaq
  • Prof. Dr. Adib Rizvi


  • Maulana Fazalur Rehman
  • Imran Khan
  • Nawaz Sharif

Preachers and Spiritual Guides

  • Dr. Ahmad Rafique Akhtar
  • Ameer Muhammad Akram Awan
  • Khanum Tayyaba Bukhari
  • Sheikh Muhammad Ilyas Attar Qadiri
  • Maulana Tariq Jameel

Qur’an Reciters





  • Dr. Akbar Ahmed
  • Dr. Farhat Hashmi
  • Grand Ayatollah Muhammad Hussain Najafi
  • Dr. Shaykh Tahir ul Qadri

Science and Technology

  • Prof. Atta-ur-Rehman
  • Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan
  • Umar Saif

Social Issues

  • Asma Jehangir
  • Malala Yousufzai

There is no person selected from Pakistan in Business, Celebrities and Sports, Quran Reciters, and Extremists categories.

Oct 17, 2014

25 Photos of Hajj in 1953

See these photos to know how it was like to perform Hajj in 1953. Though this is only just 60 years old, but a lot has been changed mainly due to the increase in the number of pilgrims each year.

These photos were first published in National Geographic Magazine, July 1953 edition under "From America to Makkah on Airborne Pilgrimage" by Abdul Ghafur Sheikh.

A photo of Khana Kaaba in 1953

Stalls near Majid al Haram

A bus used to transport pilgrims from place to place.

In Mina, pilgrims were cooking food themselves.

Horse and carriage was used as a means of transport for females.

Haji Camp

Pilgrims were able to choose the animals they wanted for Qurbani.

Hair shaving of a pilgrim. 

A group of pilgrims 

Muslims offering prayer outside the Masjid entrance.

Tents near Arafah mount.  

The Jamarat used to be small pillar which would be stoned symbolizing stoning of the devil.

Homes and hotels can be seen outside of the sacred masjid’s perimeter. Much of these buildings have been demolished to make way for the Masjid’s expansion. 

One of the entrances to Masjid al Haram.

National Geographic Magazine, July 1953

Pilgrims performing Tawaaf 

Kaaba and the Mataf area.

Photo of a busy street in Makkah. An Ottoman style minaret of a Masjid can be seen.

Notice Board for Non-Muslims as only Muslims are allowed to go beyond this point in Makkah.

Muslims were able to enter in the Kaaba

Pilgrims drinking Coca Cola to cool themselves.

Pilgrims offering prayer near their camels.

In those days commercial air travel was still in its early stages and it was not as widely available as it is today. Many pilgrims would travel to Makkah via a ferry or a ship.

For those who could afford it, they would embark on their journey on board small planes from nearby countries.

Photos courtesy of the National Geographic Magazine. 

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