A mosque is a place of worship for followers of Islam. Muslims often refer to
the mosque by its Arabic name, masjid, Arabic: مسجد.
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, which has more
community and social amenities.
The mosque serves as a place where Muslims can come together for prayer, as well
as a center for information, education, and dispute settlement. The Imam leads
They have developed significantly from the open-air spaces that were the Quba
Mosque and Al-Masjid al-Nabawi in the 7th century. Many mosques have elaborate
domes, minarets, and prayer halls. Mosques originated on the Arabian Peninsula,
but are now found in all inhabited continents.