Million dollar mosques surrounded by hungry Muslims

Published: April 16, 2011

So much is spent on the building of such a grand mosque but not on the worshippers inside of it.

So much is spent on the building of such a grand mosque but not on the worshippers inside of it. So much is spent on the building of such a grand mosque but not on the worshippers inside of it. So much is spent on the building of such a grand mosque but not on the worshippers inside of it.

I came across a BBC article about the grandest mosque in Abu Dhabi.

Built in 2007, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque can accommodate up to 40,000 worshippers under its 57 domes. The breathtaking architecture is the result of a deliberate attempt to represent the many cultures within the Islamic world by incorporating Arab, Mughal, Moorish, and Turkish designs.  The interior boasts the largest chandelier and hand-woven carpet in the world.  Beautiful?  Absolutely.  Worth it?  Not so sure.

In a region where we’ve recently seen people take to the streets due to economic, financial, and social hardships, it makes me a little uncomfortable that such a structure should exist – and a religious structure, at that.  One of the tenets of Islam is Zakat, or charity. Every Muslim is required to give 2.5 per cent of his/her annual savings to charity every year, assuming such a donation would not put the individual in financial hardship.

There’s a level of irony there when so much would be spent on the building of a grand mosque but not on the worshippers inside of it.

Abu Dhabi is not the only instance there’s been such a disconnect from what we need and what we’ve chosen.  The same could be said about the giant clock built in Mecca across from the Holy Kaaba last year. The $800 million project boasts a clock that rivals Big Ben. Yet, if you speak to returning Hajjis, complaints about cleanliness and availability of facilities were common. No one was complaining about not knowing the time. The AlSaleh mosque in Yemen, built in 2008, cost $60 million to build, when approximately 40 per cent of the population lives below the poverty line.

The misuse of funds across the Muslim world is shocking when you take into account the unequal access to education, jobs, and basic healthcare within the region.  Kuwait’s GDP per capita is $54,152, compared to Jordan’s $3,466.  The UAE has an adult literacy rate of 90 per cent, whereas half of Pakistan’s adult population is illiterate. The infant mortality rate of Qatar is eight per 1,000 live births, and Afghanistan’s is 147 per 1,000 live births. The list goes on and on.

I understand that it isn’t practical to expect constant handouts from others and a government should be expected to take care of its own. But one has to wonder if there can’t be more social and economic cooperation between regional neighbors, at least.

Clearly, there are some who have more than what is needed for their population. Why rely on “the West”, which always seems to raise about a thousand other issues, when you could be relying on those closer to you?  It would potentially give the region greater autonomy.

It’s not an easy solution.  I don’t deny that. And I may be oversimplifying it.  But the idea that such an opulent mosque can exist when so many who could be praying there are affected by hunger and poverty, seems a little wrong to me. Though it may be absolutely necessary for a religious structure to be that big, I wonder if some humility couldn’t be built into it either.

Juveria Mozaffar

Juveria Mozaffar

A Chicago based financial services professional who blogs at

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Munawar Ali Shah

    Two thumbs up.Recommend

  • Siddiqui

    you are banking on these monarchies? where is ur mind?
    kings are like that… you cant ask them to be rational…
    they would do as they please… remember the mughals?
    taj mahal was built roughly at the same time when harvard was established…
    plc compare what each has given to the world…Recommend

  • parvez

    Like the theme behind your article and the way you have articulated it. In the Muslim world our problem is that we pay mere lip service to religion and ignore the essence. The more superficial stress we apply to more we distance ourselves from religion.Recommend

  • Yousaf

    What an outstanding piece of CRAP!! If you can’t praise for something, at least keep your mouth shut.

    Before writing this, read Subcontinent History, about the Mughals Empire, Kings, Queens and present Mughals too (our politicians)…and the misuse of FUND!

    Please clean up your brain, and read this, I am sure you haven’t read this before writing your article:

    I seriously doubt your caliber if you call it Misuse of Muslim wealth/fund. Recommend

  • G. Din

    “taj mahal was built roughly at the same time when harvard was established…
    plc compare what each has given to the world…”
    Depends on your point of view. Taj Mahal is one of the Seven Wonders of the World; where does Harvard stand in that category. Taj Mahal is the destination of millions and a wishful destination of billions. How many can enter or are capable of entering Harvard? Having said that, I am no fan of Taj Mahal and wish you could have taken it to Pakistan as one of the crowning achievements of Muslim rule in India. You would have saved on Minar-e-Pakistan, too.
    Commenting on the theme of this write-up, ever been to Jamma Musjid of Delhi? Last time I was there, it was surrounded by “dabbas” and a “kabadi” market where stolen goods are sold. Nearby, is the very unobtrusive memorial to Maulana Azaad, close to all that filth.Recommend

  • Fahad Raza

    Agreed Yousaf 100%. They want us appreciate any other building than mosque if it was Burj Al Arab made out of enitre gold that would please them not mosques. Recommend

  • Grace

    No one looks at the UAE as a sign of progress. Why would you expect them to understand social justice. When you take an illiterate people and suddenly given them wealth, they still behave like illiterates. They are just decadant despotic rulers who will be washed away like every other corrupt nation in the Arab world.Recommend

  • Shazia

    @Fahad Raza: Enlightened, sane people would never go on to appreciate buildings made out of gold when there are millions dying of hunger!

    @Yousaf: Your comment has no weightage. Just think what Prophet Muhammad would have felt if so much of money was spent on such construction during his time. What he preached was simplicity, and the religion Islam focuses more on establishing the foundations of proper distribution of alms and zakat.
    As far as the link you have shared, I feel mosques are supposed to be a place of worship, knowledge and an institution in itself, not just a place for tour.

    @Author: Great work! It is high time the Muslim world wakes up! Recommend

  • Qadeer Ahmed

    what a waste of time after reading this article, don’t believe someone would call it waste of money while spending on mosques. why don’t your mind goes to that tallest buildings, hotel and apartments of Emirates. Recommend

  • Ayyaz Ahmed Khan

    i think Abu Dhabis GDP is 62000$, one of th highest in the world, then why they shouldnt build this synonym of islamic culture and a magnificient place to worship, 2 thumbs down, poor articleRecommend

  • murassa sanaullah

    these rulers think they making their way to jannat by building such lavish mosques but they have forgotten there is haqool abad ,or rights of every living, why do they build such grand mosques when they donot have the feeling of Islam. give me one name of which was build by these rich rulers for the better ment of thier fellow humans.Recommend

  • Raqib Ali

    This topic is debatable.

    Millenium dome was built in London when child poverty is quite high as compared to the rest of Europe.

    Many countries build mosques, temples, synagoge and other buildings when these could be spent on the poor. Will that eleviate poverty? only a temporary relief for limited number.

    Though I believe in immediate relief for the hungry, the fact remains that such places (mosques, gardens etc) attract a lot of tourist which is good for the economy and poor people. One tourist is said to create 6 jobs!!!

    There should be a balance. The author doesn’t seem to know about that. If we follow this trend, then people will even object to ET when majority of Pakistanis cannot read English!Recommend

  • Haris

    Tribune has always been anti-sunni, anti-mullah, and anti-mosques newspaper. I agree with yousaf and fahad raza because when there is money being spent on pakistani film industry and cinema when people are dying of hunger, even at this stage you want this industry to grow because you people are hypocrites who want night clubs and bars and want women to walk around in bikini(which is synonym of freedom for you) but you are against mosques!!!Recommend

  • Tehreem Iqbal

    @G. Din and @Fahad Raza: I hope they taught you Islamiat at school. Well, God has said that your education is one of the few things which will go with you in your grave. NOT your treasure. And does not the gold used on this mosque come under the roof of Treasure? This mosque does not show Muslim Power The Divine power is with in our souls. For God’s sake since when did MONEY become power? God has said that love for money decreases the fear of god. Okay fine this mosque and taj mahal show that Muslims are very wealthy and all that.. EDUCATION? Where is education? And then comes a place to live, the poor muslims are roaming around on streets. You still want to say that Muslims have power I pity your point and the level of thinking!
    I do not agree with your point. What are you trying to tell us through the link you shared? It’s nothing related to this article. Wow. Do you think spending millions of dollars on building mosques of GOLD is better than spending that money on education and needs of an average man? I guess this is why the literacy rate is falling. It would have been better if this money would have been sent as Zakat. They can just built Mosques out of concrete and bricks and if they want them to look beautiful then a little elaboration is alright. The look does not matter, the things happening inside are what matter to God. He doesn’t care if the mosque is not beautiful, all he wants is that the people come in and pray five times a day, recite The Holy Qur’an and teach others.
    I hope you try a little bit to understand what I tried to explain to You all. :)Recommend

  • faraz

    Well when a building is constructed, thousands of workers and artisans are hired. Money gets transfered from the richer ones to the poorer sections of the society. Benazir income support fund style cash transfer is not the only method of poverty alleviation.Recommend

  • mujtaba haydar

    @Yousef, Grow up will ya!. Can’t the expatriate community stop acting like poodles for a place where they are treated worser than dogs!. Anyway, a great article, to say the least. Unfortunately, the majority of Muslims are a tad too dim to look at such things in perspective, and the few who do are looked down upon as being naive. Recommend

  • CB Guy

    Well lets not forget how many billions we spend on Presidential Palaces and Other useless Government accommodations. May be we can cut those regular expenses first before having lesser budgets for such Masajids that are made once in many years. Recommend

  • Hamaad

    I don’t understand why people are so dismissive of this article – planting thoughts such as what the author has articulated are a way to start a conversation on how to improve the situation that the poor are in.

    investing in education is the best start and i have not seen many countries in the middle east or south asia make it easier for their citizens to gain access to education. instead of spending in many grandiose and lavish, it would be nice to see some of that money invested back into the development of the people. Recommend

  • Nadeem Ahmed

    Ayyaz Ahmed Khan, sir, GDP stats are very confusing and unrealistic. One person is earning 0ne million $ and other is not earning anything, but according to GDP, both are making half million. The majority of labour in Abu Dhabi is living close to poverty line, but on paper they are making 62000 dollars a year. They are far more richer than they think. Article is not about mosques, its about mentality. 2 thumbs up, great article.Recommend

  • Abdul Aleem

    The Writer has no understanding of the affairs of Middle East, she is comparing Yemen with Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi has the highest per capita income in the world. I live in Abu Dhabi and no one sleeps hungry in Abu Dhabi and the mosque is NOT surrounded by hungry people. UAE does enough in charity. The corrupt and characterless leadership in many Muslim countries is neither UAE’s fault nor they are responsible for fixing it. Extremely Poor Analysis.Recommend

  • http://Lahore. DIG

    A point to ponder?Recommend

  • A R Khan, Wisconsin

    Why do you feel a “little” uncomfortable? It certainly prompted you to write this blog, so I don’t think you feel “just a little” uncomfortable. We all should be feeling very very uncomfortable. Good job done!Recommend

  • M M Malik

    The mosque of holy Prophet (saw), more 1400 years ago had a roof of date palm stalks and an earthen floor. Yet the greatest communion between God and man took place in these humble environs. Recommend

  • Naumann

    It’s a totally biased paper, it doesn’t even have its facts correct. The Abu Dhabi masjid article, that is a grand masjid, is totally ridiculous.

    Abu Dhabi’s ex president the late Shiekh Rashid & late Shiekh Zayed (may Allah have mercy on their soouls) loved Pakistan, so much that Shaikh Zayed even married in Pakistan. And not only Pakistan, but many Muslim countries. Unaccountable amounts of charity work have been carried out by Abu Dhabians. If they build a grand masjid in the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, what is bothering the ET idiots… jealousy.

    We have a grand masjid in Islamabad, Lahore, why not object to those…? How ironic.

    When Loon, the famous rapper visited Abu Dhabi he converted to a Muslim. Dig up his vids, I posted them on my profile long time back, and see how good he has become from a million dollar spendthrift to an honest and good Muslim. I doubt he would have had the same feelings inside of lets say Islamabad. I love my country, but I hate the hypocrisy that exists.

    You people should be writing on the corrupt leadership that is destroying the country to the core. Not worry about another country’s pomp.Recommend

  • faizan hayat

    it was complementing speech to materialistic approach.its admirable to criticize luxurious likings of gulf leaders but there are certain things are beyond the staples of life and mosques is supposed to be the one. there could be other luxurious buildings and aggravating spending on vulgarities that could have presented your point categorically. i appreciate the way it was cited against the extravagance of gulf leaders despite poverty and hunger that just put 4 million ppl under $1.23 per day poverty line but making a Mosque a focal point is not about to acknowledge. Recommend

  • faizan hayat

    @Abdul Aleem:
    his writing just not covering the abu dhabi but surrounding of whole region in which the those states are also included which are under uprising and riots nowadays.being muslim its not allowed to b luxurious while watching hunger staying with neighbors. Recommend

  • Naheed Naveed

    I guess we are missing the point as I see some posters rile against the author and any money being spend on a mosque. Some of the fortunate who live in the Arab communities are actually paid servants. No Arab nation in the Gulf will allow a legal migration of its workers unlike Europe and America.You can work in these Arab countries enjoy all the financial benefits but eventually you have to go back to your country of origin.
    Look at Dubia it can boast of every Western influence but it was built on the back of labors from third world countries being paid slave wages is this the new standard of Muslim nations?
    The Royal family the Saudis the Kings are a corrupt set of dictators who built their legacy on the wealth that they accumulate and seem to get a pass from their Muslim brothers.
    These grandiose mosques are another example of the material possession we as human have become accustomed to while we ignore the millions of Muslims suffering in our countries.
    Remember folks we come into this world with NOTHING and when we die we leave with NOTHING! that said doe you need these gaudy Las Vegas type mosques to be a definition of us as a people?Recommend

  • Biff Henderson

    This mosque stands for the same reason Israeli has been kicking butt since 1948, the Will of Who? Come on, you can say it. Deny it and you deny Who? Don’t go all defensive and rashly type something heretical. Recommend

  • aila

    This is a gross display of Capitalistic boasting and greed .As with Dubai ,it is ugly because it represents the neglect and suffering of many Muslim countries and peoples.
    These places are built to show the world the power and the richness of the few groups that control and lie about proceeds from oil sales.Not to worship God but to worship the builder and the men in power.
    It is a shameful display of corruption to Muslims who love Allah,their families and country.Recommend

  • http://Newark Cherish Raj

    @G Din

    I am also not a big fan of the Taj Mahal. It is just a symbol of Mughal colonialism and oppression. But having said that, the Taj today provides income to a number of poor people and is a source of foreign exchange. But the Harvard is a great institution where researchers work on new technologies and unravel the secrets of the natural world. Its medical school strives to make the world a better place for humans, animals and plants. Its public policy institute produces modern bureaucrats and its law school contributes immensely to the legal fraternity around the world. Harvard’s contribution to the world is priceless. We need such institutions in India. Recommend

  • kamal

    @mujtaba: ” worse than poodle” you live in a fools world… majority of the middle class Pakistanis living in uae have more respect than they can ever receive in pakistan, they all love pakistan but ask them to return on permanent basis and see what they have to say. decent standard of living..constant electricity.. law and order are just the many things that the country offers. I can bet if they offer you a job you would come running with your tongue hanging out.. lets not worry about the world. we cannot point fingers at anybody. our country has gone to the dogs. where is the article about the million of rupees being wasted on the parliament lodges to cater for the parliamentarians which do damn all!!..Recommend

  • Yousaf

    @mujtaba haydar: Well, grow up…it’s not your advice, it’s state of your mind. I can figure out from your words how much positiveness is there. If the people are treated so worsen then dogs, why the millions of expatriates are living and working in ME.? They are free to leave the country at any moment. You are not talking facts as you don’t know them. Do you know the condition of expatriates in Europe/UK?

    They are already doing a lot for the world, at once, if Middle East stop remittance to Pakistan, you guys will be crucified by further tax, rise in prices of household commodities, electricity, fuel and even water because you are such a corrupt nation. Your economy afloat on foreign remittances.

    @Tehreem Iqbal
    Similarly, I don’t agree with you.. :) Shaikh Zyed Masjed is the symbol of UAE’s National pride, rich cultural values, a shining history, love to their leadership and an icon of a prosperous nation, at the same time attracting thousands of visitors including Muslims and non Muslims, who are briefed about the exact teaching of Islam, unlike your Mullahs. Do you have anything like that in Pakistan?Recommend

  • Yousaf

    @kamal: you are absolutely right my dear, I know the expatriates who can not spend even 10 days in Pakistan. Recommend

  • Yousaf

    @Fahad Raza Thank you.

    @Shazia: Thank you, I don’t want to debate on your comments!! Recommend

  • Yousaf

    Ok.. here you go, one American family visited the mosque, the lady has posted the thoughts, pictures….

  • Talib

    Well, this is a pretty controversial article, but I do agree with the views of the author to some extent. Just because people are dying because of hunger, does not mean that you stop spending money at places of worship. This also does not mean that you build grand structures in places like Yemen where people are not given their due rights.

    This particular mosque referred to in the article, can generate billions of dollars in terms of tourism. It is a structure made to last for centuries as well. That money can always be used to feed the poor while improving the image of the Muslim world at the same time.

    I would have, however, appreciated if some proportion of this money actually went into a university, but you cannot argue with a sheikh can you?Recommend

  • Juveria Mozaffar

    Wow, never did I think this post would start this much of a debate. It’s been a great learning experience for me as a writer, reading all of your comments. Though admittedly some may have been more constructive than others. However, I feel the point may be getting a bit lost here since some readers can’t get past my focus on mosques.
    My point was actually quite simple: I feel the Muslim world could be doing more. I believe mosques, which are typically state commissioned, provide a valuable educational and social institution to their communities. But as a Muslim, I do not want a beautiful mosque to be the greatest representation of my faith. I feel a greater and more powerful representation of it would be our actions. The way we help each other. Some of these gov’ts have more money than they know what to do with, and others don’t. Why not help our Muslim brothers and sisters out? Forego the $10 million chandelier, and maybe help build a hospital where there isn’t one for miles for people to use. I think if we did that, the world would recognize us by the beauty of our faith and not by our divisiveness or plush resorts.
    And I have already stated this is an oversimplification of the issue. There is a whole web of economics, politics, etc to work through. But I thought this was at least something worth thinking about.
    Thank you again for all your comments. Recommend

  • G. Din

    @Cherish Raj
    Of course you are right about Harward University and would wish along with you for all our universities to adopt it as the star to steer by.
    I don’t, however, agree with you about the Taj. So what, if many people are making their living off of it. They would have found alternative means of doing so. But, Taj is a disgrace and an affront to humanity. No matter how beautiful it is (architecture is the only field Muslims excelled in -for a while), it, like Babri, is a monument of humiliation for Indians. It was built over a period of 20 years by a legion of Indian labour. Even Urdu poets have denounced it as an insult to the common man.Recommend

  • Hafeez Ishak

    It was a very thought provoking blog written by Ms. Mozaffar. As a matter of fact it is evident all over the world. Here in the United States we see this challenge very prevalent. I believe the thought behind writing this blog was for us readers, and all the Muslim Autocrats around the world to think about this issue of hunger amongst Muslims, and work on it to correct it.

    I would encourage Ms. Mozaffar to write more blogs or articles about issues that are challenging. This blog had a lot of substance in it, and hopefully in future all of her articles and blogs will have equal substance in it too.

    Once again two thumbs up for Ms. Mozaffar.Recommend

  • http://Attock Nowsherwan

    Why do i see you targeting religious edifice but ignoring those luxurious hotels, towering shopping malls, soccer teams, cruise ships etc owned by sleazily Arabs? You could easily thrash their apathy by highlighting their extravagance but you pointed your guns towards the state of the art mosque, at least it embodies our religious glory unlike those burjes or malls.I like your approach but you seem equally apathetic.Recommend

  • http://Attock Nowsherwan

    Why do i see you targeting religious edifice but ignoring those luxurious hotels, towering shopping malls, soccer teams, cruise ships etc owned by sleazily rich Arabs? You could easily thrash their apathy by highlighting their extravagance but you pointed your guns towards the state of the art mosque, at least it embodies our religious glory unlike those burjes or malls.I like your approach but you seem equally apathetic.Recommend

  • hassan

    @Juveria Mozaffar:

    That was a terrific blog with tremendous insights for every right thinking religious person.

    In Sri Lanka, India and Malaysia, I have seen temples driving pilgrimage tourism giving rise to employment to thousands of people. The temples get a lot of donations from devotees, which the temples invest in hospitals, and schools.

    A Bangladeshi friend of mine got his eyes treated at Chennai (in South India) at a hi-tech eye hospital. I learn that the hospital was funded by a brahmin religious head, with donations from people all across the world.

    Mosques are definitely in needed in a religious society. They do give an impetus to the economy. As crowds throng, mosques do get richer, but, they should ensure that the society too gets something in return

    There is no point in getting on-way traffic to mosques. If the mosques get money as donation from the faithful, they in turn give it back to society, in the form of hospitals and colleges, instead of indulging in fancy chandeliers and mirrors and marble floors. Recommend

  • parvez

    @kamal: You call it like it is. Well said.Recommend

  • Fahad raza

    @yousaf thanks for the link mate it seems quite the reverse that the american lady(who posted them) and her family like the mosque very much. Even the post followers and here some are judgmental about a beautiful mosque.
    for the pictures. Now i have been to UAE and they bulid mosques with passion this one is magnificent. And writer the people around this mosque are definitely not hungry they are VERY RICH.
    but if you said Faisal Mosque here in Islamabad that would not be inaccurate.Recommend

  • Naheed Naveed

    @Nowsherwan You seemed miffed that the author has diverted her energy targeting religious edifice well if she did what you desired then it would be volumes of a blog. So, take a chill pill and why did YOU not write about the excesses like luxurious hotels, towering shopping malls, soccer teams, cruise ships etc owned by sleazily rich Arabs?
    That is the problem with many Pakistanis they refuse to bring out the ills in our society but when one does mention such excess in mosque the author gets attacked for gunning towards the state of the art mosque?
    The fact is Pakistan is a slave to the Arab world, we have to ignore their sleazy behavior because we are afraid they will cut the strings and the pittance they throw our way.
    So @Nowsherwan here is your task to identify the luxurious hotels, towering shopping malls, soccer teams, cruise ships I for one would love to know the details of these monster projects built by laborer from India & Pakistan living in horrific conditions and paid slave wages.
    If you cannot do that then ZIP-IT and be grateful that at least Juveria Mozaffa has high lighted an issue that has bought abut decent conversation so we can all view the hypocrisy that exist in our own Muslim world.Recommend

  • Mukhtar Ahmad

    **1. Education,History and Public welfare should not be confused wi-

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    th each other.The Taj Mahal,Cambridge and Harvard are all parts of our collective history.If Cambridge was established in India, Mullahs would at once declare it anti Islamic and the teachers as Kafirs.
    – – Prof. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad

    – – Islamabad

    – Pakistan-

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  • http://Attock Nowsherwan

    @Naheed Naveed Perhaps you are too quick in answering my query and showing it is you alone who care, believe you me i am equally concerned about the sad fate of my Muslim brethren..In your impulsive attempt to counter my objection you forgot the real essence of my comment.I was referring to the money spent on luxury and sensual pleasures, which sadly escaped the criticism of the writer,I never wanted her to write volumes but Mosques alone don’t justify her knock.At least mosques are not creating segregation in our society, they are built with good intent, to bring the Muslims under a roof to bow before their Creator.I absolutely am not saying that the money spent on mosques is best utilized what i was trying to convey is that other extravagance should highlighted as well.BUT since you considered yourself liberal enough to thrash on anything which might support even a religious structure, you ignored the gist of my comment.
    Problem with many Pakistanis might be to refuse to bring out the ills in society but another problem rampant amongst the self righteous liberals like you is the lack of forbearance. I cannot oblige to your harebrained request to ZIP IT, since i believe in debate and discussion not in shutting other up just because he/she thinks differently from the way i think. Recommend

  • Omer

    Dear Juveria….please dont use the word MOSQUE as mosque means house of mosquito…The correct word is MASJID……Kindly use MASJID instead of MOSQUE……Thanks…. Recommend

  • yaarku

    lovely, excellentRecommend

  • Hasan

    Excellent piece there, but it is not just those rich Muslims, there is a proverb Charity begins at home. The Government is building a ‘memorial’ to Benazir Bhutto from the taxpayer money! I don’t know if it comes in that category but if that money can be used in relief of the 2010 flood refugees half of their problems will be solved.

    Muslims are corrupt both morally and spiritually. That is why we are falling downRecommend

  • umar

    How much charity you give
    answer this question all other are just making fun of othersRecommend

  • Raqib Ali

    @ Omer

    Oh Please!! Can you not see that ‘definition’ somone forwards those emails about the meaning of Mosque, Mohd etc…

    I find those ‘fake’ translations to be insulting and spread by MUNAFAQEEN. If you look at the translation they give the word to Mohd, can any Muslim even repeat that, let alond forward it to all Muslims.

    Can you tell me which dictionary says that Mosque means house of mosquito? I have consulted Oxford, Cambridge and Collins dictionary but your definition is non existent!

    Quran says when a Fasiq (mischevious)
    person brings a news, verify it before spreading.
    Stop spreading and believing in those emails!!!!Recommend

  • ambareen

    @Fahad Raza:
    that is because burj-ul-arab is a hotel made by someone to earn money….but when you build sth in the name of religion it is supposed to reflect the essence of that religion….Recommend

  • syed Salman

    I have visited the Shk. Zayed Grand mosque and it is a true master piece. this mosque has been built spending millions of dollars. where do those millions of dollars go? contractors, suppliers, laborours, middle-men, plumbers, electricians, engineers, architects. an overwhelming majority of them are muslims from around the world.

    The Shk. Zayed mosque is a tourism generator for centuries ahead. it is a piece of contemporary art for generations to marvel.

    it may not truly capture the spirit of worship, but it is certainly NOT a waste.Recommend

  • Tania Mirza

    yes are right hasanRecommend

  • Naheed Naveed

    @ Nowsherwan – I am delighted beyond belief that you believe in debate and discussion not in shutting other up just because he/she thinks differently from the way i think. yet you have no problem boxing people who do not share your view point as a “liberal.”
    There would be no “sensual pleasures” enjoyed by our Arab Muslim brothers if the true & self -righteous holier than thou pious Muslims made some noise when they commenced with …these excesses like luxurious hotels, towering shopping malls, soccer teams, cruise ships! There are a lot of screamers and enough with the discussion and talking by the looks of it what has that achieved?
    Obviously you think these gaudy, materialistic ornamented Las Vegas type Mosques or Masjids are what our Creator desires to bring the Muslims under a roof to bow before Him?
    What happened to simplicity did it fly out of the window with materialism? Some one mentioned that these bazillion dollar mosques provided service and employment to many I guess one can pay slaves to work at any price these days!
    Being a liberal or conservative is a label which does not solve the problems of the world it just pushes us into a corner where we can shout at each other and achieve nothing.Recommend

  • http://Attock Nowsherwan

    @Naheed simplicity doesn’t apply only to mosques, it applies to other things as well? but i won’t argue further as i see our views will converge to a point sooner than later!! just one last thing “our Creator desired a lot, it’s just not about showing simplicity when it comes to mosques it’s about the way we live as well THERE DEFINITELY ARE A LOT OF OTHER ILLS “MUCH LARGER THAN SPENDING BILLIONS ON MOSQUES ,WHICH DESERVES GREATER ATTENTION”Recommend

  • Tehreem Iqbal

    Hmm, so what you are saying is that it’s better to not care about the population dying of hunger and poverty. And building is so much better, no? Gold, silver.. TREASURE oh joy. I’m not saying that it’s a sin to built mosques, OBVIOUSLY it’s a good deed. But I guess you don’t care about the poor people. Too sad.Recommend

  • akbar

    so trueRecommend

  • BM

    I read the following story in the ‘Letters to the editor’ Section of an English Daily a couple of years ago. Not sure about its authenticity, but gives a certain perspective to the issue above.

    In the early years of the Jewish state of Israel, people came up with the idea to create the largest synagogue in the world to commemorate their country. A large campaign was launched to generate funds from across the world. A total of US$ 1.5 Billion was collected, which was a hefty sum in those days. The people brought this amount to the chief Rabbi, and asked to commence on this project. He said that he would not do so. Instead, he would put this money in trust to ensure that every Jewish child is given a good education.

    Currently they can boast a 100% literacy rate, and one of the highest college degree holders per capita. Resultantly, there have been over 250 Jewish Nobel Laureates and a number of inventors from this tiny community. Compare this to 3 Noble prize winners from the Muslim world (which is a 100 times bigger in population), the first of whom we didn’t even consider a Muslim!Recommend

  • http://none kathleen7546

    Very good point. I have been trying to ‘get’ why there are such differences in caring about the individual in Muslim, Christian and Asian civilizations. Western Civ certainly correlates with prosperity – lowest % of people in poverty. and with Nobel prises. Muslims 6, Jews 130. I would like a figure for Asians and Christians.
    The WHO site has a map of Africa with the percentage of FGM by country. Egypt leads the world at 97%. How is this compatable with any civilization??
    If you kill people for disagreeing you cancel thinking in general. Not good for prosperity or the human spirit. Saudi Arabia has beheaded 1,100 people since 1990.
    The WHO site has the letter they sent to the American Academy of Pediatrics requesting they decist asking M.D.s to consider doing Female Genital Mutilation in office. Septic or antiseptic, an atrosity
    is an atrosity. Recommend

  • http://none kathleen7546

    @Cherish Raj:
    Speaking of the Taj, I just read that Shah Jahan’s son deposed him, reinstituted dhimmitude and went on a campaign to replace the Hindu Temples with Mosques. Not in battle; Mughals were already in India for a century. He could have used all the energy building roads and schools.
    Speaking of Harvard…..I went “next door” to Boston Univ. The alum mag is BOSTONIA. A 2008 issue has an article by Dr. Hasan a former Pakastani Ambassador to the U.K. He gives a stat that more books are translated into Spanish annually than were translated into Arabic in the last century. Yes, century. In a real sense they just do not know much. Just what are the studies in the Arab League countries? Do they learn geography, have a course on world lit., world history etc?
    I do not see how the elimination of Jews will change Musims lives one bit.
    Nobel Prizes go to Jews way more than to Christians or Asians. Muslims only have a very, very few. Muslims would be on the Nobel Prize map and on the prosperity map too if they stopped thinking so much about Infidels. Recommend

  • Adeela

    How many of use will help a lot to the poor after getting money?only a fraction will go after it because 1st v will change the school of our kid(from a public school 2 some international school)rather than 2 spend at 20 kids who have no money 2 even purchaz the books.v will go 2 a super market 2 get a branded sut rather than 2 spend at the person who has only 1 or 2 old pieces of clothz.this z wt v actually r.Recommend

  • Zeeshan Ahmed

    Good Article!!!
    there are very few People or rather MUSLIMS.. who thinks that way…. !

    All these things which We muslims are doing today… Are all signs of Qimaah….(the day of Judgement) if u guys dont agree then listne to this urdu bayan….. Recommend

  • Aaliyah Amateur

    I can usually judge a fellow by what he laughs at.Recommend

  • MS- Mariya

    Well there are no hungry muslims around the abu dhabi mosque. I don’t think you should target an already built mosque to ask rich muslim countries to give more charity. May be an article about how to stop building more mosque and giving more to charity would make sense.

    Having worked in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, I can say that the wealth is mind blowing. Abu Dhabi and Dubai have built roads, building, schools etc for their people!! Its not as if the rulers are eating local people wealth like in Pakistan through corruption. Recommend