LAHORE - Renowned Islamic scholar Maulana Tariq Jamil delivered the sermon and led the Friday prayers at at the world’s 7th largest mosque, Jamia Masjid Bahria Town.

Tariq Jamil highly appreciated the beautiful architecture of the mosque and also made special dua for Malik Riaz. He also appreciated the welfare initiatives made by Bahria Town, saying that the entire nation should follow his footsteps.

“It is vital for the Muslims to be unified and repent for their sins,” the scholar said. While reciting surah Tayyba and the event of Karbala, he said that all Muslims should learn valuable lessons from the martyrdom of Imam Hussain for a better Pakistan.

Bahria Town administration had made special security arrangements for the event and the entire premise of the mosque was fully occupied with more than 100,000 people, of all ages and from all sects. People from surrounding cities and towns also participated in the Friday gathering. A large number of women were also present in the dedicated areas for them.

This masterpiece of indigenous Pakistani architecture has been designed by Nayyar Dada and has a capacity to accommodate 70,000 people, making it the world’s 7th largest mosque. There are dedicated praying areas for women, a school and an Islamic Art Gallery.

The interior is absolutely magnificent, with beautiful calligraphy done by some renowned names in Islamic art. The carpet has been custom-made from Turkey and there are hundreds of luminous chandeliers that have been imported from various parts of the globe, creating a vibrant Islamic ambiance. The structure comprises four minarets, each standing tall at 165 ft, and a Grand Dome in the center which that is surrounded by 20 smaller domes. The most fascinating feature about this masterpiece is that the exterior consists of 4 million 2.5inch Multani tiles which have been handmade with special Multani mitti and hand placed by the craftsmen. It took four years alone just to place these tiles.