American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A Muslim house of worship.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A Mohammedan place of worship and the ecclesiastical organization with which it is connected; a Mohammedan church. The architectural character of mosques varies greatly, according as they occupy free or cramped sites, and as in construction they are original foundations or adaptations of existing buildings. The normal plan of the mosque is rectangular, and includes, besides the covered place of worship proper, an open cloistered court with a fountain for ablutions, and one or more minarets from which the faithful are summoned to prayer at stated hours. The dome, supported on pendentives, and the arch, usually pointed, of the horseshoe (Saracenic) form, and springing from slender columns, together with elaborate and often splendidly colored surface-ornament, mainly geometrical, are features of very frequent occurrence. In the interior the chief decoration is found in numerous hanging lamps. The direction of Mecca is indicated by a niche or recess, sometimes a mere tablet inscribed with verses from the Koran, called the mihrab. A class of mosques is set apart for the instruction of young men, and with many of the larger there are connected hospitals and public kitchens for the benefit of the poor. See cuts under Moorish, mimbar, and minaret.
- n. Islam A place of worship for Muslims, corresponding to a church or synagogue in other religions, often having at least one minaret; a masjid.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A Mohammedan church or place of religious worship.
- n. (Islam) a Muslim place of worship that usually has a minaret
- From French mosquée, from Italian moschea, ultimately from Arabic مسجد (masjid), literally ‘place of prostration’. (Wiktionary)
- French mosquée, from Old French mousquaie, from Old Italian moschea, from moscheta, from Old Spanish mezquita, from Arabic masjid; see masjid. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Not content with all this, they built a small miniature mosque at the door with some loose bricks, so that no one could go either out or in without the risk of knocking it down, or so injuring this _mock mosque_ as to rouse, or enable the evil - minded to rouse, the whole Mahommedan population against the offender.”
“claim" to Jerusalem is allegedly based on what is written in the koran, which although does not mention Jerusalem even once, nevertheless talks of the "furthest mosque" (in Sura 17: 1): «Glory be unto Allah who did take his servant for a journey at night from the sacred mosque to the furthest mosque».”
“Google the term "mosque vandalized" and you find 244,000 results.”
“In Khaled Hosseini's 2003 novel, The Kite Runner, the mosque is a place of childhood memories, either despite or because Hosseini was himself raised as a secular Muslim.”
“If for Hosseini the mosque is a place of solace amid the voids of absence and death, for Salman Rushdie, in his 1981 novel, Midnight's Children, the Indian mosque is an inert witness to events mundane and catastrophic at the same time it is an indifferent utility of life and death.”
“The former Governor of Vermont told the Huffington Post that he "stood by" the remarks he had made earlier in the day on WABC radio in which he called the mosque plan "a real affront to people who lost their lives [on 9/11].”
“The Muslim Council of Britain, of which the mosque is an affiliate, said: ‘Some of the statements are deeply offensive, but it would be very wrong, and quite unfair, to smear the whole centre.’”
“That, plus the creation of the mosque (which people are in denial about, bandying non-religious terms like "meditation center" or somesuch - please, a mosque is a mosque is a mosque), which finally gives the devotees of Islam a place to pray (smackdab in the middle of what used to a fish pond is a Catholic Church, so fair is fair). posted by Dean at”
“Critics charge that having what they call a mosque so close to what they consider hallowed ground is an insult to the victims 'families, especially because the attack was perpetrated in the name of Islam.”
“Conaway later told investigators that he considered himself "anti-government" and, just hours before he called the mosque, was barred by a judge from having contact with his grandchildren, authorities said.”
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