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“Far from his spiritual home, an African Muslim faces Mecca during prayer in Mopti, Mali, a trade center on the southern rim of the Sahara. His rooftop outpost on the sunbaked mud mosque overlooks a branch of the Niger River.” Photograph from “The Sword and the Sermon” by Thomas J. Abercrombie, published in the July 1972 issue of National Geographic.

“Far from his spiritual home, an African Muslim faces Mecca during prayer in Mopti, Mali, a trade center on the southern rim of the Sahara. His rooftop outpost on the sunbaked mud mosque overlooks a branch of the Niger River.

Ramadan 2013 In Pictures: Muslims Celebrate Around The Globe (PHOTOS)

Ramadan Around The World

Ramadan 2013 In Pictures: Muslims Celebrate Around The Globe (PHOTOS)

The Hassan II Mosque is in Casablanca and is the largest mosque in Morocco and the fifth largest in the world. Designed by French architect Michel Pinseau, it stands on the edge of the coast looking out to the Atlantic; the water can be seen through a giant glass floor with space for 25,000 worshippers. A further 80,000 can be accommodated in the mosque's adjoining grounds for a total of 105,000 worshippers present at any given time at the Hassan II mosque. Its minaret is the world's…

Blue and green: Hassan II Mosque The Hassan II Mosque is in Casablanca Largest mosque in Morocco largest/ world. Designed by French architect Michel Pinseau. The minaret is the world's tallest at 210 m ft).

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