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Recent Examples of mosque from the Web
In January, twin car bombings killed 35 people as outside a mosque in eastern Benghazi.
Another four bodies of civilians and four bodies of members of armed groups were deposited at a mosque in the PK5 neighborhood, confirmed Djibrine Youssouf, president of the neighborhood merchants’ association.
But true perfection, the type Nurmagomedov strives to attain as a human being, brought him to an overflow mosque in San Jose on a recent Friday afternoon.
Getty When traveling, mosques around the world become more than just a place to pray.
An assault on a mosque in November killed more than 300 people — the worst terror attack in Egypt's modern history.
An assault on a mosque in November killed more than 300 people — the worst terror attack in Egypt’s modern history.
Mr Sisi accelerated executions after an attack in November on a mosque in North Sinai that killed more than 300 people.
The assault by Islamist extremists on the al-Rawda mosque in Northern Sinai on Friday killed 305 people, and injured many others.
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Did You Know?
Mosques were known to the English-speaking world long before we called them mosques. In the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries, we used many different variations of the word - moseak, muskey, moschy, mos’keh, among others - until we finally hit on mosquee, emulating Middle French. The Middle French word had come by way of Italian and Old Spanish from the Arabic word for "temple," which is masjid. In the early 1700s, we settled on the present spelling, and mosque thus joined other English words related to Muslim worship: mihrab, for the special niche in a mosque that points towards Mecca; minaret, for the tall slender tower of a mosque; and muezzin, for the crier who, standing in the minaret, calls the hour of daily prayers.
MOSQUE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of mosque for English Language Learners
: a building that is used for Muslim religious services
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