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The Niujie Mosque - the Moon Observation Tower by Nayzak The Niujie Mosque - the Moon Observation Tower by Nayzak
Assalaamu alaikum [peace be to you],

Welcome to know Beijing's most historical and majestic mosque, the Niujie Mosque:

The NiuJie Mosque is the largest and oldest in Beijing area, in the city's Xuanwu District. It is situated in the Ox Street (NiuJie is translated as 'Ox Street' or 'Cow street'). The mosque has a history that stretches back over a thousand years, in which time it has undergone numerous refits and extensions, and has greeted Muslims from all over the world to worship.

It was originally built in 996 C.E. initiated by an Arab Scholar called 'Nasruddin'. The mosque was named as 'Libaisi' by the emperor in 1474 C.E.
Originally the mosque covered an area of nearly 10000 square meters. but I heard the government took part of it and left around 6000 square meters. The mosque is a mixture of Islamic and Chinese cultures. From the outside, its architecture is structurally based on traditional Chinese palaces while the inside has mostly Islamic and Arabic-style decorations.

Niujie mosque is reserved as the Key Point of Cultural Heritage & Relic under the State-Level Protection by the state council since January 13th, 1988.


Situated in the extreme west of the Mosque and close to the entrance of the Mosque is the Moon Observation Tower. see the map:

Muslims need to observe the moon to know the beginning and end of the 9th month in Islamic lunar calendar: the month of Ramadan. the month of fasting and blessings.
By the 29th day of Sha'ban (the 8th month) Muslims check if they can see the moon. if they can, the next day will be the first day of Ramadan. otherwise (they can't see it because of the clouds, for example), Sha'ban will be 30 days and they fast the day after. Similarly, in the 29th day of Ramadan, Muslims check if they can see the moon. if they see it, Ramadan is 29 days and the next day is the first day of Shawwal (10th month) and the first day of Eid-ul-Fitr (the small feast). Otherwise, Ramadan will continue 30 days and the feast will come one day later...


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SapphireLov3 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Student Artist
kwall
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SKYDZ Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I love this picture!
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:iconsyedasonicmario12332:
Many people say that Christians got the word Mosque from mosquitoes. What do think/ say about this.
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
I believe you are mistaken.
the word for 'Mosque' in Arabic is 'Masjid'. which became Mazquid => Mazquida => Mezquita (in Spanish)
The word entered English from a French word 'mosquee' which probably derived from Italian 'moschea', a variant of Italian 'moscheta', from either Armenian 'mzkiṭ' or Greek 'μασγίδιον', from the Arabic word 'Masjid'.

I hope this helps...
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AlexandraAlex Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Student Filmographer
Ramadan Kareem!! :D
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crazy-aika Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
is majestic!
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Guyverman Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
It would be great if more Churches in Japan, along with the far east in general could be built in traditional eastern building style like this. When you come to think of it, it really does construct a bridge between cultural gaps.

Christianity today has just become too intergrated with everything western and has spread in Asia mostly via political occupation such as war or colonization.
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woot4anime64 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Student General Artist
wow, so beautiful. How is your Ramadan, Brother, is it going well?
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syakilah Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I consider that there are no muslims were going to check the moon in 2012. by the way the mosque looks so............. colourful
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poecillia-gracilis19 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student General Artist
Actually, there are...
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