by Mahira Khan
Last year, I visited 12 mosques in four days, then 12 mosques in 12 days and made several observations. In August 2013 my husband, Idrees Gill, and I took a cross-country road trip during the last ten days of Ramadan for our move to Florida from California.
We made sure to turn the 3,000-mile trip into a spiritually beneficial one by visiting 12 mosques in four days. Soon after Eid-ul-Fitr, we travelled to Turkey for our honeymoon. Specifically, we visited Istanbul, the capital, and Antalya, a coastal city in the South. Our adventure in the unique Eurasian nation would be even more insightful than the road trip, as we experienced 12 mosques in 12 days, many within walking distance of one another.
We began to notice that a majority of the mosques layouts were more community-oriented in Turkey than in the US. This is true even for century-old Mosques. However, their functions, the ways the respective communities used them were the opposite.