Probably the largest (and most photographed) Masjid in Johannesburg, is the Nizamiye Masjid in Midrand - also referred to as the Turkish Mosque.
The mosque is very visible from the N1 highway between Johannesburg and Pretoria and generated interest from Muslim and non-Muslim Joburgers. I won’t go into the story of the mosque as it’s all available on Wikipedia and many excellent photosets are all over the net too. Here are some of the best pictures I’ve come across.
The space itself is grand. From the intricately painted tiles and massive ceilings down to the calligraphy design on the taps, it’s a sight to behold.
The picture above is of the dining area below the main courtyard where Iftaar is catered after sunset. It’s well organised and operates at scale, very different from the traditional bring-and-share system at other Masaajid.
There are a few procedural differences in ritual too. Tasbeeh is lead by the Imam after Salaat, the Muazzin recites Dhikr and Durood at intervals before and after Salaat and there is Quran recited by the Imam at other times.
Being a Saturday lots of families decided to come for Magrib and stay until after Taraweeh. Overall the atmosphere was excellent. I see the Turkish community bringing a different perspective on Islam in the city. It adds a diversity that can be drawn on the increase our understanding and spiritual experince.