An essential part of a mosque is the minaret. They come in many shapes and sizes and some mosques have only one minaret, while larger mosques may have several. I have read that the perfect minaret should ideally look like a sharpened pencil, however building a minaret requires expertise, so many do not appear this way. Many minarets are topped with the crescent moon, symbolizing Islam, much like the cross represents Christianity. However some Islamic scholars argue that there is no basis for topping off minarets with the crescent moon. I rather like the look myself – it seems to be a nice finishing touch. I was struck by the contrast of the beauty of the gleaming gold top of this minaret with the old rundown building in front of it.
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