Mosques have always played a vital role in the promotion of Islamic teachings throughout the Muslim world. Symbolically, mosque reflects Islamic culture and its architectural heritage. Having been inspired by the role of the mosques, late Sardar Rais Ghazi Mohammad, a prominent social and political personality as well as the landlord of a large Estate, laid the foundation stone of famous "Bhong Mosque" in 1932 in village Bhong, Tehsil Sadiqabad, District Rahim-yar Khan. This mosque is located at the distance of 200 kilometers from
2. In conceiving the Bhong mosque, Sardar Rais Ghazi Muhammad borrowed stylistic elements from monuments in
3. Sardar Rais Ghazi used modern materials freely in the ancillary structure such as the gates, the small mosque and the porch of the large mosque. He applied traditional materials and craftsmanship only to the interior of the mosque. His intention was to represent as many forms of vernacular craft and Islamic architectural features as possible using a combination of traditional and modern materials. Hence the Bhong Mosque Complex represents a monumental achievement in these terms and helps in the revival of traditional crafts.
4. The construction of mosque was carried out by renowned masons and craft men/calligraphers/painters from Rajasthan (
5. The mosque was initially a Complex consisted of a small mosque but was later converted to a prayer hall and a library for women, madrassa and residential dormitories for students and visitors.
6. In recognition of his significant sole attempt to create a local Islamic Center of learning and building crafts, Sardar Rais Ghazi Mohammad was award the Agha Khan Award of Architecture by His Highness Prince Karim Agha Khan in 1986 at