Müezzin mahfili

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The müezzin mahfili in the Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey

The müezzin mahfili (Turkish), or in Arabic known as مكبرية (Mukabariyah) is a special raised platform in a mosque, opposite to the minbar, where the muezzin carries out his duties to call for prayer and chants in response to the imam's prayers.

Not all mosques have this as it is not a mandatory requirement for a mosque. In mosques without a müezzin mahfili, the muezzin calls for prayer and does his duties behind to place of the imam beside with other worshippers.

Mosques which have a muezzin mehfili include the grand mosque in Mecca (Masjid al Haram) and Masjid Nabawi. The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul (pictured) was built as a Christian church but was converted to a mosque when the city was conquered by the Turks. A müezzin mahfili was added.