Posted on 05/20/2012 by __socrates

Anglice minaret. From manar, “a place were a fire is lit, lighthouse, pillar,” The lofty turret of a mosque. from which the Mu’azzin, or “caller to prayer,” invites the people to prayer. In the early days of Islam there were no minarets to the mosques, those as Quba’ and al-Madinah being erected by ‘Umar ibn ‘Abdi ‘l-‘Aziz, A.H. 86. [MOSQUE.]

Based on Hughes, Dictionary of Islam