Russia unveils one of the biggest mosques of Europe.
According to Moscow Times, a mosque was inaugurated in Moscow on Wednesday September 23, which is one of the grandest mosques of Europe. This new mosque was constructed over a period of ten years. This grand mosque has the capacity to house about 10,000 people at a time. Russian President Viladimir Putin, along with Turkish President Recep Erdogan and Palestine’s leader Mahmoud Abbas attended the opening ceremony of the mosque.
This mosque is built at the site of an old mosque which was demolished so that this grand mosque could be constructed in its place. Rushan Abbyasov, deputy chairman of Russia’s Council of Muftis said, “The new mosque, which is built on the site of the city’s original mosque, will be able to accommodate more than 10,000 people, about 10 times more than its predecessor.”
This newly inaugurated mosque in Moscow is believed to be parallel to two other giant mosques in North Caucasus region; the Heart of Chechnya in Grozny and the Grand Mosque in Makhachkala, Dagestan. Rushan Abbyasov stated that the mosque has six floors with an area of 19,000 square metres; this mosque in Moscow is all set to become one of the prime mosque in Europe.
Rushan Abbyasov said, “The opening of the mosque will only slightly improve the situation during religious holidays. They pray in winter, in the cold and in the rain. Believe me, it is really uncomfortable when you have to kneel in a puddle of water.”
Yet regardless of its gigantic size housing installation of several video screens so that the prayer could be broadcasted, it is likely to become a rouble to cater to the increasing number of Muslims in Russia. Seeing that there are estimated 2 million Muslism living in Moscow, this giant mosque will not be able to resolve the problem of a need of places of worship for Muslims in Moscow.
Moscow currently has only four mosques whereas there is a total population of 200,000 Muslims living in a city of about 10 million. Nonetheless, at the occasion of Muslim high days tens of thousands of Muslims pour into these mosques in Moscow further those who don’t find places pray on roads and sidewalks while holding back the flow of pedestrians and cars for hours.