Mufti of Crimea and Putin to unveil Moscow Cathedral Mosque

Emirali Ablayev, Mufti of Crimea, is expected to participate in the unveiling of the Moscow Cathedral Mosque due to take place prior to the Islamic holiday of Kurban Bayram on September 23.

23 September 2015 12:04

Apart from the world’s spiritual leaders and heads of Islamic states, the ceremony will also be attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as well as leaders of Palestine, Jordan, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Iran, Uzbekistan and other countries.

Built in 1904 with funds donated by a Tatar businessman and philanthropist, the mosque saw its large-scale restoration begin as far back as 2005.

In the course of the restoration, the mosque’s area has increased 20 times and currently covers 20 thousand square meters. It is now a 6-storey building that has an accommodation capacity of 10 thousand persons. There will also be a museum of Islam on the site of the mosque. It cost a total of $170 million to have the mosque renovated and decorated.

There are currently 5 officially registered mosques in Moscow, including the Cathedral Mosque.


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