Area, allocated for construction of Crimea’s cathedral mosque, is not good enough for such a solid place of worship as it will not accommodate all comers on big holidays and will be difficult to reach by the transport.

Chairman of Crimean “Qirim Birligi” civil organization Seitumer Nimetullaev announced this to local media. 

“We need at least three ha of land to build the mosque. Looking ahead, the mosque should accommodate not less than 30-40 thousand people. Moreover, there are plans to build a madrassa (Muslim religious school,-ed.) on its territory, so we should think about a building where the pupils will live”- Nimetullaev said.

Commenting Nimetullaev’s statement, Mejlis deputy head Nariman Dzhelal has no right to make announcements on behalf of Crimean Tatar people.

“It was Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people and the Muftiyat, who had worked on the issue, so these are the Mejlis and the Muftiyat who should decide whether the area for mosque building fits. If the Crimean authorities has some other suggestions, we should discuss them”- Dzhelal said.

To recall, in 2011, Crimean authorities made a long-awaited decision to allow Muslims to build a Juma Cami cathedral mosque in Simferopol. Conceptual design of the mosque was approved the same year.

According to the decree of then Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, all needed funds have been allocated.