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Moscow Central Mosque to be opened on Eid Al Adha

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(Moscow-AlummahWorld, Dhu-AlHijjah 4, 1436, September 18, 2015) Moscow is one of the largest Muslim populous capital in Europe with about 2 million Muslims thought to be living in Russian capital.


Moscow’s Central Mosque will reopen on the eve of Eid al Adha, it was announced Wednesday, when Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be among the guests.


The mosque - also known as Moscow Cathedral Mosque and Moscow Jum'ah Mosque - was demolished four years ago in 2011 and has been rebuilt to house 10,000 worshippers. The mosque is among four in Russian capital.


The reopening on Sept. 23 will see a new complex 20 times larger than its predecessor at 19,000 square meters (204,500 square feet).


The Turkish Diyanet Foundation, an agency of Turkey’s religious affairs directorate, helped with the mosque’s interior design. The ceremony will be attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin and other world leaders.


In August this year, some 90,000 worshippers packed the streets around the Moscow Central Mosque, near Olimpiisky Stadium, to mark the end of Ramadan festival Eid Al Fitr.


Muslim leaders have long complained that Moscow, with just four mosques for an estimated 2 million worshippers, has a huge shortage of Muslim prayer houses. The Council of Muftis has demanded that a mosque be built in each of the city's 12 administrative districts.

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The Moscow Central Mosque built by Tatar Muslims was demolished in 2011 due to stated reason that over 100 years old building was badly deteriorated and heavy rains had made it so dangerous. After reconstruction of central Mosque, Moscow is expecting more Muslims tourists from around the world.


Muslims in Russian capital want to build many more buildings as just four are not enough to accomodate around 2 million worshipers. But some citing hurdles to obtain official approval for building new mosques in Russian Federation.