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Grand Mosque opened in Moscow - Putin, Erdogan and Mahmud Abbas attended ceremony

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(Moscow- AlummahWorld-Dhu-AlHijjah 10, 1436, September 24, 2015) Historical Grand Mosque in the Russian capital Moscow opened on September 23 after a decade of construction work. The opening ceremony was attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev. 

The heads of the Russian republics of Chechnya, Tatarstan, Ingushetia and Dagestan, as well as the Moscow mayor also took part in the ceremony. The mosque was demolished and rebuilt to be one of the biggest mosques in the Russia with capacity to facilitate for 10,000 worshipers.

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The opening of Moscow’s Grand Mosque will help strengthen peace and fraternal relations between the peoples of Russia and other states, Dr. Ravil Gainutdin, the chairman of the Council of Russia’s Muftis, said at the unveiling ceremony following ten years of reconstruction work on the mosque.

"This is an historical event, promoting peace, good-neighborly and mutually advantageous relations of countries, peoples and cultures," Gainutdin said. "Russia is a heir and worthy successor of all cultures and religions of the Eurasian space," he said. "Moscow’s Grand Mosque is a symbol of our belief, our unity," he added.

Russian President Vladimir Putin who opened one of the biggest mosques in Europe with Turkish president Erdogan delivered a speech at the opening ceremony. “This mosque will become an extremely important spiritual centre for Muslims in Moscow and the whole Russia,” Putin said in a televised speech. “It will be a source for education, spreading humanist ideas and the true values of Islam.” He added.
According to Russian Mufti council some 20 million Muslims live within Russia while population of Muslims in Russian capital is exceeding 2 million.