Chechnya mosque architectural achievement: Al-Maatouq
BERLIN, Aug 24, (KUNA): President of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany Ayman Mazyek has praised Kuwait’s efforts for serving Muslim causes worldwide. In remarks to KUNA on Saturday, ahead of his scheduled visit to Kuwait on Sunday, Mazyek said Kuwait has a successful and pioneering experience in the service of Muslims, describing it as an example for moderation and humanity. Mazyek said he was looking forward to holding talks with Kuwaiti leaders to discuss means of boosting cooperation with Islamic associations in the country. Meanwhile, the Kuwaiti ambassador to Germany Najib Al-Bader said Mazyek’s four-day visit would be paid in response to an invitation from the Kuwaiti Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs.
The Grand Mosque in Shali city, Chechnya, is an “architectural achievement” and “important religious center”, said a Kuwaiti official Friday. Delivering a speech at the opening of the mosque, representative of the State of Kuwait, Amiri Diwan Advisor and Chairman of the International Islamic Charitable Organization (IICO) Dr Abdullah Al-Maatouq hoped that facility would contribute to the spiritual welfare of the Chechen people and the Muslims in the region. Al-Maatouq conveyed, during the occasion greetings, from UN global humanitarian leader, His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to President Kadyrov, commending the latter on the efforts to construct the mosque.
Al-Maatouq stressed that building mosques was an important factor in Islam, saying that the first action undertaken by Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), peace and blessings be upon him, when he migrated to Madinah was to construct a mosque for the first Islamic community. The mosque plays a vital role in the lives of Muslims worldwide, affirmed the Kuwaiti official, adding that such facilities encouraged piety, humbleness and overall goodness. Delegations from Arab and Islamic nations were present at the opening ceremony of the mosque named after Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), peace and blessings be upon him. The event was attended by senior officials including President Ramzan Kadyrov.
Russian President Vladimir Putin commended on Friday the opening of a mosque in the city of Shali, Chechen Republic, saying that the event was of great importance to the region and the Chechen Republic. In a written statement delivered by a representative from the Russian presidency during the opening, Putin said that the mosque would help the youth to maintain Islamic values and perpetuate social solidarity.
On his part, President of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov revealed that the mosque – named after the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), peace and blessings be upon him – was one of the grandest mosques in the region. An Uzbek architect designed the 9,700 square meters religious facility, said Kadyrov, adding that the mosque has a capacity to host 20,000 people within its main facility and 100,000 worshipers in the outer courts. Adjacent to the mosque are various buildings and facilities constructed on an area of 15,000 square meters. Representative of the State of Kuwait, Kuwaiti Amiri Diwan Advisor and Chairman of the International Islamic Charitable Organization (IICO) Dr Abdullah Al-Maatouq was present at the opening ceremony.