St Petersburg: Celebration of 100th mosque anniversary

St Petersburg: Celebration of 100th mosque anniversary

Muslims in Russia celebrate the 100th anniversary of St Petersburg Mosque.

On the 100th year, government officials, religious and social figures will attend the special ceremony to be performed. The ambassadors of Muslim countries will among those who will attend the ceremony.

Cafer Nasibullahoglu, the imam of the mosque for 34 years and mufti of St Petersburg, said in the period when the St. Petersburg Mosque was built, 8 thousand of Muslims lived in the city.

He also said that currently around 700 thousand of Muslims live in St. Petersburg and the historical mosque could not hold the capacity and they build a new mosque.

It was the first biggest mosque of the Europe when it was opened in 1913.

Built in the capital of Russian Empire St Petersburg with the permission given by Emperor Nicholas II, the mosque was erected to to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the reign of Abdul Ahat Khan in Bukhara.


Source: World Bulletin (English)

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