MOSCOW, September 23 – RIA Novosti. Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Russian Muslims on the opening after an extensive reconstruction of the Moscow Cathedral Mosque, thanked everyone, including foreign Muslims who sent donations for the reconstruction, and he expressed confidence that the mosque will be an important spiritual center and a source of the spread of humanistic ideas.
At the opening ceremony of the main mosque in the capital are involved, including Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the ambassadors of the European states, representatives Traditional Religions.
“Dear Mr Erdogan, Mr Abbas, honorable clergy, and foreign guests, dear friends. I cordially congratulate you on the opening of the renovated Moscow Cathedral Mosque. It is a great event for Russian Muslims. One of the oldest mosques in Moscow reconstructed at the historic site,” – Putin said at the opening of a mosque in the environment.
According to him, the mosque has become the largest in Europe and has found “a new modern great view, decent capital unified multi-ethnic and multi-religious country, worthy of Russia, in which Islam under Russian law is one of the traditional Russian religions “.
” I want to thank everyone who took part in the construction of this magnificent building, the Russian and foreign Muslims direct their donations, we are grateful to the Government of Turkey, Kazakhstan’s contribution to the reconstruction of the mosque. I am sure , Mosque will be for Muslims of Moscow and the entire Russia’s most important spiritual center, a source of education, dissemination of humanistic ideas, true, true values of Islam, will carry the knowledge and spirituality, will help unite the efforts of not only the Muslims but also people of other faiths in the name of good common affairs “, – said Russian President.
Putin also congratulated all the upcoming holiday Eid al-Adha.
Moscow Cathedral Mosque after restoration has been increased in size by 20 times. Now an area of over 19 thousand square meters, which will be collected at the same time pray 10 thousand believers. A six-story temple is equipped with seven lifts and everything necessary for the parishioners, as well as facilities for people with disabilities. In several rooms with large flat screens that will broadcast what is happening in the central hall of the Cathedral Mosque. The height of the main dome is 46 meters in diameter – 27 meters.