Putin opens Moscow mosque with Turkish, Palestinian leaders One of Europe’s largest!

© AFP / Vasily Maximov | Guests arrive for the opening ceremony of the Moscow Grand Mosque in Moscow on September 23, 2015


Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday opened one of the biggest mosques in Europe, warning against the lure of jihadists as the government frets over its citizens fighting for the Islamic State group.

Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas were the guests of honour at the unveiling of the 20,000-square metre mosque in the Russian capital.”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.”The turquoise-domed mosque can host over 10,000 worshippers and is one of the largest in the country that will help to serve Russia’s estimated 20 million muslims.

Source: Europe – Putin opens Moscow mosque with Turkish, Palestinian leaders – France 24