Entrance to the mosque in the village of Sernovodskaya. Photo: , the Chechen State TV and Radio Company "Grozny", YouTube.com

19 December 2015, 12:16

Mosque able to house 3000 believers opened in Western Chechnya

In the village of Sernovodskaya, Sunzha District, a new mosque was opened, designed to house 3000 parishioners. In the coming weeks the republic will open two other large mosques – in the city of Shali and the village of Avtury.

The mosque in Sernovodskaya is named after Ramzan Kadyrov's mother's uncle – Alim-Solta Baisultanov. The Spiritual Administration of Muslims (SAM) of Chechnya has noted that Baisultanov was a well-known and respected theologian, repressed in 1937.

The erection of the mosque began in May at the expense of the Regional Public Fund named after Akhmat-Hajji Kadyrov.

Locals say that until recently to commit their collective Friday prayer (named namaz-ruzba, – note of the "Caucasian Knot") they had to travel to neighbouring villages.

The SAM notes that the mosque in Sernovodskaya was opened in the Muslim holy month of Rabi' al-awwal, in which the Prophet Muhammad was born.

Today, Chechnya has over 800 mosques. The largest ones are the mosque "Heart of Chechnya" named after Akhmat-Hajji Kadyrov in Grozny and mosque named after Aimani Kadyrova in the city of Argun, which can house 10,000 and 15,000 believers, respectively.

Full text of the article is available on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’.

Author: Nikolay Petrov; Source: CK correspondent

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