Grand Mosque of Paris

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Grande Mosquée de Paris
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The Paris Mosque, with its minaret on the left
Basic information
Location Paris, France
Geographic coordinates 48°50′31″N 2°21′18″E / 48.84194°N 2.35500°E / 48.84194; 2.35500
Affiliation Islam
Website www.mosqueedeparis.net
Architectural description
Architectural type Mosque
Architectural style Mudéjar style
Specifications
Minaret(s) 1
Minaret height 33m

The Grande Mosquée de Paris (commonly known as The Paris Mosque or The Great Mosque of Paris in English), is located in the 5th arrondissement and is one of the largest mosques in France.

History[edit]

The mosque was founded in 1926 as a token of gratitude, after World War I, to the Muslim tirailleurs from France's colonial empire, of whom some 100,000 died fighting against Germany. The mosque was built following the mudéjar style, and its minaret is 33 meters high. It was inaugurated by President Gaston Doumergue on 15 July 1926. Ahmad al-Alawi (1869–1934), an Algerian Sufi, founder of the modern Sufi order Darqawiyya Alawiyya, a branch of the Shadhiliyya, led the first communal prayer to inaugurate the newly built mosque in the presence of the French president.

During World War II (when France was occupied by Nazi Germany), under its rector Si Kaddour Benghabrit, the mosque served as a secret refuge for Jews, providing them shelter, safe passage, and fake Muslim birth certificates.[1]

Initially sponsored by the king of Morocco, the mosque was assigned to Algeria in 1957 by the French Foreign Minister. The mosque is currently led by mufti Dalil Boubakeur.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Robert Satloff (October 8, 2006). "The Holocaust's Arab Heroes". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-04-28. 

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