Abdul Rahman Mosque

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Abdul Rahman Mosque
د عبدالرحمان جومات
Abdul Rahman Mosque in March 2010.jpg
A distant view of Abdur Rahman Mosque in 2010
Basic information
Location Kabul, Afghanistan
Geographic coordinates 34°31′15″N 69°10′29″E / 34.520702°N 69.174686°E / 34.520702; 69.174686Coordinates: 34°31′15″N 69°10′29″E / 34.520702°N 69.174686°E / 34.520702; 69.174686
Affiliation Islam
Architectural description
Architectural type Mosque
Architectural style Islamic
Completed 2009
Specifications
Capacity 10,000
Dome(s) 14
Minaret(s) 2

The Abdul Rahman Mosque (Dari: مسجد عبدالرحمان; Pashto: د عبدالرحمان جومات‎), also known as the Grand Mosque of Kabul, is one of the largest mosques in Afghanistan. It is located in one of Kabul's commercial areas called Deh Afghanan, near the Pashtunistan Square and across from the once popular Plaza Hotel. The building is a three story, which is built on 3.5 acres of land. One floor of the building is dedicated to women only.[1]

The mosque is named after an influential Afghan businessman named Hajji Abdul Rahman who has died but his sons continued the project. Construction of the mosque began in 2001 by Hajji Abdur Rahman but was delayed for several years due to red tape. The mosque has the capacity to serve 10,000 people at a time. There is also a madrasa inside the mosque and a library containing 150,000 books.[1]

The major work on the mosque was completed in late 2009 but the official inauguration took place in July 2012 which was attended by the former Afghan President Hamid Karzai and many other high-ranking officials.[1] The building of the mosque is said to have been initially designed by Afghan architect Mir Hafizullah Hashimi.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ a b c Abdul Qadir Siddiqui, ed. (July 13, 2012). "Karzai inaugurates huge mosque in Kabul". Pajhwok Afghan News. Retrieved 2012-07-16.