Akhmad Kadyrov Mosque

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Akhmad Kadyrov Mosque
Akhmad Kadyrov Mosque Grozny 2008.jpg
Front view of the Akhmad Kadyrov Mosque
Basic information
Location Grozny, Chechnya
Geographic coordinates 43°19′04″N 45°41′36″E / 43.3178°N 45.6933°E / 43.3178; 45.6933Coordinates: 43°19′04″N 45°41′36″E / 43.3178°N 45.6933°E / 43.3178; 45.6933
Affiliation Islam
Completed October 16, 2008
Minaret(s) 4
Minaret height 62-metre (203 ft)

The Akhmad Kadyrov Mosque (Russian: Мечеть Ахмата Кадырова, Mechet Akhmata Kadyrova; Chechen: Кадыров Ахьмадан цӀарах дина маьждиг) is located in Grozny, the capital of Chechnya. It is supposed to be the largest mosque in Russia[1] and is officially known as the "The Heart of Chechnya" (Russian: Сердце Чечни, Serdtse Chechni; Chechen: Нохчийчоьнан дог).[2][3]

The mosque is named after Akhmad Kadyrov who commissioned its construction from the mayor of Konya. The mosque design with a set of 62-metre (203 ft)-tall minarets is based on the Sultan Ahmed Mosque in Istanbul.

On October 16, 2008, the mosque was officially opened in a ceremony in which Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov spoke and was with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. In this mosque, ten thousand Muslims can pray at a time.[4] This means that the statement of mosque being the largest in Russia is not true, as e.g. Makhachkala Grand Mosque in Dagestan has space for 15,000 to 17,000 worshipers.[5][6]

The mosque contains one of Muhammad's relics, a 1400-year-old bowl used by Muhammad which after his death was allegedly kept by his daughter Fatimah and her husband Ali.[7]