Islamic Centre Hamburg

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Imam Ali Mosque Hamburg
Imam-Ali-Moschee Hamburg.jpg
Imam Ali Mosque Hamburg
Basic information
Location Uhlenhorst, Hamburg, Germany
Geographic coordinates 53°34′28.45″N 10°00′30.30″E / 53.5745694°N 10.0084167°E / 53.5745694; 10.0084167Coordinates: 53°34′28.45″N 10°00′30.30″E / 53.5745694°N 10.0084167°E / 53.5745694; 10.0084167
Affiliation Shia Islam
Architectural description
Architect(s) Architekturbüro Schramm und Elingius
Architectural type Mosque
Completed 1961, 1963-65
Construction cost 2 Million Deutschmark

The Islamic Centre Hamburg (German: Islamisches Zentrum Hamburg) is one of the oldest Shia mosques in Germany and Europe. Established in Hamburg, in northern Germany, in the late 1950s by a group of Iranian emigrants and business people it rapidly developed into one of the leading Shia centres in the Western world.

Many leading Iranian theologians and politicians (including Ayatollah Beheshti, Ayatollah Mohammad Mojtahed Shabestari or Mohammad Khatami) have spent time (often years) here, have encountered and studied Western sciences and philosophy and contributed to the Western understanding of Shia Islam.


During a meeting at Atlantic Hotel (Hamburg) in 1953, a group of Iranian residents of Germany discussed the need to establish their own religious center. A letter was sent to the late Grand Ayatollah Seyyed Husayn Borujerdi asking him for help; Grand Ayatollah agreed with the plan and donated 100,000 Rials to the center. The construction began in 1960 and by 1965 it was completed. In the same year Ayatollah Mohammad Beheshti was appointed to lead the center.

During the 1970s the centre played a significant role in bringing about the political rising of Iranian students in the West against the Shah and ultimately contributed to the Iranian Revolution.

In 2007, the center announced the launch of first Shia Union in Europe.[1]

Today the centre continues to play a role in furthering mutual understanding of Iranian Shia and the Western World.


  • 1955-1965 Hojjatulislam Mohagheghi
  • 1965-1970 Ayatollah Beheshti
  • 1970-1978 Ayatollah Mohammad Mojtahed Shabestari
  • 1978-1980 Ayatollah Mohammad Khatami
  • 1980-1992 Hojjatulislam Mohammad Reza Moghaddam
  • 1992-1998 Hojjatulislam Mohammad Bagher Ansari
  • 1999-2003 Ayatollah Reza Hosseini Nassab
  • 2004-2009 Ayatollah Seyyed Abbas Hosseini Ghaemmaghami
  • 2009 - Hojjatulislam Dr. Reza Ramezani Gilani [2]

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