Islamic Centre Hamburg
|Imam Ali Mosque Hamburg|
Imam Ali Mosque Hamburg
|Location||Uhlenhorst, Hamburg, Germany|
|Architect(s)||Architekturbüro Schramm und Elingius|
|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.
In 2007, the center announced the launch of first Shia Union in Europe.
Today the centre continues to play a role in furthering mutual understanding of Iranian Shia and the Western World.
- Hojjatulislam Mohagheghi (1955-1965)
- Hojjatulislam Mohammad Beheshti (1965-1970)
- Hojjatulislam Mohammad Mojtahed Shabestari (1970-1978)
- Hojjatulislam Mohammad Khatami (1978-1980)
- Hojjatulislam Mohammad Reza Moghaddam (1980-1992)
- Hojjatulislam Mohammad Bagher Ansari (1992-1998)
- Hojjatulislam Reza Hosseini Nassab (1999-2003)
- Hojjatulislam Seyyed Abbas Hosseini Ghaemmaghami (2004-2009)
- Hojjatulislam Reza Ramezani Gilani (2009-present)