Nusrat Djahan Mosque

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Nusrat Djahan Mosque
Nusrat Djahan Mosque Hvidove Copenhagen Denmark 02.jpg
Religion
AffiliationAhmadiyya
Location
LocationHvidovre, Denmark
Architecture
TypeMosque
Groundbreaking6 May 1966
Completed21 July 1967
Capacity100

The Nusrat Jahan Mosque or The Nusrat Djahan Mosque is an Ahmadiyya Mosque built on the outskirts of Copenhagen, Denmark in Hvidovre.

The Nusrat Jahan mosque is the first mosque to be built in Denmark in 1967. This mosque was financed solely by the female members of the Ahmadiyya Community in Denmark.[citation needed] The capacity of the mosque is 100 people.[1][better source needed]

The mosque is named after Nusrat Jahan Begum, the second wife of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, The Promised Messiah and Mahdi.[2]

History[edit]

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and its efforts began in early 1950s. At that time, an Ahmadi Muslim Missionary, Kamal Yousuf was appointed by the Ahmadiyya movement to begin in Denmark. He first toured Denmark in 1956.

In 1967, the Community published the first translation of the Quran in Danish. The main translator was Abdus Salam Madsen himself, whose publication was the sole translation available to the Danish public for over four decades. Until the late 1980s, Madsen was seen as the leading public figure of Islam in Denmark.

In 1966, roughly five days prior to construction, the Hvidovre Municipality revoked its initial permission to construct the mosque. On the other hand, the third caliph of the Community, Mirza Nasir Ahmad was due to arrive in the region, to lay its foundation. The mosque’s architect, John Zachariassen, reported the situation to the then Prime Minister of Denmark, Jens Otto Krag. Krag gave a notice to ignore the municipal decision and to continue with the construction work. The foundation stone was finally laid on May 6, 1966 and the mosque, the construction of which gained widespread media attention, was inaugurated a year later by the caliph on July 21, 1967. The opening ceremony was attended by representatives of the Danish government.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "www.ahmadiyyamosques.info". www.ahmadiyyamosques.info. Retrieved 2017-05-19.
  2. ^ "IslamAhmadiyya - Ahmadiyya Muslim Community - Al Islam Online - Official Website". www.alislam.org. Retrieved 2017-05-19.
  3. ^ Handbook of Nordic New Religions. BRILL. 2015-07-03. ISBN 9789004292468.