Erdogan to inaugurates mosque in Germany

Erdogan to inaugurate mosque in Germany on Saturday,” by Nilay Kar, Anadolu Agency, September 25, 2018:

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will inaugurate in the German city of Cologne one of the largest mosques in Europe on Saturday.

The Cologne Central Mosque, built by Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DITIB) after eight years of construction work, has a capacity of 1,200 people.

“It will be the most important and one of the largest mosques in Europe and Germany. It has a symbolic meaning for our Muslim brothers living here,” Nevzat Yasar Asikoglu, chairman of the DITIB, told reporters.

“Our mosque also symbolizes peace, brotherhood as well as the culture of co-existence,” he said.

Asikoglu said those who visit the mosque are impressed by interior adornment of the mosque in which Seljuk motif was predominantly used.

The mosque has nine entrances and there is a crescent and a star in the middle of its dome.

The 17,000 square-meter mosque complex also has a shopping center, an exhibition and a seminar hall, a 600-people capacity conference hall, a library, working offices and a car park on the ground floor…..

A top adviser to the Turkish president also has said that Turkish intel “will run operations against Erdogan’s political opponents on US soil” and elsewhere.

Erdogan’s expanding powers, combined with news of his inauguration of one of the largest mosques in Cologne, are troubling:

“It will be the most important and one of the largest mosques in Europe and Germany. It has a symbolic meaning for our Muslim brothers living here,” Nevzat Yasar Asikoglu, chairman of the DITIB, told reporters.

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