President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday (Dec 5) inaugurated the Europe’s very first eco-friendly mosque in Cambridge. Erdogan came to the U.K. to attend a two-day NATO leaders’ summit as well as to inaugurate the mosque.
More than 10,000 people and groups donated money for the landmark purchase, with Turkish groups donating most generously. The Qatar National Fund was also among the donors.
In the project, Islam’s aesthetics, sense of the arts, and the Prophet Muhammad’s life and the importance he placed on protecting nature were used as an inspiration. A competition helped determine the mosque’s design, which includes a garden, portico, yard, lavatory, prayer room, and bathing cubicle.
The design of the mosque’s garden, where some 1,000 people can pray at the same time, pays respect to Islamic traditions, and making the mosque building eco-friendly was a priority. Beside using natural materials such as wood and marble, the mosque is already famed for its zero-carbon footprint.
Ali Tos, the imam of the groundbreaking new mosque, sat down some of its features.
Here are some pictures of the mosque:
Europe's First Eco Friendly Mosque
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