East Africa is set to have its biggest mosque by February 2019. The mosque, which will be in Djibouti, in the capital city, was built by Turkey’s Diyanet Foundation (TDV). Development started in 2017 and the mosque will open in February 2019.
The mosque is a similarity of the sublime Ottoman Empire, a previous bastion of the Islamic religion which had wide power over a few sections of the world. The mosque is consequently styled in the great Ottoman Empire design, and wonderfully remains over a reasonable region of 10,000 square meters disregarding the Indian Ocean shores close to the Djiboutian presidential royal residence.
The venture development chief Furkan Kazım Yüksel uncovered that the mosque has an ability to oblige 5,000 individuals for supplication on the double. “There is additionally a green territory and a patio displayed after the Blue Mosque in Turkey.” He likewise recognized the issue of the trouble in developing the mosque since part of the mosque lays on the sea.
Adorning the mosque are two minarets reaching up to 45 meters each marking one big dome and four small ones, giving the mosque a brilliant architectural flair. Inside the cream white mosque, a low-hanging chandelier illuminates the illustrious Turkish hand-drawn patterns.
“The compound also includes a quarter for teaching children,” he said, pointing beyond a fountain in the middle of the courtyard, which he said would be used for ablution. According to Yüksel, most of the materials come from Turkey, including cut stones that are used in Ottoman-style buildings.
The mosque is being viewed as “Turkey’s gift to the people of Djibouti,” alluding to the fact that Turkey has been in contact with Djibouti since the ancient times. “Our forefathers made contact with the people of this region in ancient times, and I feel honored to be part of this project,” he said.
Turkey’s activities in Djibouti are no longer limited to the military aspect, as the interventions are now encompassing development and humanitarian support. Turkish Ambassador to Djibouti Sadi Altınok said that Turkey has carried out several socioeconomic projects to benefit the people.
According to Anadolu Agency, a pediatric hospital is in the pipeline and a water dam has been completed by 50 percent. Clearly, these are massive projects by Turkey in the strategically-placed Djiibouti.