The conflict that befell Ukraine and Russia has brought the two countries into world conversation. However, if you look at the other side of Ukraine, there are many interesting things you can learn, one of which is the development of Islam in a country located in the Eastern European region.
Ukrainian society has known Islam since the 18th century and is still developing today. This can be seen from the construction of mosques and prayer rooms as places of worship for Muslims. Although the largest religions in Ukraine are Orthodox Christianity and Catholicism, there are more than 150 mosques and prayer rooms that are open to the public.
Of the many places of worship, there is one largest mosque which was built in 1994, namely the Ar-Rahma Mosque. Located in the heart of Kyiv, this mosque was established as a symbol of brotherhood and peace. Big and majestic, curious about the portrait, Bela?
1. Ar-Rahma is the first largest mosque whose construction began in 1994 after the independence of Ukraine
2. The building area of the Ar-Rahma Mosque is about 3,200 square meters with one tower standing at a height of 27 meters
3. The Ar-Rahma Mosque was built on a land grant belonging to the Ukrainian Islamic Religious Affairs Agency (DUMA)
3. Ar-Rahma has the meaning of ‘love’. This mosque can accommodate 3,000 worshipers in one congregational prayer
4. Of the two million Muslims in Ukraine, the majority are Crimean Tatars and live on the Crimean Peninsula
5. The Ar-Rahma Mosque was built with funds donated by Muslims living in Kyiv
6. The Ar-Rahma Mosque was inaugurated in December 2011, right on the 20th Ukrainian independence day
7. The mosque with this unique design is not located in the city, but in the surrounding area called Tuataras
8. This mosque was designed by renowned architect Alexander Komorowski. He designed it with a circular shape that adopted the architecture of various Islamic cultures in the area
9. From a distance, the Ar-Rahma Mosque, which is at the top of the mountain, presents a beautiful view on the hill
That’s a portrait of the Ar-Rahma mosque in Ukraine. Not only for prayer, usually this mosque is also used to organize Islamic activities. In fact, several Muslim organizations are also headquartered in the Ar-Rahma mosque.
Disclaimer: This article was published in IDN Times with the title “9 Portraits of the Ar-Rahma Mosque in Kiev, Ukraine, Beautiful and Magnificent!” written by Ika Larasati.
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