In 1818, Grozny was founded, when the defense line was no longer required. In 1870, Grozny became a regional center, and experiences a larger migration of workers for oil industry development. The newly built railroad in the end of 18th century, made Grozny largest industrial center of Caucasus region. As the time passes, the town of Grozny grows in terms of everything. Now, from last 10 to 15 years, Muslims culture has been flourished and lot of Mosque (Masjid) built. The famous official known "Heart of Chechnya" Akhmad Kadyrov Mosque was built, along with a large Islamic complex, a religious school, an Islamic university, a hotel, a religious library, a soccer stadium, the Grozny-City Towers. Indeed the amazing beauty of Mosque has captivating people hearts. The exterior walls are adorned in travertine marble, as well as interior walls are decorated with white marble especially brought from Turkish Marmara Island. On October 16, 2008, the Masjid was officially opened for public in a ceremony. The “Heart of Chechnya” Masjid contains one of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) relics, a 1,400 year old bowl used by Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH).
The "Heart of Chechnya" is the largest mosque in Europe & Russia. The dome diameter is 16 meters with a height of 32 meters. The mosque minarets are 62 meters tall, actually makes them tallest minarets in Russia. Though, it is strictly prohibited to climb up on minarets, but an “Airpano” team has given special sanctions to view from top. The dizzying ascent steep stairs will take you on top to see the marvelous view of city. It is incredible that a Muezzin used to climb up to a minaret five times a day to call for prayer, often called Azan or Adhan). Imagine, going to top of minaret for Azan, the person must be physically fit, equal to 20th floor of building over and over again. But these days, technology has get the job easier for Muezzin by using loudspeakers installed on the minarets and microphone is connected to the lower level of Masjid. The "Heart of Chechnya" Masjid can accommodate more than 10,000 people, and almost equal number of peoples can pray on the square in front of the Mosque as well as in the summer gallery. The Mosque walls and the dome are competently painted by master artisans from Turkey. Moreover, the inner surface of the main dome is majestically decorated by Surat al-Ikhlas ("The Purity of Faith", the 112th Sura of the Qur'an): "He is Allah, who is one, the eternal God. He neither begets nor is born, nor is there to Him any equivalent".
This beautiful Masjid is shine in night with 36 chandeliers (a chandelier alone is 8 meters high) and modeled after other famous mosques: “Al-Kubbat Sahra” in Jerusalem, Roza-Nabevi in Medina, and the Kaa’bah shrine in Makkah. In fact, Masjid itself and all its elements are extremely impressive, especially air lightness of the structure. As everybody knows, Muslims are strongly believer of One Allah, and during the month of Ramzan, when Muslims are with fasting, offering Namaz or Salat, and Tarawhe means (Rest), the atmospheres are extremely impressive and eye-catching. Moreover, in the Ramadan month, hundreds of men, shoulder to shoulder praying together without any hassel. They lined up in an impressive way, without feeling of cast, colors, offer prayers, and even teach other to stay on Allah’s path. In the time of sunsets, the “Heart of Chechnya” Masjid beautifully glows in the descending ascending darkness, and surrounding park, fountains are illuminated as well, which makes it an inviting place for an evening stroll. Source: Airpano
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