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Denmark's first minaret installed

20-metre minaret was put in place at the upcoming mosque in Copenhagen's Nordvest district.

By Justin Cremer / 4 Sep 2013

"A happy and big day for Muslims in Denmark," says the spokesperson for the organisation behind the upcoming 6,800sqm mosque in Copenhagen

Copenhagen's skyline received a new addition this morning when a 20-metre minaret was put in place at the upcoming mosque in Copenhagen's Nordvest district.

It is the first minaret in Denmark, but its purpose will be primarily symbolic as Danish law forbids using minarets to broadcast a call to prayer.

The minaret belongs to the 6,800 sqm Sunni mosque on Rovsingsgade, which is being viewed as the first 'real' mosque in Denmark and which will be the largest in Scandinavia upon its completion.

Funded by Qatar

The mosque has received 150 million kroner in funding from the former ruling emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani.

 Dream come true

Mohamed al Mainouni, the media spokesperson for Dansk Islamisk Råd, the 25,000-member organisation responsible for building the mosque, said that seeing the minaret put into place was a significant moment.

"This is a happy and big day for Muslims here in Denmark,"al Mainouni told public broadcaster DR. "This is quite simply a dream that is being realised, so this is huge."

Al Mainouni predicted that the mosque would have its official opening within a few months.                                 

 

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