President Aliyev and his spouse attend opening of Heydar Mosque in Baku
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 26
An opening ceremony of Heydar Mosque has been held.
President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, his wife Mehriban Aliyeva and family members attended the ceremony.
The building, which covers a total area of 12,000 square meters, was constructed under the instructions of the president. It has four 95m-height minarets.
President Aliyev repeatedly visited the construction site to review progress of activities and give relevant instructions. The mosque covers a total area of 4,200 square meters. It has 55m-height main and 35m-height second domes.
Then President Aliyev, his wife Mehriban Aliyeva and family members attended a ceremony on the occasion of the opening of Heydar Mosque.
The ceremony started with recitation of an ayah from the Quran.
President Aliyev addressed the ceremony, and delivered his greetings on the opening of Heydar Mosque, which he described as a remarkable and historic day in the country`s life.
Then chairman of the Coordinating Council of Muslims of the North Caucasus, Mufti of Karachay-Cherkessia of the Russian Federation Ismayil Berdiyev, head of the Russian Orthodox Church`s Baku and Azerbaijan Eparchy Alexander, head of Baku Mountain Jews Religious Community Milikh Yevdayev, Plenipotentiary Representative of the Caucasian Muslims Office in the Russian Federation Shafik Pshikhachev and chairman of the Caucasus Muslims Office Sheikhulislam Allahshukur Pashazade made speeches.
In conclusion prayers were said for national leader Heydar Aliyev and his wife Zarifa Aliyeva, and shahids who died for the motherland.