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Mimar Sinan Camii, is dedicated to the Ottoman Empire’s legendary architect Sinan, who lived between 1490 and 1588. DAILY NEWS photo, Emrah GÜREL

Mimar Sinan Camii, is dedicated to the Ottoman Empire’s legendary architect Sinan, who lived between 1490 and 1588. DAILY NEWS photo, Emrah GÜREL

Erdem Güneş Erdem Güneş erdem.gunes@hdn.com.tr

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan attended an opening ceremony at a mosque in Istanbul’s Ataşehir district July 20, accompanied by Gabon’s President Ali Ben Bongo Ondimba, Iraqi National Parliament Speaker Osama Nujaifi and top Turkish officials.

The mosque, Mimar Sinan Camii, was dedicated to the Ottoman Empire’s legendary architect Sinan, who lived between 1490 and 1588. Erdoğan said the mosque would be “a modest gift to Sinan’s soul,” adding that Istanbul’s Asian side was in need of a “selatin mosque.”

Selatin mosques are unique mosques which were built at the request of Ottoman Sultans as places for Muslims to gather for Friday prayers, such as the Sultanahmet and Selimiye mosques in Istanbul.
“We are obliged to be united; we are obliged to be one. We, the grandchildren of Sinan, had to build this mosque. We will be in fraternity and carry Turkey further in every way,” Erdoğan said.

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ, EU Minister Egemen Bağış, Customs and Trade Minister Hayati Yazıcı, Istanbul Governor Hüseyin Avni Mutlu, and the head of the Religious Affairs Directorate, Mehmet Görmez, were among those in attendance at the ceremony.
Thousands of Muslims also performed prayers inside and outside the mosque with officials before the ceremony.

The Housing Development Administration of Turkey (TOKİ) and the Varyap construction firm built the mosque in at a cost of 40 million Turkish liras on an area of 57,000 square meters, Bayraktar said.
“Turkey is building a new civilization,” Nujaifi said, referring the newly built mosque. “We need Turkey’s model in the region at this time,” he said, extending his thanks to Erdoğan for his contributions. “Turkey and Iraq should cooperate to rebuild Islam,” he said.

Ondimba also took the floor, saying “this was the best event” he had attended during his trip to Turkey. After the ceremony Erdoğan, Ondimba, Nujaifi and Cabinet members held a closed meeting in the mosque’s VIP section.

July/21/2012

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Sinem Terten

7/22/2012 1:52:28 PM

Every single person on this earth would know what the Republic of Turkiye was built on; freedom, secularism and national sovereignty. These are not the values to be judged about my country. You can not judge how hard M.K. Ataturk has worked to make something out of this country and it is nobody's business to talk about democracy, in what country is there pure democracy for gods sake. Judge the ones who are trying to destroy these values ,adam, such as Erdogan.

sam stevens

7/21/2012 7:22:51 PM

Secularism...... Turkish style. What's in a word, does Erdogan 'know' what it means ? I think think secularism & democracy to Mr Erdogan are just that, a jumble of letters which sound sophisticated in speeches..... Please note , his secularism speech in Egypt has also fallen on deaf ears.

Rimon Tree

7/21/2012 8:40:05 AM

Have you been at the opening of a major school in Anatoliya recently?

two sides to every coin

7/21/2012 7:41:57 AM

What is the leader of the governing political party doing by opening a religious building. Politics and religion should never mix. Just look at Iran and other dictorial regimes. Using the fear of religion in politics only leads one way.

adam orman

7/21/2012 6:54:54 AM

Is the Republic of Turkiye not a democratic and secular state with religion and state separate and a total equality and freedom of religion? If yes, why the is the state building mosques as Moslem house warship. What happened to the equality of religions? If no, then Turkiye is not a democratic and secular state with religion and state separate and a total equality and freedom of religion!!!
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