The Red mosque was first opened in 1901 but was seized and closed in the 1920's and then used first as a cinema and then as a restaurant that served alcohol. In 2002 restorations began to open the mosque for prayers.
The Red Juma Mosque, located in the Tomsk district, southwest of the Siberian region of Russia has opened for worship once again after 90 years, Worldbulletin reported.
The mosque has been returned back to the delight of the Muslim population in an official ceremony.
Tomsk Governor Sergey Jvachkin, Mayor Ivan Kleyin, Chechen Republic Parliament Speaker Dukuvah Adurakhmanov, and Chechen Republic Mutfi Salah Haci Meciev officiated the ceremony which was also attended by various representatives of the Islamic community as well as hundreds of Muslims that were part of the congregation.
The guests were greeted at the entrance to the mosque by Russiaâ€™s Asia Representative Mufti Seyh Nfigullah Asirov and Tomsk Regional Mufti and Red Juma Mosque Imam Nizomutdin Jumaev.
Tomsk Regioal Imam Ozotmutdin Umayev opened the ceremony with a recitation from the Quran and and Sheikh Nafigullah Ahsyrov gave a speech, thanking the attendees.
Governor Jvachkin thanked the Tomsk community for assisting with the renovations and also thanked the Chechen Republic leader Ramzan Kadirov. The Russian Governor pointed out how the restoration of the mosque beautified the entire city.
After the ceremony, Sheikh Asirov lead the Friday congregational prayer with the attendees.
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