Turkish President Erdogan proposes building Istanbul’s iconic-style mosque in

2015-02-16 05:04:26 | Al Muslim News
Turkish President Erdogan proposes building Istanbul’s iconic-style mosque in

 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has told Cuban President Raul Castro that Ankara would like to conduct its own project similar to Istanbul’s iconic Ortaköy mosque on the Caribbean island during a visit to Havana, apparently inspired by his belief that Muslims discovered the Americas. “We want to build the mosque ourselves. We don’t want a partner. If you find it appropriate, we would like to build it in Havana. But if you have promised a Havana mosque to other people, then we can build our Ortaköy Mosque in another Cuban province,” Erdogan quoted himself as saying to Castro. Mustafa Tutkun, the vice general manager of Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet), announced in November 2014 that Ankara had been negotiating with Cuban officials to construct a mosque on two hectares of land in Havana’s historic center. The Diyanet had proposed the construction of a mosque similar to the unique & fabulous architecture, Ortaköy Mosque in Istanbul, which was built by Ottoman Armenian architects Garabet and Nigoğayos Balyan in 1856. The Turkish president’s speech hit global media headlines in November, 2014 at the closing ceremony of the first Latin American Muslim Leaders summit in Istanbul. He claimed that Christopher Columbus had seen a mosque in Cuba when the first European explorer discovered the New World in 1492. “Muslim sailors arrived at the shores of America in 1178. In his diaries, Christopher Columbus referred to the presence of a mosque on top of a mountain in Cuba,” Erdoğan said. Dr. Youssef Mroueh’s article ‘Pre-Columbian Muslims in the Americas’ first published by The As-Sunnah Foundation of America in 1996 claiming about a pre-Columbian mosque in Cuba,: “Columbus admitted in his papers that on Monday, Oct. 21, 1492 CE while his ship was sailing near Gibara on the north-east coast of Cuba, he saw a mosque on top of a beautiful mountain.”.

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