Monday, October 3, 2011
Sha're Mubarak Grand Masjid Calicut
India's biggest mosque, bigger than Delhi's Jama Masjid, is coming up in Kerala. Being built on the outskirts of Kozhikode, the mosque will have a built-up area of 250,000 sq. ft., far out-sizing the 17th century mosque commissioned by Mogul Emperor Shah Jahan in the capital.
The mosque will be in a 500-acre self-contained township Markaz Knowledge City accommodating a centre for Islamic learning, an information technology (IT) hub, a medical college, an engineering college, schools, hospitals, shopping malls and various other institutions, besides residential complexes.
"The mosque will reflect the universal brotherhood and spiritual enlightenment that Islam stands for. There will also be a library for Islamic research and a conference hall where both Muslims and non-Muslims can come in pursuit of knowledge," said Abu Bakr Ahmed alias Kanthapuram Aboobacker Musliyar, who heads the group of Islamic institutions, Markazu Ssaqafathi Ssunniyya.
Estimated to cost Rs 12 billion (Dh 1 billion), the new mosque, to be called 'Share Mubarak Masjid' is to come up as part of a multi dimensional knowledge cum recreational centre on the outskirts of Kozhikode , so far known only for its exotic spices, which is home to a large number of NRI's working in the UAE, the Emirates 24|7 reported.
The Mubarak Masjid will have a built-up area of 250,000 square feet and would house up to 30,000 worshippers, at a time. The mosque alone would cost Rs 400 million (Dh 33.3 million)
It will also have a library for Islamic research and a conference hall where both Muslims and non-Muslims can come in pursuits of knowledge.
The green complex would be surrounded by Moghul-style garden and landscaping.
The mosque complex will also have a professional engineering and medical college, a multidisciplinary hospital and healthcare city, a shopping mall, hotels and convention centre, as part of the knowledge city," announced Dr M A Hakkim Azhari Kanthapuram, Joint Secretary of the Kozhikode based Markazu Ssaquafathi Ssunniyya.