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A Guide to Yavuz Sultan Selim Mosque in Germany

By Amina Fukeerbucus | 05, Apr, 2018
A Guide to Yavuz Sultan Selim Mosque in Germany

Being the second largest mosque in Germany, the Yavuz Sultan Selim Masjid bears a resemblance to the Turkish Masjid Yavuz Sultan Selim. Built during the 90's, the Yavuz Sultan Selim Masjid can accommodate up to 25,000 and attracts up to 3,000 Muslims during the weekend. The most remarkable feature of the Yavuz Sultan Selim Masjid is that it coexists next to the church of Mannheim, as an emblem of peace. Until 2008, the Yavuz Sultan Selim Masjid remained the largest Masjid in Mannheim, but many are still attracted to the mosque.

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History

The Masjid was named after Selim I also known as "The Grim", Sultan of the Ottoman Empire who reigned from 1512 to 1520. His reign was short lived, but a very successful one. During his reign, the Sultan had extended his empire to Syria and Hijaz, making the Ottomans become prominent leaders in the Muslim world.

 

Architecture and Design

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With a 32 metre-high minaret, the Masjid is designed in a very modern style. The main prayer hall is adorned with a huge lampshade and scarlet carpet. The white, dome-shaped ceiling is decked with blue and golden motifs, highlighted by the exuberant Arabic calligraphy.

 

Classroom and Library

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The Masjid is equipped with 6 training rooms in order to accommodate a large number of students from secular academic streams, in addition to a small library, which is located to the left of the entrance of the Masjid.

 

Activities

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The Yavuz Sultan Selim Masjid is a Masjid which proposes religious education as well as academic support to the Muslim community of Mannheim. Involved in sports, educational and cultural activities, the Masjid aims at bringing the Muslims together as one community, and making the Masjid a place where they can meet and have a nice time. Apart from educational and religious activities, the Masjid also organizes sports activities and excursions.

 

Guided Tours

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Being a tourist attraction, the Masjid offers guided tours for the public. The tours are designed according to groups visiting the Masjid. However, due to the busy nature of the Masjid, bookings for the tour must be made in advance.

With a modern touch mixed with a Turkish style, the Yavuz Sultan Selim Masjid is a must-see while traveling to Germany. Combining education, sports, and religion, this Masjid doesn't only bring Muslims together for the 5 daily prayers, but it also brings them together as a community to help and care for one another.

Address: Türkisch Islamische Gemeinde zu Mannheim e.V., Yavuz Sultan Selim Moschee, Luisenring 28, 68159 Mannheim
Tel. : +49 621 4548283
Website: http://www.ditib-ma.de/

 

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Amina Fukeerbucus is a young content writer based in Mauritius. Having completed her bachelor's degree in French language and a post graduate certificate in education, she started her career as a writer in 2015. She recently joined the HalalTrip company and writes regularly for them. Her main articles feature the beauty of Mauritius as well as the traditional plates and delicacies found of the island. Apart from being a fulltime writer, she is also a freelance photograph who captures the wild nature in Mauritius.