World Bulletin / News Desk
The Eyoub Mosque, the first Ottoman-style mosque in Mali, has hosted thousands of Muslim worshippers every week since its construction was completed two years ago in capital Bamako.
"There are many beautiful mosques in Bamako, but the Eyoub Mosque is the most beautiful," Mohamed Kibiri, spokesman for the High Islamic Council of Mali, Mali's highest religious authority, told Anadolu Agency.
Located in Bamako's Hamdalaye Aci district, Eyoub Mosque is an imposing structure of cement and marble.
The mosque's interior features a central vault decorated with Islamic calligraphy, where the marble walls of the spacious prayer area are adorned with tinted glass brought from Turkey.
The grand mosque is the result of cooperation between Turkey's Religious Affairs Ministry and the High Islamic Council of Mali, at a cost of 2 billion CFA francs (roughly $4 million).
"The construction of the mosque, fully financed by the Turkish government, began in 2012 and ended in 2013 with the help of officials in Turkey through an agreement with the High Islamic Council of Mali," explains Ousmane Cisse, the mosque's imam.
Hundreds of people flock to Eyoub Mosque each week for Friday prayers, including prominent Malian political leaders, according to the mosque's clerics.
Mosque clerics include former president Moussa Traoré, former Prime Minister Moussa Mara and current Prime Minister Modibo Keita.
"They all come here regularly, especially for Friday prayers," said Konta, the mosque's deputy imam.
Kibiri, the High Islamic Council's spokesman, asserted that there were "many other beautiful mosques" being built in the West African capital.
"Starting next week, we will inaugurate another beautiful mosque, which is like that of Eyoub" Kibiri told Anadolu Agency.
In recent years, the Turkish authorities have stepped up cooperation activities in Mali, including donations, the construction of mosques and schools, and relief aid for displaced persons in Mali's war-torn northern region.
Last Mod: 12 Mayıs 2015, 15:00