ADDIS ABABA – Deputy Mayor of Addis Ababa, Takele Uma, has handed over 30, 000 square meters of land to Ethiopian Islamic Affairs Supreme Council for the construction of Ethiopia’s biggest mosque.
The site of construction – which involves praying house and research center – is located in front of Africa Union headquarters, in Mexico area of the capital.
Deputy Mayor Takele handed over the land title certificate to Grand Mufti Umer Idris, president of the Council, on Tuesday together with title deeds of 70 existing mosques that have no documents thus far.
The constriction of the mosque is expected to start within three months and will be financed by the Ethiopian Islamic Affairs Supreme Council.
Both the design and its contractors have not yet been ready but it will house research center, house of Quran, Museum and more, said Ustaz Abubeker Amhed.
Abubeker said the construction cost could take up to 80 million US dollars and it is a multi-task mosque.
“It will be world-class and could become the biggest mosque in Ethiopia,” said Eustaz Abubeker.
By Mhret G/kristos
Image: Deputy Mayor Takele (L) speaking with president of the Council Mufti