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The Islom Ota Mosque was built on the site of the old mosque, which was effectively completely destroyed in a devastating fire that broke out there in spring 2015.
The mosque was reconstructed with the financial support from Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva and her husband Timur Tillyaev.
At the proposal of the country’s clergy, the chief imam of the city of Tashkent, chief imam and attendees of the mosque, as well as the city’s residents, the mosque was named Islom Ota in memory of the first president of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov.
“I am immensely grateful to the Lord that He gave my husband Timur Tillyaev and me the opportunity to preserve this spiritual place by rebuilding the mosque’s compound. God moves in mysterious ways. At the start of the construction work, we could not anticipate that it would be completed shortly after my father’s departure from this world, and that the mosque would be named after him. We ask the Almighty to bless my father’s soul and grant him mercy in the hereafter for the good deeds he did for the revival of our religious and spiritual values, in the name of our country’s freedom and independence, and for the peaceful life and well-being of our people.
I hope that the Islom Ota Mosque will continue to serve as an important venue for spiritual growth and education, contributing to the true values of Islam, such as peace, mercy, compassion and helping people in need,” Ms Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva said on the occasion of the mosque’s opening.
The mosque’s opening ceremony which was held this morning was attended by Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva, Timur Tillyaev, Uzbekistan’s Chief Mufti Usmonkhon Alimov, imam khatib of the city of Tashkent Anvar Qori Tursunov, imam khatibs of Tashkent mosques, residents of local neighborhoods.
The total area of the newly-restored Islom Ota jameh (congregational) mosque has almost doubled compared to its old premises and can now accommodate over 1000 worshippers (over 500 worshippers on each level of the mosque’s building) during prayer times. During the construction process, the architects and builders have managed to comply fully with the Central Asian architectural canons for mosque building.
The mosque has one big (36.65m) and four small minarets (10.82 m) and its central dome has a height of 22.1 metres.
The mosque’s premises have rooms for ablutions and a library. Facilities for people with special needs, as well as a good air conditioning system have been installed.
The rebirth of the Islom Ota Mosque is a truly historic event, which will contribute to preserving the religious and spiritual values of people of Uzbekistan.
Among the prominent imams who served in this mosque over various years were Mullah Nofiy, Ishaq Makhdum, Ismoil Makhdum, Ahmadjon Domla and Rahmatilla Qori. The current imam khatib of the Islam Ota Mosque is Abdulhakim Qori.
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