The mosque was first opened in 1901 but was seized and closed down in the 1920’s by the Communist regime. In 2002, restoration works began before opening on Friday in an official ceremony.
Tomsk Governor Sergey Jvachkin, Mayor Ivan Kleyin, Chechen Republic Parliament Speaker Dukuvah Adurakhmanov, and Chechen Republic Mufti Salah Haci Meciev were among the dignitaries who attended the ceremony. Representatives of the Islamic community as well as hundreds of Muslims were also present.
The guests were greeted at the entrance to the mosque by Russia’s Asia Representative Mufti Seyh Nafigullah Asirov and Tomsk Regional Mufti and Red Juma Mosque Imam Nizomutdin Jumaev.
Tomsk Regional Imam Ozotmutdin Umayev opened the ceremony with recitation of few verses from Qur’an and Sheikh Nafigullah Ahsyrov delivered a speech, thanking the attendees.
After the ceremony, Sheikh Asirov led the Friday congregational prayer.
Oldest Pages of Quran
A Swiss laboratory has reportedly confirmed through radiocarbon dating that parchment pages from a Quran copy date back to no more than 20 years after the demise of the Holy Prophet (PBUH).
The fragmentary Quran is believed to be one of the oldest remaining in the world.
The leaves belonged to a German scholar who lived in Cairo early in the 20th century.
The main academic library in Berlin purchased the German’s papers after his death, Sputnik News reported.
A Swiss laboratory has confirmed that the radiocarbon dating shows that the parchment dates from between 606 and 652 C.E., or no more than 20 years after Prophet Mohammed’s (PBUH) demise in 632