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The construction of the mosque, dedicated to Jesus Christ, is launched in Diyarbakir

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    Turkey: The construction of the mosque, dedicated to Jesus Christ, is launched in Diyarbakir. The construction of the mosque, dedicated to Jesus Christ, is
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      Turkey: The construction of the mosque, dedicated to Jesus Christ, is launched in Diyarbakir.

      The construction of the mosque, dedicated to Jesus Christ, is launched in the south-east of Turkey in the city of Diyarbakir, Blagowest-info reports with the reference to Turkish mass media, noting that �thereby, Muslim community wants to make goodwill step towards the followers of other religions�.

      There was big Christian community in Diyarbakir in the past (mainly Armenian and Syrian Orthodox Churches). In 1915 this community was exposed to cruel persecution and nearly disappeared in the following years.

      �Jesus is respected as the prophet both in our religions and among Christians � Mustafa Uzun, the executive secretary noted. � It is a great honor for us to dedicate the mosque to him�.

      Today, there are several mosques in Turkey that are named after Isa (Jesus), but they are dedicated to Muslim clergyman, bearing this name, but not Jesus Christ.

      According to local mufti, the public reaction for this decision was uncertain, but mostly positive. In his turn, the mufti underlined that Isa was mention in Koran and, therefore, there are no reasons why the mosque cannot be named after his name.

      The Protestant Pastor Akhmet Gyuvener views the construction of the mosque as the sign of tolerance towards Christians. Yusuf Akbulut, the Syrian Priest of Orthodox Church in Diyarbakir, named this action as �revolutionary�, highlighting that this is, obviously, �the first case in the history when the mosque is named after Jesus Christ�.

      Nonetheless, such mosque already exists: it was built in Jordanian city of Madaba in 2008.

      According to Interfax, the mosque is located near the church and its walls indicate the quotes from Koran, mentioning Jesus and Holy Mother. �Therefore, we would like to underline that Jesus is also our prophet and he is respected by all Muslims�, Djamal Safarati, the local imam, shared with Al-Quds al-Arabi Arab newspaper.

      To view the picture of the mosque and source of this news
      http://enews.ferghana.ru/news.php?id=1380&mode=snews
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