Turkey's President Erdogan opens new Mosque in Cambridge

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Yesterday, the 5th day of December 2019 marked yet another new beginning for Muslims in Cambridge as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended the official opening of a mosque in Cambridge, England. According to BBC News: The Central Mosque in Mill Road, which cost £23m and has the capacity for 1,000 worshippers, has been billed as "Europe's first eco-mosque".

A group of about 40 supporters welcomed the arrival of his cavalcade, while a rally held in the city centre attracted a similar number of protesters. Campaigners said they were " standing in solidarity with the Kurdish community". President Erdogan, who arrived in the UK this week for the Nato leaders' meeting, was invited to the mosque by singer-songwriter Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens. The musician is patron of the mosque. The main donor was a consortium of government agencies in Turkey, together with a Turkish private company and the Qatar National Fund.

President Erdogan soothingly recited verses from the holy Qur'an to commemorate of the Mosque. You can get to watch the recitation here.

— Aladodo Abdus-Salam is a Freelance Writer, Entreprenuer, Serial Volounteer and Self-help enthusiast. He tweets @dodo_leleyi

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