India’s largest mosque’s foundation stone laid in Kerala
By Rizwan Khatik - Sat Feb 04, 2:11 pm
India’s largest mosque is coming up in Kerala. The foundation stone installation ceremony held at Karanthur, outskirts of Calicut city of Kerala. The ceremony saw a mammoth audience and active presence of Islamic scholars from various regions on Muslim world.
The mosque will have a built-up area of 250,000 sq. ft., far out-sizing the 17th century mosque commissioned by Mogul Emperor Shah Jahan in the capital.
The mosque will be set up in a 500-acre self-contained township Markaz Knowledge City accommodating a centre for Islamic learning, an information technology (IT) hub, a medical college, an engineering college, schools, hospitals, shopping malls and various other institutions, besides residential complexes.
“The mosque will reflect the universal brotherhood and spiritual enlightenment that Islam stands for.
There will also be a library for Islamic research and a conference hall where both Muslims and non-Muslims can come in pursuit of knowledge,” said Abu Bakr Ahmed alias Kanthapuram Aboobacker Musliyar, who heads the group of Islamic institutions, Markazu Ssaqafathi Ssunniyya.