Algeria is currently building a giant mosque, which will be one of the largest mosques in the world and will also act as a defense against radical Islamists.
The giant mosque is being called the Djamaa El Djazair mosque, others have chosen to call it the “Bouteflika Mosque” after Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika. The mosque is said to contain a one million book library, a Koran school, and a museum of Islamic art and history. The mosque will have a Minaret at 874 feet, and a 20,000 square metre prayer hall.
The mosque which is being constructed by a Chinese firm will be completed in 2017. It will also run on solar power and has a mechanism placed to store rain water and recycled for other uses.
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Algeria has not been exempt from the terror attacks prevalent in Islamic countries by terrorists who seek to create an Islamic state. Algeria has particularly been attacked by Al-Qaeda in recent years.
The mosque has been bashed by critics for being built for the extremists and not Algerians, but the government insists that this isn’t so. Some Algerians also believe the giant mosque is a waste of money that could have been better used for health care and other important facilities. Others also claim that the building is susceptible to environmental hazards such as earthquakes which are common in Algeria.
All these have been dismissed as the mosque is said to have a mechanism that would greatly decrease the magnitude of an earthquake.
It is supposed to act as a symbol of moderate Islam, and seeks to dissuade Algerians from worshiping in mosques that condone Islam extremism.
Ahmed Madani, an adviser to the Minister of Housing responsible for the construction said, “Some have accused us of building a temple for the extremists, but on the contrary, it will be a heavy blow for the extremists. They are the ones hostile to this project.”
He strongly believes the mosque will be “an emblem of moderate Islam in Algeria and a shield against all forms of extremism.”