Islamic cultural centre to be constructed in Budapest
The Islamic website iszlam.com shared a video of a gigantic building which is claimed to depict a mosque and an Islamic cultural centre planned by the Turkish ministry of religious affairs to be constructed in Budapest. A video on the grandiose plans can be found on the YouTube channel of the Turkish organisation Türkiye Diyanet Vakfi, vigyazo.blog.hu reported.
The mosque standing between the four big minarets and the several hectares belonging to the building complex would not only be Hungary’s biggest Muslim religious centre, but even Europe’s.
There is currently no location considered suitable by both the Hungarian and the Turkish party to build the grand mosque planned and financed by the Turkish ministry of religious affairs in Budapest, said the capital’s mayor István Tarlós, adding that there are regular discussions between municipal officials and the Turkish embassy, and the question of the mosque has already been raised, but the initial idea of constructing it in District X, near the end station of the M2 metro line at Örs vezér Square, was cancelled after both the local self-government and the embassy backtracked. According to locals, the neighbourhood is already home to large facilities of religious and ethnic communities and an additional development would be more than what the district is able to accommodate.
However, according to vigyazo.blog.hu, the area has become unsuitable because the government has earmarked it for the country’s 2024 Olympic bid.
Earlier, commenting on the planned mosque, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán stressed that many of the large number of foreign university students studying in Hungary are of Islamic faith and they are currently unable to practice their religion while they are in Hungary.
Turkey regards the aid granted to the construction of the mosque complex as a part of the religious diplomacy, and has launched a large-scale programme in the Balkans over the past few years.
based on the article of vigyazo.blog.hu
translated by Gábor Hajnal