Nizamiye Turkish Masjid Midrand (3)

JandeBeer

Randfontein, South Africa

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Nizamiye Turkish Masjid Midrand Gauteng South Africa
It is modelled on the Selimiye Mosque in Edirne, Turkey, acclaimed for its lavish Ottoman architecture.
Its building is in its final stages and incorporate the Sama (meaning heaven in Arabic) High School, student boarding facilities, a bazaar, clinic, conference facility and a community hall for 1500 people.
The venture is the brainchild of Ali Katircioglu, 72, better known as “Uncle Ali”, a Turkish businessman who is funding and managing the project.
Katircioglu, who is inspired by the teachings of his long-time friend Fethullah Gülen, a Turkish preacher, author and educator, was advised by his friend to develop the project in “Madiba’s home”.
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Once completed, it will be handed over to the Fountain Education Trust, an Islamic non-profit organisation, which will manage the administration of the institution.
The structure, which is 80% complete, includes four minarets, each 55m high, a 32m-high and 24m-wide dome at the apex of the mosque, with 24 smaller domes adorning the boarding rooms and courtyard.
The interior will be ornamented in Ottoman style with all natural marble ceramics and Islamic artwork.
“Uncle Ali realised that there was not a single model of Ottoman architecture in the southern hemisphere and vowed to ensure the project was completed. He has turned away all donors, telling them to contribute to the running of the facilities, such as bursaries for the students, instead,” said Mehmet Naci, deputy principal of Sama Boys’ School.
Naci said once the project was completed, they would apply to the Gauteng Department of Tourism to have it listed as a landmark and tourist attraction.
The school will accommodate 800 pupils.

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