For the first time call to prayer has been recited at the Great Mosque of Algiers

Faith Muhammad Nassar 23-Jun-2020
Djamaa el Djazaïr. ID 144782135 © Abdelmoumen Taoutaou | Dreamstime.com

For the first time the call to prayer has been recited at the Great Mosque of Algiers in the Algerian capital.

The construction of Djamaa el Djazaïr mosque began in 2012 but the inauguration was postponed several times. Last time the opening ceremony was planned in April this year, in the holy month of Ramadan, but was cancelled due to the epidemic of coronavirus.

Djamaa el Djazaïr or the Great Mosque of Algiers is the third-largest mosque in the world after the Great Mosque of Mecca and Al-Masjid an-Nabawi of Medina. The prayer hall is able to accommodate 37,000 worshipers, and the parking lot – 7,000 cars. However, the 270-meter-high minaret is the world’s tallest minaret.

The construction tender was won by China State Construction Engineering Corporation, China’s largest construction company. The construction costs apparently exceeded one billion euros.

As International Quran News Agency reports, a call to prayer has, at last, been recited from the highest minaret in the world.