Al-Quds Mosque Hamburg

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Al-Quds Mosque Hamburg (Arabic: Template:Lang, meaning "Jerusalem", or Masjid Taiba Template:Lang) was a mosque in Hamburg, Germany that preached a radical form of Sunni Islam. Al-Quds is where some of the September 11 attackers including Mohamed Atta, attended and met one another, forming the Hamburg cell.


The mosque opened in 1993, and was run by the Taiba German-Arab Cultural Association.<ref>Template:Cite news</ref> It occupied a three-story building near the Hauptbahnhof rail station in a red-light district, in the St. Georg section of Hamburg.<ref name="finn">Template:Cite news</ref>

Interior of al-Quds

Unlike many other mosques in Hamburg which cater to Persians and the Turkish population, al-Quds served Hamburg's smaller Arab population. Under leadership of Iman Mohammed al Fizazi, the mosque preached a radical version of Sunni Islam.<ref name="finn"/> Other leaders at the mosque have included Sheik Azid al Kirani.<ref name="finn"/>

The prayer room for men is carpeted, located on the first floor, and can accommodate up to 400. It is one of the Masjids with a radical interpretation of Islam and its practice.<ref name="finn"/> On Fridays, the mosque usually had around 250 in attendance.<ref name="hengst"/>

2010 shut down

The mosque was shut down by German security officials in August 2010 amid suspicion that the mosque was again being used as a meeting place for Islamic extremists involved in the 2010 European terror plot.<ref name=EspositoCole>"9/11 Mosque Continued To Produce Jihadis; German-Speaking Militants Came From Same Hamburg Mosque As 9/11 Hijackers," RICHARD ESPOSITO, RHONDA SCHWARTZ, MATTHEW COLE and ANNA SCHECTER, Sept. 29, 2010, ABC News.</ref> <ref>Template:Cite news</ref><ref>Template:Cite news</ref> German authorities discovered that 10 members of the mosque had traveled to the border region of Pakistan and Afghanistan, and Shahab D., an Iranian at the mosque, had joined the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.<ref name="hengst">Template:Cite news</ref>

See also

  • Islam in Germany
  • List of mosques in Europe



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