Breaking Ground for the biggest mosque in Bursa

Breaking Ground for the biggest mosque in Bursa

The foundation of the Uludag University New Mosque, which was demanded by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan two years ago, has just been laid. The mosque is planned to be completed within two years, and it will be the third largest in Turkey and the largest in Bursa. Vice Prime Minister Hakan Çavuşoğlu, Bursa Governor İzzetin Küçük, Bursa Metropolitan Mayor Alinur Aktaş, Rector Prof. Dr. Yusuf Ulcay and all Bursa protocol attended at the ceremony.




Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, Vice Prime Minister Hakan Çavuşoğlu said that mosques are the trademarks of Islamic cities. Hakan Çavuşoğlu emphasized that Bursa is a very special city because it once was a capital city, and it hosts many spiritual leaders. He said: "We would not have enough time to count the features of Bursa. It is almost like an open-air museum exhibiting all the richness of our civilization with The Grand Mosque, Emir Sultan, the Green Mosque, Murat Hüdavendigar ... and many other monuments. We, the city's administrators, continue to work with our friends to make this city even more beautiful and bring out its true qualities. "



Çavuşoğlu stated that what makes a city is the effort given to it by all the people and he said “We have laid the foundation to the mosque here today, with no transfer of public resources. It will be built with the contribution of charitable people of Bursa. This is one of the most important features of Turkey. It is also very important in terms of reflecting the beauty of Bursa. I would like to express my gratitude to all benefactors, especially Celal Sonmez. Uludağ University is the trademark of Bursa. Here, about 80-100 thousand people come and go daily, taking staff, students and people coming to the hospital into account. This mosque will serve to this community. Mosques are places where solidarity occurs, disorder disappears and hearts unite. They are not only for praying, but also for science and knowledge. in the name of enlightenment found places for worship and we can benefit from. We have taken up a very important role as a nation in order to sustain these. We are a nation who protects those in need.”


Bursa Governor Izzettin Küçük said that the biggest mosque in Bursa history would be built. Governor Küçük underlined that the mosques belong to the people and he said: "95 percent of the mosques in Turkey have been built by the people. Here, of course, our municipality has contributed, and the Rectorate has granted the land. The construction costs are met by generous businessmen and benefactors. I thank them with respect. I would like to thank Celal Sönmez for the works that his late father made. Not only our university gets a mosque, Bursa also gets a mosque. Not a pound from the budget of the Rectorate has been spent here, nor it will be. I would like to express my gratitude to all of the contributors, especially the Vice Prime Minister.”



Rector of Uludag University Prof. Dr. Yusuf Ulcay emphasized that the mosques were not only used as places of worship throughout history. Rector Yusuf Ulcay underlined that mosques are built anywhere that islam reaches and that they are symbols of belonging.  He also said: "It is the greatest happiness for a person to build a mosque with a minaret that reaches out to the sky, with caligraphy like a picture and with a dome reminiscent of the world sphere and worship in peace. Today we are gathered here to sign the Muslim tribute. Allah Almighty says in “Surah At- Tawbah”: Those who build the masjid of Allah are the ones who believe in Him and the Doomsday, those whose prayers are righteous, those who give alms, and fear Allah alone. Prophet Muhammad said, "Whoever builds a mosque by praying for Allah's consent, Allah will prepare a palace for him in heaven. These expressions show that building a mosque will be the work of those who have a complete faith. The mosques on your right here was built by a benefactor as well. “




Rector Ulcay said "Our present mosque is not enough for the growing university. During Mr. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's visit to our university in 2015, we discussed our university-related projects and he did not say anything to any of our projects but two of them. First was the Children's Hospital. He said that it would be more appropriate for the project to be carried out together with the association with the Obstetrics and Gynecology Unit in conjunction with the Children's Hospital. Thus we changed our Pediatric Hospital proposal with the recommendation of Mr. President. And we will have broken ground for the hospital approved by the Ministry of Development next month, which will cost 333 million liras. Secondly, when we talked about the new mosque, the projects had not been drawn yet. We talked about making a bigger mosque and prepared prototype of a mosque with two minarets. When the President saw this, he said that the minaret should be four and the mosque should be built in a way to reflect the architecture of the Seljuks, Ottomans and contemporary architecture.