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Sultan opens Granada Grand Mosque complex

Granada, July 11, 2003 (WAM) -- H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, inaugurated here yesterday the Grand Mosque complex in a memorable ceremony attended by a number of dignitaries, including the Chief of the Andalusia Province, heads of diplomatic missions of Arab and Islamic countries in Spain, directors of cultural centres, university professors, imams and Muslim scholars in Spain. In an inaugural address, Sheikh Sultan said that the mosque, built on the Albaicin hill facing the Alhamra Palace as result of 20 years of effort by the southern Spanish city's Muslim community, could serve as an example to all, so that when the muezzin made the call to prayer his chant would +resound like a call to brotherhood.+ In a speech read in Spanish by his son Sheikh Khaled bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Sheikh Sultan noted the lasting visible traces of Arab culture in Granada, the seat of the Muslim kingdom in Andalusia for eight centuries. He praised the richness of its culture, customs, monuments and language. +In the character and blood of the Andalusians there is a part of ourselves,+ he said. The inauguration ceremony was held in the gardens of the mosque opposite the Alhamra Palace, in the presence of Dr Sheikh Sultan, who made a major contribution to the construction costs estimated at U.S 4.5 million dollars. The mosque complex includes an Islamic centre, gardens and a terrace looking out over the Sierra Nevada mountains and the Alhamra. --MORE-- WAM/SA