Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

In the 18th century, Ufa became one of the centers of the Muslim culture in Russia. In 1998, they completed one of the most beautiful mosques called Lyalya Tyulpan.

It looks rather unusual from the outside. It’s modern on the one hand, but at the same time you’ll always know that it is a mosque.

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

A tour guide.

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

The mosque is not only the house of worship but the whole worshipping center with its own school, dormitory, library, conference hall, etc. The mosque seats about a thousand of parishioners.

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

They are happy to see non-Muslims too. Just try to adhere to their customs and to respect them (don’t forget to take off your shoes!).

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

It is very modest on the inside because nothing should distract those who pray. This is also the reason why men and women pray separately.

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

They have to take off their shoes because inside the mosque they knee stand and touch the carpet with their heads and faces. Simple hygiene.

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

In 1773, Catherine II adopted a law according to which all religions became permissible.

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

It was the Time of Troubles. In Tatarstan, Bashkortostan, Udmurtia and other areas, people were rising in rebellion, so they had to issue a decree to combine interests of the state with interests of the believers.

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Most of the mosques were upclassed, some of them opened their own schools. In 1788, Catherine established the Ufa Religious Assembly led by the Mufti, thus making Ufa the Muslim center of Russia.

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Up to now, Ufa has been the residence of the spiritual leader of all Muslims of Russia and CIS countries.

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

‘Exit’.

It was very smart of Catherine to establish that Assembly because in that way she brought order and law into the country and its Muslim population.

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

People often ask the same question: why is it Ufa and not Kazan which is the Muslim center in Russia? The answer is very simple. At that time, Kazan was conquered and by force converted to Orthodoxy. Bashkiria, on the contrary, joined the Russian Empire by its own will, so it was reasonable to give that power to Ufa and not Kazan.

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Let’s go back to modern times. Today, in the mosque they hold special introduction courses for those who want to learn something about the Koran and Islam.

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Here they also hold meetings and conferences.

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

‘Take off your shoes!’

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Yearly, over a hundred people study at the institute under the mosque. They are mostly part-time students. The institute has a dormitory for 60 people.

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Today, Islam allows a divorce. Moreover, on both the husband’s and the wife’s initiative.

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

These two minarets are made in the form of tulip buds. Let’s go up there!

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Their height is 53 meters which makes them the third tallest minarets in Russia.

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

This is a view of the city of Ufa. Near the mosque there is a park and the Museum of Military Glory.

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Heat Power Station #1.

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

In the foreground you see a university building. In the background, two ‘Stalin era’ eight-storey buildings.

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

A fitness center.

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Another park.

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Heat Power Station #3.

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

A beautiful sunset.

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia

Location: Ufa

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14 thoughts on “Ufa, The Muslim Center Of Russia”

  1. There is one interesting thing about the name of the mosque.

    Lyalya translates as Tyulpan. So it is kind of a double name. One is in Russian (Tyulpan – tulip), another is Lyalya which also means tulip.

    So literally translating the name is Tulip-Tulip.

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  2. Heat Power Station #3? that is a petrochemical factory, actually Ufa is not beautifulest city in Russia, St.Petersburg quite better.

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  3. Come on, guys – you don’t need to go to Russia to see a mosque – with your suicidal multi-culturalism soon you’ll get a mosque on every corner in UK. Probably not that beautiful, but still…

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  4. I smell rasism from some comments. let me remind you that you occupied tatarstan and caucas, one day which will be soon it will be free.

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