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Umm Al-Qura Mosque, Baghdad

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The Umm al-Qura Mosque ("Mother of All Cities") is a mosque located in Baghdad, Iraq. It was the city's largest place of worship for Sunni Muslims, but it has also become the location of a Shia hawza and the place of refugee for many fleeing the terrorists depredations in the Anbar Province. Originally called the Umm al-Ma'arik ("Mother of All Battles") mosque, it was designed to commemorate Saddam Hussein's self-proclaimed victory in the 1991 Gulf War and was intended to serve as a personal tribute to Saddam himself. It is located in the Sunni-populated al-Adel area of western Baghdad. Costing US$7.5 million to build, the mosque's cornerstone was laid on Saddam's 61st birthday on 28 April 1998. It was formally completed on 28 April 2001 in time for the ten-year anniversary of the Gulf War.
Although never confirmed by his regime or himself during his lifetime, there has been speculation that it was intended to have been Saddam's final resting place.
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  • From the minarets like kalashnikova and the turrets like scuds to the Koran locked away in its depths written in Saddam Hussein's blood, this mosque exudes messages and mysteries. Easy to see from...  more »
  • the Mosque was built at Nineties , renewing many times after 2003 events. Nowadays it is the Headquarters of the Iraqi Sunni Affairs  more »
  • very large place now housing a lot of refugees, beitufil archutecture very gid sound system, unfirtunateky far from the city  more »
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  • The good old days of Saddam Hussein miss this Iraq.
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  • A huge mosque built at the end of the 1990s during the previous regime (Saddam Hussein's regime), a beautiful and large mosque, one of the largest mosques in Iraq and containing a lake in the form of the Arab world map and its name was at the time the mosque or battles after 2003 was taken by the Muslim Scholars Authority as its main headquarters and was passed Dead in Umm al-Qura mosque and was raided more than once by the American forces. In 2007, the Muslim Scholars ' body was taken from him and the Sunni endowment was based at the time of the former Waqf chief, Abdul Ghafoor al-Samarai, and the worshippers were tightened and surrounded by concrete in the opposite direction and Thich flour to enter and then the apartments were built for the Waqf employees inside the mosque influenced the aesthetic of the mosque and its architectural form
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  • Mosque and Masjid where the five and Friday prayers were called the mosque of Umm al-battles and then named after 2003 the mother of the villages and the hall of ceremonies that held religious conferences
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