State Mosque officially opens Friday with new name

It looks like Qatar’s biggest mosque is finally ready to open its doors to the public!

The Emir has also decided that the mosque will be renamed after Sheikh Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab “in reflection of the State of Qatar’s intention to revive the nation’s symbols and its cultural values,” QNA reports.

Ibn Abdul Wahhab was an influential Sunni scholar who was born in the Arabian Peninsula in the 18th century.

He advocated a strict interpretation of the Qur’an and the Prophet’s sayings and actions (ahadith) and is widely credited with leading the movement in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and throughout the Gulf toward the conservative practice of Islam frequently labeled Wahhabism.

According to the Gulf Times, the newly named mosque, which can hold up to 30,000 congregants, including women, will open for prayers on Friday.

Who’s attending? And any thoughts on the new name?

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