RUSSIA - One of the Country's Oldest Mosques Returned to Followers

One of the oldest mosques in Russia, in the western region of Ryazan, has been returned to the Muslim community by authorities. On December 4, after years of legal battles, the Russian Spiritual Council of Muslims became owner of Khan Mosque and the mausoleums of Shakh Ali Khan and Sultan Muhammad Avgan in the town of Kasimov, 225 kilometers east of Moscow.

The buildings were handed over by the regional museum of the city, which had never used them as places of worship.

Built by the Tatars in the fifteenth century, the Khan Mosque in Kasimov is the second oldest mosque in Russia, after the Dzhuma mosque (XIII century) in Derbent, Dagestan, in the North Caucasian Republic.