Berlin Mosque and Mission
Phase 2 Report and Photographs, September 1999
by Sister Samina, Columbus,
On September 23, 1999 I went to Berlin to inspect the renovation and
repair work being done at the Berlin Mosque. I arrived at the Airport
at 11:30 a.m., and Mr. Lampeitl, the Architect, picked me up and dropped
me at the hotel. In the evening I had a long meeting with Mr. Wendlandt,
incharge of the project in the Monument Department, and Mr. Lampeitl.
I tried to persuade them to complete the second minaret also in this
phase. I told them as the cupola for the second minaret is being made
at this time, it will be a good idea to complete the second minaret
as well. They seemed receptive to the proposal. Please pray to Almighty
Allah for the success of the proposal.
The next day Mr. Lampeitl and I went to the Mosque and inspected
the work. I was very impressed to see the delicate and detailed repair
done on the windows and the front door. The windows have been restored
to their original condition, and now close properly. The color expert
has painstakingly exposed the original color of the door which is
a beautiful shade of green, and it will be painted the same color.
I was very thrilled and happy to see the scaffolding rising high
up in to the sky around the minaret (see first photo below), and can
hardly wait to see the minaret being finally completed, Alhamdolillah!
The cupola of the minaret is being manufactured in the factory and
will be placed on top of the minaret by crane. The second cupola will
also be made at the same time. We also discussed the plastering of
the outside walls and the waterproofing of the foundations of the
After Mr. Lampeitl left, I attended the Jum`ah (Friday) prayers
at the Mosque. Imam Ch. Saeed Ahmad delivered the Khutba and
led the prayers. After the prayers we discussed the supply of the
German translations of our books, which have been translated and published
in the last few years, and Imam Saeed placed orders for our German
and English publications.
We will supply the German Mission with one hundred copies of the
Russian Holy Quran free of charge.
We are very thankful to Mr. Wendlandt and Mr. Lampeitl for their
help for all these years. We thank Almighty Allah for all that has
been accomplished so far, and I thank Him for the opportunity He has
given me to obtain the grants and work closely with the Monument Department
and the Architect. This is the result of the prayers of the late Hazrat
Ameer, Dr. Saeed Ahmad Khan Sahib, who was very much involved
in and concerned about the work of the Berlin Mission.
Photographs of the current work
Scaffolding around the North Minaret
Craftsman repairing the front windows of the Mission
Mr. Lampeitl, the Architect, inspecting the Mission
Sister Samina inspecting the front door of Mission
House, with Architect
The Imam, Chaudry Saeed Ahmad, delivering the Friday
Khutba, 24 September