Second (south) Minaret
of the Berlin Mosque Completed
by Mrs Samina Malik,
I was invited by the Architect Mr. Lampeitl and Mr. Wendlandt from
the Monument Department of the German Government to attend the ceremony
of placing the Cupola atop the South Minaret of the Berlin Mosque
on August 27th 2001.
The rebuilding of the South Minaret began a few months ago. The
cost of the project was approximately 250,000 DM of which 30,000
DM were paid by the A.A.I.I.L. U.S.A. as the share of the Central
I left Columbus on August 25th and reached Berlin on August 26th
in the afternoon. The same evening I had a meeting with Mr. Lampeitl
and Mr. Wendlandt. The next morning at 8.30 a.m. I arrived at the
Mosque. About thirty people were present for the ceremony. These
included officials of the Monument Department, sponsers, workers and
members of the Press.
The ceremony began by a speech by Mr. Lampeitl, the Architect,
who gave a short presentation of the renovation work done on the
Mosque, Mission House and the Minarets.
He was followed by Mr. Alexandar Strabmeir who is incharge of property
in the Wilmersdorf area of Berlin.
The last speech was mine in which I thanked the Monument Department,
Mr. Wendlandt and Mr. Lampeitl for their support and hard work.
I stressed the fact that they had not only preserved a Monument,
but had also helped to ensure that the spirit of Islamic peace,
tolerance and brotherly relations which this Mosque stood for would
After the speeches the crane lifted the Cupola and placed it on
top of the Minaret. As the Cupola was being lifted the crowd applauded
and I thanked Almighty Allah that He had made this possible through
His grace and mercy.
When the Cupola was in place, everyone climbed the stairs of the
scaffolding to the top. However I could not go up as my knee was
extremely sore and I was scheduled for surgery on August 29th.
Refreshments were then served to the guests and workers. This
was followed by a tour of the Mosque. People were very impressed
by the beautiful architectural details of the Mosque.
The ceremony ended by 12.00 noon and I left for the airport to
catch the flight to the USA and reached Columbus the same night.
As I left the mosque and saw both Minarets which had been fallen
down since the end of the Second World War in 1945 now standing
straight and tall, at their full original height, after fifty six
years, my heart was filled with joy and thankfulness to Almighty
May Almighty Allah also make this Mosque a source from which the
light of Islam would illumine Europe. Ameen!