Gothenburg Mosque

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Gothenburg Mosque (Swedish: Göteborgs moské) is a mosque located at the foot of Ramberget on Hisingen in Gothenburg, Sweden. The mosque is built by Saudi Arabia and run by the Swedish Muslim Foundation (SMS). It was inaugurated 16 June 2011.

Gothenburg Mosque
Göteborgs moské
Gothenburg Brämaregaarden IMG 3952 Göteborgs Moske.JPG
AffiliationSunni Islam
Governing bodyIslamic Association of Sweden
LocationHisingen, Gothenburg, Sweden
Architect(s)Björn Sahlqvist
Funded bySaudi Arabia
Date established16 June 2011
Interior area2,000 m2

The mosque cost 67 million Swedish krona to build and is 2000 square meters. The construction of the mosque has been met with demonstrations from right-wing activists. The Saudi finance minister Dr. Abu Rachman al Seid said on the inauguration that "we do this out of kindness - and because we can afford it".[1] The board members of the mosque and Saudi refused to be interviewed by reports from the Swedish investigative journalism television program Uppdrag Granskning in conjunction with the inauguration.[2]

The imam Sheikh Abdul Rashid Mohamed was trained in Saudi Arabia. In a 2013 Swedish Television interview with hidden camera he stated that polygamy is allowed under certain conditions and that wives cannot refuse to have sex with their husbands unless they were ill.[3] Chairman Ahmed Al-Mofty stated in a follow-up interview with Göteborgs-Posten that Rashid had advised what Islamic tradition is and that his advice was not legally binding.[3]

The building is designed by Björn Sahlqvist, who wanted to design a mosque with a Scandinavian touch with a lot of light and space. There is a silent square minaret and prayer rooms for men and women, conference rooms, offices, lecture halls, kitchen and an ablution area.


Islamiska informationsföreningen (IIF) (tr: Islamic information society) was, according to Swedish Radio in 2013, using the mosque premises while receiving funding from Gothenburg Municipality.[5] In 1986 IIF started publishing the magazine named Salaam. It published texts by Muslim brotherhood ideologues Sayyid Qutb and Muhammad Qutb translated into Swedish.[6] A significant number of its texts were written by female converts to Islam. IIF was in 1995 a member association of the umbrella organisation Muslim Council of Sweden.[7] IIF collaborated with the Saudi organisation World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY) to translate Arabic texts into Swedish and sold literature from The Islamic Foundation, International Islamic Federation of Student Organizations (IIFSO) and WAMY.[8]


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  2. ^ "(sv-SE) Diktaturstaten Saudiarabien betalar Göteborgs nya moské". Uppdrag Granskning. Sveriges Television. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Imamens uttalanden om kvinnor upprör". Göteborgs-Posten (in Swedish). Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  4. ^ Carlbom, Aje (2017). Islamisk aktivism i en mångkulturell kontext – ideologisk kontinuitet eller förändring? (PDF). Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) & Malmö University. pp. 24, 27, 28. ISBN 978-91-7383-810-8. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 September 2018.
  5. ^ Radio, Sveriges. "Imamen riskerar mista bidrag - P4 Göteborg". Retrieved 2017-11-25.
  6. ^ Jonas., Otterbeck (2000). Islam på svenska : tidskriften Salaam och islams globalisering. Stockholm: Almqvist & Wiksell. pp. 174, 178. ISBN 9122019022. OCLC 163850814.
  7. ^ "Muslimernas mångfald - DN.SE". DN.SE (in Swedish). 1995-03-12. Archived from the original on 20 April 2017. Retrieved 2017-11-25.
  8. ^ Jonas., Otterbeck (2000). Islam på svenska : tidskriften Salaam och islams globalisering. Stockholm: Almqvist & Wiksell. p. 236. ISBN 9122019022. OCLC 163850814.

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Coordinates: 57°42′53.34″N 11°56′38.94″E / 57.7148167°N 11.9441500°E / 57.7148167; 11.9441500