New community centres at mosques


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 12 Jun 2010

Turn mosques into one-stop centres

PUTRAJAYA: Mosques will be turned into one-stop centres where Muslims can also seek advice and counselling from family and religious experts in times of trouble.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom said the one-stop centres would also be equipped with libraries, computer facilities, classes for adults and children as well as shelter or temporary accommodation for travellers.

“It is also the Government’s intention to use mosques to unite Muslims, and this can be achieved if its management remains independent, professional and free from political elements,” Jamil said at the opening of the Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin mosque here yesterday.

The mosque, which is the second to be built in the federal administrative capital after the Putra mosque, was officiated by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin yesterday.

Also present at the ceremony were Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Islamic Development Department (Jakim) Director-General Datuk Wan Mohamad Sheikh Abdul Aziz.

The construction of the RM200mil mosque located at Precinct 3 started in 2004, and was handed over to Jakim last year following its completion.

The mosque, which can accommodate 20,000 worshippers, is unique in being constructed from 6,000 tonnes of iron, hence its nickname “the Iron Mosque.”

Jamil said the Government would encourage non-Muslims to be involved in social activities organised by mosques to strengthen racial harmony and cooperation among Malaysians of different religious backgrounds.

“The mosque management must plan activities that can attract the surrounding community. The mosques, its facilities and programmes need to be people-friendly to attract people to visit such places,” he said.

Later, Tuanku Mizan and Najib joined the congregation for Friday prayers at the mosque, with Jamil conducting the sermon.

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