Important to revitalise the role of mosque: Prince
Published on: Tuesday, November 26, 2019
By: Bernama
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KUALA LUMPUR: It is important to revitalise the role of the mosque especially in residential neighbourhoods, with its care linked to the residents, said Saudi Arabia’s Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

The chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Abdullatif Al Forzan Award for Mosque Architecture (AFAMA) said a system should also be in place to ensure the participation of families and young people in the service of the mosque as their basic duty.

“This should not be seen as the responsibility of the state alone,” he said when addressing the  the Second International Conference on Mosque Architecture (ICMA) 2019 here Monday.

Prince Sultan also said that it is important to organise the surroundings of the mosque with the message that it conveys.

“The surrounding society should be benevolent...and promote solidarity among them,” he said.

Prince Sultan further said it is important that the architecture of mosques is commensurate with the considerations of the environment and architecture of the place.

“It should be compatible with local construction techniques and should keep pace with the developments of materials and technology,” he said.

The Daing Abdul Rahman Mosque in Iskandar Puteri, Johor, (previously known as Surau Nusa Idaman) is the only mosque in Malaysia that has been shortlisted for AFAMA 2019.

It was reported that 201 mosques in 48 Muslim countries were nominated in the early stage before the number was whittled down to 27 from 16 countries, with the winners to be announced in March. – Bernama





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