Model of India’s biggest mosque unveiled *Muslims help build temple in Bihar

February 20, 2012 by  
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Jama Masjid DelhiKerala, January 30, 2012: The model of what is billed as India’s biggest mosque — accommodating 25,000 in its courtyard — was unveiled here Monday.

The mosque is to come up in a 40 acres near here and the complex will also house a heritage museum, convention halls, and a media centre, according to the Jamia Markazu Ssaquafathi Ssunniyya headed by Muslim scholar Kanthapuram A.P. Aboobaker Musliyar, who unveiled the model here.

“The heritage museum is for the protection and exhibition of all such holy remnants of prophets and men of Islamic importance, and this will surely add a new dimension to the cultural life of Kerala,” said Musliyar.

Speaking to IANS, an official of the Markaz said that the work on the mosque is expected to begin in April and would be completed in 18 months time.

“The cost of the project is estimated to be Rs.40 crore and will come through public contributions. The feature of the mosque is that initially it would be an open one and would more or less resemble the famed Jama Masjid in Delhi,” said the official who did not wish to be identified.

Musliyar heads the popular social, charity and educational organisation based here, which has taught more than 30,000 students from various states in the country in the last three decades.

Three years back, the Markaz was in the news when more than 100 children from Kashmir were brought here for basic education.

Delhi’s Jama Masjid is currently India’s biggest mosque.

– ians

Muslims help build temple in Bihar

 

Muslims help build temple in BiharBihar, February 6, 2012: A shining example of communal harmony.

In a heart-warming gesture, Muslims donated money and supervised the construction of a temple in the communally-sensitive Gaya district of Bihar. The temple dedicated to goddess Durga was opened for worship last week. “There was active help from Muslims, all of whom are railway employees, to construct the temple. It is a symbol of Hindu-Muslim unity…”said Ashok Kumar, a resident of Loco colony in the district, where the temple is situated. Suresh Prasad, another resident, said “Muslims have not only donated money for the temple’s construction but were also involved in it like us.”

Tauhid Alam, one of the Muslims who helped in the building of the temple, said, “we have been living here for years and taking care of each other. It is a gesture of communal harmony.” He said the foundation of the temple was laid in 2010 and after that Muslims and Hindus of the locality worked together to construct it. “We joined Hindus to collect donation for the temple construction and also supervised construction work,” said Mohammad Rafiq, another Muslim resident.

The minority community collected nearly 500,000 rupees towards the temple’s construction. Mohammad Sahab said some of the community members helped by way of funds while others helped in the construction work. Muslims constitute 16 per cent of the 105 million population of the state with over a dozen Muslim localities in the district. Lalji Prassad, a social activist in the district, said this move by the Muslims in the construction of the shrine would send a strong message of harmony and peace. Earlier, Mohammad Fakhrool Islam, a Muslim, had donated his land in Bachwara village for constructing a temple in Begusarai district. Over three decades ago, some Hindus had donated a piece of land for the construction of a ‘mazar’ in the same village.

– ians

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