Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday (Mar 16) inaugurated 50 more model mosques and Islamic cultural centres across the country. She opened those in the third phase joining virtually from her official Ganabhaban residence in Dhaka, local media reported.
With the new ones, the premier has so far inaugurated 150 mosques out of 564 being built all over the country. She earlier opened 50 mosques each in the first phase on Jun 10, 2021 and in the second phase on Jan 16 this year.
The construction of the remaining mosques and Islamic cultural centres is scheduled to be completed by June, 2024.
The model mosques and Islamic cultural centres include separate places for ablution and Namaj along with air-condition system.
Besides, there will be registration and training arrangements for Hajj pilgrims, Imam training centre, research centre and Islamic library, autism corner, ritual system before burial, car parking facility, Hifzakhana, pre-primary education and holy Quran learning arrangement, conference room for Islamic cultural activities and Islamic dawat, Islamic books sale centre, boarding facility for local and foreign guests along with the mosques.
State Minister for Religious Affairs Md Faridul Haque Khan and its secretary Kazi Enamul Hassan spoke at the function. PM's Principal Secretary Md Tofazzel Hossain Miah moderated the programme.
Agailjhara Upazila in Barishal district, Fulbaria Upazila of Mymensingh district and Tentulia Upazila of Panchagarh district were also connected to the programme as the local lawmakers, public representatives, political parties' leaders, government officers, alem-ulama and common people were present. A video-documentary on the model mosques and Islamic cultural centres was screened at the function.
Being imbued with the spirit of Islam and following the footsteps of the country's founding President Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Sheikh Hasina has come up with the idea of constructing 564 model mosques across the country. The purpose of the project is to publicize Islamic brotherhood and its values as well as disseminate the essence of Islam against extremism and militancy as the religion never supports those.
It would also put concentration on creating awareness against terrorism and violence against women along with disseminating development activities of the government.
Under category A, some 69 four-storey mosques having the elevator facility and a floor space of 2,360.09 square metres each are being constructed in 64 districts and city corporation areas.
Under category B, 475 mosques are being built with a floor space of 1680.14 square metres each, while 16 mosques under C category in coastal areas will have a floor space of 2,052.12 square metres each.