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Passion Islam I August 2008 ORLD NEWSW I 13
Czech first mosque celebrates
10-year anniversary
Czech Muslims are celebrating the 10th But back then, the relations between the
anniversary of the first mosque ever built Muslims and Czechs were everything but
in the Czech Republic which opened in a bed of roses. Some locals protested
1998 in the city of Brno. While ten years the idea of having a mosque in their
ago, the Islamic Foundation in Brno had to neighbourhood and tried to bar the Muslim
face protests and their mosque had to do community’s efforts by signing petitions.
without a minaret, today the community is Mr Hassan says relations are much better
thriving and even planning to build a new, now.
greater mosque in the Moravian capital. “The situation has improved substantially.
Muneeb Hassan Alrawi is the head of I think people soon found out that they currently has some 800 members, both
the Islamic Foundation in Brno and one of didn’t have to be afraid of the people who Czechs and foreigners. The Islamic
the mosque’s founders. come to the mosque. We even got in Foundation has therefore come up with
“We are celebrating ten years of the touch with some of the organizers of the another ambitious plan.
Brno mosque but we consider it a petitions, and we get on really well. “We are trying to build a new, bigger
success of the society, of the people in We have always believed that behind mosque, because the current mosque
the Czech Republic. Two different entities the protests was a fear of the unknown. has become too small. We have many
agreeing on a common principle of co- I think it’s natural and we never blamed activities both for our community, for
existence is definitely a success. Today, anyone. Today things look very good.” Muslims, and for the public. The current
we are celebrating with a culture event at Soon after the first mosque opened in mosque is too small – I think that no such
Náměstí Svobody square in Brno where Brno, another one followed in Prague. small mosque has ever attracted so much
we’ll hand out 3,653 roses that represent And the first Czech mosque in Brno is attention. But that’s because it was the
the number of days the mosque has been no longer big enough to accommodate first mosque in the Czech Republic and in
open.” Brno’s growing Muslim community which Central Europe.”
Major expansion
Meat with Allah,
project around
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King
Abdullah has issued instructions for the
acquisition of property toward the east of
the Holy Mosque in Madinah where an
expansion project was launched in 2006,
Al-Madinah newspaper reported.
Habib Zain Al-Abdeen, acting secretary- Proprietors of Daula boiled. After that, the to check other pieces
general of the High Authority to Develop Food Restaurant in meat was fried and kept of the meat. While
Makkah and Madinah, said the properties
Birnin Kebbi, Northern ready for sale. inspecting the meat,
to be acquired extend from the eastern side
Nigeria the capital of “Throughout this he saw other pieces
of the mosque to the first ring road (King
Kebbi State, were much process, nobody noticed with similar inscriptions
Faisal) going up until the Al-Safa district in
more busy than usual anything on the meat which read ‘Allahu’ and
the north. Details of project’s costs and the
last month as they until when we started ‘Muhammad.’
compensation that will be paid to the owners
had to attend to more selling food. One of “ We found four pieces
of property that come under the expansion
people other than their our customers called but before then many
will soon be announced, and will be in line
customers who trooped Abubakar Zaki, who customers had been
to the restaurant to see works at a block industry served with the meat so
with the established compensation system,
the mysterious meat that close to our restaurant we don’t know whether
he added. The new expansion, which may
was found with Arabic came and bought a some other pieces were
cost over SR7 billion, will include the Bani
words which bore the take-away dish with sold to people. But
Al-Najjar Project area, the old maternity
names of ‘Allah’ and some of the meat. these pieces are still
hospital and the Al-Dikhail hotel.
‘Muhammad.’ “After a while, the kept with us, and by the
The new expansion of the Prophet’s The Managing Director man returned the meat time the writings were
Mosque from the eastern side will cover an of the restaurant, Alhaji when he discovered that discovered, there were
area of 37,000 sq m and will accommodate Kabiru Haliru, told there were some Arabic some Islamic scholars
more than 70,000 worshippers. It will also
Weekly Trust: “Well, inscriptions on the meat who came to eat here
provide parking for about 420 vehicles and
there are some butchers and the word looked and they all commented
70 buses. There will be three underground
who supply meat to us like it was engraved on that it was a sign to
tunnels linking the expansion to the first
on a daily basis from the meat; the word was show that Islam is the
ring road. King Abdullah laid down the
the abattoir. So, as Allahu. He came and only true religion for
foundation stone for the new expansion
usual, on Wednesday showed the meat to mankind and Prophet
two years ago. The expansion, to cost at
they brought the meat the restaurant manager Muhammad (SAW) was
more than SR4.7 billion, is to create space
in large quantity and it who out of curiosity the true messenger of
was cut into pieces and went to the kitchen God.”
for over 200,000 worshippers.
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