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Why is there a delay in building mosques?

July 17, 2014 - 5:00:28 am

• Why has the maintenance work of mosques not finished before Ramadan?

• Are external projects more important for the Ministry than local projects?

• Portable buildings or Portacabins are not accommodating those who pray!

• What is the role of charitable societies in the process of building mosques?

On the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan, I’d like to extend my best wishes to everybody, may Allah bless and grace the Arab and Islamic nations.

Moreover, I’d like to send a message to the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs and all its affiliates.

The timing of the holy month of Ramadan is known. It is considered a grace of Allah that all our religious events are known to everyone in order for all Muslims to draw closer to Allah and to celebrate Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha as well.

The sad thing is that the respected Ministry did not manage to finish maintenance work in mosques 

before Ramadan.

We have always been coming across demands from some citizens and residents to build new mosques in the new areas and to expand the size of some temporary mosques in other areas.

These temporary mosques are often overcrowded and they are not accommodating the increasing number of the faithful who come for prayers especially during Ramadan when people are rushing to mosques to complete the five prayers besides Tarawih.

The Ministry knows very well that the number of those praying is continuously increasing during Ramadan, as it is the month of worship and good deeds.

Whenever we try to complain, the Ministry becomes more sensitive. Meanwhile the citizens do not have many demands except what is to be done by the Ministry even without complaining or asking it to do that.

It is impossible that the local press will keep commending and praising. Of course we talk about achievements of the Ministry with pride and appreciation. We give them coverage even without contacting them.

We also cover Qatari Islamic inaugurations proudly, as they represent the state and its significant endowments. The last of these inaugurations is the Hamad bin Khalifa Center for Civilization inaugurated recently in the Danish capital Copenhagen.

Does the Ministry have the right to focus on projects outside the country, ‘which we appreciate and respect’ at the expense of more important projects in the country?

Taking into account that there are many plans by the Ministry to establish new mosques and Islamic centres for the memorisation of the Quran in the outside and new areas. The Ministry also receives complaints from citizens who suffer due to scarcity of space, particularly those who pray in Portacabin mosques. 

It is so exciting to see various sectors of the country working to achieve Qatar National Vision 2030. For example, we find schools are being built in modern areas before the number of residents increase in order to take in as many number of students as possible regardless of the actual numbers in the future.

We are thankful for that, and definitely the education sector plays an important role in doing that, and the government has considered this. The same thing applies to parks that were built in various areas. The government supported and organised them after a thorough study 

in all areas.

Mosques, on the other hand, get their locations allotted, but are not actually built before years, or until donors build them.

Did the ministry count the number of mosques in various areas, build and announce them? 

We were thrilled when we saw the unified blueprints of mosques of different sizes, but we will be more thrilled if they were actually 

built.

To be honest, some former ministers were doing their best to satisfy everyone. Everyone has been talking about their achievements, they were bright-faced and good to people who deal with them. 

All that was without media to shed the light on them. I mention these ministers as senior citizens commended them and because every diligent official is remembered.

Nevertheless, we cannot only blame the Ministry. Where are charitable societies that expanded their business to far away lands and have fingerprints that carry the name of Qatar in many countries? Where is their participation in building mosques? Or do they only contribute to constructing buildings outside the country?

We want all ministries, government and non-government organisations to take part in the process of developing Qatar in various sectors under the wise leadership of the Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani – May Allah Protect Him – and the efforts of the Prime Minister and Interior Minister H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani. 

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