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The Prime Minister inaugurated 50 model mosques

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday inaugurated 50 model mosques and Islamic cultural centers across the country on the occasion of ‘Mujib Year’. A total of 560 model mosques and Islamic cultural centers have been inaugurated in each district and upazila under the project. 50 model mosques and Islamic cultural centers have been inaugurated at the initial stage.

In her inaugural address, the Prime Minister hoped that these mosques would play a role in spreading the true message of Islam. He said, ‘Let the people of this country know and understand the essence of Islam. We, the people of Bangladesh, believe in secularism, nurture and preserve our own religion with care. Islam has taught us that humanity.

Sheikh Hasina further said, “We have decided to implement a project to build a model mosque and Islamic cultural center in each district and upazila for the purpose of practicing and developing correct Islamic values ​​and developing Islamic culture in this country which has one of the largest Muslim majority in the world.”

In the morning, the Prime Minister participated in a virtual event organized by the Ministry of Religion at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the capital via video conference from her official residence Ganobhaban.

‘Let the people of this country know and understand the essence of Islam. We, the people of Bangladesh, believe in secularism, nurture and preserve our own religion with care. Islam has taught us that humanity

Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister

As per the Awami League’s election manifesto in 2014, the government took initiative to build 560 model mosques and cultural centers across the country at a cost of Taka 6,622 crore as part of the implementation of the promise to build a developed mosque in each district and upazila. Such projects are unprecedented in the world. It is the second largest self-financed government project after the Padma Multipurpose Bridge.

The project was approved by ECNEC on April 25, 2016. This joint venture between the Ministry of Religion and the Islamic Foundation has been implemented by the government’s Public Works Department.

In each of the four-storied mosques, 1,200 worshipers can perform prayers together. On the other hand, the three-storey model mosques will accommodate 900 worshipers at a time.

State Minister for Religion. Faridul Haque Khan presided over the function. Secretary of the Ministry. Nurul Islam gave the welcome speech. Chief Secretary Ahmed Kaikaus conducted the function from Ganobhaban. Secretary to the Prime Minister’s Office Tofazzal Hossain Miah, PMO and senior officials of Ganobhaban were present at the time.

A video titled ‘Bangabandhu is the pioneer of propagating Islam in Bangladesh’ was screened on the occasion.

He exchanged views with devout worshipers of Khulna District Model Mosque, Badarganj Upazila Model Mosque of Rangpur District and Dakshin Surma Upazila Model Mosque of Sylhet District. Under this project, a four-storey model mosque and an Islamic cultural center are being constructed at the district headquarters and city corporation level and on the third floor in the upazila and coastal areas. The main mosque will be air-conditioned. Separate prayer rooms have been arranged for women. A ramp has been set up to facilitate easy access to the prayer rooms for the sick and disabled worshipers

In each of the four-storied mosques, 1,200 worshipers can perform prayers together. On the other hand, the three-storey model mosques will accommodate 900 worshipers at a time.

Apart from this, a mosque has been set up in the mosque for the practice of the Holy Qur’an, a training center for pilgrims and imams, and an Islamic library in the style of the Nawab has been set up in the mosque to impart knowledge to the worshipers. An Islamic cultural center has been set up in a separate building within the mosque complex. There will be district and upazila level offices of the Islamic Foundation, conference halls, research rooms, handicapped corners, pre-registration of pilgrims, accommodation for domestic and foreign tourists, etc.

Shafiq Talukder, Sub-Project Director (DPD) of the Model Mosque Project, gave a briefing at the premises of the Model Mosque Mosque in Savar Upazila on Wednesday, outlining the location of the mosques in the project, construction style and government expenditure.

The official said about 50 mosques have been completed under the groundbreaking 560 model mosque construction project in the country. Another 100 model mosques will be inaugurated by the end of this year on the occasion of the birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the architect of Bangladesh and the father of the nation. He said it was the first time in the world that a government was building such a large number of mosque complexes together.
Regarding the aims and objectives of the project, Shafiq Talukder said the aim of the project is to spread Islamic values ​​and Muslim brotherhood as well as the main message of Islam against militancy and extremism.

The 50 model mosques that have been built are in Savar upazila of Dhaka, Madhukhali and Saltha upazilas of Faridpur, Pakundia and Kuliarchar upazilas of Kishoreganj, Shibalaya upazila of Manikganj, Rajbari Sadar upazila, Shariatpur Sadar and Gosairhat upazilas, Sariakandi of Bogra upazila. Parsha Upazila, Sirajganj District and Sadar Upazila, Pabna Chatmohar Upazila, Rajshahi Godagari and Paba Upazila, Dinajpur Khansama and Biral Upazila, Lalmonirhat Patgram Upazila, Panchagarh Sadar and Debiganj Upazila, Rangpur District, Sadar Upazila, Mithapukur, Pirganj and Badarganj Upazila, Upazila, Subarnachar upazila of Noakhali, Gafargaon and Tarakanda upazilas of Mymensingh, Lohagara, Mirsarai and Sandwip upazilas of Chittagong district, Jamalpur Sadar and Islampur upazilas, Nabinagar and Vijaynagar upazilas of Brahmanbaria, Dakshin Surma upazila of Sylhet.Panchhari upazila of Khagrachhari, Kushtia Sadar, Khulna district, Kachua upazila of Chandpur, Rajapur upazila of Jhalokati and Chuadanga Sadar upazila.