Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will virtually inaugurate 50 model mosques across the country today, out of 560, as part of the government’s initiatives marking the Mujib Year.
The premier will inaugurate the mosques through videoconferencing from her official residence Ganabhaban.“Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will formally inaugurate the mosques at 10:30 am through videoconferencing,” Deputy Project Director Shafique Talukder told reporters at a briefing on the premises of Savar Upazila Model Mosque on Wednesday.
Every mosque with modern architectural features will have 13 types of modern facilities --- Islamic Cultural Centre, Din-E-Dawah activities, Quran Hefzkhana, children and mass education system, accommodation facilities for both local and foreign tourists, arrangement of bath and burial for deceased, enrollment and training of hajj pilgrims, car parking and accommodation for Imam-Muazzin and employees of the cultural centers.
Some 50 mosques are being prepared under the landmark 560-model-mosque project, considered to be the world’s largest mosques project, for inauguration in September under the second phase and another 50 will be opened in December under the third phase.
Imbued with the spirit of Islam and following the footsteps of Father of the Nation, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has come up with the idea of constructing the 560 model mosques across the country involving Tk 8,722 crore, Deputy Project Director Shafique Talukder said.
Besides, 100 more model mosques will also be inaugurated by the end of this year marking the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, he added.
The mosques, which will be inaugurated today are located at Savar upazila in Dhaka, Madhukhali and Saltha upazilas in Faridpur, Pakundia and Kuliarchar upazilas in Kishoreganj, Shibaloy upazila in Manikganj, Rajbari sadar upazila, Shariatpur sadar and Gosairhat upazilas, Shariakandi, Sherpur and Kahaloo upazilas in Bogura, Sapahar and Porsha upazilas in Naogaon, Sirajganj district and sadar upazila, Chatmohar upazila in Pabna, Godagari and Paba upazilas in Rajshahi, Khansama and Birol in Dinajpur, Patgram upazila in Lalmonirhat, Panchagarh sadar and Debiganj upazilas, Rangpur district, sadar upazila, Mithapukur, Pirgonj and Badargonj upazilas, Haripur upazila in Thakurgaon, Subarnachar upazila in Noakhali, Gafargaon and Tarakanda upazilas in Mymensingh, Chattogram district, Lohagara, Mirsharai and Sandwip upazilas, Jamalpur sadar and Islampur upazilas, Nabinagar and Bijoynagar upazilas in Brahmanbaria, Bhola sadar, Dakshinsurma upazila in Sylhet, Daudkandi upazil in Comilla, Panchari upazila in Khagrachhari, Kushtia sadar, Khulna district, Kachua upazila in Chandpur, Rajapur upazila in Jhalakathi and Chuadanga sadar upazilas.The project director said construction work of 420 model mosques and cultural centers have started while the construction of the remaining mosques would start soon.
A festive mood has been prevailing in those areas as people have been enthusiastically waiting for the inauguration of the mosques.
Expressing gratitude to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Savar Upazila Model Mosque Imam Maruf Billah said the mosques would work as hubs of Islamic research and speeding true messages of Islam.
“Thanks to our honorable Prime Minister for taking such a religious project that proves her devotion to Islam,” he added.
These model mosques are being built in three categories – A, B and C. Under the 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.