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Posted On: 4 April 2015 06:48 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:15 pm

Plans to build 40 new mosques every year

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A senior official of the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs has asked citizens owning private mosques to maintain them properly and provide the required services for worshippers.

If they cannot do it, they must hand over the mosques to the ministry, Mohamed bin Hamad Al Kuwari, Head, Mosque Department, told Al Sharq.

He said the department is responsible only for providing administrative support to private mosques while their development and maintenance is the responsibility of the owners. The department has plans to build 35 to 40 new mosques every year. Twenty-eight are in different phases of construction.

Cost of a mosque depends on the materials used and the companies carrying out construction. Even the smallest mosque would cost about QR1.7m. Many new Woqod petrol stations have a mosque attached as well as many residential and commercial complexes, he added. The department has installed LCD screens at 10 mosques to show videos and religious programmes. There are also mobile mosques which require permission from the department to function in any locality.