SINGAPORE – The 194-year-old Masjid Bencoolen will bear a 15-month prolonged upgrading programme to yield some-more request spaces to accommodate a flourishing series of congregants.
The plan was announced during a mosque on Tuesday dusk (May 14), as members of a Indian-Muslim village and a mosque assimilated Minister for a Environment and Water Resources and Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Masagos Zulkifli during iftar, a dusk dish that Muslims mangle their daily quick with.
The mosque was creatively built between 1825 and 1828 by Indian-Muslim workers who were brought from India to Bengkulu in Indonesia by a British.
Works on a project, estimated to cost $4 million, will start in a fourth entertain of this year.
The Mosque Building and Mendaki Fund will yield $1 million for a plan and a mosque will lift a rest.
“There is not adequate space for worshippers on Fridays and during a Ramadan period. There is also a flourishing series of madrasah students and we have not adequate space to accommodate them.
“For this reason, we motionless to upgrade,” pronounced vice-chairman of Masjid Bencoolen, Mohamed Rafeeq Mohamed Yusoof.
He pronounced about 600 people revisit a mosque each Friday to urge and 1,000 people spin adult for iftar each day during a month of Ramadan.
After works are completed, a request spaces will be means to accommodate 1,450 worshippers, compared to a stream ability of 450 congregants.
The mosque is located in a building that also houses offices and shops.
The upgrading works will see a second, third and fourth floors of blurb space renovated to enhance request halls and classrooms.
The blurb space will be relocated to a new four-storey building adjacent to a mosque.
While a mosque now has usually dual classrooms, 6 new classrooms will be built to accommodate 100 students in total. The walls will be collapsible, permitting a area to be converted into extended request spaces when needed.
Female congregants can design a new, dedicated request space on a initial building that will embody a possess cleansing areas and washroom, in comparison to a stream space in a basement.
Amenities such as lifts, ramps and handrails will also be commissioned to assist a transformation of reduction mobile congregants.
“The stream bedrooms are really tiny and narrow. I’m really happy to hear about a renovations to make it some-more spacious,” pronounced 48-year-old Khader Ali Noor Mohamed, who has been worshipping during a mosque for 24 years.
During a renovations, a mosque will sojourn operational to offer a community, and a Muslim workers and students from a closeness of Dhoby Ghaut, City Hall and Selegie.
“With a support of a community, we should be means to lift a funds,” pronounced a treasurer of Masjid Bencoolen, Ajmal Khan.
The mosque skeleton to lift supports by activities such as highway shows and gift briyani sales during comparison mosques.
Donation tins will also be set adult during mosques around a island, and during comparison food establishments and shops.
Masjid Bencoolen was final renovated in 2004.
The tract surrounding a mosque includes a residential unit building and blurb wing.