Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin inaugurates the newly expanded Masjid Al Fatimeen Al Bohra in Al Manakh, Sharjah.
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
The newly expanded Masjid Al Fatimeen Al Bohra in Al Manakh, Sharjah was inaugurated by Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, the leader of the worldwide Dawoodi Bohra community.
In his brief address, Syedna especially expressed his gratitude to His Highness Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and the Ruler of Sharjah, and thanked the Government of Sharjah for their continued support to the community and its members.
Mustafa Taher, PR Coordinator of the Bohra community in Sharjah, said: “The expansion of the masjid represents the community’s commitment and devotion to the growth and development of Sharjah.” “It is our community’s only masjid in Sharjah and the fifth in the UAE.” added Dr Taher.
The land for the masjid was gifted by Sheikh Sultan to Syedna's father, the late Dr Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, who inaugurated the masjid in 2003.
Since then, to accommodate the growing population of the Bohra community in Sharjah, a request for expanding the masjid was made to Sheikh Sultan, who graciously offered the adjacent land to the community.
The masjid’s architecture reflects the Fatimi designs as seen in various masjids in Egypt from the Fatimid era.
The facade of the masjid and its arcades are imitated from the Masjid-Al-Anwar at Bab ul Futooh and the Al Aqmar masjid in Cairo, built 900 years ago. First built in 2003, the newly expanded masjid can today accommodate over 4,000 worshippers.
Syedna Saifuddin arrived in Sharjah on Sunday, the 16th of February. During his stay in the city Syedna is also expected to meet with government officials along with interacting with community members and inquiring about their wellbeing.
Sharjah residents gathered at the mosques designated for prayers after the restrictions were lifted on Wednesday.
Worshippers are obligated to read the Qur’an through their personal electronic devices, use a single prayer mat and download the Al Hosn application to their smartphones.
All the activities were undertaken under the banner of Project Rise which is the global philanthropic arm of the Dawoodi Bohra community.
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