Ayodhya mosque construction to start in April

Synopsis

A sacred brick, journeying from Mecca to Ayodhya, heralds the foundation laying of the Mohammed Bin Abdullah mosque. Organized by the Indo-Islamic Cultural Foundation, this mosque, featuring five soaring minarets, signifies a milestone in India’s architectural landscape. With plans for inclusive prayer spaces, grand amenities, and educational institutions, the mosque complex aims to foster community development and religious harmony.

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After Ayodhya came on the international tourism map with the inauguration of the Ram Mandir, the grand mosque to be built in Ayodhya will also add to the several tourists attractions for visitors. The ‘Muhammad Bin Abdullah Mosque‘, which will have five minarets based on the principles of Islam, is set to begin construction in April with the arrival of the sacred black brick. This brick will have verses from the Holy Quran written in gold. The sacred brick will be brought after bathing and praying in Mecca Sharif and Medina Sharif with holy water Zamzam and perfume.

The saffron-colored Quran will also be kept in the mosque, reflecting the diverse culture of India. The mosque is expected to not only be an architectural marvel but also a symbol of communal harmony. The construction of the mosque on a 5-acre land, as ordered by the Supreme Court, will start in April after Eid. The verses are written on the front and the name of the ‘Prophet’ of Islam is written in gold on all four sides of the brick.

A unique brick, revered for its origins in Mecca and adorned with golden ‘aayats’ from the holy Quran, is on its way to Ayodhya to mark the foundation laying ceremony of the Mohammed Bin Abdullah mosque.

Representatives of the Indo-Islamic Cultural Foundation (IICF), the body established by the Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board (UPSCWB) for overseeing the mosque construction on the allocated five-acre land in Ayodhya, have confirmed the impending arrival of this sacred brick. The brick, already in transit from Mecca, is expected to reach Ayodhya by April.

It will be kept in a program in Mumbai on February 29, after which the brick will be brought to Ajmer Sharif. According to the program decided by the Indo-Islamic Cultural Foundation (IIFC), which is responsible for the construction of the ‘Muhammad Bin Abdullah’ mosque in Dhannipur, this sacred brick will be sent to Ayodhya in April after Eid.

There will be prayers at every place during the 5-day road journey. After its arrival in Ayodhya, the construction of the mosque in Ayodhya will gain momentum. Haji Arafat, a member of the Indo Islamic Cultural Foundation and head of the mosque construction committee, has said- “This will be a mosque which will be for the betterment of people along with the worship of Allah. That is why this sacred brick is being brought. This is the work of Allah. What better place could there be than Mecca-Medina. You will see that when this brick reaches Ayodhya, there will be welcome and prayers for it everywhere. People from every sect will be involved in this.”

Featuring five minarets soaring 340 feet high, the mosque is set to become the country’s first with such architectural grandeur. These minarets symbolize the five fundamental tenets of Islam – Shahada, Salah, Sawm, Zakat, and Hajj.

The mosque’s design encompasses a basement multipurpose hall and a ground floor housing an expansive Namaz Hall, capable of accommodating over 9,000 Namazis simultaneously. With special provisions for women, the mosque aims to foster inclusivity in prayer spaces.

The mosque’s design will also feature the world’s largest Quran, a grand aquarium surpassing Dubai’s famous counterpart, and a unique fountain mechanism triggered by the Azaan from all five minarets.

Beyond the mosque, the complex will house amenities like a vegetarian kitchen, a 500-bed multi-speciality hospital offering free cancer treatment, educational institutions including law, engineering, dental, architectural colleges, and an international school, reflecting a holistic approach towards community development.

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