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Aw Cheng Wei
Monday, Jun 30, 2014

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Old name for new mosque in Jurong

The Straits Times | Aw Cheng Wei | Monday, Jun 30, 2014

An artist’s impression of Masjid Maarof. Due to open by 2016, the mosque will be able to hold up to 4,500 devotees and is expected to ease overcrowding at Assyakirin Mosque and Al-Mukminin Mosque in Jurong East.

A new mosque will be built near the junction of Jurong West Avenue 2 and Jalan Boon Lay and its name will be Masjid Maarof.

Its name was announced yesterday by Singapore's highest Islamic authority, Mufti Mohamed Fatris Bakaram, at Assyakirin Mosque in Taman Jurong.

This was chosen to commemorate an older mosque by the same name that was near Beach Road until 1960 when it had to make way for development.

Such a gesture is in line with this year's national spirit of appreciating pioneer generations, said Dr Fatris.

Maarof refers to "goodness", which is what is hoped of the new mosque, he added.

The new mosque, which will be opened by 2016, will "go a long way" in relieving pressures in the west, said Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs, at a ceremony to officiate an event showcasing the design of the new mosque.

The mosque, which will have a total site area of 2,500 sq m, can hold up to 4,500 devotees.

Given that mosques in Singapore can typically house 500 to 6,000 worshippers, Masjid Maarof would be one of the bigger mosques.

Its construction, which costs about $15 million, is expected to ease overcrowding at Assyakirin Mosque and Al-Mukminin Mosque in Jurong East, said the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis).

Within the mosque, worshippers can expect a function room, roof terrace and a pantry. Masjid Maarof will also have Wi-Fi.

Anyone with suggestions on the design, facilities and programmes at the new mosque can submit their ideas at a roadshow at Assyakirin Mosque from now until July 10. From July 11 to 24, the roadshow will be held at Al-Mukminin Mosque.

Mr Amin Ali, 56, who works in Tuas, is looking forward to attending Masjid Maarof.

The civil servant said: "It's very convenient and it saves time."

Work on Masjid Maarof is expected to begin before the end of this year.

awcw@sph.com.sg


This article was first published on June 28, 2014.
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