Mosque journeys to Canadian tundra

source: cnews.canoe.ca

The world’s northernmost mosque is on its way to Inuvik in the Northwest Territories — by barge.

A truck carrying the prefab mosque arrived in Hay River, NWT, late Thursday, just in time to make the last barge of the season carrying supplies, equipment — and the mosque — down the Hay and Mackenzie Rivers to Inuvik.

Had the mosque missed Friday’s barge, it would have had to wait until the river shipping season resumes next June, CBC News said. There are only three barge runs each summer.

The mosque was built by a Winnipeg-based Islamic charity for the small Muslim community in Inuvik, which has used a converted one-bedroom trailer for prayers for the past decade.

The town, located in the Mackenzie delta about 200 km north of the Arctic Circle, has about 100 Muslims in a total population of about 3,500.

The Zubaidah Tallab Foundation spent about $300,000 to build the mosque in Winnipeg and ship it north. The building fund is still short about $76,000 short, foundation spokesman Hussain Guisti said last week.

The mosque began its 4,000-km journey on Sept. 1 and went by road first to Edmonton and then to Hay River before being loaded on the barge for the final 1,850-km river leg of its odyssey.

When it reaches Inuvik and is set up, the 1,554-square-foot building will be the world’s most northerly mosque.

Most Muslim families in Inuvik had previously sent their children south to live with family or friends because there had been no mosque or Islamic education centre in town.

Earlier this year, Guisti said Inuvik’s Muslim population includes architects, engineers, business owners — and cabbies.

“Every single taxi driver is a Muslim,” said Guisti, who said he had counted 24 cabbies in Inuvik.

The Zubaidah Tallab Foundation was established to build a mosque for the Muslim community in the northern Manitoba city of Thompson.

Since then the foundation has branched out into a broad range of charitable activities, but returned to its mosque-building roots when a board member heard about the Inuvik Muslim community’s need.

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‘Little mosque on the tundra’ opens

source: CBC News – Canada

Mosque travelled 4,000 kilometres from Manitoba to Inuvik, N.W.T.

Muslims in Inuvik, N.W.T., pray inside the new Midnight Sun Mosque during its official opening on Wednesday. (Philippe Morin/CBC)

One of the world’s most northerly mosques has opened in Inuvik, N.W.T., where the Arctic town’s growing Muslim community is celebrating its new place of worship.

Affectionately being dubbed “the little mosque on the tundra,” the Midnight Sun Mosque and community centre officially opened at a ceremony Wednesday afternoon.

The beige mosque has made a 4,000-kilometre journey by road and river from Manitoba, where it was built, through two provinces and the Northwest Territories to the Arctic town.

While not the first mosque in Inuvik, a town of about 3,200 people, the new building is a significant improvement from the small one-bedroom trailer local Muslims prayed in during the past decade.

“It’s a very personal achievement for all of us because we were in a small building, the old one, and now we have this one,” Ahmed al-Khalaf, who helped organize fundraising efforts for the mosque, told CBC News.

“For the whole town of Inuvik, it’s another new building in town, and everybody’s welcome here,” he added.

More room for prayer

The new mosque sits next to a 10-metre minaret topped with a crescent moon. (CBC)

The 1,554-square-foot mosque has room for a kitchen, a library and a children’s playroom. Unlike the old trailer, the new building has a room for women to pray in.

The main prayer hall, which is divided into sections for men and women, has a luxurious red carpet, which was donated by a man in Dubai.

News of the mosque’s arrival inspired Fathallah Faragat, a carpenter from St. Catharines, Ont., to travel to Inuvik to help with final preparations to the building.

Faragat even designed and built a 10-metre-tall minaret, with a crescent moon on top, next to the new mosque.

Dozens of Muslim families in Inuvik have had to send their children to live elsewhere in Canada because there was no mosque or Islamic education centre in town.

While Inuvik’s Islamic community is small — only about 100 members — it is growing, prompting the need for a bigger mosque.

The Zubaidah Tallab Foundation, a Manitoba-based Islamic charity, raised more than $300,000 to build and ship the structure north. That saved Inuvik’s Islamic community tens of thousands of dollars in labour and material costs, which tend to be higher in the North.

In September, the completed mosque travelled by flatbed truck through Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, then up to Hay River, N.W.T., where it was put on the last barge of the year and floated down the Mackenzie River to Inuvik.

Keunikan Masjid Ihsaniah Iskandariah

Sultan Azlan Shah, Zambry Abd Kadir dan Rais Yatim bersama Ahli Jawatankuasa Masjid Ihsaniah Iskandariah di Padang Rengas, Perak, semalam.

PADANG RENGAS 6 Mei – Sultan Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah hari ini berkenan mencemar duli merasmikan Masjid Ihsaniah Iskandariah di Kampung Kuala Dal yang telah melalui proses konservasi oleh Jabatan Warisan Negara.

Baginda kemudiannya menunaikan solat Jumaat bersama pemimpin negeri dan rakyat jelata di Masjid Al-Wahidiah yang terletak berhampiran masjid berkenaan.

Turut hadir Menteri Penerangan, Komunikasi dan Kebudayaan, Datuk Seri Dr. Rais Yatim dan Menteri Besar Perak, Datuk Seri Dr. Zambry Abd. Kadir.

Masjid Ihsaniah Iskandariah mempunyai keunikan yang tersendiri kerana dibina tanpa menggunakan paku selain dinding diperbuat daripada anyaman buluh.

Masjid setingkat berlantaikan papan itu mempunyai 13 anak tangga dan dibina pada 1936 oleh Sultan Perak ke-30 iaitu Almarhum Sultan Iskandar Shah bagi menunaikan nazar setelah salah seorang putera baginda sembuh daripada gering.

Masjid itu dibina dengan kos RM8,000 di atas tanah yang diwakafkan oleh seorang bangsawan, Juragan Abdul Syukur Mohamad Ali dan dirasmikan oleh Sultan Iskandar Shah pada 11 Februari 1938.

Rais dalam ucapannya berkata, Jabatan Warisan Negara menjalankan kerja-kerja konservasi ke atas bangunan masjid itu termasuk menukar anyaman dinding daripada buluh minyak dan ukiran kerawang pada tingkap masjid.

Mosque and Islamic center to open Saturday in Sacramento area

source: The Sacramento Bee

This Saturday, a $5.5 million Moorish-style mosque and Islamic center will open to the public across from American River College.

The 21,000-square-foot, two-story, ochre-colored center features arched entrances and a 54-foot-high green dome with a crescent on top.

“The architecture is a mixture of what’s in the Prophet Muhammad’s mosque in Medina (in Saudi Arabia) and the Moorish mosque in Cordoba, southern Spain,” said project director Javed Iqbal. “It blends well with California Spanish architecture.”

The new Masjid and Center for Higher Islamic Learning was built by SALAM, the Sacramento Area League of Associated Muslims.

SALAM, which began as a P.O. box in 1987, now holds Friday prayer for 800 people from 25 nations, including about 40 converts to Islam, said founder Metwalli Amer.

The new center houses a gift shop, school and educational programs, with an 8,000-volume library planned. It will be open “to all members of the community, regardless of religion or gender,” said Amer. “This will truly be an American Islamic center – it’s moderate, it reaches out, it works with others.”

Saturday’s grand opening comes in the face of growing Islamophobia. Many Americans are angry over a proposed Islamic center near ground zero in Manhattan. Last month Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, launched hearings on “The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and That Community’s Response.”

Builds community ties

But SALAM has been able to expand because it has condemned acts of terror and hatred against all people, hasn’t shied away from tough questions and pioneered open relationships with Jews, Christians and the full range of Sacramento’s ethnic groups, Amer said. “We’re accepted, not just tolerated.”

California Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg vigorously protested a recent speech at SALAM by Auschwitz survivor Hajo Meyer, who compared what happened to him and other Jews in Nazi Germany in the 1930s to Israel’s treatment of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

But “I’m still proud we are a community that respects and welcomes all faiths,” Steinberg said. “The fact a mosque can grow and expand without the kind of rancor we saw in New York City speaks very well of Sacramento’s Muslim American community and Sacramento in general.

“Muslim leaders here are very active in building community ties,” Steinberg said.

Rashid Ahmed, a Pakistani American who founded the Sacramento chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), said that while there’s no doubt that Islamophobia fueled by Glenn Beck and other talk show hosts is rising, “SALAM has done a wonderful job of maintaining a moderate, tolerant path showing we can live together with others. It’s easy to fall into the extremes.”

Some conservative Muslims have criticized SALAM’s willingness to embrace all cultures and dialogue with Jews and other non-Muslims – as well as its progressive views on divorce and male-female interactions, Amer said.

“They said, ‘How can you sit with non-Muslims who don’t believe in Islam or our prophet?’” Amer said. “But how will others know about the teachings of Islam unless you explain who you are and what your faith is?”

Other Muslims have chastised SALAM for hosting Muslim “speed-dating” events where single men and women chat without chaperones, he said. “If you don’t put women in a climate where young men and women can sit and get to know each other, how could some of our women get married? They need an organization like SALAM to break the ice and bring them together. Our men are allowed to marry non-Muslims but our women are not.”

SALAM’s progressive take on women’s issues is reflected by the fact it has two women on the mosque board – a rarity even in the United States. It supports divorces when one partner feels unfairly treated and extremely unhappy and reconciliation doesn’t seem possible, Amer said.

The center’s new prayer hall – open since September – allows men and women to pray in the same room. “Some Muslims follow the culture rather than the religion and put sisters in a locked room or behind a partition,” he said.

SALAM’s imam, Mohamed Abdul-Azeez, is invited to speak in Boston and other cities. He hasn’t been afraid to criticize the lack of democracy in Islamic states.

65,000 Muslims in region

Sarfraz Anwar, president of Sacramento’s Downtown Mosque – thought to be the oldest mosque west of the Mississippi – celebrated SALAM’s expansion. “We’re very happy because we need more worship space,” Anwar said. He said the number of Muslim Americans in the greater Sacramento area has doubled to 65,000 in the last 20 years.

Despite SALAM’s progressive stance, “there’s no difference in the basic beliefs,” Anwar said. “We worship the same almighty Allah and the same principles.”

Amer, a former accounting professor at California State University, Sacramento, donated $500,000 to the new center, along with his wife, Rosalie, who’s working on the new library.

Bassam Dahduli, a Muslim American real estate investor from Fair Oaks, has pledged $1.5 million and raised $1.5 million more.

“In 1996 I had nothing,” said Dahduli. “I was coming back from a heart attack and bankruptcy. If I had $10 in my pocket I’d give it to the mosque. What I gave came back 120 times. I didn’t have a car and I ended up with six shopping centers I manage and own and several other successful businesses.”

Dahduli believes in the center and the SALAM school, which now has 65 students from pre-kindergarten through fourth grade and will add a class every year.

SALAM “has done a really good job of presenting the true image of Muslims in America,” said Dr. Salam Al-Marayati, president and national director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. “Unfortunately, Muslims are often seen for what they’re not – they are not radicals, they are not extremists – and yet’s that’s all we see in the media.”

Of the roughly 1,000 U.S. mosques, SALAM has blazed the trail of civic engagement, Al-Marayati said. “Other mosques fall into the trap of ethnocentrism, becoming centers for homesick Pakistanis, Egyptians, Arabs and South Asians.”

While some of those mosques fall victim to isolation, “SALAM’s going full force into the American mainstream.”

Sacramento to welcome new mosque, Islamic Center

source: http://www.illumemag.com

The Muslim community of Sacramento will welcome its new Islamic Center (IC) this Saturday.

The $5.5 million project consists of a Moorish-style mosque with arched entrances and a high green dome with a crescent on top.

“The architecture is a mixture of what’s in the Prophet Muhammad’s mosque in Medina, Saudia Arabia and the Moorish mosque in Cordoba, southern Spain,” said the project director Javed Iqbal. “It blends well with California Spanish architecture.”

The 21,000 square foot Islamic Center was built by SALAM, the Sacramento Area League of Associated Muslims.

More than a place of worship, the IC houses a gift shop, school and educational programs, with an 8,000-volume library planned.

According to the Sacramento Bee, in a recent speech, California Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said, “I’m still proud we are a community that respects and welcomes all faiths…The fact a mosque can grow and expand without the kind of rancor we saw in New York City speaks very well of Sacramento’s Muslim American community and Sacramento in general.”

“Muslim leaders here are very active in building community ties,” Steinberg said.

Most of the funds were collected within the Muslim community, according to the newspaper that gives the example of Amer, a former accounting professor at California State University who donated $500,000 to the new center and Bassam Dahduli, a Muslim American real estate investor who has pledged $1.5 million and raised $1.5 million more.

Around 65,000 Muslim-Americans are estimated to live in the greater Sacramento, a number which has doubled over the last 20 years.

Masjid Muhammadi: Mercu perkembangan Islam di Kelantan

sumber: Utusan Malaysia

KOTA BHARU 7 Jan. – Tentu ada keistimewaan tersendiri dengan masjid negeri, Masjid Muhammadi yang terletak di pusat bandar ini kerana menjadi pilihan Sultan Kelantan, Sultan Muhammad V sehingga digelar sebagai ‘serambi ilmu’ baginda.

Sudah menjadi pengetahuan umum bahawa masjid itu menjadi tempat utama baginda untuk menunaikan solat lima waktu secara berjemaah dan mengikuti kuliah ilmu sekiranya baginda tiada urusan di tempat lain.

Meskipun tempat bersemayam baginda di Istana Telipot juga berdekatan dengan sebuah masjid besar, namun Masjid Muhammadi dan ahli kariahnya cukup bertuah kerana menerima kedatangan seorang raja hampir setiap hari.

“Kalau baginda ada dalam negeri, inilah masjid yang ditujunya, kadang kala kami pihak masjid hanya dimaklumkan keberangkatan baginda ketika baginda sudahpun dalam perjalanan ke sini, kelam kabut juga jadinya membuat persiapan,” kata Imam Tua masjid itu, Zulkiflee Mohamed, 43, kepada Utusan Malaysia baru-baru ini.

Menurutnya, Sultan Kelantan mempunyai bilik khas di bahagian hadapan kiri dewan solat utama yang menjadi tempat baginda beristirehat sebelum tiba waktu solat dan membaca serta menghafaz ayat-sayat suci Al-Quran bersama imam-imam bertugas.

Masjid yang menginjak usia 80 tahun ini berada dalam kawasan seluas 0.4 hektar dan setiap inci tanahnya dimanfaatkan sepenuhnya dengan bangunan dan infrastruktur asas bagi keperluan lebih 10,000 jemaah dari beberapa kawasan seperti Lorong Gajah Mati, Kampung Sungai Budor, Kampung Cina, Jalan Sri Cemerlang, Jalan Kebun Sultan dan Kampung Merbau.

Binaan terbuka berunsur seni bina kolonial pra-Perang Dunia Kedua berwarna kuning cair dan coklat dengan kubah keemasan serta puluhan tiang besar dan arca itu menjadi mercu tanda bandar Kota Bharu dan pernah memahat sejarah sebagai pusat pengajian ilmu agama yang menarik pelajar bukan sahaja dari pelusuk negeri, bahkan nusantara.

Zulkiflee berkata, tiga blok bangunan utama Masjid Muhammadi boleh memuatkan sehingga 5,000 jemaah dan bilangan yang menghadiri solat Jumaat pula akan meningkat sekali ganda apabila mereka memenuhi setiap ruang dalam dan luar masjid.

Jelasnya, sebagai sebuah masjid negeri, pengurusan Masjid Muhammadi berada di bawah pemantauan langsung Imam Besar Majlis Agama Islam dan Adat Istiadat Melayu Kelantan (MAIK), Mohd. Hanafizi Abdullah.

“Selain itu, pentadbiran masjid dibantu Imam Muda I, Wan Zulkifli Wan Omar, 45, dan Imam Muda II, Baharuddin Abdullah, 41, serta lebih 20 kakitangan lain terdiri daripada bilal, siak, pengawal keselamatan dan pekerja kontrak kebersihan.

“Bilangan yang ramai ini sudah pasti diperlukan untuk mengurus sebuah masjid yang menarik kunjungan bukan sahaja ahli kariah dan pekerja pejabat serta peniaga sekitar bandar tetapi juga pelancong dari dalam dan luar negeri,” katanya.

Meskipun masjid itu secara rasminya dibuka pada Jumaat, 31 Julai 1931 oleh Almarhum Sultan Ismail Ibni Almarhum Sultan Muhammad IV, namun sejarahnya bermula lebih awal daripada itu.

Pengkaji dan penulis sejarah negeri, Che Ismail Che Daud berkata, binaan konkrit yang masih berdiri gagah pada hari ini sebenarnya adalah bangunan baru yang didirikan menggantikan masjid kayu lama yang dikenali dengan nama Masjid Besar Kota Bharu.

Katanya, ketika itu ia menjadi tempat ‘tadahan’ (pengajian) ilmu ulama terkenal Tok Kenali (Allahyarham Muhammad Yusoff Muhammad) pada zaman remajanya di awal 1880-an dan juga tempat beliau mengajar kitab bermula 1917 melalui sistem pengajian berasaskan kurikulum yang diperkenalkannya.

“Masjid Besar Kota Bharu didirikan pada 1867 dengan menggunakan kayu dari masjid asal di Kampung Sungai Budor seberang Paloh dekat sini yang dipindahkan bagi mengelak ancaman banjir.

“Kemudian, pembinaan bangunan baru seluas hampir 1,000 meter persegi dengan empat menara setinggi 21 meter menggantikan bangunan kayu dimulakan setelah peletakan batu asas oleh Almarhum Sultan Ismail pada 21 Ogos 1922.

“Nama Masjid Besar Kota Bharu kekal sehinggalah Almarhum Sultan Ismail membuat pemasyhuran nama ‘Masjid Muhammadi’ semasa merasmikan bangunan konkrit itu dipercayai bersempena gelaran ‘Sultan Muhammad’ yang digunakan leluhur baginda,” katanya.

Menurutnya lagi, pembinaan masjid pernah terbengkalai beberapa tahun di pertengahan dekad 20-an kerana pihak MAIK kekurangan dana akibat kegawatan ekonomi yang berlaku di seluruh dunia ketika itu.

Jelasnya, pembinaan bangunan baru yang dapat menampung sejumlah 2,400 jemaah hanya bermula semula pada penghujung dekad itu dan kos keseluruhan yang dibelanjakan mencecah angka RM360,000.

Beliau berkata, keseluruhan bangunan kayu asal masjid itu dirobohkan sepenuhnya sekitar 1950-an dan kayu-kayunya dihantar ke beberapa masjid di daerah lain untuk digunakan semula.

Che Ismail berkata, dua lagi blok bangunan tambahan baru dibina di sebelah hilir (kanan) dan hulu (kiri) masjid masing-masing pada 1959 dengan kos RM75,000 dan 1968 (RM100,000).

“Saiz dan keluasan kedua-dua bangunan adalah serupa iaitu hampir 500 kaki persegi dengan kos pembinaan ditanggung pihak MAIK, kerajaan negeri dan hasil derma orang ramai. Pada 1976, satu lagi blok bangunan baru yang lebih besar setinggi dua tingkat dibina bersambung dengan bangunan tambahan hilir yang asal.

“Bangunan baru ini memuatkan perpustakaan masjid untuk kemudahan ulama, guru serta orang awam membuat penyelidikan namun bahan-bahan perpustakaan itu akhirnya dipindahkan ke pejabat MAIK setelah Kompleks Islam Lundang siap pada 90-an,” katanya.

Tambahnya, bangunan sebelah hulu yang menempatkan ruang solat jemaah wanita mengalami pengubahsuaian terakhir pada 1987 dengan perbelanjaan sebanyak RM482,242 menyaksikan ia direkabentuk semula serupa dengan dewan solat utama yang asal.

Dari sudut pengisian, sehingga ke hari ini, asas pengajian ilmu seperti kaedah yang diperkenalkan oleh Tok Kenali puluhan tahun lalu kekal menjadi keistimewaan Masjid Muhammadi.

Menurut Zulkiflee, masjid itu mengadakan sesi ‘tadahan’ (pengajian) kitab dari pukul 7.00 hingga 8.00 pagi setiap hari mengumpulkan ‘murid-murid’ daripada latar belakang berbeza yang mahu membaca dan mendalami kitab daripada pelbagai genre ilmu.

“Setiap kitab fekah, tasawuf, tafsir dan hadis contohnya Kitab Tafsir An-Nasafi dan Feqah Al-Mahalli ini akan ditelaah dari kulit ke kulit bersama tenaga ilmuan berkaliber yang kami jemput.

“Penuntutnya terdiri daripada golongan pendidik, profesional dan pesara akan membaca dalam bentuk halaqah ilmu sama seperti pengajian sistem pondok dan tidak akan melangkau mana-mana bab pun sehinggalah mereka menghabiskan satu-satu kitab.

“Sekarang kami mempunyai tiga tenaga pengajar bagi sesi ini termasuklah Timbalan Mufti negeri sendiri, Datuk Nik Abdul Kadir Nik Muhammad,” katanya.

Antara peninggalan lama yang masih dapat dilihat hari ini adalah telaga besar Masjid Muhammadi yang lebih terkenal dengan nama Perigi Tok Kenali dan Beduk Besar yang sewaktu dahulu dipalu sebelum azan berkumandang.

Keunikan Masjid Muhammadi

Sumber: Utusan Malaysia

MASJID Muhammadi yang terletak di tengah pusat bandar menjadi mercu tanda kewujudan Kota Bharu. – utusan/Rosni Masri

 


KOTA BHARU 7 Jan. – Kewujudan masjid negeri, Masjid Muhammadi bukan sahaja gah dari sudut binaan dan sejarah yang memateri namanya, malahan, ia menjadi daya penarik minat jemaah dan pelancong untuk mengunjunginya sejak dahulu hingga sekarang.

Setiap kali masuknya waktu solat, tidak kurang 500 jemaah akan hadir menunaikan kewajipan rukun Islam itu di situ dengan pertambahan sehingga 600 orang pada sebelah malam.

Imam Tua Masjid Muhammadi, Zulkiflee Mohamed, 43, berkata, kepelbagaian program yang disediakan di masjid selain keselesaan ruang solat berhawa dingin dan kedudukannya di pusat bandar mungkin menjadi penarik utama kepada umat Islam.

“Setiap pagi selepas kuliah subuh, kita ada sesi ‘tadahan’ (pengajian) kitab kemudiannya diteruskan dengan pengajian Al-Quran untuk kanak-kanak dan dewasa. Ini disusuli pula dengan muzakarah sebelum asar dan kuliah maghrib.

“Pada Ahad dan Selasa pula kita mempunyai sesi kuliah tambahan pengajian taranum Al-Quran dan hadis selepas waktu Isyak,” katanya kepada Utusan Malaysia baru-baru ini.

Menurut Zulkiflee, pada setiap pagi Sabtu, kuliah khusus untuk wanita disediakan dengan tenaga pengajarnya juga wanita bagi memudahkan lagi pemahaman tentang pelbagai isu berkaitan mereka dari sudut agama.

Katanya, kanak-kanak juga tidak dilupakan apabila pihak masjid menganjurkan kelas tambahan bahasa Inggeris percuma pada malam Sabtu dan Ahad yang dikendalikan seorang guru pakar.

Sementara itu, seorang ahli kariah, Wan Yusoff Wan Ahmad, 81, dari Kampung Masjid memberitahu, dia mula mengunjungi masjid itu sejak kanak-kanak lagi dan kawasan masjid yang dulunya dari binaan kayu itu menjadi tempatnya bermain.

“Dulu ada bangunan kayu di sini dan pondok tempat orang belajar, saya ingat lagi pernah bermain kejar-kejar bersama kawan-kawan di bawah masjid kerana rumah kami pun tidak jauh dari sini. Daripada yang saya lihat, berbanding pada zaman dahulu, lebih ramai ahli kariah yang datang ke masjid sekarang.

“Keadaan yang selesa menyebabkan orang suka datang lebih-lebih lagi ia ada sesi kuliah setiap malam,” katanya.

Sabari Abdul Rashid, 35, dari Wakaf Bharu pula berkata, Masjid Muhammadi merupakan masjid yang ‘mesra-jemaah’ dan memikat hati anak muda untuk mengimarahkannya.

Kakitangan awam itu berkata, reka bentuk terbuka masjid itu juga menjadikan keadaan nyaman untuk menunaikan ibadah dan sebagai tempat berhenti rehat setelah sibuk bekerja.

“Walaupun lebih senang jika saya sembahyang di surau berdekatan pejabat, tetapi saya rasa lebih terpanggil untuk datang ke sini. Malah, saya lihat ramai anak muda menjadi pengunjung tetap dan bukan dimonopoli golongan tua,” katanya.

Bagi Norshaliza Anisa Zubir, 10, dari Kampung Masjid pula, dia suka datang berjemaah ke masjid itu bersama-sama ibu bapanya berbanding sembahyang di rumah.

“Lebih seronok sembahyang ramai-ramai, di masjid ada tok imam dan saya juga boleh belajar mengaji di sini, saya suka datang kerana masjid ini bersih,” katanya.
Oleh ASMA HANIM MAHMOOD
utusankelantan@utusan.com.my