SHAFAQNA – Masjid Zakaria, which is one of the oldest mosques in Selangor, Malaysia, will be relocated nearby to Jalan Gombak.
The mosque, which was built in 1931, could not accommodate the large number of Muslims attending Friday prayers, with some resorting to praying outside the mosque beside the main road.
Selangor Mentri Besar Azmin Ali, who was at the ground- breaking ceremony for the new mosque held before Friday prayers last week, had been concerned about the safety of the people and brought the matter to the attention of the state in March 2009.
“It is dangerous to be praying next to the main road as one can be hit by a vehicle.
“The existing mosque also does not have many parking spaces,” he said, adding that in March 2013, the state approved RM11mil to build the new mosque.
“The site of this new mosque is more suitable as it is away from the main road.
“The state will monitor the progress of the construction in stages,’’ said Azmin.
The new mosque will be located on a hill with a land area of 1ha about 200m away from the existing place of worship.
The mosque, which will be completed in July 2017, can accommodate 1,500 to 2,000 people at a time.
The mosque will have ample parking space and other facilities for the convenience of Muslims living in the surrounding area.