SHAFAQNA- Catering to the needs of hundreds of thousands of students, Turkey’s top religious body has announced plans to construct a mosque in every state university, making it easier for Muslim students to observe their prayers.
“Mosques are under construction in over 80 universities,” Mehmet Gormez, the head of Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate, known as Diyanet in Turkish, was quoted by Agence France Presse (AFP).
“Fifteen of them have been opened for prayers and we will open at least 50 more in 2015.”
The decision to construct the new mosques was seen as an attempt to reach out to millions of young Turkish students.
“There are 20 million young people in our country and we would like to reach out to each one of them,” he told the official Anatolia news agency.
According to Gormez, each of the new mosques would have government-paid imams to attend to “young people’s problems” and provide guidance.
“They will be the place where they will feel the love of God in their hearts,” he said.
“We attach great importance to mosques in city universities. They are the only way to bring mosques back into the lives, the cities and the hearts of our people,” he added.
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