|Saturday, 24 April 2004|
by M.A. Phakurdeen - Addalaichenai Group Correspondent
As a mark of Kuwait-Sri Lanka linkage bridge and to strengthen the friendship between these two countries, 'an Islamic Cultural Complex in South East Sri Lanka' is to be constructed with all modern facilities and other infrastructure at Sainthamaruthu adjoining its modernised Jummah Grand Mosque.
Rs. 150 million has been earmarked from the Kuwait Zakath House, a reputed charity organisation in the Kingdom of Kuwait, on the initiatives taken by the Sri Lanka's Ambassador in Kuwait and former Minister A.R. Munsoor.
Kuwait Zakath House representative Abdullah Al-Muazzin who was in Sri Lanka on the invitation of the Ambassador, the prime mover of this project, laid the foundation stone for this massive project with religious observances on Friday after the Jummah prayers in the presence of a large gathering of Moulavies, Ulemas, educationists and other distinguished gathering of special invitees.
The four-storied Complex which is to be constructed in a two-acre extent of land of the Sainthamaruthu Jummah Grand Mosque consists of a Cultural Unity Hall, Exhibition Hall, Quran Madharasa, Quazi Court, Seminar and Workshop Halls and Guests' rooms with all amenities.
Speaking at the function, Abdullah Al-Muazzin said that he was happy to visit Sri Lanka, especially to a place where Muslims predominantly live and to accomplish his Jummah prayers followed by the laying of the foundation stone for a cultural complex.
The Cultural Complex which is to be set up here should be utilized for activities based on 'Thaqwa' to reform our Muslim generation and a society with peace and harmony, he said. Adding further Muazzin said that he was very happy indeed to establish this Cultural Complex in a place which has its desperate need where all could be benefited to a great extent.
Ambassador Munsoor in his address thanked the Kuwait Representative for accepting his invitation to visit Sri Lanka, specially to the South-Eastern Region where Muslims predominantly live and from where he himself hails.
He said that it gives him great pleasure in inaugurating this project with a special religious observances after Jummah Prayers. He wanted and wished that this Complex should pave the way for producing a cultured and deciplined society with high ideals not only in the Eastern but in Sri Lanka as a whole.
In advice to the Board of Trustees of the Sainthamaruthu Jumma Mosque, Ambassador Munsoor added that this Complex should pay a special attention to the unity and harmony among the villages of the East which has been lacking rapidly.
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