SINGAPORE - Muslims in the Jurong West area can expect the upcoming Maarof Mosque to be completed in time for Hari Raya Haji in September this year (2016), said Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Dr Yaacob Ibrahim.
He said this while visiting the mosque, which is now 90 per cent complete, together with Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) chief executive Haji Abdul Razak Maricar and other Muis officials.
The mosque, scheduled originally to be completed by the end of the year, cost about $16.8 million to build and can accommodate about 4,500 worshippers.
Upon completion, this 25th mosque to be funded by the Mosque Building and Mendaki Fund (MBMF) will serve residents and workers from Jurong West to Tuas, as well as the upcoming Wenya Industrial Estate, and is expected to ease overcrowding at the Assyakirin Mosque in Taman Jurong and Al-Mukminin Mosque in Jurong East.
The 2,500 sq m mosque will also serve students from the nearby Nanyang Technological University (NTU).
Dr Yaacob said the building of the Maarof Mosque demonstrated the value of the MBMF.
"The money raised all goes back to the community by providing them with places that meet their social and religious needs," he said.