HM King Mohammed VI, Commander of the Faithful, accompanied by HH Prince Moulay Ismail, in the presence of Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa, launched, on Tuesday, the construction works of a new mosque in Dar es Salaam which the sovereign named “the Mohammed VI Mosque”.
This lofty royal decision came as a response to a request by His Eminence Mufti Sheikh Abu-Bakr Ibn Zubayr Benali, President of the National Muslim Council of Tanzania, who expressed the need for a mosque and its facilities in Dar es Salaam.
The area of this religious and cultural landmark is 7,400 square meters; it includes a prayer room that accommodates more than 5,000 worshipers, a library, a conference hall, administrative facilities, a parking lot and green spaces.
On this occasion, HM the King offered 10,000 copies of the Holy Koran to the National Muslim Council of Tanzania.
Afterwards, the Chairman of the National Muslim Council of Tanzania, who is also a founding member of the Mohammed VI Foundation for African Ulema, gave a speech wherein he expressed his thanks and gratitude to HM the King for building a grand mosque in Dar es Salaam and naming it after him.
Later on, a cooperation agreement in the field of religious affairs was concluded and signed between the Mufti and the Moroccan Minister of Religious Endowments and Islamic Affairs Ahmed Toufiq. It covers traditional education, religious foundations, construction and management of mosques, exchange of experiences, and other forms of cooperation which aim to preserve authentic Islamic values and help prevent all forms of deviation and extremism.
At his arrival at the mosque building site, the sovereign was greeted by the Mufti Sheikh Abu-Bakr Ibn Zubayr Benali, the governor of Dar es Salaam, the city’s mayor and other Tanzanian religious figures.