Khartoum, Mar. 17 (SUNA) - The member of the Transitional Sovereignty Council, Dr. Al-Hadi Idris, inaugurated yesterday the first phase of the project to rehabilitate the Great Mosque, under the auspices of Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, Chairman of the Sovereignty Council, in the presence of the Minister of Religious Affairs and Endowments, Abdel-Ati Ahmed Abbas, and the acting governor of Khartoum state Ahmed Othman Hamza.

He praised during his address after Friday prayers role of philanthropists in supporting, rehabilitating and maintaining mosques, saying:  "We especially thank the President of the Sovereignty Council, the Minister of Religious Affairs and Endowments, and the actingGovernor of Khartoum State, Ahmed Othman, for their support for building and rehabilitating mosques.”

Dr. Al-Hadi Idris  added: "The Great Mosque is a symbol and one of the prominent Islamic landmarks in the country," pointing to the role and rehabilitating places of worship, stressing the state’s commitment to rehabilitate and maintain mosques, giving directives to the competent authorities to take care of God's houses and their reconstruction.

For his part, Professor Abd al-Ati Ahmed Abbas, the acting Minister of Religious Affairs and Endowments, affirmed the ministry's concern in rehabilitating and maintaining mosques, " their meanings and buildings must be raised to glorify God's rituals." he said.

He pointed out to ongoing arrangements for the maintenance of a number of mosques in the state of Khartoum during the coming period, praising the role of philanthropists in the reconstruction of mosques.

The Acting Governor of Khartoum State, Mr. Ahmed Othman Hamza, reviewed the role of mosques in the lives of Muslims, pointing out that mosques in our true religion have a great importance, calling for unity and rejecting regionalism and racism, praising the benefactors in building mosques.


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