Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques has decided to build King Salman bin Abdul Aziz grand mosque at the New Campus of International Islamic University (IIU), told H.E. Hathal Homoud Alotaibi, the university President during an interview with Saudi Press Agency.
Thanking His Highness for keen interest in meeting the infrastructural needs of IIUI and also hailing Saudi Arabia’s continuous efforts of building Mosques across the world, he said that the concept of the design is inspired from a verse (35) of Surah An-Nur “Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth”.
He further told that the Mosque will have a huge complex that will also be a hub of research, dialogue and learning where scholars and students will benefit from the facility. The IIU President told that the Mosque will also meet the requirement of the university’s population for the prayers as thousands of the officials will use this Grand Mosque.
Talking about the design, he said the proposed model of the Mosque is an exceptional representation of Islamic arts and architecture as well as its conceptualization in the light of a verse of Quran e Kareem makes it unique. Dr. Hathal opined that the Mosque’s construction will be a milestone towards achievement of the lofty goals of university.
There will be an ample capacity in the inner hall of the Mosque where as many as 4000 male and 2000 female will offer prayer, while the yard will also have a capacity to accommodate 6000 people. There will be a library and a museum, while there will also be a Muhammad bin Salman Auditorium for conferences in the Mosque.
Commenting on the endowment of the grand Mosque, Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Pakistan, H.E. Nawaf saeed Al-Malki said that that the Mosque will be another valuable addition that will further strengthen bilateral ties between both brethren countries Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. He also hailed services of King Salman bin Abdul Aziz for his untiring efforts for the progress of Muslim world and told that the King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Mosque at IIU will be a symbol of Saudi Arabia’s commitment to promote education. He also appreciated services of IIU adding that it is one of the vital institutions of Islamic world.