RAF builds 14 new mosques across Kenya

 22 Sep 2016 - 15:18

RAF builds 14 new mosques across Kenya

The Peninsula

DOHA: Sheikh Thani Bin Abdullah Foundation for Humanitarian Services (RAF) has built 14 new mosques across Kenya at a cost of about QR1m.

More than 100,000 people can offer prayers in these mosques. The project was financed by philanthropists from Qatar through donations. 

The mosques will not only serve as mosques for worship but also as places for Islamic festivities for thousands of Muslims in the country.

The mosques are of different sizes from 80sqm to 130sqm. Some have special places for women worshippers.

The mosques could also be used for holding classes for teaching children from the respective localities reading and memorising the Holy Quran, and basic teachings of Islam. 

Religious lectures and social programmers could also be organised in these facilities. There are about 30 million Muslims who constitute about 30 percent of the population in Kenya. There are not enough mosques to accommodate the growing number of worshipers in Muslim-majority villages and towns. 

The existing mosques are old and built according to limited resources of the residents. Big mosques are needed in big cities for offering Friday sermons.