Jokowi to inaugurate Jakarta grand mosque
The Jakarta Post
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is set to inaugurate KH Hasyim Asy'ari Grand Mosque, the first city-owned grand mosque located in Daan Mogot, West Jakarta, on Saturday.
Named after KH Hasyim Asy'ari, the founder of Indonesia’s largest Islam organization Nahdlatul Ulama, the mosque was initially scheduled to be inaugurated in March.
Built on a 2.4-hectare plot of land near Pesakih low-cost apartments, Hasyim Asy’ari Mosque can accommodate 12,500 people for religious occasions.
Jokowi introduced the idea of building a grand mosque when he served as Jakarta governor. The idea reportedly emerged on Idul Adha (Islamic Day of Sacrifice) in 2012 because of concerns that the Jakarta administration had not established a grand mosque.
The mosque is equipped with supporting facilities, such as office spaces for organizers of events held at the mosque, a function hall with a capacity for 1,000 people and a room for educational purposes. The mosque is also equipped with facilities for people with disabilities, such as ramps for wheelchairs for disabled persons. It is also adorned with Betawi ornaments.
Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin and acting Jakarta Governor Soni Sumarsono will also attend the inauguration. (dea/mrc/ebf)
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