Date: 15 February 2018
Venue: Taman Tugu, Site of Surau Jumaat Community Area
Three officers from Majlis Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan (“MAIWP”) and Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia (“JAKIM”) were on-site to confirm the Kiblat (the direction that should be faced when performing the prayer) before we can proceed to put the first slab of concrete for the building of the Surau Jumaat.
The Surau Jumaat Community Area takes up 2.5 acres of the Taman Tugu park. It encompasses a new Surau Jumaat, living quarters and a food stall area.
The new Surau Jumaat, which will be completed by Merdeka 2018, is intended to serve the community better and will replace the existing Madrasah Bustanul Ulum (”MBU”) which is widely used especially during Solat Jumaat. It will be purpose built for a capacity of up to 2,000 people including the outdoor prayer areas and will be more easily accessible as it will be located at the intersection of Jalan Sultan Salahauddin and Jalan Berjasa.
The officers from MAIWP and JAKIM used a geopositiong tool to determine the Kiblat, which is the direction of the Kaaba in Mecca.
This is traditionally considered a symbol of unity of Muslims worldwide – where everyone prays towards the same point.
In terms of the sequence of works, we have started with the detailed excavation for the Surau Jumaat building itself to allow for the commencement of reinforced concrete works, which is due to start next week.