After years of waiting, construction on a new mosque in Delft will finally get underway on Saturday. The new mosque will be called Masjid Jumuah. A special ceremony will take place on Saturday to mark the laying of columns before actual trench digging takes place.
The project is estimated to cost R5 million but the organising committee says they lack funding. The mosque’s chairman Isgaak De Jager appealed to the community to support the long awaited project.
“We are starting off with R20 000 but we need R5 million. We want people to help us with financing this project and offer sponsorship,” urged mosque chairman Isgaak de Jager.
The project lacks all the necessary resources and appeals to the community or any sponsors for assistance.
“A man of Lansdowne sponsored the stone and cement so if there is anyone who can sponsor us with the steel that would be appreciated.”
There will be a delay on the actual trench digging process as the columns for the structure first needs to be set. Currently there is only a madrassa which is occupying the premises. The committee plans to construct a mosque to accompany the institution.
“We have to set out the columns before any trench digging can be done,” said de Jager.
The trench digging of the mosque will take place on Saturday at 9am on the corner of Delft main road and Silversands road. VOC(Nailah Cornelissen)