Program of embellishment of the mosques and madrassas of Algers
After the allocation of a budget of 17 billion centimes by the wilaya of Algiers, 26 mosques and 210 madrasahs (Koranic schools) benefited in 2016 from restoration and redevelopment works, as part of the operation of embellishment of the capital, announced last Monday Mr. Zouhir Boudraâ, director of religious affairs and wakf of the wilaya of Algiers. The places of prayer that have benefited from restoration works represent 4% of the total number of mosques in the wilaya of Algiers, whose number stands at 628, currently, added the same source.
In this regard, it should be noted that the restoration and redevelopment of the capital’s mosques and medersas include, among other things, equipment, tapestry, the improvement of external and internal facades and the construction of classrooms for the Koranic teaching and preparatory courses, in addition to the printing of 40,000 copies of textbooks for preparatory classes. In this context, it would be useful to recall the launching in 2015 of restoration work and strengthening of the historic Ketchaoua Mosque, classified with the other monuments of the UNESCO Cultural Heritage Kasbah, let us specify it. Completed by the Turkish TIKA cooperation and coordination agency, this important operation is part of the agreement signed between Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal and his Turkish counterpart during the visit of Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Algiers, in 2013.
The director of religious affairs in Algiers took this opportunity to also pay tribute to the important role played by mosques in the education of the rising generations as “a beacon where the Muslim draws its religious constants and principles.” Mr. Boudraâ recalled that in 2016, the mosques have hosted several cultural activities, besides the preaching and guidance courses given by the imams throughout the week, thus making these places a scientific and cultural area of first choice .
Moreover, it should be known that in 2016, there are 49 madrasas in Algiers, including 10 with boarding school, while the number of students attending preparatory classes has reached a significant total of 43,653 students, said the same source. On this occasion, Mr. Boudraâ spoke about Zakat, recalling that more than 3,000 Algerian families benefited from Zakat in 2016. He then noted that the wilaya of Algiers experienced in 2016, a new experience, to pay the Zakat to the poor every two months (in 6 tranches) for a pension of 5,000 DA. In this regard, the director of religious affairs in Algiers said that compared to 2015, the zakat was paid to the needy in four installments, recalling that the goal is the monthly payment of zakat to the needy.
Source: El Mouhajid website http://www.elmoudjahid.com/en/news/104725
Photo: “The Message of Islam” Website – Ketchaoua Mosque