Saudi Arabia finances expansion of Bangladesh’s national mosque

January 30, 2010

Bangladeshi Prime Minster Sheikh Hasina Wazed opened the newly expanded Baitul Mukarram Mosque in Dhaka yesterday, in the presence of Saudi Ambassador to Bangladesh Dr. Abdullah Al-Basiri. The government of Saudi Arabia funded the renovations at Bangladesh’s national mosque, at an estimated cost of SR 16.4 million [$4.36 million], which involved the construction of minarets at the mosque’s southern end and coverings for courtyards on its eastern side. The facility now has a total capacity of 130,000 worshippers.

During an address marking the occasion, Prime Minister Wazed expressed her gratitude to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz for such a grand gift to the Bangladeshi people and lauded his efforts in the service of Islam and Muslims all over the world.