The restoration of a number of historical mosques within the program for the reconstruction of historic mosques, which has been approved by the General Authority for Tourism and National Heritage in collaboration with the Ministry of Islamic Affairs and Heritage Foundation, has contributed to the return of life and worshipers of these mosques after decades of desolation.
The program has been able to identify more than 1140 historical mosques, 80 historical mosques in the kingdom regions, can renovate and rehabilitate, identify the list of 130 top priority mosques in the kingdom's regions, and the project for architectural and be able to implement historical documentation (Atlas of Historic Mosques No. 1) Historically, the foundation has established historical mosques in the body to receive donations.
The National Program for the Reconstruction of Historical Mosques is one of the most prominent existing and effective programs for the protection of the urban heritage, through the projects currently being carried out in different parts of the Kingdom: the preservation of the historical heritage. mosques, because of its large place in the Islamic religion and its original architectural character, as one of the most important features of the urban heritage in the Kingdom.
The program was supported by the guardian of the two holy mosques, King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, chairman of the national authority for tourism and national heritage, announced the donation from the guardian of the two holy mosques for the restoration of the historic Hanafi mosque in Jeddah. It will open next year.
After the patronage of the Guardian of the Two Sacred Mosques, the Head of the Tourism Department announced the sponsorship of the Two Holy Mosque Keeper for a special program for the care of the historic mosques near the historic Al-Deraiyah -project, including the restoration of 34 historical mosques, Islamic Affairs and the High Authority for the development of the Riyadh region, in addition to the approval by the restoration of a number of historical mosques in Medina, as an extension of the adoption of a number of mosques in the kingdom.
The mosque of the architect in the "historical Jeddah" the last mosque opened by Prince Sultan bin Salman after the restoration, where the restoration work took place King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz – may God be merciful to him. The third mosque, which was restored at the expense of King Abdullah, was the first mosque in Tabb and the second mosque in Jeddah.
On this occasion, Prince Sultan bin Salman announced the modification of the program for the care of historic mosques, the program for the reconstruction of historic mosques, and he pointed out that the term "Emaar" is more extensive than the term "care". Al-Zawahira Mosque, inaugurated by the Keeper of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz, is part of the inauguration of the Al-Bajairi neighborhood in the historical shield on 20 Jumada II 1436H, one of the first historical mosques in the kingdom.
It is one of three mosques donated by Prince Sultan bin Salman in the historic city of Diriya, next to the Al-Suraifah Mosque, the Al-Dawasir Mosque and a number of historical mosques in the historic city of Diriyah, which were restored with the assistance from the local community and the benefactors.
Prince Sultan bin Salman has adopted the program for the reconstruction of historical mosques in the context of his interest in everything related to the services of the houses of God and the Islamic heritage. The Heritage Foundation has started to play its role in the interest of mosques in the Kingdom. Old mosques in the Kingdom.
The idea to launch the National Program for the Care of Historical Mosques is based on a vision presented by Prince Sultan bin Salman, in collaboration with the Minister of Affairs of Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz, the Crown Prince – may God be merciful to him – Second Vice -premier and Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector-General. The care program for the mosques and the reconstruction and reconstruction and documentation of its history, at 16 Safar 1418 AH, and support for the first phase of the program of two million riyals, was assigned to the investigation of mosques that was monitored, and was led, after the success of the program when restoring a number of mosques to give what has been done with the Ministry, The program bears the name "National program for the care of historic mosques".
The scope of the work of the program includes the inventory of the mosques in question, the development of a scientific plan to document them and restoration in a way that guarantees the preservation of the urban character. The program has supported the princes of the region by supporting the restoration of a number of historical mosques in the region & # 39; s with the participation of the population and local communities.The program organized a number of workshops with historical mosques in different kingdoms of the Kingdom, in collaboration with the Ministry of Islamic Affairs.