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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 identified more than 1,140 historical mosques, rehabilitated and rehabilitated 80 historical mosques in the Kingdom, identified the list of 130 mosques with priority in the region & # 39; s of the Kingdom and the Project for Architectural and Historical Documentation (Atlas of Historic Mosques No. 1). , And the establishment of the Fund of Historical Mosques in the Authority to receive donations.
The National Program for the Reconstruction of Historical Mosques is one of the most prominent and effective programs for the protection of the urban heritage through the projects currently being carried out in various regions of the Kingdom with a view to on the preservation of historical mosques. 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 Abdulaziz Al Saud, The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Heritage Foundation, Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, announced the donation from the keeper of the two Saints mosques. In which King Abdulaziz will be consecrated next year, if God so wishes, as announced after the patronage of the Keeper of the Two Holy Mosques last year to dedicate the Al-Bujairi district to the historical shield, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques a special program for the care of historic mosques It includes the restoration of 34 historical mosque work undertaken by the General Authority for Tourism and National Heritage and the Ministry of Islamic Affairs and the High Commission for the Development of Riyadh Region, as well as the approval of the Keeper of the Two Holy Restoration of a number of historical mosques in Medina, an extension builds the restoration of a number of mosques in the Kingdom.
The mosque of Al-Mimar in "Historical Jeddah" was the last mosque inaugurated by Prince Sultan Bin Salman after the restoration.The restoration work was carried out by King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, may God be merciful to him. It is the third patrimony mosque to be restored at the expense of King Abdullah – may God be merciful to him – and was the first mosque in Tabb and the second mosque & # 39; Shafi & # 39; i & # 39; in & # 39; historically Jeddah ».
On this occasion Prince Sultan bin Salman announced the modification of the care program for the historical mosques, called the program of reconstruction of historical mosques, pointing out that the term Emaar is more extensive in the sense of the term care, because the main goal is the reconstruction of mosques is through prayer.
Al-Zawahira Mosque, inaugurated by the Keeper of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud in the inauguration of the Al-Bajiri neighborhood in the historical mosque on 20 Jumada II 1436, is one of the first historical mosques in the Kingdom.
It is one of the three mosques donated by Prince Sultan bin Salman in his restoration in the historic city of Derayeh, next to the Al-Suraifah Mosque, the Al-Dawasir Mosque and a number of historical mosques in the historic city of Dirya. , which were restored with the cooperation of the local community and the benefactors.
Prince Sultan Bin Salman has adopted the program for the reconstruction of historic 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 Abdul Aziz, the Crown Prince, may God be merciful to him, the Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector-General. The program of care for mosques, reconstruction and reconstruction of its history, and at 16 Safar 1418, and supported the first phase of the program of two million riyals, was assigned to the investigation of mosques that was monitored, and was issued after the success of the program in restoring a number of mosques, giving what has been done to the ministry, and TS The program is entitled "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 was supported by the princes of the region by adopting support for the restoration of a number of historical mosques in the region with the participation of people and communities. The program organized a number of workshops with historical mosques in various regions of the Kingdom, in collaboration with the Ministry of Islamic Affairs.
The care program for the historical mosques in the Commission has drawn up a plan for the care of the historical mosques in the region of the Kingdom, in collaboration with the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, carried out in cooperation with the emirates of the region & # 39; s, secretariats, municipalities, professional and charitable institutions and community donors.
It has not only performed prayers in a number of historical mosques, but has also organized a number of cultural and religious activities, lectures and other activities that reflect the mosque's main role in social life.
Prince Sultan bin Salman said in his speech at the opening of the workshop of the historic mosques in Medina that the message of the program that care for the historic mosques is not for the restoration itself, but for the life of the historical mosque and its role in the community to restore and highlight the historical story that these mosques tell, The interest of the historic mosques is also an appreciation for the role of these mosques in the national unity, and must come back to life to show the generations how the mosque was the cornerstone of this unity, which we appreciate thanks to God.
"Mosques have a big role to play in strengthening ties between citizens and strengthening their unity, the guardian of the two holy mosques has his attention on this issue and we are jointly in charge of caring for the historical mosques" he said in a speech in the historic mosques in Buraidah. Everything is the basic task represented in improving the role of the mosque and its place in society, and we must consider that every citizen himself is responsible for the mosque, mosques are not government buildings, but houses of God, making it our own duty to take care of the houses of God before we take care of our homes. It must be The fact that the first place where people meet together Willem reunited and enjoy the first care for other places. »
He pointed out that mosques in Islamic history form the main focus of the city and are a meeting place and pivotal of life since the dawn of Islam in Medina to our modern history, where stories about places and cities testify that mosques integral part of our lives and history. And the state and its modernization since the establishment of the nation is based on the reunification of people and the unification of hearts and the establishment of rituals and the correction of religious concepts and emphasize the role of Islam as a fundamental role inherent in this country and this is what we have collected today.
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Source: Okaz newspaper