The central Khadijah Mosque, which has a tradition of over 100 years, and the religious transformation group’s resource and counselling centre in the mosque will begin renovation projects to improve the visitor experience and raise awareness of radicalisation.
A presentation function for the renovation plan will be held tonight at Masjid Khadijah by the religious transformation team (April 29).
Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat stressed in his speech as the guest of honour that peace and harmony in our country are dependent on the coordinated efforts of various religious and community organisations to fight extremism.
He said the religious reform group’s advocacy work, as well as its resource and counselling centre, played an important role in raising visitors’ awareness of global terrorist threats and helping everyone recognise the Islamic doctrine of advocating peace.
The Khadijah Mosque, on Geylang Road, was built in 1920 and is a protected monument in Singapore. An outdoor exhibition hall will be attached to the mosque’s exterior as part of this renovation plan to include awareness about the religious reform team’s battle against violent extremism. The fourth-floor room will also be converted into a new multipurpose hall.
The new resource and counselling centre, which opened in 2014, will extend the exhibition hall’s reach, enhance the visitor experience, and showcase more new material. These projects are scheduled to start in the middle of this year and finish in 2023.
DPM Heng also mentioned the contributions of the local Malay Muslim community in his address. He said that the Malay Muslim community has always been dedicated to fostering friendship among various groups. Many advocates and community leaders have also made significant contributions in different areas, including community service and cultural and linguistic preservation. “Let us continue to collaborate to preserve and reinforce social ties, drawing strength from society’s diversity rather than allowing it to separate us.”