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KUALA LUMPUR: THE Masjid Ar-Rahman in Jalan Pantai Baru, here, has been temporarily closed for upgrading works.
Federal Territories Islamic Department (Jawi) director, Datuk Che Mat Che Ali, said the temporary closure was to facilitate the upgrading works, which included repairing the leaking roof and fixing faulty electrical wiring.
"The mosque is in dire need for an upgrade as water seeps onto the floors from the roofs when it rains," he said.
Che Mat quashed rumours that Jawi was closing down the Ar-Rahman mosque permanently.
He said the temporary closure notice put up at the mosque last month also announced the commencement of works to take effect beginning Dec 1.
He said the upgrading works would take approximately seven months, and the mosque would likely be re-opened by June.
A recent visit by Streets to the mosque saw the building still in use for hourly prayers, although the Imam had been temporarily moved to the neighbouring mosque in Masjid Tun Rahah, next to Bangsar Village.
There were also trays on the floor to collect the dripping water from the ceiling.
Certain areas of the carpeting in the prayer halls showed rainwater stains. Peeling paint could also be seen over parts of the ceiling.
A large notice notifying the public of the mosque's temporary closure for the upgrading works has been placed at the mosque's entrance.
Che Mat said that with the temporary closure of the mosque, congregants in Pantai Baru wishing to perform their prayers could still head to the nearest mosques in the area.
These include Masjid Al-Ikhlasiah Kg Kerinchi, Masjid Saidina Abu Bakar As-Siddiq Jalan Ara Bangsar and Masjid Negara.
The Surau Jumaat Akademi Pengajian Islam Universiti Malaya and Surau Jumaat Muhammadi Angkasapuri are also available for prayers and other religious activities.