CAMBRIDGE: An eco-friendly mosque could be in the pipeline in the near future for Malaysia, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Seri Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa.
Mujahid, accompanied by Datuk Seri Syed Hussein Alhabshee, chairman of the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Council; Mohd Ajib Ismail, director of the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department; and Nor Safina Zainal, director of Jakim, were given a guided tour of a mosque in Mill Lane, here, by Imam Ali Tos, one of the imam at the mosque which opened its doors for Aidiladha prayers earlier this year.
The minister and his entourage were on a four-day working visit to the United Kingdom where he gave a keynote address entitled ‘Rahmatan lil’ Alamin’ or The Compassionate Islam at the Cambridge Judge Business School on Monday.
He left for a conference of religious leaders in Baku, Azerbaijan, after a BBC Hard Talk interview with Zeinab Badawi.
The green mosque in Mill Lane, a purpose built mosque with all eco-friendly features, is naturally lit all year round by large skylights in the roof, with grey water and rainwater harvested to flush WCs and irrigate the grounds, to name a few.
Mujahid was impressed that such a mosque was built in a non-Muslim country reflecting the concept of rahmah similar to the one being considered by his ministry.
“I was impressed. Each detail in the building of the structure reflects eco-friendliness: conservation of energy, the use of the timber and the philosophy behind it,” he said.
“When we go back, we must think of a similar model, either one that we build from scratch or adapt one that is already there with eco-friendly features,” he said.
Earlier, the minister met several religious leaders at the Cambridge Islamic College, which was once a church. After discussions with officials of the college, it was proposed that one or two officials or scholars from Malaysia sit on their board as honorary advisers.
“We will go back and consider. We have established contacts with the community in Cambridge and with the policies that we have, we have successfully attracted their interest because they see themselves as part of the vision that we are bringing,” he said.