Mosque cleaning programme attracts non-Muslim community

TANGKAK: A first-ever cleaning programme of the Sultan Ismail Mosque, Tanjung Agas, here, has attracted almost 100 non-Muslims and mualaf (new converts) to come together cleaning the mosque.

Muar Branch of the Malaysian Chinese Muslim Association (MACMA) activity chairman Edi Tan Abdullah said the programme was a bridge of brotherhood between the Malay and Chinese community as well as the converts.

“It is good having this programme, we are doing it in a peaceful and harmonious atmosphere regardless of religion and race.

“Even though they are non-Muslims, this kind of approach will help them to understand more about Islam and counter the negative perspective that dwells around it,” he told Bernama during the programme here today.

It was attended by more than 300 volunteers since 8am today and received cooperation from various quarters including the Tangkak District Council, Tangkak Fire and Rescue Department, District Kadi Office and several non-governmental organisations (NGOs) including the Muar People Association (Persatuan Anak Jati Muar) and the Lions Club.

A volunteer, Kong Jit Hong, 30, said he took the opportunity because he wanted to engage in volunteerism, especially those that related to the aspects of cleanliness and the environment.

“Regardless of which religion, it emphasised the importance on hygiene, so I would take the responsibility,” he said, adding that it was his first visit to the Sultan Ismail mosque although he had been living in the district for quite some time.

Meanwhile, programme director, Azharidzuan Abu Bakar said the 'clean mosque' idea was catalysed by his involvement in an NGO called Komuniti Cuci Masjid or mosque cleaning community (KCM) which is involved in various charitable programmes at mosques around Kuala Lumpur since 2010.

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“When I lived in Muar and worked here since five years ago, I wanted to create regular mosque cleaning activities just as what was done in Kuala Lumpur.

“In addition, I want the mosque to be alive with various community activities so that people will come more often despite the location being further from the housing area,” he said. — Bernama

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