Fukuoka city is located in northern Kyushu, the southwestern most of the four main islands of Japan at latitude of 33035" N and longitude of 130024" E. It brought out by its close proximity to Korea and the Asian continent boasts a 2000-year history of international exchange as a trading point. As the cradle of Japanese culture, it served as the gateway for economic and cultural exchange with the continent and emerged as Kyushu's leading city in politics, economics and culture.
It is indeed a fascinating city with many of different cultural centers, prestigious universities, conference halls and sanctuaries that represent most of the world main cultures and religions. However it is heart- rendering to say that Islam is almost the only unrepresentative religion. The city does not have any mosque or cultural center!. Indeed both the Japanese and Muslims who are living in Fukuoka and Kyushu area are in need for such a center where they can carry out a variety of cultural and religious activities.
The Need of A Mosque
The biggest obstacle in carrying out the activities of Muslims, who are living in Fukuoka and its surroundings, is the non-existence of a permanent place. Most of the activities, such as Friday prayer Eid prayer meeting, cultural and social activities and the like, are held in a time-restricted hall. Hence the growth and effectiveness Islamic activities are hampered. It is really shameful not to have a proper place even to carry out the basic Islamic duties in Fukuoka!. The Japanese also have no place to get materials or proper information about Islam and Muslims, and have no many chances to meet and talk with Muslims. In fact every resident of Fukuoka is missing a great chance of mutual cultural exchange with Muslims due to the absence of any Islamic center in this cultural city. Kyushu University Muslim Student Association (KUMSA) has tried during the last few years to rent a proper place in Fukuoka to be used as a perm anent mosque. However its efforts have been fruitless due to many problems. It was very difficult to convince any Japanese house owner to rent his house for the use of a mosque. The very high cost of renting a suitable house near Kyushu University main campus is another serious obstacle.
Fukuoka Masjid Fund and Board
Realizing the urgent need to have a permanent mosque in Fukuoka, KUMSA has lunched the Fukuoka Masjid Fund in November 1998. By the help of Allah, at present has about three Millions Japanese yen (The link to Donation Curve is located below) Japanese yen, mainly donations from local members. However the needed amount of money is not less than 15,000,000 Japanese Yen (fifteen millions Japanese yen, about $ 150,000 US dollars) for buying a small land (about 100-150 square meters) required to build the Masjid and cultural center.
The Fukuoka Masjid Project is supervised by the Board, which is now apart of KUMSA. Members of this board are:
Mr. Safaruddin KUMSA President Mr. Safwat Hassaballa Project Coordinator
We ask every Muslim to promote and donate some amount of money to this project. Further, we would like to remind you of the great rewards from Allah for whom who help in establishing His Houses, in a place, which never has one before. Allah says (to the nearest meaning):The mosques of Allah shall be visited and maintained by such as believe in Allah and the Last Day, Establish regular prayers, and practice charity, and fear none except Allah. It is they who are expected to be on true guidance.
The Holy Qura'an, Al-Tawbah/18.
Narrated by Ubaidullah al-khaulani, Uthman bin Affan saying, I heard the Prophet (SAAW) saying,Whoever built a mosque, with the intention of seeking Allah's pleasure, Allah will build for him a similar place in ParadiseAl-Bukhari, Vol. 1 book 8, No.441.
Bank Account Information
The bank account is Name MSA-Fukuoka Masjid Number 1860921 (Futsu) Bank Fukuoka Bank, Hakozaki Branch Address Hakozaki-1-44-18. Higashi-ku, Fukuoka,
エムスエイ フクオカ マスジード 様
店番２９１ 口座番号 １８６０９２１ （普通）
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