How Muslims feel when a mosque is burnt by hate mongers and extremists? What do you think about the community that experienced the horror and psychological trauma when their mosque was burnt?
Is it normal for Muslims to abandon the burnt mosque and give in to the criminals? Don’t you take the challenge as an opportunity to be a part of rebuilding the burnt mosque?
Muslims in Toowoomba have gone through all these and taken the challenge to rebuild their burnt mosque.
The first ever mosque in Toowoomba region, only mosque to the west of Brisbane was bunt twice in 2015, a year after it was established in an old church property. The second arson attack took place during mid-night on 17 April seriously damaging the main Mosque building beyond repair.
After settling with insurance company, it was decided that the burnt church building would be extended to make a purpose build Mosque under one roof to meet the growing need of the community of over 2000 Muslims.
The Toowoomba Regional Council approved the Development Application in 2017, and the rebuilding work started in 2018. The First (Lock-up) Stage of the project, the construction of the new mosque building was completed in 2019.
The cost of the First Stage was over $750,000 in addition to cleaning, surveying, drawing, town planning, and application fee costing nearly $200k. About 60% of the project is now completed. The building will fit over 500 worshippers at a time.
The work for the Second Stage of the project includes all internal fittings including electrical, plumbing, toilet, plaster, aircon etc, from July 2020. This contracted work will be completed in 18 weeks at the cost of $334,850.
The current short fall for the Second Stage is $95,000. In addition, funding is required for carpet and rainwater tank.
The Third Stage will be concreting 42 carparking spaces with two drive-ways, ramps, retaining walls, landscaping and acoustic fences.
Once completed, the mosque will be ecofriendly and a part of Annual Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers visiting sites.
Solar panels have been installed on top of the buildings already generating surplus electricity and bringing extra income to the mosque. Rainwater will be used to avoid or minimise the use of town water. An electric car charging station will be added as part of community service.
Almost 60% of the rebuilding work was completed last year, and with the completion of the Second Stage 80% of the total project will be completed before December 2020 Inshaa Allah.
Toowoomba Muslims have been working very hard and wish to convey their thanks to everyone who have been or will be a contributing to the project. May Allah take care of everyone who takes care of His house.
All Muslims is welcome to share the obligation to complete the remaining reconstruction work of a burnt house of Allah.
A 3:15 minute YouTube video on the progress of the rebuilding work is accessed here
Donations via Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Toowoomba Plaza Branch, A/C Name: Toowoomba Islamic Charitable Organisation, BSB: 064459 A/C Number: 1034 1586. Swift Code: CTBAAU25XXX.