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Uproar over plans to buy mosque to build business

He said nobody could dare to purchase a mosque in such a manner.

Source : Saudi Gazette / 31 Mar 2014

Residents of the Al-Jummaizah neighborhood have expressed anger after three businessmen offered to purchase and demolish the local Al-Ruwais Mosque, which is 300 years old, to implement a business project.

Ahmed Al-Sinki, a lawyer, said the mosque is important because it is located within the central area near the Grand Mosque.

He said the three businessmen expressed readiness to pay over SR30 million to purchase the mosque.

Al-Sinki said the value of the plots of land close to the mosque exceed SR40 million.

Meanwhile, the director of the Endowments Administration in Makkah Mus’ab Al-Hajjaji denied that his administration knows about plans to demolish the mosque.

He said nobody could dare to purchase a mosque in such a manner.

Al-Hajjaji added: “If we learn that someone has encroached on the area of any mosque, aside from taking the mosque, we will file a lawsuit against him and escalate the matter.”

 

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