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Mosque to revive Raj-era library

- Aim is to preach islam in the right spirit

July 1: A city mosque is about to revive a British-era library to preach Islam in right spirit.

The newly constituted executive committee of Lakhtokia Masjid No. 1 has drawn up plans to revive the library, which was set up on the mosque premises during colonial times.

Mukimuddin Ahmed, the president of the committee, told The Telegraph that Sirat Library once housed numerous books on Islam. It fell on hard times owing to various reasons and visitors who wanted to read good books on Islam were disappointed.

“We have decided to revive the library with various books on Islam written in English, Arabic, Urdu, Hindi and Assamese. The books will be on Islamic literature, lifestyle education and religion. The world’s renowned books on prophet Mohammad will also be available,” Ahmed said.

There are also plans to install computers at the library in order to give poor students free lessons, he said.

The mosque at Lakhtokia — the city’s prime locality — is one of the oldest mosques in Assam. It is also considered to be the tallest mosque in the city. People from all over state would visit the mosque to offer prayers. It also has a musafir khana, which offers comfortable accommodations to devotees at very reasonable rates.

The mosque’s general secretary, Sadiqul Islam, said revival of the library would help preach Islam in the right perspective. He said many people misinterpret Islam owning to lack of knowledge.

“Availability of the best books in languages like English and Assamese will help visitors to the mosque understand and preach Islam in the right perspective. Once the library project is completed we will organise seminars and workshops on various important and relevant subjects of Islam. We will try to ensure that Lakhtokia Masjid No. 1 spreads the message of peace, brotherhood and unity, which are the essence of Islam,” he said.

Sadiqul, an assistant professor of medicine in Gauhati Medical College and Hospital, said the mosque would involve itself in various welfare activities like holding medical camps for the poor and provide education to poor students. “In order to use masjid funds correctly, the new committee has decided to use the services of a qualified charter accountant to conduct a financial audit,” Sadiqul said.