REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, BANDUNG — Masjid Nusantara Foundation (YMN) plans to build 25 new mosques this year. They also plan to renovate 100 mosques and rejuvenate 100 sound system devices in mosques throughout archipelago in 2014.
“Number of mosques in this country is still small. It reduces the comfort of worship,” YMN Director, Muhammad Sobirin said recently.
YMN encourages many parties to work together in building, renovating and providing more mosques in Indonesia. YMN also provides 1,000 mukena (praying clothes) for people in West Java.
One of mosques that is built by YMN in 2013 is Al Khoiriyah mosque in Pangalengan, Bandung, West Java. The mosque has been dormant since four years ago. The mosque now can be used again by residents.
Kalla said a mosque should be a community center, including empowering families. Former vice president of Indonesia hopes that a mosque can bring positive impact. People can get double benefit in increasing their faith.
Chairman of Indonesia’s Mosque Council (DMI), Jusuf Kalla said that Indonesia had 850 thousand mosques. It helps to empower and improve living standards and create new jobs for people through mosque based entrepreneurial activity.