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Muslims in Singapore celebrate Hari Raya

Muslims in Singapore celebrated Hari Raya Aidilfitri, or the end of the fasting month, on Monday (July 28). There was good news amidst the celebrations - worshippers were told that the upgrading of the Sultan Mosque costing S$4.37 million, will start in August.

SINGAPORE: Muslims in Singapore celebrated Hari Raya Aidilfitri, or the end of the fasting month, on Monday (July 28). There was good news amidst the celebrations - worshippers were told that the upgrading of the Sultan Mosque costing S$4.37 million, will start in August.

Some 4,000 Muslims attended the Aidilfitri prayers at Sultan Mosque, one of Singapore's national monuments. They were joined by Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim and members of the Muslim religious council MUIS (Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura).

During prayers, worshippers were reminded not to use religion as a reason for violence, especially with regards to what is going on in the Middle East now.

Dr Yaacob said: "This is indeed a timely reminder. It is an issue which not just affects Muslims but people of all cross sections, of all religions. And I am glad to see various communities coming together to see this from a humanitarian point of view and how we can work together to bring peace to the region."

As for the Sultan Mosque, renovations will start next month. Two lifts will be added and the current ablution areas replaced by more spacious ones. The domes will also be refurbished, electrical installations rewired, and a new coat of paint given to the entire complex.

Dr Yaacob added: "We have an elderly population who likes to patronise the mosque and so with the new lift, I think that will be a great relief for our elderly population.

"Masjid Sultan is a national monument, it attracts not (only) Muslims but also non-Muslims who are curious about it. So the kinds of programmes that we conduct must show the best possible image that we can have about our religion, about Muslims in Singapore."

The mosque will remain open during renovations, which should be completed by end-2015.

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