Bahrain starts work on rebuilding mosques
Manama, January 13, 2012
Work has begun to rebuild 12 mosques that were demolished during the unrest in Bahrain, according to government officials.
The move comes as part of the government's commitment to fully implement the recommendations of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI).
Construction work has already begun on five mosques and land has been fenced for the remaining seven so construction work can begin shortly.
The BICI unrest probe report earlier stated only five places of worship demolished during the unrest had proper deeds.
Construction work on rebuilding those Shia places of worship has already begun and include Masjid Al Imam Ali, Masjid Om Al Baneen, Masjid w Ma'atam Al Imam Al Hadi, Masjid Al Imam Al Ali and Masjid Fatima Al Zahraa.
The reconstruction of all 12 places of worship will be paid for by the Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments Ministry.
"This will contribute in creating a positive atmosphere for national reconciliation and enhance the spirit of affability among all Bahraini people," said the Jaffaria Waqf Directorate, an independent religious organisation dedicated to charity.
Reconstruction of the remaining demolished mosques will begin once necessary legal questions are resolved, including the issuance of a Royal deed, building permit and status of land and structures.
These include seven more mosques where technical procedures need to be completed, nine places of worship which needed to have the status of their territory modified and six places of worship on private property which need the status of the land and structures clarified.-TradeArabia News Service