The Kampung Manggis/Madang Mosque is almost complete and would open its doors to worshippers soon.
Villagers yesterday took part in a "Majlis Menyertu" or religious cleansing ceremony organised by the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) yesterday morning.
The Permanent Secretary of MoRA, Dato Seri Setia Hj Abd Aziz Orang Kaya Maharaja Lela Hj Yussof, also joined the activity as the guest of honour.
The event started with the recital of Surah Al-Fatihah, followed by a Doa Selamat led by Hj Jamil Hj Gani, mosque affairs officer of Brunei-Muara.
The ministry in a statement said that the cleansing ceremony was to ensure absolute cleanliness according to religious requirements before the installation of carpets, prior to being open to the public for prayers and other religious activities.
A senior citizen, Hj Nawi Bongsu, said that it was about time for Kg Manggis-Madang to have its own mosque.
He was overjoyed with the new mosque as it would be more convenient for him to perform the daily prayers in congregation.
"I can now walk from my house to this mosque. I usually would go to Surau Maktab Teknik Sultan Saiful Rijal, but the highway made it impossible to cross by walking so I would usually drive and make way for the long U-turn," he shared.
Another villager, Zaafi Jali, 25, said: "I am sure with this new mosque it will lessen the overcrowding at Masjid Serusop, Surau Maktab Teknik Sultan Saiful Rijal and Masjid Lambak Kanan, especially during Friday prayers. I look forward to performing Tarawih prayers with my family here this upcoming Ramadhan too."
The mosque can accommodate up to 2400 congregants at one time.
Various facilities provided at the mosque include a main prayer hall for men and a separate hall for women, office rooms for the mosque officer and imam, a VIP room, lecture room, multipurpose room, library and IT room, and separate ablution areas for men and women.
The mosque was constructed under the National Development Plan 2007-2012 which costs approximately US$4,851,135.20 (S$6 million). Part of the building costs was also funded by Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, Bank Islam Brunei Berhad (BIBD) and the general public.
The construction began on July 12, 2012 and the contractor is Selapon Sdn bhd.
Also in attendance at yesterday's event were the Minister of Education, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Awg Abu Bakar Hj Apong who is the Chairperson of Trustee Committee for the construction of Masjid Kg Manggis/Madang; Deputy State Mufti, Pehin Orang Kaya Paduka Seri Raja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Hj Suhaili Hj Mohiddin; officers and staff from MoRA as well as residents of Kg Manggis and Kg Madang.