PM Lee joins Muslims in breaking fast

PM Lee Hsien Loong (third from right) joining Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim and Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) president Alami Musa (left) to break fast.

SINGAPORE - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong joined about 200 Muslims, including Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim, at the An-Nur Mosque in Woodlands to break fast on Wednesday night.

It was Mr Lee's first visit to the newly upgraded mosque and one which was 30 years in the making.

In a Facebook post on Wednesday night, he wrote: "I vividly recall the first time I saw An-Nur 30 years ago, driving home from JB (Johor Baru). It looked so beautiful, with its distinctive blue minaret. But the years have passed, and the community's needs have grown. An-Nur's recent upgrade brings it up to date, and now it is more handsome than ever."

He had mused similarly in his National Day Rally speech in 2008, when he suggested the upgrading programme for mosques.

An-Nur's blue minaret has been preserved in the upgrading, which began in 2011 and was completed in May. It can now hold up to 4,500 people during prayers, or 6,000 if its classrooms, multi-purpose hall, roof space and terraces are used.

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