Hazrat Khadija (ra) Jame Mosque has started its activities in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal with the initiative of a group of young expatriates considering the growing number of worshipers in the area inhabited by Bangladesh community.
The new mosque begins its official journey with the first Friday prayers of the holy month of Ramadan. On this occasion, local time on Thursday, Iftar was organized in honor of the leaders of different levels of the Bangladesh community.
At the beginning of the iftar mahfil, the mosque management committee highlighted the various activities of the mosque and sought the cooperation of all devout Muslims for the unfinished work. At that time, they mentioned that for the first time in this mosque, separate worship of women will be arranged.
The Iftar was organized by a large gathering of social, cultural, political, business and journalists of the Bangladeshi community living in Portugal. President of Baitul Mukarram Jame Mosque Rana Taslim Uddin, Vice President Zahirul Alam Jasim, President of Matrimaniz Jame Mosque Mosharraf Hossain, Co-President Samsul Islam, General Secretary Sajidul Sajidul Russell Ahmed is the General Secretary of Bangla Press Club.
Also present were community personality Delwar Hossain, founder of Bishwa Swajan Foundation Fazlul Haque Enam, President of Barisal Community Portugal Shahin Saeed, General Secretary of Baitul Mukarram Jame Mosque Suaib Mia, prominent businessman Nazrul Islam, community personality Abdul Wahid Chowdhury, community personality Abdul Wahid Chowdhury , Abu Taher Sumon and other leaders of Bangladesh community living in Portugal. Hazrat Khadija (RA) Imam Fujail Ahmad Fayez led the prayers in the Iftar mahfil.
The first mosque named Bangladesh Islamic Center was established in Lisbon almost two decades ago at the initiative of Bangladesh community. Later another mosque named Matri Maniz Jame Mosque was established where Muslims from different countries including Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Africa and the Middle East perform their prayers.
In addition, mosques have been set up at the initiative of Bangladeshis in several other cities, including Amadora, Cascais, Barreiro, Villa Nova de Milfonantes and the port city of Forto, which are adjacent to Lisbon.