Lack of proper praying facility in Sharjah area

People forced to pray in an unsheltered area and under the scorching heat.

Image Credit: Syed Ali Saqib Rizvi
Syed Ali Saqib RizviTorturousPeople praying in an unsheltered area.
04 Gulf News

I want to direct the attention of the authorities to an issue in my area. I live in the Muwaileh area in Sharjah, close to the National Paints roundabout. People are forced to perform their prayers under the scorching sun. Additionally, there is no proper arrangement for ablution.

Around a month ago, a shelter around 15 metres away from this place (pictured) was removed by the authorities. Since then, I have seen people praying in this area without any shade. Even during Fajr, the morning prayer, I have seen people praying in the open. It is hard to see how they pray here with temperatures as high as 50 degrees Celsius.

I would like to raise this issue with the concerned authorities so that it is resolved soon, especially because Ramadan is upon us.

 

The reader is based in Sharjah

 

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  • kashif

    Jul 11, 2013 11:23

    I lived in muweillah area since 8 years there are several issues whichneed to discuss i sent several emails but no action has been taken 1-there is no park for children 2- every year there is a roadconstruction which make muweilla area life miserable ... we understandthat it is for betterment of people but why every year why not once atall. 3- there is a one mosque near by my apartment in shops during Ramdan due to the rush you wont get space becz itis very small there is no proper mosque near by. .... 4-Traffic always gets jam because there is no yellow line when some onehad an accident he blocked one lane which cause serious jam. .....

  • Adnan khan

    Jul 11, 2013 10:55

    I am resident of a building in Al Nahda, Sharjah. We don’t haveany praying facility in our building or area. The nearest Majid is inDubai, which is 1 kilometer away, so I have to walk in this heat, whichis very difficult in summer... Its Ramadan nowand we cannot hear azaan.

  • Gabriel

    Jul 11, 2013 10:52

    There are two Masjids in the Muwaileh area. 1) Emirates Road 2)University city road This picture is taken from a construction siteinside the Muwaileh Camp. Totally Misleading.

  • Khalid

    Jul 11, 2013 10:25

    Dear Mr. Syed, It may be true that for some reason the shelter wasremoved and I think the Government and the individuals of Sharjah arevery concerned with providing adequate praying facilities (Masjids)across the emirate primarily and then in other countries. Having arecord of more than 1,000 Minarets in 2014 and being awarded the Capitalof Islamic Culture wouldn't allow it to "Force" people to prayin the sun! Please count the number of Masjids in Mowaileh Area inparticular and let's be more fair when it comes to spreading suchmisleading information. People can choose to pray anywhere they want.Thank you.

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I lived in muweillah area since 8 years there are several issues whichneed to discuss i sent several emails but no action has been taken 1-there is no park for children 2- every year there is a roadconstruction which make muweilla area life miserable ... we understandthat it is for betterment of people but why every year why not once atall. 3- there is a one mosque near by my apartment in shops during Ramdan due to the rush you wont get space becz itis very small there is no proper mosque near by. .... 4-Traffic always gets jam because there is no yellow line when some onehad an accident he blocked one lane which cause serious jam. .....

kashif

11 July 2013 13:40jump to comments