ISLAMABAD - The government of Saudi Arabia has provided a grant of $1 million for the maintenance and renovation of Faisal Mosque and allied units.

In this regard a ceremony was held here at Faisal Mosque Campus of the International Islamic University Islamabad.

The ceremony was attended by Saudi Ambassador Jassim-Al-Khalidi, Director General (Services) CDA Najeebur Rehman, Director General Higher Education Commission Owais Ahmed, former President IIUI Anwar Ahmed Siddiqui, Rector IIUI Dr Masoom Yasinzai, President IIUI Dr Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh and other high officials. The maintenance and renovation work is being initiated with special support of the custodian of Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud of Royal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and under the auspices of Royal Embassy of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Pakistan.

Speaking on the occasion, Jassim Al-Khalidi said Faisal Mosque was a symbol of strong and long-lasting brotherly relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. While lauding the role of IIUI he said that it was serving the Muslim Ummah in true words.

He reiterated his resolve that KSA government would keep cooperation in the projects which relate to the welfare and prosperity of Muslim Ummah.

Dr Masoom Yasinzai in his speech said Faisal Mosque is a unique and exemplary gift from KSA to the people of Pakistan.

He added that Faisal Mosque has become recognition of Pakistan which attracts the local and foreign visitors.

The IIUI rector thanked King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud on behalf of the university while saying Pakistanis are thankful for having such a precious gift in form of Faisal Mosque.

IIUI President Dr Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh said on the occasion that mosques have vital role in Islamic society while saying that Prophet (PBUH) termed mosques as best places. He added that Faisal Mosque was a symbol of strong brotherly relations between Pakistan and KSA while he also said that with passage of time these ties would become further strengthened and exemplary.