The Kingdom of Morocco
Ministry of Religious Endowments and Islamic Affairs
On regard to the Royal visit to the United Republic of Tanzania, the Commander of the Faithful, His Majesty Mohammed VI, may God assist him, laid, on Tuesday 23 th of Muharram 1438, corresponding to October 25th , 2016, the foundation stone for the construction of a grand mosque in the city of Dar es Salaam, which he named:
The Mohammed VI Mosque
This lofty royal decision came as a response to a request by His Eminence Mufti Sheikh Abu-Bakr Ibn Zubayr Benali, President of the National Muslim Council of Tanzania, who expressed the need for a mosque and its facilities in Dar es Salaam.
The area of this religious and cultural landmark is 7400 square meters; it includes a prayer room that accommodates more than 5000 worshipers, a library, a conference hall, administrative facilities, a parking lot and green spaces.
In the preparation of the mosque’s blueprint, special attention will be given to the original Moroccan architectural style, as well as to the local architectural specificities.
The construction of this mosque falls within the framework of cooperation between the Kingdom of Morocco and the United Republic of Tanzania, in the area of consolidating religious supervision and of raising awareness regarding the objectives of Islam, highlighting its noble teachings, and combating all forms of immoderation and extremism.
His Majesty was greeted upon his arrival by a number of religious dignitaries. His Majesty, may God protect him, offered His Eminence the Mufti 10,000 copies of the Koran published by the Mohammed VI Foundation for the Publication of the Holy Koran.
In the name of the Muslim community of Tanzania and in the presence of the eminent theologians of this country, the Mufti expressed his thanks and gratitude to the Commander of the faithful, May God assist him.
At this ceremony, a cooperation agreement in the field of religious affairs was concluded and signed between the Mufti and the Moroccan Minister of Religious Endowments and Islamic Affairs; it covers traditional education, religious foundations, construction and management of mosques, exchange of experiences, and other forms of cooperation which aim to preserve authentic Islamic values and help prevent all forms of deviation and extremism.
At the end of the ceremony, the Commander of the faithful, His Majesty the King Mohammed VI, May God assist him, gave the signal for the launching of the construction of the said mosque.