Qatar Charity (QC) has participated in the inauguration of Kosovo’s largest mosque, a unique architectural masterpiece.
Present on the occasion were Sheikh Naim Ternava, the Grand Mufti of Kosovo, and Ali bin Hamad al-Marri, Qatar's ambassador to Albania and Kosovo, in addition to Nawaf al-Hammadi, CEO's assistant for the International Operations and Programmes Sector at QC.
The opening of the Sheikh Shuaib Arnaout mosque in Pristina, the capital of Kosovo, coincides with the advent of the blessed month of Ramadan. The five-storey mosque can accommodate 2,500 worshippers and includes classrooms, a library, a computer lab and a play area for children.
At the beginning of the ceremony, the Mufti of Kosovo praised the attention given by His Highness the Amir, government and people of Qatar to their brothers in Kosovo, and the Qatari support delivered in the country, applauding QC’s role in implementing previous development projects in the country.
The Mufti noted that it is one of the most beautiful mosques not only in Kosovo but also in all of the Balkan countries.
Al-Marri expressed happiness at participating in the opening ceremony. "This mosque came as a result of the concerted efforts and support of philanthropists from Qatar and Kosovo,” said the ambassador, noting that relations between the two countries "encourage us to do more to promote joint action between the peoples in Qatar and Kosovo."
The ambassador stated that "we in Qatar attach importance to strengthening relations with Kosovo in various fields, and this beautiful mosque is a gift from the people of Qatar, through Qatar Charity, to our brothers in Kosovo. He also extended his congratulations to the people in Kosovo and all Muslims on the advent of the holy month of Ramadan."
Al-Hammadi expressed delight at taking part in the opening of the mosque, thanking the Mufti of Kosovo for his continuous co-operation and the people in Qatar for supporting their brothers in Kosovo.
Al-Hammadi indicated that he witnessed the signing of an agreement to pay the electricity bills of more than 860 families of orphans, and he is in the process of signing another pact to build a new mosque.
QC's projects for Kosovo cover different segments of society, benefiting orphans, people with special needs and low-income families. The number of those sponsored by Qatar Charity has reached nearly 3,350. In the field of education and training, more than 5,000 people have benefited from the Qatar Training Centre, which was established and is run by QC. More than 500 income-generating projects, as well as over 1,000 water and sanitation projects, have been implemented.