[Male and female worshippers can be seen praying together in a mosque (Image for representaion purpose only)]
Amsterdam: The Indonesian Muslim community in the European Muslim Youth Union (PPME) of Al-Ikhlas, Amsterdam, has bought a building that will be developed into an Indonesian Cultural Center in the city.
The building has several spaces that will be used as a mosque named Al-Ikhlas, classrooms, offices, and workshop rooms, a member of the Indonesian Muslim community, Hansyah Iskandar, told Antara News on Monday.
The Al-Ikhlas mosque will be inaugurated by the Indonesian Minister of Religious Affairs Lukman Hakim Saifuddin.
"This moment had been eagerly awaited by the Indonesian community in Amsterdam and surrounding areas who have long wanted to have their own building to hold cultural and religious events," a founder of the European Muslim Youth Union Muzayyin said.
According to the chairman of the union, Rudi Kosasih, the mosque will be inaugurated by Saifuddin on the sidelines of his visit to the Netherlands to open an international conference on "Rethinking Indonesia’s Islam Nusantara" at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, organized by the Indonesian Islamic organization Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) of the Netherlands.
"We hope the government and people of Indonesia will support our struggle to introduce Indonesia and Islam in Europe," a board member of the NU, Budi Santoso, remarked.