Jeddah: A Saudi philanthropist, known only as Abu Hashim, has donated 5.5 million krona for a mosque in the Swedish city of Eskilstuna.
The generous donation has helped the mosque from being auctioned. The mosque was to be auctioned on April 15 because it was running into a debt of 750,000 krona, according to Arab News.
The new management of the mosque expressed sincere appreciation to the Saudi philanthropist for his efforts as well as the role of the Saudi community in Sweden in supporting Islam and the Muslim community in Sweden.
Sheikh Abdul Haq Kellan, one of the early Muslims who converted to Islam, had previously issued an urgent appeal to communities in Saudi Arabia, the Gulf states, and the Muslim world to donate funds in order to halt the sale of the first mosque in Sweden.
“A total of 335,000 krona is needed for immediate payment in order to stop the sale of the mosque,” said Kellan in his public appeal.
The mosque is part of the Swedish Islamic Center which consists of Al-Manara College for Qur’an Memorization, Family Association of Muslims and Eskilstuna Council of Imams.