Cairo: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and Sheikh of Al-Azhar Ahmed Al-Tayib laid the foundation stone for the Islamic missions city in Al-Azhar on Saturday. King Salman also inspected the Al-Azhar Grand Mosque restoration work in progress at the Kingdom’s expense.
The restoration work started in March and includes the consolidation of the mosque’s foundations, the injection of the soil beneath it to make it stronger, the conservation of the minaret, and some decorative elements at the mosque’s main building. A new set of toilets with similar architectural style is to be provided within the mosque’s walls.
The budget required for the restoration project is a grant offered by the Kingdom.
Al-Azhar Grand Mosque has been receiving support from Saudi Arabia and its leaders throughout the ages due the Saudi leadership’s realization of the role of Al-Azhar in spreading correct Islam.
In September 2014, the late King Abdullah offered to bear the expenses for the restoration work. But the breakout of the “30th June revolution” stopped work at the grand mosque.
The mosque took its name from the Prophet Muhammad’s daughter Fatemah Al-Zahraa. During the span of time the mosque developed into what is today the second oldest continuously run university in the world after Al-Qarawiyyin in Fes, Morocco.