Floating mosque! A symbol of novelty and nobility of civilization in the Muslim world. The first of this kind of mosque was heard in Saudi Arabia in 1985. Malaysia is considered the paradise of the floating mosque. This time a floating mosque has been built in Bangladesh. On Tuesday, October 5, 2021, the first floating mosque of Bangladesh, Noah (AS) was inaugurated in Protapnagar Union under Ashashuni Upazila of Satkhira. Today's feature focuses on this mosque.
Background of the floating mosque in Satkhira
The Baitun Najad Jame Mosque, located in the Hawladar Bari area, has become detached from the mainland due to the breakage of the embankment at Bonyotola and the Kholpetua river erosion during Yaas and Amphan. As a result, the local Muslims weren't able to go to the mosque to perform the prayers together.
Meanwhile, the Imam of the mosque, Hafez Moinur Rahman, used to reach that detached place through swimming in order to call for prayers five times a day. Occasionally, it was convenient for him to cross the waterway if a boat was available by chance. But mostly he had to swim alone. Sometimes he had to pray four times solely. At times, when the mosque is inundated with river water, Imam used to spend the night on the roof of the mosque.
Imam Moinur Rahman has also lost his homestead in the flood and was going through indescribable hardship in life with his parents, wife, and two daughters. However, such hardships couldn’t affect the Imam’s brazen stamina and unyielding devotion to prayers.
A humanitarian foundation called, ‘Do Something’, recorded the footage of Imam’s swimming struggle from that waterlogged mosque in September 2021. The video footage spread out throughout social media within hours. Idris Ali, a lecturer at Satkhira College along with his student Saidul, and a volunteer of ‘Do Something’ took this benevolent initiative to show the world how a man’s pursuit of attending prayers can mount over earthly limitations.
Later Do-Something provided a boat to Imam in order to facilitate his regular transportation to the mosque. In addition to that BDT 5,000 in cash was given to Imam.