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Inauguration of Mohd Al-Kharafi Islamic center in Holland

By Sherouq Sadeqi (with photos) THE HAGUE, March 11 (KUNA) -- An Islamic cultural center inaugurated here Tuesday under the attendance of the Kuwaits Ambassador to The Netherlands and Kuwaits Permanent Delegate to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Yousuf Abdullah Al-Onaizi, as well as the deputy secretary general of the charity committees in Kuwaits Social Reform Society Sheikh Ahmad Al-Falah.
The Mohammed Abdulmuhsen Al-Kharafi Islamic Center will contain a mosque, a prayer hall for women, a public library, a multi-purpose hall, a public garden for children and a school for teaching the children of the Islamic community.
In a statement to KUNA, Al-Onaizi said on this occasion that the event today is considered a "practical retaliation" against all those who "insult Islam, the Muslims and the divine religions".
He added that Kuwait and its leadership have always been known for religious tolerance and their charity work worldwide.
The Ambassador expressed his gratitude and appreciation for the Dutch government for the facilitation they offered to complete this project at the lowest cost possible.
For his part, Sheikh Al-Falah praised the role and efforts exerted by the government of Holland to finalize the purchase of the building where the center will be located.
The four-storey building, which is getting the unlimited support from the Speaker of the Kuwaiti National Assembly Jassem Mohammed Al-Kharafi, was originally a hospital that belonged to a church before it was purchased to be transformed into an Islamic cultural center and mosque.
Meanwhile, Al-Falah delivered last week the Friday sermon at the Rotterdam Mosque which shed light on moderation and called for the exchange of cultures.
The handover of the building was attended by members of the Kuwaiti embassy staff here and the members of the Islamic center in Holland. (end) si.tg KUNA 112316 Mar 08NNNN