First Ahmadi Muslim mosque in Niger’s Doutchi region


Muhammad Jamal, Niger Correspondent

Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Niger had the opportunity to build and inaugurate a mosque in Gobornchi village of the Dongondoutchi region, alhamdulillah

The urban community of Dongondoutchi, also known as Doutchi, is in Niger, about 300 km east of the capital Niamey and 40 km from the Nigerian border. It lies on the national route. 

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The construction of this mosque was started in December 2020. Regional missionary, Zohaib Athar Sahib supervised the construction of the mosque. The Jamaat members regularly participated in the construction of the mosque and helped to save more than 500 dollars through various activities, and the construction of a beautiful mosque was completed at a very low cost, in a very short period. 

The inauguration of this mosque took place on 29 January 2021 on the blessed day of Friday. On this occasion of the inauguration ceremony, Asad Majeeb Sahib, Amir Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Niger, Jebo Tchemago Sahib, Naib Amir Jamaat Niger and Mamun Bello Sahib, Secretary Tahrik-e-Jadid left early in the morning as the central delegation and reached Gobornchi.

Prior to the inauguration ceremony, the amin ceremony of more than 30 children of jamaat Gobornchi was organised by Zohaib Athar Sahib, the regional missionary.

At the end, Amir Sahib also distributed prizes among all the children so that the spirit of competition could be created and other children of the Jamaat could also be attracted to learn and read the Holy Quran. 

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The inauguration programme was presided by Amir Jamaat Niger. 

Many Ahmadis and non-Ahmadis participated in this blessed programme, which included nearby village chiefs, mayor of Doutchi, representative of Chief Canton Doutchi and five presidents of nearby Ahmadi Muslim jamaats.  

After dua (silent prayer), people entered the mosque and the first voice of “Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar” was raised from this beautiful mosque, after which Amir Sahib delivered the Friday sermon.

Considering the presence of non-Ahmadi guests, he spoke on the advent of the Promised Messiahas and his signs, and clearly mentioned his true status as described by Allah the Almighty and the Holy Prophetsa. Furthermore, he described the basic beliefs of Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya. 

After the Friday prayer, various authorities appreciated the efforts of the Jamaat, thanked the Jamaat and some senior imams and chiefs of other villages also expressed their views. 

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Later, the Friday Sermon of Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa was broadcast live on TV in the mosque through MTA.

The mosque can accommodate approximately 100 worshippers and is equipped with a solar power system, sound system, complete MTA setup and a large number of new mats. 

The MTA setup, the solar panel, the sound system and new mats were donated by the family of regional missionary, Zohaib Athar Sahib. May Allah bless them for participating generously in this blessed cause.  

May Allah the Almighty, reward those who have spent their time and money in the construction of this mosque and make this mosque a means of conveying the message of the Promised Messiahas and a centre of preaching for this region in the future. Amin.

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