Taichung Mosque

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Coordinates: 24°08′10.05″N 120°38′57.96″E / 24.1361250°N 120.6494333°E / 24.1361250; 120.6494333

Taichung Mosque
台中清真寺
Táizhōng Qīngzhēnsì
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Basic information
Location No. 457, Dadun South Road, Nantun,[1] Taichung, Taiwan
Affiliation Sunni Islam
Municipality Taichung City
Country Taiwan
Architectural description
Architectural type Mosque
Completed 1951 (original building)
August 1990 (current building)
Construction cost US$54,000
Specifications
Dome(s) 1
Minaret(s) 2

The Taichung Mosque (Chinese: 台中清真寺; pinyin: Táizhōng Qīngzhēnsì) is a mosque in Nantun District, Taichung, Taiwan.[2][3] It is the fourth mosque to be built in Taiwan.

History[edit]

After fleeing Mainland China with the Nationalist Government at the end of Chinese Civil War in 1949, some Chinese Muslims resided in Tianzhong, Changhua. To accommodate theirs needs to pray, Muslims did their prayers in some houses. One notable house used for prayer was the house of Qi Yulao (耆于老). When their number grew bigger, such venues could no longer accommodate all of them.

First building[edit]

Taichung Mosque first building

Ever since, they started to plan to build a mosque in 1951 with funds raised from various sources, including the government of Saudi Arabia. They chose the Japanese-style house at the No. 12, Lane 165, Zhongxiao Road (忠孝路), South District as the location for the Taichung Mosque.[4][5] The size of the mosque was 130 square meter.[6] Following a visit by the Minister of Transport of Saudi Arabia in April 1975 who found the mosque to be in a complete disrepair, funds were provided to the Chinese Muslim Association to establish a new Taichung Mosque at a new site.[2]

Current building[edit]

Due to financial difficulties, the new Taichung Mosque construction project was temporarily halted until May 1989 before it proceeded again until its completion in August 1990. With additional buildings and hardware, the entire construction project of the mosque was completed in 1994 which resulted the current mosque building used today at Dadun South Road (大燉南路).[7]

Activities[edit]

Five daily prayers are regularly held at the mosque, including the Eid prayers.[8] The library of Taichung Mosque is used to host many activities to inform the general public about Islam.[6]

In 1997, the mosque hired Shan Yaowu (閃耀武), a Chinese Muslim from Myanmar, as the imam of the mosque. He graduated from Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt studying Islamic law. His duty was to conduct religious affairs and missionary activities. During his term, he vigorously promoted visionary works. He spent four years preaching over 50 Friday prayer sermons and then edited some of the sermons into books which were sent to each mosque throughout Taiwan.

In May 2003, the mosque hired Bao Xiaolin (保孝廉), a graduate from the Missionary Department of the Islamic University of Madinah in Saudi Arabia, as the vice president in charge of conducting religious affairs. He encouraged young Taiwanese Muslim to come to the mosque to study the Quran and Arabic during holidays and weekends. He worked tirelessly to improve Taichung Muslims' knowledge on Islamic culture.[7]

Architecture[edit]

Taichung Mosque prayer hall

After the new board of mosque reelection in 1990, they made some expansion to the mosque, which includes a three-story building, Islamic shop, Islamic restaurant, suites and dormitories for imams, classrooms and Muslim cemetery.

Transportation[edit]

Taichung Mosque is accessible within walking distance North from Daqing Station of the Taiwan Railway Administration. In the future, the mosque will be closer served from Nantun Station of the Taichung Metro.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "taichung mosque - Google Maps". Maps.google.com. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2014-04-21. 
  2. ^ a b Islamic and Culture Association (2011-03-14). "Islam and Culture Association (ICA) 伊斯蘭文化社: Masjid in Taichung". Ica-chu.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2014-04-21. 
  3. ^ "Taichung Mosque, Taichung, taiwan 514, Taiwan - Islamic Centers, Masjids Mosques, Muslim Owned Businesses, Islamic Schools and Colleges". Islamicfinder.org. 2012-03-03. Retrieved 2014-04-21. 
  4. ^ No. 12, Lane 165, Zhongxiao Rd, Nan District (1970-01-01). "台灣台中市南區忠孝路165巷12號 - Google Maps". Maps.google.com. Retrieved 2014-04-21. 
  5. ^ "以信仰之名∼穆斯林的生活與文化". Library.taiwanschoolnet.org. Retrieved 2014-04-21. 
  6. ^ a b Underwood, Laurie (1 May 1992). "Building Faith". Taiwan Today. Retrieved 22 August 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Taichung Mosque - 台灣大百科全書 Encyclopedia of Taiwan". Taiwanpedia.culture.tw. Retrieved 2014-04-21. 
  8. ^ "BBC News - Eid al-Fitr celebrated around the world". BBC News. 

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