Dr Abdul Rahman (third left) receives a souvenir from Surau Al-Malique construction committee chairman Dr Sopian Bujang. Looking on, from left, are Majlis Islam Sarawak (MIS) president Datuk Misnu Taha, Deputy State Secretary Datuk Seri Abu Bakar Marzuki and Kota Samarahan MP Rubiah Wang.

KOTA SAMARAHAN: Since it is located in an education hub, the upcoming Surau Al-Malique in Taman Unigarden here can become a knowledge centre for Muslims.

Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Islamic Affairs and Kuching North City Commission), Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi pointed this out when officiating at the ground breaking of the surau here on Wednesday (Oct 14).

“In Unigarden, we are surrounded by scholars. The mosque committee can perhaps think of the best approach to make this surau a place for scholars to gather and share their knowledge.”

He said the surau was also strategically situated near university campuses and other learning institutions.

Dr Abdul Rahman explained that since mosques and surau were where Muslims prayed, they also played an important role in uniting them.

He added that in the olden days, every village would have its own mosque or surau.

This tradition must be continued, stressed the assistant minister.