Published: 2019-07-22 14:34
Last Updated: 2019-07-22 16:07
Upon his return to Jordan from a private vacation, His Majesty King Abdullah II headed on Monday, July 22, 2019, to the Al-Husseini Mosque in Downtown Amman to check the aftermath of the recent fire.
King Abdullah, accompanied by His Royal Highness Prince Feisal bin Al Hussein, stressed the need to restore Al Husseini Mosque to preserve its Islamic and historical stature and its architectural style, underscoring the significance of the mosque as a cultural landmark in the capital.
His Majesty, on a tour of the site of the fire on the second floor, was briefed by Awqaf Minister Abdul Nasser Abul Basal on the damage caused by the blaze, which extended over an area of 50 square meters and caused the loss of a collection of books from the mosque’s library.
Moreover, the King reviewed plans by the Royal Engineering Directorate at the Royal Hashemite Court for the rehabilitation of the mosque, which was rebuilt during the reign of King Abdullah I ibn Al Hussein in 1921 (1341 Hijri) and was named after the leader of the Great Arab Revolt, Sharif Hussein bin Ali.
The Mosque’s actual building dates back to the reign of Islamic Caliph Omar ibn Al Khattab.
Last week, His Majesty ordered the provision of the necessary furniture, equipment and carpets for the mosque’s refurbishment, issuing directives to develop a public safety and rehabilitation plan for major mosques around the Kingdom that would include equipping them with fire alarms.
Royal Hashemite Court Chief Yousef Issawi, Adviser to His Majesty for Communication and Coordination Bisher Khasawneh, and Adviser to His Majesty for Policies and Media Kamal Al Nasser accompanied His Majesty on the visit.
A minor fire had broken out at the Mosque earlier last week.
The fire started in a library, estimated at 50 square meters in the second floor of the Mosque due to electrical contact, with no human injuries reported.
At that time, His Majesty closely followed up on the fire and immediately directed the Royal Court Chief to restore the shrine and maintain the Mosque's Islamic, historical and architectural designs.
The King had also ordered to provide the mosque with all it needs including furniture, equipment, and carpets.
His Majesty also directed the competent authorities to adopt a public safety plan that includes installing fire alarm systems as well as continued maintenance to historical mosques in the Kingdom.