Japan launches 'Moving Mosques' ahead of Olympics 2020

Published: July 26, 2019
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This mosque-on-wheels is a white and blue coloured 25-tonne truck that opens from the back.
PHOTO: MOVING MOSQUE ORGANISING COMMITTEE

This mosque-on-wheels is a white and blue coloured 25-tonne truck that opens from the back. PHOTO: MOVING MOSQUE ORGANISING COMMITTEE

TOKYO: With the Summer Olympics 2020 just around the corner, a Tokyo sports and cultural events organisation is taking the extra step to build and ensure peace by creating the Mobile Mosque.

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“As an open and hospitable country, we want to share the idea of ‘omotenashi’ [Japanese hospitality] with Muslim people,” said CEO of Yasu Project Yasuharu Inoue.

This mosque-on-wheels is a white and blue coloured 25-tonne truck that opens from the back and doubles in width from the side, creating enough room for 50 Muslims to pray. It also has a washing section where taps are positioned on the outside for cleansing purposes.

The Mobile Mosques can stop at various Olympic destinations to ensure that a large amount of Muslims are catered to in this international community.

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Inoue further added that the inspiration for the project came to him when he visited Qatar four years ago. He also hopes that the moving mosque will create world peace and initiate respect for other religions.

This article originally appeared on Al Jazeera.

VIDEO COURTESY: TRT WORLD

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