Saudi Arabia Finances New Islamic Centre in Rotterdam
THE HAGUE, 17/08/13 - The Islamic Development Bank in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, has gifted 650,000 euros for the building of a new Islamic centre in Rotterdam, Kamis Gacha, director of the Netherlands Socio-cultural Centre Foundation (SSCCN) says in an interview on de website of the Kuwaiti ministry of charitable and Islamic affairs (AWQAF).
In the interview, Gacha said the Islamic centre in Delfshaven district will offer space for 4,000 people. Of the Saudi contribution of 650,000 euros, Gacha said 500.000 dollars (about 375.000 euros) is for the purchase of the 2,500 square metre site.
Gacha said the centre “can offer support in the maintenance of the Islamic identity.” A library will be part of the centre. The SSCCN director says on the site he is still looking for 650.000 euros to complete the site.
Gacha is one of three Dutch who are according to a recent report in Het Parool on the payroll of the Kuwati ministry. The SSCDN is housed in a property in The Hague which was bought via AWQAF with the support of the Social Reform Society, the Muslim Brotherhood in the oil state.