Elvi Ibrahim, an Indonesian resident of London, are among those looking forward to the mosque. He said the house of worship is a dream come true to the Indonesian community there since the 1990s.
"A number of members of the Indonesian community did attempt to raise funds to build a mosque in London about 30 years ago," said Elvi.
"We even formed a committee for [the mosque's] construction, but the plan fizzled as its members aged. We hope the younger members behind this mosque can succeed where we failed, and build the house of worship,” he continued.
Hamim realized that the construction of a mosque in London requires hard work, but he is optimistic that it can be built.
"There are [Indonesian] communities in England, across Europe and in Indonesia itself that can help us bring about the mosque's construction after decades of effort," he said.
Lockdown restrictions in the UK eased on March 29, two weeks before Ramadan. Communal prayer in mosques are allowed, as places of worship were not required to close under the lockdown measures put in place since last January.
However, strict precautionary measures are still applied. Social distancing is still in force, face masks must be worn, individual prayer mats and shoe bags must be used, and people are encouraged to perform ablutions at home.
(Writer/Editor: Shintaloka Pradita Sicca)
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