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Sunday, 03 May 2015 18:58

Demand mounts for prayer-room at Mangaluru Airport

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airportmngMangaluru: The lack of a prayer-room at Mangaluru International Airport has been causing inconveniences to many air passengers, especially for those who offer prayers regularly. Many Muslim passengers currently offer prayer in a congested area near the washroom at the new integrated terminal building.

The airport has seen an increase in visitors from the Middle Eastern countries in recent year and there would be more flights, including non-stop service, to and from many Muslim countries in the future. Moreover, a considerable number of other international and domestic air passengers find it difficult to offer prayer in the bustling area.

According to Mohammad Asif, a Mangaluru-origin entrepreneur and CEO of Amaco Group of Companies, Saudi Arabia, having a prayer-room at the airport would be a step in the right direction.

He said that he had already requested the local elected representatives and the director of Mangaluru International Airport on behalf of many air passengers to seriously plan to provide a prayer-room.

utkCD“A multi-faith prayer-room is being used by people of all faiths at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai. A similar prayer-room at Mangaluru International Airport would provide a place for reflection and prayer for passengers, employees, visitors and others using the airport,” he said.

U T Khader, Health and Family Welfare Minister of Karnataka, who also hails from Mangaluru, said that he had raised the issue with the airport authorities, who have positively responded and promised to fulfill the demand of the passengers.

He also said that a multi-faith prayer-room would help create an atmosphere of communal harmony and spirituality at the Airport.

J T Radhakrishnan, Director, Mangaluru International Airport, said that following the fresh demands for a multi-faith prayer room, he held discussions with the engineers at the Airport.

“There is a demand for a prayer-room which includes a space for ablution or ‘wudu’. But, we need to make certain arrangements in advance,” he said, adding that experts are planning to create such a prayer-hall at the security hold area.



Like [0]Dislike [0] #23 Unun Hasan, Mangalore/K.S.A.2015-07-27
What is the most needy requirement in the airport is providing sufficient runway, without doing it our dear airport is facing slow painful relogation to obscurity, providing prayer room, wifi, halal food, some may ask a liquor bar also. But what is the use. When we see the Calicut int. Airport our eyes swells with tears. We feel like stabbing our politicians whom we elected to represent us, for the gross negligence of M.I.A. Which is so dear to our hearts. It pricks our hearts, causing it to bleed when the name " Mangalore International Airport " falls on our ears. What a shame on us. What a shame on the so called leaders. We have greats like Moily, Oscar, Poojary, Rai, Bhat, nalin. . uTK.. Sorake, Manipal Pais, vijay Malaya. Ronald colaso, yenepoya, nitte, ajshetty, manjappa shetty, no doubt we should bow our heads in shame because Canannote int Airport is scheduled to commence in 2016.
Like [3]Dislike [0] #22 Abu Mohammed Zeeshan Pakkaladka, Mangalore2015-05-11
It is very helpful for the passengers if they provide prayer hall with all the facilities and it is good step and also hopeful response. Thank you for the team. But passengers should keep in mind that use of the prayer hall and ablution area should keep clean and neat. It is also the part of prayer.
Like [11]Dislike [1] #21 Althaf, Doha2015-05-05
for Wuzu take 5 rs in Manglore Airport
Like [14]Dislike [0] #20 Asif, AUH/Manglore2015-05-04
If the request is Implemented, its really best service by Airport Authority. Request is 100 supported.
Like [9]Dislike [0] #19 suhail, mangalore2015-05-04
Jama and qasar
Like [21]Dislike [0] #18 Ayisha, Deralakatte2015-05-04
Very nice step. It is very helpful for all. I request to make a separate arrangement for women in prayer hall.
Like [12]Dislike [0] #17 Ubaidullah, Kuwait2015-05-04
Multi-Religion Prayer hall is good. But it should be kept as allowing for all religion prayer needs. A place for wuzu for muslims will be very helpful.
Like [24]Dislike [0] #16 Puja, Kundapur2015-05-04
Yes it will be very nice. Passengers will feel relaxed by prayers before they get into the airbus. Good move
Like [27]Dislike [0] #15 MR FRANK, KSA RIYADH2015-05-04
Really good issue raised by CD and Mr Asif, bcoz it is our duty to advise good things and avoid bad one. Multi faith prayer area a good idea,but let worshipers use noise within the area.we witnessed flight disaster in Mangalore, so if someone praying before departure may be it is his or her last prayer,what is wrong in it.everyone must support this idea.let everyone remember their creator.
Like [17]Dislike [1] #14 Hasan Yusuf, Kuwait - Mangalore2015-05-04
As 5 times prayers in a day are obligatory for Muslims, Prayer Hall with facilities for ablution (wudhu) is a genuine requirement at Mangalore airport. Separate prayer arrangements could please be arranged for male and females.
Halal food counters can also be proposed.
Prayer halls for muslims are already available at Bengaluru, Mumbai, Cochin and Delhi airports. Thanks to airport authorities.
Like [15]Dislike [0] #13 MOHAMMED RIFAY, DUBAI2015-05-04
Very Good, CD team, Brother Asif doing great job. UTK rightly said it.
Passengers Travelling long distance and abroad ,Praying on time will give peace and comfort in their journey.
May it be implemented soon and start functioning.
Like [11]Dislike [0] #12 Shaukat Ali, Mangalore/Dubai2015-05-04
Many a times i also felt the lack of a prayer room at the airport. I congratulate CD for taking up the issue. If the airport authorities need any financial help for setting up such a facility, NRIs are ready to donate wholeheartedly.
Once again thanks for Asif Bhai, CD team and UTK.
Like [13]Dislike [0] #11 Muzaffar Ali, Riyadh2015-05-04
Using media for a good cause. May Almighty bless CD team.
Like [13]Dislike [0] #10 Syed, AL JUBAIL KSA2015-05-04
Alhamdulillah...good work by muhammad asif and cd team.
Like [19]Dislike [0] #9 Salam, Tokyo2015-05-04
Most of the airports in Japan have been made "Muslim Friendly" by providing space for prayers and supplying halal food. Mangalore Airport should have created room for prayers long ago. Anyway, I appreciate coastaldigest.com for taking lead in several good causes.
Like [19]Dislike [5] #8 Jitendra, Mangaluru2015-05-04
No objection for multi-faith prayer-room. But there should not be any kind of loud noise under the pretext of prayers or prayer call.
Like [25]Dislike [1] #7 Sindhu, Mangaluru/Dubai2015-05-04
Not only for muslims. It would be helpful for all faiths. And it will also be centre of communal harmony as rightly pointed out by the Minister. When we were studying in St Aloysius College, mangalore, many Muslim girls used to pray inside chapel.
Like [18]Dislike [0] #6 Sahil, Mangalore2015-05-04
Thank you Cd for your concern.. good step.. wish it will be done soon..
Like [16]Dislike [0] #5 Zayed, Jubail2015-05-04
Thank you Asif Amaco and entire CD team for your concern. Hope it will be realised soon.
Like [19]Dislike [0] #4 Mohammed Akram, Udupi2015-05-04
Of course such a facility at airport is need of the hour. Especially during the times of flight delay it will provide ease for many passengers. Otherwise they need to offer prayer near toilet. No other space.
Like [19]Dislike [0] #3 Waheeda, Bajpe/Dubai2015-05-04
A prayers room is needed at the earliest. Let it be a multi faith prayer hall. But, as said in the report it would help those who offer prayer regularly, i.e. Muslims.
Like [15]Dislike [0] #2 Lionel, Mangalore/Oman2015-05-04
Not a bad idea.
Like [24]Dislike [0] #1 Sana, Udupi2015-05-04
Need of the hour indeed. Thanks CD for raising the issue. Keep it up.

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