World’s Miniature Mosques on Display in ARMM Trade Fair

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COTABATO CITY (May 12) – Around 24 miniature mosques are on display here as the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) officially launched on Friday an exhibit of ‘Mosques Around the World.

Sitti Djalia Turabin Hataman, Anak Mindanao (AMIN) foundation executive director, said the exhibit is a competition participated in by the region’s various offices and agencies who constructed three-dimensional miniature replicas of renowned mosques from different parts of the world.

“For us to be reminded as Muslims of Mindanao that we are part of a greater Ummah (nation) and that it is essential for us to learn and know about them and for us to see the universality of Islam, that indeed Islam is universal and it is timeless,” she added.

Hataman said each modeled mosque is displayed in a 1.5 cubic-meter glass box. A poster is displayed beside the model containing its name, country of origin, history, and significance. Criteria for judging are: Conformity and attention to detail (50%), Workmanship and quality (30%), and Presentation and overall impact (20%).

Cash prizes will be awarded to the models that best fit the competition’s criteria. Cash prize of P200,000 will be given to the first placer while P150,000 and P100,000 will be given to the second and third placers, respectively.

For those who wanted to view the miniature mosques, they may proceed to the front of ARMM executive building where the exhibit is located.

The exhibit is in line with the celebration of the Pakaradjaan 2018 and the Holy Month of Ramadhan. Fasting month is expected to begin Wednesday or Thursday (May 17). The ARMM Ramadan Trade Fair 2018,dubbed “Pakaradjaa” consisting of 75 booths, was also officially opened to the public last Friday. -Edwin O. Fernandez/Newsline.ph

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