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- “The Foundation of the Central Mosque of Thailand” was founded in Bangkok on 1 October 1954.
- That was the cooperative forced of a group of Muslims with strong determination to uphold constitutional rights and freedom of belief.
- The name was changed to “The Foundation of Islamic Centre of Thailand” on 24 September 1976.
The construction of the mosque
- The construction of the mosque, with a special and unique architectural design, was completed in 1984.
- The total cost of the project was altogether then around 54 million baht (around USD 1.2 million in current currency exchange).
- A half of the budget was donated by local and foreign Muslims. Another half of the income was supported by the Royal Thai government during fiscal years of 1981 to 1983.
- Since then there has been continuous changes, improvements as well as development with a strong supports from public, private and third sector organizations.
Property of the Centre
- The centre has owned a piece of land at the total area of around 16,976 square meters. This was done by both its owned purchasing and getting some donations from Muslims.
Financial and Other Revenues
- The major revenues of the Centre come mostly from Zakat and donation, fund raising, and services fee together with partly public investment fund from the government.
The space and Service Areas
- The Mosque at FICT (The Foundation of Islamic Centre of Thailand) can accommodate more than 3,000 worshippers at any one time.
- The building comprises of two main prayer areas, two ablution areas, a large auditorium, a VIP reception hall, several office premises, a bookstore, a library, and a food hall. There are also some meeting rooms, offices, and a kitchen.
Management of the Centre
- The FICT Executive Management Committee, elected every 6 years, supervises the overall running of the Centre. At present there are altogether 31 Executive Management Committee.
- The organization chart includes: President, Vice President, Secretary General, Treasurer, Chief Accountant, Public Relation, Foreign Relations, Committee members.
- To be an exemplary and unifying Islamic organization in Thailand that contributes to the betterment of the Muslim community and society at large.
- To run the Mosque, provide religious services and religious instructions and guidance to the Muslim community for their moral development and to meet their moral development and to meet their religious requirements.
- To provide education for all sections of the community in order to lead life in the current multi-cultural society as a Muslim and as an ideal citizen and to help Muslims integrate within the wider society.
- To develop and provide social and cultural services in order to preserve the community identity and to create social and cultural awareness amongst the Muslims and wider society.
- To provide guidance and resource service, particularly to educational institutions, hospitals and prisons, and generally to all communities, irrespective of their religion.
- To provide advisory services to solve educational, cultural and social problems of the community.
- To provide social welfare services to the various groups of the community, to provide funeral service and to provide the humanitarian aid and support in all levels of the society.
- Invitation (da’wah)
- Organization (jama’ah)
- Training (tarbiyah)
- Establishing Islam as a way of life (Iqamat-ud-Deen)
Activities and Projects
- Study circles
- Training camps
- Seminar and conference
- New and non-Muslim work: exhibitions, courses, and Islam Awareness Week
- Tafseenul Qur’an Programmes
- Summer Camps and other recreational activities
- Arabic language and shari’ah courses provided by the Institute of Islamic Studies
- Publications: Islamic insight, Discovering Islam, Weekly newsletter
- Production of audio/visual material through public medias
- Local radio stations (weekdays and extraordinary programmed in Ramadan)
- Friday Islamic study and Muslim World event circles
- Building/supporting Masjids and Islamic centres
- Zakat and charity fund
- Art and cultural activities
- Raising funds and campaigning for the poor and needy particularly during Tsunami disaster in 6 Andaman provinces
- Establish and support social welfare organizations
- Muslim women, youth, and family affairs improvement
The FICT Determination
- The Foundation of Islamic Centre of Thailand is continually looking to improve and develop the Muslim community of Thailand by ensuring that it shares Islam with public at large, provide information regarding its message and way of life and remove any misconceptions.
- One of its aims is to bring cooperation between Muslim’s and the wider society and build a sense of belonging, for Muslims, to the community thus creating a peaceful environment.
- Currently the Islamic Centre is undertaking many projects including outreach work to schools, church groups, youth groups, statutory/non-statutory organizations, etc. and educational programs. The Islamic Centre also provides many advocacy projects in order ro benefit members of its community.
- Its volunteer and staff members are constantly seeking to develop themselves through various training courses and attending conferences on many issues regarding community development. They are always continuously and actively seeking to promote and develop the Muslim Community of Thailand.
- Any upcoming or new project ideas will be propagate very regularly.
- Public can tell or write FICT with any suggestions or comments regarding its projects or indeed any information public may require.
The Foundation Of Islamic Centre Of Thailand
No. 87/2 Ramkhamhaeng Rd. Soi 2, Suanluang
Bangkok, 10250, THAILAND