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Fact Sheet: Surau Al-Syakirin Bandar Utama Damansara, Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan
- Residents of Bandar Utama starts moving in to their respective homes beginning 1991 until 1996.
- The Bandar Utama Muslim community realized there was an urgent need for a Mosque/Surau to serve the needs of the growing Muslim community.
- A Mosque Building Committee was subsequently formed on 21st March, 1996 to undertake this task. The formation of the Building Committee obtained the necessary approval from the State Religious Authority , MAIS ( Majlis Agama Islam Selangor ) on 21st Mei 1996. The approval also includes permission to receive donations from the public.
- Construction of the mosque which was built on a piece of land of about 0.503 acres started on 10th March 1998 and was duly completed on 10th December, 1998.
The mosque was built at an initial cost of RM642,500-00.
- The full cost for the construction of the mosque solely comes from the generous contribution of the local Muslim community.
- Full operation of the mosque started sometime in February 1999 after the mosque obtained approval from Majlis Perbandaran Petaling Jaya and was equipped with the necessary facilities. It must be mentioned that the State Religious Authority, MAIS also contributed the carpet for the main prayer hall.
- Over the years, the mosque has undergone major changes which includes additional prayer hall on the lower floor, additional ablution areas and rooms for a few salaried staff. These additions were necessary in order to accommodate the growing number of attendance to the mosque especially Friday prayers and also during the month of Ramadan ( fasting month).
- Temporary tents were also erected in September 2016 to accommodate additional congregations on Friday. On a typical Friday, the mosque could accommodate as many as 1500 worshippers.
- The day to day operations of the mosque including salaried staff of 8 persons is sustained through donations from the local Muslim community and patronage from nearby office workers especially during Friday prayers.
- The next phase of development in the very near future is to provide a more comfortable prayer area especially to accommodate the Friday prayers congregation. END.
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