Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development (QF) is set to host a series of religious prayers and lectures as part of its month-long annual Ramadan programme.

The activities, which will take place at QF’s brand-new mosque located in Education City, will be led by a selection of well-known and well-respected religious scholars.

The impressive mosque, which rests on five structural pillars and is decorated with Qur’anic verses, has the capacity to hold 1,800 people in its indoor prayer halls and outdoor courtyard. Situated inside the Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies (QFIS), a college of Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU), the mosque, alongside this year’s Ramadan activities, is in-line with QF’s mission to foster an engaged society appreciative of its Islamic and Arabic heritage.

By hosting religious events throughout the holy month of Ramadan, QF aims to keep Islamic values and heritage alive. Indeed, according to the Qatar National Vision 2030, Islam is the cornerstone of society and upholding religious beliefs is an integral part of this nation’s identity, necessary for progress and the creation of a knowledge-based economy.

Well-known scholars and Quran readers from around the region, such as Dr Omar Abdulkafi, Dr Aaidh Al Qarni, and Dr Tariq Al Hawas, will give the inspiring and educational religious lectures. The programme will be delivered in Arabic with English interpretation.

A number of well-known imams will lead the daily Taraweeh prayers. For the first three nights of Ramadan, Sheikh Abdullah Basfar will be responsible for delivering the prayers. Sheikh Mohammed Al Barrak will follow for the fourth and fifth nights, and then Sheikh Mohammed Al Ghurbani. On the tenth day, prayers will be delivered by Sheikh Turki Al Marri, followed by Sheikh Fahad Al Kandari on the 11th night. Sheikh Mohammed Al Ghayathin will then preside until the 13th night, followed by Sheikh Sheikh Mohammed Al Luhaidan on the 14th.

On the 15th night of Ramadan, Sheikh Abdullah Al Nemah will lead the Taraweeh prayers, followed by Shiekh Abdul Hadi Kanakeri on the 16th. Sheikh Saad Al-Gahmdi will take over for one day, and Sheikh Abdullah Al Nemah will return until the 20th night of Ramadan. Sheikh Mohammed Al Qahtani will lead the Taraweeh prayers on the 21st and 22nd evenings, followed by Sheikh Mohammed Al Barrak until the 27th night. Sheikh Mohammed Al Qahtani will then lead the Taraweeh prayers up until the last evening of Ramadan. Finally, Sheikh Abdulwali Al Arakni and Sheikh Faleh Al Hajri will take the Qiyam prayers, and conclude the recitation of the holy Quran.

Furthermore, during Ramadan, there will be a dedicated crèche facility open to young children of families who wish to attend the religious activities. Moreover, a regular bus service will be running, shuttling individuals to and from the mosque from various Education City locations.

QF is a private, non-profit organisation that is supporting Qatar on its journey from carbon economy to knowledge economy by unlocking human potential, for the benefit of not only Qatar, but the world. QF was co-founded in 1995 by HH The Father Amir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Qatar Foundation’s Chairperson. QF’s work encompasses education, research and community development. World-class universities are brought to Qatar to help create an education sector in which young people can develop the attitudes and skills required for a knowledge economy.

For more information, visit the QF website.