Meghalaya’s library to be named after ‘Missile Man’

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Shillong, July 31: Just a mere  thought of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam re-awakens a true spirit of patriotism in each of the Indians and Dr.Kalam, most commonly known as the Missile Man will be looked upon as an icon of integrity. Authorities of the Madina Masjid, the only glass mosque in the North East, have decided to christen its library in honour of the “people’s president”.

The Glass Mosque in the city will be dedicated to Late Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam who passed away in Shillong on July 27. The library which is scheduled to be inaugurated soon will be christened ‘APJ Abdul Kalam Islamic Library’.
“We have decided to name our library on the top floor of the mosque in honour of Kalam’s rich contribution to the nation,” Shillong Muslim Union general secretary Sayeedullah Nongrum informed on Thursday. He said the library would have books on comparative religious studies and also on other subjects besides books authored by Kalam himself.

The ritual Namazee-Zanajah-Gyabana (Islamic ritual prayer in absentia for the departed) was performed at Madina Mosque, simultaneously when a similar ritual was being performed at Rameswaram for the eternal peace of former President Dr. Kalam on Thursday.

A large number of Muslim faithful gathered and prayed for the departed soul in the city, news agency The Shillong Times reported.

Earlier, on Wednesday, the Shillong Muslim Union along with Meghalaya State Wakf Board, faculty and  students of Umshyrpi College and Meghalaya Taekwondo Association jointly held a condolence meeting at the Laban Eid Gah.

Nongrum recalled that in the presence of the mortal remains of former President, recitation of Koran for the whole night was conducted by two Imas of Madinah Mosque and Laitumkhrah Eid Gah as per customs and practices of Islam from the night of July 27 till July 28 morning. Irrespective of caste, creed and religious affiliations, several organizations and educational institutions in the city bid adieu to the peoples’ President.

Many prominent citizens and religious leaders recalled the contribution of Dr. Kalam towards the nation.

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