Moving Towards A Disabled Friendly Mosque In Indonesia
Salman ITB Mosque is one of the most iconic and historic mosques located in the heart of Bandung, Indonesia, which was built during the tenure of the first President of the Republic of Indonesia, Ir. Soekarno. This mosque is an integral part of the history of the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), which is one of the best campuses in Indonesia.
Before this mosque was built, students had to travel quite a distance for attending Friday prayers. Before the pandemic, Salman ITB mosque was able to accommodate up to a total of 16,000 worshipers (during Friday prayers). When the pandemic and health protocols were implemented, the mosque was still able to accommodate around 2,000 worshipers. Among the congregation who need to be facilitated including the disabled.
Keeping in mind the immense struggles faced by our disabled brothers in accessing many facilities, the mosque has prioritised the building of a special ablution area and toilet to accommodate them. In addition to this, a lactation room (breastfeeding) and a wardrobe room have been built for the convenience of female congregants.
The infrastructure for the ablution area is in need of renovation. This area was last renovated 15 years ago and the water pipes need immediate attention. Special lane facilities and a ramp will be added at the main gate for disabled congregants.
Zaenuddin, a congregant with disabilities said, “As a person with disabilities, I hope that the existing infrastructure at the Salman Mosque ITB can be adjusted in the future to be accessed by friends with disabilities. Parking facilities for disabled vehicles with convenient access and near access towards the mosque, the availability of toilets and proper ablution places, and a direct lane for disabled to enter the mosque would make life so much more easier.“
Donations to this campaign will help in renovating key areas of the mosque as well as facilitating better facilities to accommodate the disabled worshipers and to make them feel comfortable.