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Revitalizing centuries-old Buraij Jamindar Bari mosque

Nazim Bakaul, Faridpur

Published: 03:08, 5 February 2024

Revitalizing centuries-old Buraij Jamindar Bari mosque

The new design of the Buraij Jamindar Bari Masjid, which is over two centuries old, takes inspiration from traditional Sultani-era red brick terracotta architecture while incorporating a modern spiritual essence. Photo: Shafiqul Alam

In a bid to restore the historic Buraij Jamindar Bari Masjid, which had succumbed to mould and was deemed unsuitable for daily prayers, the descendants of the Jamindar family turned to the acclaimed architect Tabassum. Tabassum, known for winning the prestigious Aga Khan Architectural Prize for her design of the Bait ur Rouf Mosque in Faidabad, north Dhaka, graciously accepted the challenge despite her busy schedule as a visiting professor at Yale University and in Europe.

The new design of the mosque, which is over two centuries old, takes inspiration from traditional Sultani-era red brick terracotta architecture while incorporating a modern spiritual essence. Straying from convention, Tabassum opted not to include a minaret, emphasising a unique approach to mosque design.

Similar to her previous masterpiece, Bait ur Rouf, Tabassum's design for the Buraij Jamindar Bari Masjid prioritises an abundance of natural light. The prayer hall is designed to dynamically respond to the shifting daylight, creating an ever-changing atmosphere within. Worshippers have attested to the hall's ability to stay cool even during the summer months, attributing this to the clever utilisation of a high ceiling and ample natural light.

Founded by Maulvi Nurul Arefin, a distinguished Islamic scholar from the ancestral lineage of the Buraij Jamindar family, during British rule approximately 200 to 250 years ago, the Buraij Jamindar Bari Masjid stands as a testament to its rich cultural heritage. Situated in the village of Buraij, Ward No. 1, Alfadanga Municipality, District Faridpur, Bangladesh, the mosque accommodates approximately 200 to 250 prayer spaces for worshippers.

The late Khan Bahadur Asadujjaman, a key figure from the Jamindar family, played a pivotal role in the mosque's establishment, leaving a lasting legacy. The family's commitment to community welfare is evident through various developmental initiatives. Alfadanga Arifuzzaman Government Model High School, Alfadanga Asadujjaman Girls' High School, and Buraij Government Primary School were all established by the Jamindar family, emphasising their dedication to education.

Additionally, Alfadanga Thana owes its existence to the family's support, showcasing their commitment to law enforcement and community safety. The family's philanthropy extends to the donation of land for a government warehouse, contributing to local infrastructure development.

In the present day, the Jamindar family's contributions to Buraij village are remarkable. They have erected a madrasa, a graveyard, and an Eidgah ground, emphasising their commitment to religious and cultural preservation.

Furthermore, their forward-looking vision is reflected in the allocation of land for the proposed Sheikh Russell Government Stadium, a project that holds promise for community recreation and engagement.

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