By Elizabeth Broomhall
Researchers have said cracks in building not enough to justify tearing mosque down
The Grand Mosque in Kuwait will not be demolished,
despite the appearance of cracks in the building due to land sliding deep under
certain parts of the structure.
In a report by the Kuwait Times, a local researcher
said the mosque was unlikely to collapse and did not need to be torn down.
“Demolishing the mosque is not in our mind, as every
engineering problem has an engineering solution, especially as the building is
made of resistant cement and has the ability to withstand almost anything,” Dr
Naji Al-Mutairi, the director of Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research
(KISR) was reported as saying.
He added that the building would only be at risk of
collapse if larger cracks appeared, but the building was far from reaching this
KISR is working on a six-month study to understand the
reasons for the cracks.
Preliminary investigations show they are caused by
land sliding deeper under certain parts of the mosque.
The construction company should also be called to account why such a State Grand Mosque could face cracks, etc., whereas the mosque never takes overweight, in terms of musalliis (prayerfuls) except during ramadan only. I also agree with KISR that the mosque should not be torn down within 25 years of its construction as it would be such a waste and would be a precedent for constructing bad quality buildings with life span of only 20-25 years!