At least 2 dozen miniature mosques are now on display in Cotabato City in Maguindanao, the Philippines, as the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) officially launched an exhibit of ‘Mosques Around the World’.
The exhibit, which began Friday, is a competition event with participation from the region’s different offices and agencies. Participants constructed three-dimensional miniature replicas of renowned mosques from different parts of the world.
“For us to be reminded as Muslims of Mindanao that we are part of a greater Ummah (nation) […] and that it is essential for us to learn and know about them and for us to see the universality of Islam, that indeed Islam is universal and it is timeless,” Sitti Djalia Turabin Hataman, Anak Mindanao (AMIN) foundation executive directress, said explaining why ARMM launched the exhibit.
Each modelled mosque is displayed in a 1.5 cubic-meter glass box. A poster is displayed beside the model containing its name, country of origin, history, and significance. Criteria for judging are: Conformity and attention to detail (50%), Workmanship and quality (30%), and Presentation and overall impact (20%).
The holding of the exhibit is in line with the celebration of the Pakaradjaan 2018 and the Holy Month of Ramadan and coincided with ARMM Ramadan Trade Fair 2018, consisting of 75 booths, which was also officially opened to the public. Winners of the exhibit will be announced during the culmination program of the trade fair.