Anger and indignation. These are the reactions observed by several social actors on social networks, following the work launched at the Casablanca mosque ” Assuna, Commonly known as ” Masjid Assuna “.
Considered as one of the historical monuments of the metropolis of the Kingdom, ” Masjid Assuna Recently experienced ” violent »Work that has lost this emblematic monument, part of its heritage. Work that provoked the indignation of Internet users on social networks.
Association ” Casamemoire ” denounced the demolition of part of the mosque built in 1968 by the architect of the late Mohammed V, Émile Duhon. What provoked this legitimate outrage, said the association in a statement, is that the Assuna mosque ” constitutes one of the cornerstones of the argument for the inscription of Casablanca on the indicative list of UNESCO, the request presented by Morocco which has the title ‘Casablanca, vtwentieth century ille, crossroads of influences ”.
An argument that “Presents Casablanca as an exceptional experimental laboratory of 20th century architecture and town planning”, says Casamémoire.
Thus, the association stresses that the mosque highlights the role of the economic capital in architecture and its promotion, at the same time asking the competent authorities to act and assume their responsibilities by taking urgent measures to stop the process of demolition of the mosque, which affects part of the history of the metropolis.
In a statement to MoroccoLatestNews, an official source within the Directorate of Habous and Islamic Affairs of the Casablanca-Settat region, denied that the renovations, including the mosque “Assuna” is witness, aim to attack its architectural form or others.
According to the same source, the work in progress in the mosque concerns the women’s pavilion, which has long needed renovations, as it has become a threat to the women who visit it.
The same source pointed out that this work was supposed to be carried out for a long time by the services of the Ministry of Habous and Islamic Affairs. But the budget allocated for the work was delayed, specifies our source, assuring that “ these renovations will preserve the architecture of the mosque which will not undergo any change “.