Enterprising Yorkshire boy builds his own home mosque using recycled cardboard

An enterprising young boy from Bradford Grammar School has turned his playroom into a 'mosque' using recycled carboard packaging from his parents' new desk.

Yahya Murad Hussain came up with the idea himself following the closure of the mosques in his home city.

It's taken him a week to design and build his unusual DIY project, with his parents helping with the structure and some of the more intricate Islamic geometric designs.

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Yahya used sweet wrappers and paint to complete his design before adding fairy lights, a diffuser with different scents and a light box, to which he adds an inspirational word or two every day – from Be Happy to Smile.

Yahya Murad Hussain has turned his playroom into a mosque using recycled cardboard wrapping that came with his parents' new desks.

“I decided that, because all the mosques were closed, that I might as well make my own," he said.

"I wanted it to be a special area and a peaceful place in the house. It is magical and it makes me feel happy when I go in there.”

Yahya’s mum, Auzma Yousaf, said: “We’re so proud of him for showing the patience and determination to get it finished.

"He uses it every day, not just to pray, but also to read and reflect. We spend time in there together as a family to pray and reflect.

Yahya Murad Hussain has turned his playroom into a mosque using recycled cardboard wrapping that came with his parents' new desks.

“It’s not been easy for him not seeing his friends or cousins, so this project has given him a positive purpose in this lockdown period. It’s important to make the best of the situation that we’re in.

“Sometimes children can be the greatest teachers, showing strength and resilience by finding something positive to focus on in times of crisis.”

Richard Ribeiro, headmaster at Bradford Grammar Junior School, said: “We’re really proud of Yahya for taking on such a challenge and showing real ingenuity in creating a happy, inspiring and safe place to be in his home. Well done Yahya!”

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