CAIRO - Muslims in the Canadian city of Calgary will be moving to a new location at the center of the town, offering worshippers a larger space for prayers and more convenient location close to their work locations.
We have been trying for some time to have some presence in the downtown, Iman Syed Soharwardy from Al Madinah Calgary Islamic Centre told Calgary Herald on Saturday, January 21.
This is a huge building, so we are on about 3,000 square feet.
Occupying its location in the northeast neighborhood of Falconridge, the Islamic center will be moving to a new location, at 421 Riverfront Ave. S.E.
The opening of the new mosque is scheduled on Jan. 27 on the memory of the birth of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
The new location will be the site for five daily prayers, Friday and Eid prayers.
It would also host youth and children's and adults' Qur'an and Islamic studies classes, women-only programs, interfaith dialogue and community events.
Every Friday, the weekly prayers would be held at 12:30 pm and include a free lunch for everyone - Muslims and non-Muslims.
Located at the center of the town, the location will make its more convenient to working Muslim to attend prayers during work hours.
A lot of people work downtown. This will definitely help people to come for Friday prayers, Soharwardy says.
There's also a very large population (of Muslims) downtown.
The Muslim community also has plans to build a school and mosque in the northeast community of Saddle Ridge.
That project is awaiting development permit approval from the city.
Muslims make around 1.9 percent of Canada's 32.8 million population, and Islam is the number one non-Christian faith in the Roman Catholic country.
A survey has showed the overwhelming majority of Muslims are proud to be Canadian.