British Columbia’s New grand mosque

LARISSA CAHUTE, VANCOUVER DESI

British Columbia’s Ahmadiyya Muslim community finally has a place to call home.

The local and Canada-wide community raised $8 million for their new mosque on Delta’s River Rd. and nearly 5,000 people — including Ahmadiyya Muslim leader from the U.K., Mirza Masroor Ahmed — came out Saturday for the grand opening of one of the province’s largest mosques.

The 33,000 sq.ft. building took just over a year to build and will serve as a destination point not only for the Delta community but for Ahmadiyya Muslims across the province, with a daycare and gym as well as prayer space.

“We wanted to have our own mosque for a number of years, so my community members can enjoy this spiritual gathering under one roof,” said community member Rizwan Peerzada.

According to Peerzada, before the mosque was built, the community had to find make-shift prayer spaces like community centres or sharing with other faith’s mosques.

“We are different from other Muslims and for that reason we needed to have our own place,” he said.

The Ahmadiyya movement dates back 120 years and has tens of millions of followers across the globe. According to Peerzada, the community wishes to differ itself from other Muslim practices because of their service to humanity and condemnation of any kind of violence.

“It’s important for this sect of Islam — they should have their own mosque also to freely practice their religion,” he said.

The mosque is officially open to the community and located at 9570 River Rd.

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