B.C.’s largest mosque opens its doors: Hopes to teach community about Islam

vancouversun.com: The Ahmadiyya Muslim community started out in the basement of a small house in Burnaby in the mid 1960s.

Now prayers are said in a new $8-million mosque in Delta, the largest in B.C.

But their message of “love for all and hatred for none” — and their willingness to open their doors to the public — has not changed.

On Sunday, the mosque was open for tours and a presentation on the prophet Muhammad by the women of the congregation.

But really, the mosque is open all the time to anyone who wishes to learn about Islam, says Umar Farooq Chaudhry, secretary of communication for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at.

“We get visitors all the time,” Chaudhry said during a Sunday tour of the men’s prayer room.

The Ahmadiyya community has been reaching out to the public for decades. They have given presentations on Islam in the past at the University of B.C., Simon Fraser University and the Vancouver Public Library.


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