“We, the community, wanted to have it honoured in some way, a little bit more unconventional way.”Author of the article:Amanda ShortPublishing date:Aug 15, 2021 • 15 hours ago • 2 minute read • Join the conversation
It’s easy to tell you’re in the right place driving to Baitur Rahmat Mosque. Heading east on Highway 16, the top of the mosque — the largest in Saskatchewan — peeks over the overpass and signals it’s time to exit.
But pulling onto the portion of Glazier Road leading up to Baitur Rahmat, there’s now another important marker of its presence in Saskatoon.
On Saturday, the mosque unveiled a new street sign designating the portion of road leading up to it as Ahmadiyya Crescent.
Ehsan Chaudhary hopes it will guide people from across the city, and beyond, to the mosque’s doors.
“First God has blessed us with a beautiful mosque, And now he has blessed us with a beautiful sign to go through, so people can easily go to Google and know where this mosque is,” he said.
Chaudhary joined a number of dignitaries in uncovering the street sign. The land was purchased 45 years ago, and he’s dreamt of a mosque being there ever since.
“We did the sod turning ceremony at that time, and we were waiting for this,” he said.
The unveiling was followed by remarks from a number of dignitaries and a community barbecue at the mosque.
Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Saskatoon spokesman Mubarik Syed said the process to have the name change — which applies to the portion of Glazier Road forming a loop in front of the mosque — took a few years of working with the RM of Corman Park after its council unanimously approved the change in 2019.
Aside from guiding people to Baitur Rahmat, which opened in 2017, the sign serves as a symbol of the mosque’s “historic presence,” Syed said.
“We, the community, wanted to have it honoured in some way, a little bit more unconventional way,” he said.
The celebration comes after over a year of missed gatherings and celebrations, with the first in-person Eid gathering in the city since the pandemic began taking place last month.
Syed said people are excited to be able to congregate, in any form, at the mosque.
“We wanted to make sure that we celebrate that with this get together, he said. “During last 17-18 months, we have had so many big events that we could not celebrate, we had a we had the month of Ramadan and many others that we were unable to celebrate at the mosque.
“So this is a very good time, a very good excuse, to get together.”