Largest Mosque in Canada Opening in Calgary: A Stunning Architectural Landmark to Be a Symbol of Peace

    CALGARY, July 2 /CNW/ - The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community will unveil
Canada's largest Mosque Complex and a stunning architectural landmark in
Calgary on Saturday, July 5th, 2008. With a total area of approximately
48,000 sq. ft. the new Mosque will be a symbol of peace and social harmony.
    The Head of the Worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, His Holiness
Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad will inaugurate the new mosque. The Prime
Minister, Stephen Harper - Leader of National Liberal Party, Stephene Dion -
His Worship Dave Bronconnier, Mayor of Calgary, together with other senior
community and political figures and the larger Calgary community will attend
the opening ceremony.
    The inauguration of the mosque coincides with the current year long
celebration of the Centenary of the Khilafat (Caliphate) in the Ahmadiyya
Muslim Community. The Ahmadiyya Community is renowned for reminding Muslims
around the world that "loyalty to your homeland (Canada), is part of your
faith". Ahmadi Muslims are proud of the fact that wherever they reside in the
world - they become loyal citizens of that country and promote integration and
peaceful coexistence with everyone of all faiths, cultures and religion.
    The inauguration is part of the Centenary Celebrations of Khilafat
(successorship) for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, and will symbolize how the
Community has peacefully coexisted and integrated into Canada.
    According to the President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Canada,
Mr. Lal Khan Malik, "the opening of this mosque is an historic occasion for
the Ahmadi Muslims to add to the Canadian society. We invite everyone to use
it as a meeting place to build harmony and respect."
    "The Community is elated that His Holiness will inaugurate the Mosque
with a Friday sermon that will be telecast live-via-satellite across the
globe. The mosque is a very important part of the community and will bring
Muslims and non-Muslim closer together," He added.
    The mosque is a focal point for the community. "This mosque will form a
very important hub for the community where people will pray and enjoy many
other social, sports and cultural activities," said Naseem Mahdi, Missionary
Incharge & Senior Vice president of the Community.
    Completing the building of the mosque in Calgary has been a tremendous
moment of joy for the Community. It took over two years and $15 million
dollars of voluntary donations from the members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim
Community. Members of the Community from all across Canada made personal
financial sacrifices to help complete this project. Additional mosque projects
are in various stages at in Vancouver, Saskatoon and Brampton.
    Saturday, July 5, 2008 has been set aside for a grand public opening at
11 AM at 4353-54th Ave NE at the corner of 54 Ave & 44 St NE in Calgary.
Public tours, photography and interviews can be arranged in advance.

For further information:

For further information: Dr. Safeer Khan, (403) 829-4758; Mr. Muzaffar
Sultan, (403) 399-1960;

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