Fort McMurray: Construction starts on mosque

Mayor Melissa Blake, joined by Sheikh-Ahmad Al-Ali Al-Sabah of Kuwait and representatives from Fort McMurray’s Islamic community participate in a brick laying ceremony for an Islamic community centre in Fort McMurray’s Abraham’s Land on Saturday. VINCENT MCDERMOTT/TODAY STAFF

Construction is underway for North America’s largest Islamic community centre project, after Fort McMurray’s Muslim community held their groundbreaking ceremony for the new Markaz Ul-Islam centre in Abraham’s Land.

The ceremony for the $50-million, 10-acre multicentre in Fort McMurray’s north end will also feature an Islamic school, a daycare, a recreation centre and a multipurpose hall, built in four phases. Flanked by the mosque, however, will be two new Christian churches – one Catholic and one protestant – and near the future Northside Recreational Centre.

“You have proved to the world that multifaiths can live together and work together in harmony and with respect,” said Abdul Salaam Abdo, president of Markaz Ul-Islam, in a speech before the ceremony. “We at Markaz Ul-Islam are proud to be a lead contributor to this partnership.”

The massive faith centres are the faithful’s answer to Fort McMurray’s growing population. The original Markaz Ul-Islam mosque, located downtown, was built in 1990…

I am guessing the money was not raised with bake sales. Note the presence of the Kuwaiti sheikh.

Meanwhile, in Ontario: Canada’s custom-built mosque in Oakville breaks ground

Mosque_groundbreaking_18_GP___ContentAt the official groundbreaking for the World Islamic Mission (WIM) Canada’s Masjid Noor-UL-Haram mosque on Ninth Line in northeast Oakville, Oakville MPP and Ontario Labour Minister Kevin Flynn tosses a shovel of dirt to mark the occasion. It will be the first custom-built mosque in Oakville and Ontario’s largest Islamic centre.