Saudi Arabia Builds Mosque In The Most BIZARRE Place On Earth… Here’s Why
Saudi Arabia has brought together funds to construct a mosque in the small town of Iqaluit, in northern Canada, where it will serve approximately 100 of the 6,699 residents.
Although the mosque’s massive expense could not be justified for such a small group of residents, the facility will be used for several other purposes.
In the region of Nunavut, Canada, the Islamic community celebrated becoming the second mosque built at the North Pole, after a Saudi journalist engineered the creation of a mosque in the Canadian town of Inuvik back in 2010.
The brand-new mosque, which was established on Friday, will reportedly serve as a prayer center and a community center for the town. With only 100 Muslims in residence, they plan to spread their message to their resident neighbors by offering their mosque as a learning center for Islam.
There are plans to establish a food bank on location, as well.
However, what is most interesting is that there seems to be little local support, even from the Islamic community, and even in a country where the number of Muslims is expected to grow thanks to the liberal prime minister’s policies on Syrian “refugees.”
“People said, ‘A mosque is not required here, we’re a transient society, we come and go,’” said Syed Asif, the Pakistani native who spearheaded the project, referring to a survey conducted in 2009.
In the same year, Asif established the Islamic Society of Nunavut. Fundraising began immediately thereafter. Asif, a journalist, reached out to contacts in Saudi Arabia, who assisted with financial backing.
“By establishing this mosque, we are saying one thing: we are now a part of the Iqaluit community,” said Hussain Giusti, general manager of the Zubaidah Tallab Foundation.
It is unsure what they believed themselves to be previously, but now they’re here to stay.
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