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Maple, Ontario, Canada, 2008/07/02 - This stunning architectural landmark to be a symbol of peace and tolerance. Inauguration on July 4, 2008 with the Friday prayer service to be lead by the Head of worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community His Holiness Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad.
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 is expected to attend while the Leader of National Liberal Party, Stephane Dion and His Worship Dave Bronconnier, Mayor of Calgary, together with other senior community and political figures and the larger Calgary community are confirmed to 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.
Ahmadiyya Muslims are distinguished by their devotion to faith and charity, the exercise of humility in all walks of life and in communicating the message of Islam as a religion of peace and brotherhood to all mankind.
The Community wholly rejects the violent interpretation of Jihad and conversion by force and was the first to condemn terrorism and suicide bombings. They firmly believe that there must not be any compulsion in matters of religion. They strongly reject violence and terrorism in any form and under any pretext. In fact, the principles of the Community are based on moderation and the rejection of all forms of extremism.
The Community is noted for its active engagement in social services and in meeting the medical and educational needs of the communities in which they reside. Ahmadiyya Muslim’s run a number of hospitals and schools in developing countries.
The members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community are expected to illustrate high levels of social, moral and spiritual values in their daily lives. They are also committed to promoting friendship and goodwill among themselves, and among all communities and nations.
Media contact or for appointments, please call Dr. Safeer Khan or Mr. Muzaffar Sultan at 403-399-1960.