Regina City Council has approved the building of a new mosque in the city’s industrial area.
The mosque will be located on 12th Avenue at an old warehouse in the Industrial Tuxedo Park zone, and will be the first place of worship built in an industrial area in the city.
Faizal Khan is the President of the Islamic Association of Saskatchewan. He says it is a great day for the Islamic faith in Regina.
“This is an achievement for the entire community, and we are looking forward to establishing our faith in the sense that we want to show the true identity of the Muslim people in Regina, and to tell other people who we are and what great neighbours we can be.”
Khan says he hopes to have the building ready for Ramadan, which begins in May. He says there is a lot of work which needs to be done.
“Our next step is to acquire the site, pay for the site, and after we acquire the site we will go ahead into a detailed plan to refurbish and retrofit the site, which includes adding doors, adding windows, carpeting, the interior, the parking lot, whole nine yards.”
Mayor Michael Fougere also commented on the matter, saying it was a wonderful decision for council to make.
“They’re good partners and respectful,” Fougere said. “This is about accomodation and I’m glad they have found a place – because it’s not easy to do that in Regina.”