A new multi-million dollar mosque is near completion in London except for a few decorations and embellishments.
A new multi-million dollar mosque is near completion in London except for a few decorations and embellishments. The magnificent structure will be a focal point for the some half a million Moslems living in Britain.
SYNOPSIS: The golden dome atop the new mosque subtly changes London's skyline, reflecting the growing influence of the Moslem culture and population in the country.
The mosque was built and designed by British architects with the help of Moslem advisors. It cost a total of four and a half million pounds (8 million U.S. dollars) and is the largest mosque to be erected outside of Islam. One of the architects Sir Frederick Gibberd spoke to reporters about the structure, calling it one of the most interesting building of the century.
One of the Imams of priests of the mosque will be Dr Sayyid Miwall Ad-Darsh and the Dean and Director, Dr Anmm Choudury. The idea for the religious centre came about nearly 30 years ago.
It was part of a deal which provided land in Cairo for an Anglican cathedral. But the actual construction began just over three years ago. The site combines three main elements, firstly a religious building with the main prayer hall topped by a gold coloured dome, a lower prayer hall and the conspicuous symbolic minaret; secondly, an Islamic cultural centre with library, reading room and administrative departments; and thirdly a residential block of four luxurious flats for the director and three Imams.
From Next week the buildings will be available for worship by the Moslem community and visitors from all over the world.