Melbourne mosque will not close after backlash


Posted November 15, 2019 06:48:00The Melbourne Islamic Center will not be closing as it continues to fight to keep its building open.

In a statement, the Islamic Society of Greater Melbourne said it is in “total disarray”.

The mosque has been fighting for months for its legal right to stay open in the face of the state government’s new building rules.

“It has been a very difficult process,” the mosque’s president, Rafiq Ali, said.

“We are fighting for our legal rights, but we are fighting to stay in business and continue to do what we do.”

The Islamic Society said it was “trying to remain relevant and to provide services to the community” and it had lost a lot of money over the past few years.

It is now looking to the Victorian Government to help it stay open.