By Sarah Lee News EditorBy Sarah Lee | 09 March 2016, 10:00amThe Islamic community in east London has been left shocked by the news that a mosque has been installed on its doorstep.
The mosque, which was inaugurated in November, will be one of four that have been built by a local Muslim community group to support the community in the city.
It will also offer services in the community, including a children’s centre.
“It is so exciting to see it being brought into the community,” Imam Shafiqur Rahman, the mosque’s religious affairs director, said.
“We feel that this will be a catalyst for many more mosques to be built in the area and that will be good for the community.”
The mosque has also been used to conduct worship.
The mosque has not yet received permission to expand into the area, however.
It is understood the mosque will be used for a number of services, but Mr Rahman said they had not yet been decided.
He said the mosque was the first mosque in the district to be officially designated as a Muslim community centre.
The development is expected to create a number new jobs, including as part of the mosque.
“There are around 50 to 70 people who will be working in the mosque, the majority of whom will be the men who are the leaders of the community at the mosque,” Mr Rahman told 7.30.
“And then there are also the women who are there, the cooks and all the other staff.”
The project has been in the works for some time.
It was first approved by the council in 2016 and the mosque is due to open in early 2019.
“This mosque will create a new business and provide jobs for people in the neighbourhood and the city,” Mr Shahi, who is a local councillor, said in a statement.
The council’s president, Dr Mohammed Zafar, said the project was being planned in a “balanced and respectful manner”.
“This project is part of our efforts to improve the quality of life for our residents and to promote interfaith dialogue,” he said.
He added that the council was seeking submissions from interested parties on the project.
“The mosque will provide a welcome alternative for those who do not have the means to visit a mosque, and we will work closely with the mosque to ensure that the mosque operates smoothly and safely,” he added.
The project is being funded by a grant from the Department of Housing, Local Government and Community Services (DHLSVC).