Who is funding the new monstrosity of a mega mosque costing 8.3 million pounds in Accrington? Those involved in the running of the mosque claim it is from public donations which i find hard to swallow. Are the Muslims of Lancashire really that wealthy that they can magically stump up 8.3 million pounds between them after passing the collection bucket round? Or is it the oil rich wahabis from Saudi who have paid for its construction knowing the mosque will then have to push their own extremist version of Islam to those attending?
How did a mosque to hold 900 people with only 70 odd parking spaces pass planning? Maybe the local councillors involvement there could be something to do with it?
A new £8.3 million Accrington mosque is set to open later this year.
The Raza Jamia Masjid Mosque, being built between Grimshaw Street and Lower Antley Street, will be able to hold nearly 900 people for prayers and worship.
The development will also include a community centre which will be open to residents of all faiths and backgrounds for meetings, events and sporting activities.
Planning permission was approved back in June 2014 and the 1.3 acre site has been transformed over the last three years into the eye-catching two-storey facility.
Mosque leaders said they were hoping to open by May this year, however they are now aiming to complete the development by October.
Jawid Hussain, who manages the project, said: “It’s brilliant. It looks very good and very impressive. A lot of work has gone into it.
“It’s a very complicated building and there are a lot of features to it. It’s taken a bit longer than was originally forecast.”
Jawid said all the funding has come through private donations and that they will retain the old mosque on Grimshaw Street for evening classes.
The new mosque will include three prayer halls and a library and the community centre will feature an Islamic funeral room, community facilities and dining areas.
The site will also include a 71-bay car park with six disabled spaces.
Councillor Munsif Dad, who is a member of the mosque, said: “It’s all coming along very nicely. It’s a very large development and will be a facility for the whole community and for Muslims.