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All Set for New Mosque

Published måndag 21 april 2008 kl 11.42
The Mosque in Malmö

The Islamic cultural association in the Stockholm suburb of Skärholmen is closer to having its long-term dream come true.

The Islamic cultural association of Skärholmen has been planning a new mosque since 2006 but has first now been allotted a plot of land by the municipality.

Not without controversy, new mosques in Sweden traditionally face opposition, and indeed the borough council of Skärholmen was split on the issue.

The Islamic community there currently has a basement local. Three hundred square meters which are used for both worship and celebrations. The chairman of the association, Fikret Tümtürk, told newspaper Svenska Dagbladet that they need a larger venue but plan to build a mosque that will blend into the surrounding nature. They’re now hoping for donations to cover the millions of Swedish crowns needed for the project.

Sweden’s largest mosque is Stockholm’s Grand Mosque, inaugurated in June 2000. The project was originally delayed because of protests and appeals.

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