Pictou County is expanding its cultural and spiritual reach with the addition of the county’s first mosque.
The former Christ the King Church on Forge Street in Trenton has recently been purchased with the help of the Islamic Association of Nova Scotia. The new mosque will not only serve as a prayer space but also a place for the community to gather and have an area for other activities like Arabic lessons.
A local group of Muslims had been gathering in each other’s home for some time to take part in the weekly Friday evening prayers. As new families and Syrian refugees, the group had become too big to fit in homes and had been looking actively for space since last summer.
“This is really an emotional and phenomenal thing for us,” said Tim El-Tahan, president of the local chapter of the Islamic Association of Nova Scotia.
The group still has some work to do to the building El-Tahan said, adding that the roof, as well as a few things on the inside like putting down some carpet.
El-Tahan said that once things are up and running the group plans on having an open house for anyone interested in seeing a mosque or just learning more to stop by and say hello.
For more on Pictou County’s first mosque check next week’s Advocate.
Tim El-Tahan, president of the local chapter of the Islamic Association of Nova Scotia, in front of the organization’s new mosque in Trenton. (Brimicombe photo)