Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

UK’s most northerly mosque could be built in Elgin

Post Thumbnail

The most northerly mosque in the whole of Britain looks set to be built in Elgin.

Moray Council has given permission for its former offices in South Street to be sold for £195,000 to the Jamia Islamic Centre Trust Fund.

The trust’s chairman Lansana Bangura, a retired engineer who has lived in Garmouth for the past 25 years, said the mosque would be a huge benefit for the region’s Islamic community.

The 71-year-old said: “We’re delighted that the council has given its backing to us.

“There is a lot of rubbish talked about Islam by some people. The mosque will be a place that bridges divisions.

“As well as being a focal point for Moray’s Islamic community, it will be open for everybody to come and look around.

“We want people to make up their own minds rather than rely on what they’re being told by others.

“I come from Sierra Leone where Christians and Moslims live side by side and there has never been any trouble between the religions.

“I’m very proud of the fact that Moslims celebrate Christmas there, and the Christians celebrate our festivals.”

At present, up to a hundred moslims use Bishopmill Hall which is rented out for Friday afternoon prayers.

As a mosque involves a change of use to the South Street office, the proposal will now require planning permission from the local authority.

However, problems are not forecast as the project does not involve any alterations to the building’s exterior.

Mr Bangura, who first arrived in Scotland in 1964 to study engineering in Aberdeen, said: “The outside will stay the same – it’s not going to have minarets.

“And there certainly won’t be any calls to prayer. Our last intention is to do anything that might antagonise people.

“However, we intend to completely renovate the interior to make it fit for purpose and a nice place to come.”

The sale continues the process of the local authority off-loading former offices.

The opening of the council’s new £4million annexe building in March 2012 brought services under one roof that had previously been provided at numerous offices across the town.

The reorganisation was predicted to save taxpayers £200,000 a year alone, while a further £1.6million would be raised by the sale of redundant offices.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]