The Ahmadiyya community of the Greater Toronto Area is set to build its first ever mosque in Brampton.
On Saturday (July 16), the Ahamdiyya Muslim Jama’at Canada held a groundbreaking ceremony of Brampton Mosque – their first place of worship in the Flower City and second in Peel region.
Mississauga’s Baitul Hamd Mosque is the only place of worship for Ahmadiyya community.
A large number of community members, politicians and dignitaries attended the ceremony, which was chaired by the Jama’at national president Lal Khan Malik.
Located at 10545 Hurontario St. at the southeast corner of Sandalwood Pkwy and Hurontario St., the 22,000 square feet grand architectural structure – with over 5,400 square feet of prayers area, and a lofty minaret and a dome – will be completed by in December 2017.
After acquiring the land for $500,000 in 2004, Ahamdiyya Jama’at has gone though various stages before beginning the construction process.
Members of Ahmadiyya Jama’at will bear the $9 million construction cost of the Brampton Mosque.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Canada has an illustrious history. The first known Ahmadi to visit the country was Mr. Karam Din, who arrived here in 1923 for work. Later, Ahmadis came to Canada from various parts of the world, in particular from Pakistan, as a result of the state-sanctioned persecution unleashed against the Community by Pakistan Government legislations in 1974 and again in 1984. – CINEWS