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    Posted: 13 May 2018 at 4:27am

LONDON – The first mosque to be built in the Western Isles has opened on Friday, May 11, ahead of the beginning of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

“I’m overwhelmed and very, very emotional,” Aihtsham Rashid, a builder from Leeds who spearheaded a crowdfunding appeal and organized contractors and tradesmen to build the mosque, told The Guardian.

“People have come from all over the island to be here today. The local community is over the moon.”

Members of the tiny Muslim population of Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis invited local people of all faiths and none to celebrate the mosque’s opening after Friday prayers.

Until now, Muslim families have worshipped in their own homes and booked community halls for celebrating religious festivals.

There has been a Muslim community in the Western Isles since 1945...


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