Hundreds of people are attending the opening of the Baitur Rahman mosque in Delta, described as the largest Ahmadiyya Muslim house of worship in B.C.

The Ahmadiyya movement — a branch of Islam — was founded 100 years ago, originating with the teachings of Indian villager Mirza Ghulam Ahmad and is renowned today for promoting a peaceful coexistence with people of all faiths and cultures.

The community's world leader, His Holiness Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, inaugurated the mosque on Friday by delivering his weekly sermon from Delta.

More than 3,000 worshippers attended the sermon, many of whom had travelled across Canada to attend the opening, said a statement from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat (Community) Canada.