Little mosque in Brooks nears completion
Muslims in city southeast of Calgary currently use small, cramped prayer space
A new mosque is closer to being finished in Brooks after years of red tape and weather delays.
There are more than 1,000 Muslims in the city of roughly 14,000 people, which is 190 kilometres southeast of Calgary.
Members currently use a small, basic prayer room in a house next to the building site.
"It is overcrowded, sometimes there is not enough fans," said Mohamoud Farah.
The new mosque will be 2,200 square feet — big enough for about 400 people.
The project has been moving ahead slowly for three years, delayed by permitting issues and bad weather.
Mohammed Idriss, an official with Brooks and County Immigration Services, said the new building will be an important addition to the community when it opens in about six months.
"We believe that a mosque is our cultural centre, it's our worship place … it's our youth centre, it's everything," he told CBC News.
The land was paid for by the Muslim Association of Calgary.