Nova Scotia

Centre for Islamic Development fundraising goals met

Thanks to some last minute fundraising, a north-end Halifax mosque says its congregation has raised enough money to pay for its new building.

Work on the Centre for Islamic Development began 3 years ago

Work on a multimillion dollar mosque in Halifax's north end is now paid off. Take a look. 1:12

Thanks to some last minute fundraising, a north-end Halifax mosque says its congregation has raised enough money to pay for its new building.

“It's a feeling of happiness to say the least, feeling of moving away from something that was distressing us in terms of the pressure that was mounted on. We’ve completed a huge edifice in a short amount of time," said Imam Zia Khan.

Work on the Centre for Islamic Development began three years ago.

The mosque has been apart of the Robie Street landscape for the last 15 years, but Khan says the original building was in bad shape

The most cost-effective solution was to build a new building. Khan says his congregation raised the $2.7 million dollars to complete the project.

"I think the wow factor is we're having a brand new place where we can come and visit and sit and also have a place for the outside community to visit us and that is the most important point where we didn't have space before. We have space now so that we can continue the dialogue to a greater extent rather than being ashamed to bring in somebody,” he said.

The imam says the new building is getting positive reviews from the neighbours.

“They knew what an ugly structure was sitting here before. Blue and messed up and when we put siding it looked better. So now when they walk by they see grass, they see nice brick work, they see good glass,” Khan said.

“The whole street has been lifted.”

Khan says the mosque is planning on holding an open house in the near future.