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Celebrating Our Faiths - Muslim Houses of Worship Around the World

October 21, 2012

"Celebrating Our Faiths" is a joint, ongoing program of the City of Edmonton and the Edmonton Interfaith Centre for Education and Action. The program, displayed at City Hall, gives Edmontonians the opportunity to learn about various religious traditions thereby increasing awareness and understanding between our faith communities.

In celebration of Islamic History month, the Edmonton Council of Muslim Communities (ECMC), in collaboration with the Edmonton Interfaith Centre, is pleased to share an informative pictorial display on Muslim Houses of Worship around the World.

The original Prophet's Mosque was built by the Prophet himself, (peace be upon him) next to the house where he settled after his Hijrah (emigration) from Mecca to Medina in 622 A.D. It was an open air rectangular enclosure which was built with palm trunks and mud walls. The mosque also served as a community centre, a court, and a religious school.

The Muslim places of worship in English are typically called mosques, the Arabic equivalent is masjid, a word that means a place of prostration. Other names include jammiahs, jamatkhanas, and Imambarghas. Today, just as during the Holy Prophet's time, these centres are also used for community events, education, and promoting social and cultural activities.

The rich diversity, which has been a historical reality within Islam over its 1,400 years of existence is also reflected in over 20 Muslim Houses of Worship in Edmonton that support a population of 45,000. There are approximately 100,000 Muslims in Alberta and 1.1 million in Canada. The very first mosque in North America was built right here in Edmonton in 1938. Today it sits proudly in its original form at Fort Edmonton Park.

The Edmonton Council of Muslim Communities invites the media and the public to the official launch of this display to be held at 12:00 Noon on Wednesday October 31st at City Hall.

ECMC is an umbrella organization representing nine different Muslim entities within Edmonton. Created in 2002, its mission is to speak and act on behalf of Edmonton Muslims with fellow Canadians in a manner that protects, promotes, and enhances the understanding of Islam and Muslims in matters of public policy, education, peace and safety.

Media inquiries and request for interviews may be directed to the following representatives:

Masood Peracha, Chairman, ECMC (780) 903-1653
Netta Phillet, Edmonton Interfaith Centre for Education and Action (780) 413-6159


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