Sydney – Grand Mufti of Australia Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed, Deputy Mayor of Canterbury City Council Khodr Saleh and President of Australia’s Islamic Call Society Bashar al-Jamal jointly laid the foundation stone for the construction phase of Punchbowl mosque and school.
The Mufti delivered a speech on the occasion which focused on "the importance of building mosques and their role in promoting the message of unification and acquaintance that called for by Islam". He stressed that moderation, compassion and openness to others are the bases of the Islamic call undertaken by the mosques.
For his part, the deputy mayor of Canterbury praised, in his speech, the role of Islamic Call Society in providing the right model of Islam that acts for the advancement of communities and cooperation among their members.
He cherished the opportunity given to the Canterbury municipality, within which the mosque is situated, to be part of the preparation for this project and its achievement.
The deputy mayor underlined that the Muslim community is an essential part of the wider Australian community, and that the municipalities and authorities concerned should facilitate the building of mosques and infrastructure facilities for the Muslim communities in the country.
President of the Islamic Call Society expressed his thanks and gratitude to all the donors and supporters who have generously contributed to the construction of the mosque and school project.
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