Canadian Foundation Helping To Build Arctic Mosque


Canadian media is reporting on that a Canadian foundation is assisting in the construction of a mosque in the Arctic city of Nunavut, the largest city and territorial capital of the Canadian territory of Nunavut. According to a CBC news report:

Iqaluit Skyline
Iqaluit Skyline

May 16, 2014 A growing Muslim community in Iqaluit is getting help to build a mosque from the same foundation that helped establish mosques in Inuvik, N.W.T., and Thompson, Man.

It would be the first official Islamic place of worship in Nunavut.

‘It’s gonna be nice. It’s gonna be beautiful. It’s gonna stand out in the city as a nice new building,’ said Hussain Guisti of the Zubaidah Tallab Foundation, a Manitoba-based Islamic charity.

Hussain Guisti of the Zubaidah Tallab Foundation says his group is working with the Islamic Society of Nunavut to construct a two-storey building to be used as a mosque. (CBC)

Guisti estimates there are currently 80 Muslims living in Iqaluit, and he expects that number to quadruple in the next two decades.

‘There’s been a tremendous increase in the number of Muslims in the past 20-some years in Iqaluit, and we anticipate that number to continue to grow because Iqaluit is a booming, developing city,’ he said.

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In January 2013, the GMBDW reported on what is still the northernmost sighting of the Global Muslim Brotherhood when Abdullah Hakim Quick visited the Muslim community in Iqaluit. Also in January 2013, an appeal for funds to build the mosque was issued in the name of Dr. Quick who is associated with the Canadian Council of Imams.

Abdullah Hakim Quick has various ties to the Global Muslim Brotherhood including serving as a trustee of IBERR, a little known organization headquartered in South Africa founded by Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens) and which distributes Islamic educational material around the world.  In March 2010 a post reported that Dr. Quick, who had described Jews and Christians as “filthy” and advocates the execution of homosexuals, had been invited to speak before a Swedish Muslim youth organization. Dr. Quick has since defended his remarks on homosexuals but said his remarks on Christians and Jews referred to the  “spiritual corruption that afflicts some members of religious groups which in turn leads to injustice against innocent people. “

For a bio on Dr. Quick, go here.

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