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Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Midnight Sun Masjid in Inuvik - Arctic town in Canada



The Midnight Sun Masjid also known as "the Masjid  at the top of the world".  It's the world’s northernmost masjid (mosque). Building a masjid in the Arctic , however, is far more complicated than it is anywhere else. The scarcity of skilled labour and material makes the cost of such a project skyrocket and impossible for a small Muslim community of about 100 people.

The Zubaidah Tallab Foundation, a Manitoba-based Islamic charity, stepped in and raised funds to build the mosque. The Zubaidah Tallab Foundation came up with a plan Build the masjid and ship it 4,200 kilometers away to Inuvik, this was the most economical way of getting the masjid built.  The entire project cost about $300,000. 


Part of the masjids journey was going to be on roads (2400km) and part on water (1800 km), in a 3-week journey...the journey in 2010 from the prairie city of Winnipeg in the province of Manitoba to Inuvik, the most northern town in Canada’s Arctic.

The group also found a supplier of prefabricated buildings in Manitoba that shipped the building to Inuvik for half the price of building a mosque from scratch in the town.
The epic journey of small prefabricated mosque grabbed international attention as it slowly made its way, by road and on a river barge, to its final destination.
Inuvik is in Canada’s Northwest Territories and has a population of 3,600 people, about a hundred of who are Muslims.
Muslims have been migrating to smaller resource towns, such as Inuvik, in search of jobs and hoping for a better quality of life.
According to the latest census numbers, the Muslim population of the Northwest Territories is growing at a rate of 300 percent every decade,
Due to its northern location, Inuvik is called the ‘Light of the Midnight Sun’ as it experiences an average of 56 days of continuous sunlight every summer and, for almost 30 days, it is blanketed in complete darkness every winter.
Muslims have been migrating to smaller resource towns, such as Inuvik, in search of jobs and hoping for a better quality of life. According to the latest census numbers, the Muslim population of the Northwest Territories is growing at a rate of 300 percent every decade,
Due to its northern location, Inuvik is called the ‘Light of the Midnight Sun’ as it experiences an average of 56 days of continuous sunlight every summer and, for almost 30 days, it is blanketed in complete darkness every winter.
The Muslim community in Inuvik follows the prayer and fasting times of the city of Edmonton.
Muslims make around 2% of Canada's 33 million people and Islam is the number one non-Christian faith in the Roman Catholic country.
The Inuvik masjid is a stellar example of what can be accomplished by unity, hard work and faith in Allah....

If people can manage to build a masjid in the Arctic , then everything for the sake of Allah is possible. 

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