When Alia Kamareddine first settled down in Oxford, the nearest mosque at which she could worship was in Halifax—which is a 2-hour drive from her home.
Kamareddine regretted only being able to go to mosque once a year, and as more Muslims moved into the Nova Scotia community, finding a place to worship became more and more of a relevant topic.
Thankfully, she and the other Muslims in her community now have a religious space closer to home, even though it is a little unconventional.
The Trinity United Church now rents out one of their community halls so that Kamareddine, along with the other members of the Muslim Community Group, have a place to worship.
The rent, however, is really just a nominal fee to cover the utilities used by the group.
Since the “mosque within a church” first started sometime in the last few months, it has brought the two religious communities together and created a space for “growth and learning,” says CBC.
The church’s gesture is especially significant since the 10 Muslim families who attend the mosque have been meeting once a day for Ramadan, the holy month of fasting – and the church members, they say, have been “very open and accommodating.”
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