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Canada is one nation with great diversity, enormous respect, and pride for its secularity. People have high respect towards other religions and faiths, and they coexist beautifully together like in no other country yet having high pride for their country. Islam is the second biggest faith in Canada. There are more than 3 percent Muslims living in Canada currently. Here’s a list of mosques in Canada that they frequent.
Top 10 Mosques in Canada
There are a good share of its beautiful and magnificent mosques in Canada. Some of them have become great tourist place and pilgrimage for Canadian Muslims:
1. Baitun Nur Mosque
A big colossal mosque with a gigantic dome at its top – this Mosque is a popular religious place in Calgary. With a vast stunning architecture this is perhaps the largest mosque in whole Canada. Mosque has beautifully decorated and extremely serene interiors. Baitun Nur Mosque is affiliated to Ahmadi faith. The mosque was completed in the year 2008.
2. Jami Mosque
Jami Mosque is situated in Toronto and is one of the oldest mosques in Canada. Mosque has been a strong and a prominent Islamic center in Toronto – spreading awareness on the teachings of Islam. This is the most popular mosque in the city of Toronto. The building was built in the early 20th century and it was a church initially. Subsequently, the building was sold and was converted into a mosque.
3. Taric Mosque
Taric mosque is situated in GTA at Ontario. This mosque is situated at a very comfortable location – situated near the highway near Wilson and Jane in GTA. The building architecture is simply delightful with modern exteriors, a large campus and within it is a large elegant praying hall. Mosque has an extremely large parking ground, high security and great facilities to make your visit convenient.
4. Baitul Islam Mosque
An architecture masterpiece – this is a one large prodigious and a gorgeous mosque. Extremely spacious inside ensures that this place never gets crowded even if there is a large increase in the number of visitors especially during the festival seasons and on Fridays. This mosques is open for all and welcomes people of all faith. There is a separate section for kids and for females devotees to pray.
5. Ottawa Muslim Association
The mosque is situated in North Western Avenue in Ottawa. This is perhaps the first mosque that built in the city of Ottawa. The mosque is affiliated to Sunni traditions. This is a big spacious exquisite mosque with a splendid architecture. A large gigantic entrance, a mammoth dome and a huge tall minaret which can be seen from far off – this is one of the popular and important religious places in Ottawa.
6. Masjid Toronto
Masjid Toronto is affiliated to Muslim Association of Canada – a prominent Muslim organization in Canada. This is simply the one of the most popular and an iconic mosque in Toronto. Situated very conveniently in the center of the city – Mosque is easily reachable. The mosque is vast with three floors praying hall. It has a separate place for females pilgrims and the place has couches for females tourists to make them comfortable.
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7. Masjid Al-Salaam
Ravishing modern architecture sets this Mosque apart. Interiors of the mosque are refreshing with lot of modern wooden work and is beautifully decorated with lights and lamps inside. Mosque looks dazzling in the evening when its lights are up. It has a very serene inside with big prayer hall – a refreshing and a perfect place to meditate and contemplate.
8. Al-Rashid Mosque
This is the 1st mosque to be built in whole Canada. Mosque was opened for public in the year 1938. Being the only place for Muslims at that time it became a pilgrimage for local Canadian Muslims – population of whose was tiny, a few hundred at that time. Exteriors of the mosque resemble a roman catholic church, this is a now a historic mosque in Edmonton in Alberta.
9. Outaouais Islamic Center
Situated in Gatineau, Quebec this is a nice beautiful Mosque with an appealing modern architecture. Inside is charming, welcoming and cozy. The mosque is also known as Masjid Gatineau among the local people. Staff inside the mosque are very kind and helpful. Experiencing the Friday prayers here is a mesmerizing, beautiful and a truly spiritual experience.
10. Hamilton Downtown Mosque
This is the most popular mosque in the city of Hamilton. Location is very easily reachable as it is situated in core downtown region of Hamilton. The mosque keeps organizing a lot of colorful events for the people of Hamilton and its visitors including popular Annual Spring fair, annual family festival. Food offered inside the mosque campus is delicious.
Canada is one secular country which is unlike any other – where most of its religious sites are it churches, mosques, temples or gurdwaras – are open for people of all faiths and are also involved in a lot of social services. There are plenty of mosques in Canada with beautiful architecture, places of serenity and welcoming for everyone.Visit Canada at the earliest to explore these mosques.
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