In-floor heating, a water recycling system and a dome and minaret are the newest features in Saskatchewan's largest purpose-built mosque in Saskatoon.
President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at Saskatoon Shamoon Rashid says prayers have been taking place for the last couple of months at the mosque, based in the southeast corner of Saskatoon, but the grand opening won't be held until landscaping is complete.
Rashid says with overflow, they can accommodate 2,000 people in the new mosque, which is a lot better than their current alternatives for large events. He says they would often have to rent out a school gym to hold larger events, but with the new mosque, they can now hold events there instead.
Rashid says the mosque is open to anyone who prays to one God, not just Muslims. He says by welcoming everyone, "hopefully this will create a better understanding between the communities and help build bridges between the two communities".
The mosque is located near Boychuk Drive and Highway 16.