The Islamic Supreme Council of Canada has just bought an old church in Ottawa South located on Fairbairn Street to transform it into a mosque.
Left empty for three years, the former St. Margaret Mary Church will soon be transformed into a mosque and will be able to accommodate Muslim worshipers and members of the community in its halls. The Islamic Supreme Council of Canada, which owns 32 mosques across the country, including 2 former churches, should buy the place of worship for 2.5 million dollars, Imam Syed Soharwardy announced in November.
The founder of the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada will also add that his organization would not only transform the Catholic Church into a mosque, but it also plans to build a multi-faith community center. “I want to show respect because this has been a church for over a century. People have an emotional and spiritual connection to this church, he explained on CBC News’ Ottawa Morning program.
The center will host, among others, an association for the elderly, an association for music and the arts and a Montessori school. “I am 100% sure that when the sale ends in March, this place will become a beautiful model for all of Canadian society and, perhaps, for the whole world,” said Syed Soharwardy.