Ten years in the building this mosque and madrassa dominates the skyline near the Asda store in Burnley. The £100,000 one tonne white dome was lifted into place in 2014.
The Shah Jalal Masjid Mosque and Burnley Islamic Cultural Centre has cost £2m so far and the new minaret, which was paid for by the community, marked the completion of external work on the mosque withy plans for a further £500,000 to decorate the interior.
Mozaquir Ali, a former Burnley councillor and project coordinator, said it was a symbolic moment for the project which has been planned as early as 1993.
He said: “It was a brilliant day. People turned up to see how it was going. The community is very pleased about it – it has now completed the four domes and the building is now weather tight from the outside.
“it has been a decade of hard work and financial support from the community in Daneshouse which is stricken with unemployment.
“It is a fantastic project which will be a landmark for Burnley and an iconic building not just for Muslims but the community as a whole can be proud of.”
The mosque is one of 13 in Burnley and probably the biggest. I don’t know if any non-muslims use the cultural centre as it’s also a madrassa or Islamic religious school which tend not to encourage outsiders.
Background from Burnleyexpress.net
See also a Mosque in Nelson