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Sneinton Minaret is Nottinghamshire's first

posted 25 Feb 2014, 11:11 by Unknown user   [ updated 25 Feb 2014, 11:20 ]
Sneinton has a new landmark tonight as builders put the finishing touches to the Jamia Masjid Sultania mosque. 
The 14.5m high structure finishes off the building on the former site of the Jester Pub on Sneinton Dale. The brickwork base of the tower is finished off with a green and white fibre glass dome with gold crescent on top.

The £1.2 million cost of the building was met by local donations. Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, 80, the oldest member of the mosque and has lived in Sneinton for more than 50 years. His family donated around £200,000 between them.

He said: “I’m so proud to see the minaret in place. It’s the final touch of the mosque and makes it complete.

Councillor Gul Khan, who represents the Dale ward, added: “It’s a landmark and a symbol of the Islamic community in the Dales, in which there are around 1,200 or more Muslims.

“With the minaret in place it gives the mosque an authentic feel and a sense of completion. I’m happy for the mosque and proud of the community.”