Muslim Community of Edmonton Mosque
The Muslim Community of Edmonton (MCE) Mosque evolved from the Muslim Students’ Association (MSA) of the University of Alberta. Around 60 university students used to pray at the University as the Al Rashid mosque was quite far. They had numerous problems in booking rooms which they had to pay for. As such, functions were limited to Fridays. A group of students met and decided they needed a da’wah (outreach) centre near the university that would cater to the university and downtown community. They formed the MCE association with the goal of building a mosque and a Muslim house. The land was purchased on 86 Avenue and 107 Street in 1984 at a cost of $230,000. The money mainly came from abroad. Construction of the building started with full participation from the community, which helped immensely in terms of monetary donations, labour, carpentry, plumbing, etc. Two fundraising dinners were held to help raise funds for the construction. With Allah’s grace, the mosque was completed in 1991, and was opened for prayers on February 29, 1992.