Saudi-funded “Arctic mosque” in the works for Tromsø

The Muslim Community of Alnor Senter in Tromsø has been promised 20 million Norwegian kroner by an anonymous Saudi Arabian donor to build an “arctic Mosque.” The total cost is estimated to 50-100 million kroner. If the mosque plans are realized, it would be the most northern mosque in existence on the planet.

Sandra Maryam Moe, leader of Alnor Senter says to the Christian newspaper Vårt Land that the Saudi contribution is regarded a gift, and that the congregation will be totally independent from the donor.

Moe wants the mosque to be inspired by the local architecture, and instead of the traditional call to prayer (adhan), she is wants a northern lights-inspired light show to mark times of prayer.

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