Edmonton, AB – visited October 2015
The earliest Muslim settlers in the country, in the late 1800s’, found their homes in Edmonton and in near by Lac la Biche. The first mosque constructed in the country was the al Rashid mosque, built in 1938 and was moved a number of times, most recently to the Fort Edmonton park. Since 1982 the historic al Rashid mosque has not been used, and the contemporary, purpose-built mosque al Rashid – Canadian Islamic Centre boasts a large community and network in the area as well as the separate campus of the Islamic Academy. The purpose built Muslim Community of Edmonton (MCE) mosque shows some of the influence of the historic al Rashid mosque. Also visited were the purpose-built Belle rive Ismaili Jamatkhana and centre and the Masjid Quba which is a converted space.