Nottingham gets first Minaret Mosque
The central British city of Nottingham had been preparing for the inauguration of their city’s first mosque with a minaret, seeing it a symbol of Islam in the old city. “I’m very proud and anxious that it opens,” mosque chairman, Aurangzeb Khan, 79, of Carlton, told Nottingham Post. “We’ve wanted it for the last four or five years and we’re really pleased with it.” The new Jamia Masjid Sultania mosque in Sneinton Dale, hosted afternoon prayers for the first time on April 13, 2014. The building, costing around £1.2m, was granted planning permission by Nottingham City Council in 2011. The 47ft high (14 metre) glass fibre minaret was added at the end of February, as one of the final pieces to be added to the Jamia Masjid Sultania mosque. The minaret mosque is the first to be erected in Nottingham. Over the past 30 years, Muslims used to pray in their houses. Britain is home to a sizable Muslim minority of nearly 2.7 million.