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Manitoba's oldest mosque is getting a new name for its birthday and inviting neighbours for a party on Sunday.
The Manitoba Islamic Association is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the province's first mosque, located at 247 Hazelwood Ave. in St. Vital. The building, tucked away in a residential area, was established by pioneering Muslim immigrants in 1976 and has served the community ever since, the association said in a news release. Known to many as the Hazelwood mosque, it will be renamed to honour its founders.
"The mosque, small as it is today, is an important piece of Manitoba’s history and continues to serve Manitoba’s Muslims as a place for worship and fellowship," association president Idris Elbakri said in the release. "It is also a testament to how welcoming Winnipeg and Manitoba have been over the years to people of all backgrounds and traditions."
The mosque is hosting a barbecue for the neighbourhood and there will be a brief program at 5 p.m. with the renaming of the mosque and the unveiling of an honorary street name by Brian Mayes, the city councillor for St. Vital.