|Many cities in Western Europe have already been heavily Islamified|
REPORT: The chairman of the Reykjavík environment and planning board, Páll Hjaltason, has said that the board’s promise to grant the Association of Muslims in Iceland a plot of land in Sogamýri on which to build a mosque will be met.
The land was approved for the purpose in January of this year.
The Association plans to build a mosque with a nine-meter high minaret, though the final design will be decided upon in cooperation with municipal authorities and the Association of Icelandic Architects.
The mosque, which will be 800 square meters, will function as a community center, library and large prayer room.
According to the head of the Association of Muslims in Iceland, Sverrir Agnarsson, it is hoped that construction can begin next year. Construction costs are expected to be ISK 400 million (USD 3 million, EUR 2.4 million).
There are two Muslim associations in Iceland, the Muslim Association of Iceland, which, according to Statistics Iceland, has 465 members, while the Muslim Cultural Centre in Iceland has 305 members.
Former mayor of Reykjavík claims a mosque will threaten Iceland’s culture and safety.
Ólafur F. Magnússon, who was mayor for little less than 7 months in 2008, is highly pessimistic about plans of a mosque being built in the open space of in the eastern part of Reykjavík, Eyjan reports.
City council approved of the plans last week, after Muslims in Iceland having waited 13 years to get a property to raise the first mosque in Iceland. Ólafur writes in Morgunblaðið today, expressing his concern about the matter.
“It is worrying that Muslims here don’t seem to have any difficulties financing the project, receiving aid from Muslim organizations abroad. Those organizations might want to increase the influence of Islam in Iceland, as well as in other countries.”
Instead of a mosque, Ólafur suggests a temple of the Nordic gods to be built in the plot. “Such a cultural gem would bring joy to the majority of the city’s residents, as well as other Icelanders, and wouldn’t be as out of place as a mosque would."