Mosque hosts key council ceremony

Kirkin' of the Council

Kirkin ceremony 2019

Cumbernauld Mosque proudly opened its doors to welcome elected members and officials from North Lanarkshire Council on Friday 30 August for a special ceremony to mark 23 years of the council.

The traditional Kirkin' of the council was held for the first time in a mosque since the formation of the local authority in 1996.

The ceremony is held in different places of worship each time with Banton Parish Church having hosted the last Kirkin' in 2017.

Iman Abu Bakr Isakjee welcomed in the local congregation before readings were performed from the Qur'an by the council Chief Executive Des Murray, Leader Jim Logue and Provost Jean Jones.

The mosque was opened in 2013 under the name the Islamic Education Trust and has since held regular open days for people of all faiths to forge closer community relations. The mosque is also regularly visited by schools across Lanarkshire to support the religious education curriculum.

Provost Jones said: "On behalf of the council, I would like to thank the Iman and the congregation of the Cumbernauld Mosque for their kind hospitality and for making us all feel so welcome.

"The mosque is a well know local landmark in Cumbernauld and plays a significant role in the local community and beyond. We are pleased to build links with all our local places of worship and the Kirkin' gives us the chance to further strengthen those ties."

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