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Over 100 people attend Edson Mosque Open House

“We believe in our profits and believe in one God, 'this is what we built on our own'. We strove and
who is universal,” says Ali. worked hard. We did what we needed to do to have
Muslims also give to charity from 2.5% of their a mosque,” said Ali.
wealth. Those proceeds are donated to the Edson People volunteered to build the mosque so that it
Food Bank. “It's our way of contributing to the could save money on labour. The only cost were
local community,” says Ali. supplies. “When we built, we didn't want anything
Ali also spoke about how the mosque has many extravagant because we wanted to fit in with
purposes, including serving those who travel Edson. We wanted to be as simple as possible, to
through Edson so that they have a place to pray on make things comfortable with our neighbours,”
Fridays. “A large part of our life is spent praying. said Ali.
Friday prayer is a congregation prayer like how Currently, all of the members serving in the
Sunday's a congregation for Christians,” says Ali. mosque volunteer their time and effort. “We keep
Edson Mayor Pasychny and MLA Eglinski spoke maintaining the mosque on a small budget. We
at the event. Eglinski talked about the history of have no mortgage and no debt. We just have to pay
Muslims in Canada, which started in the early for heat, electricity, and water,” said Ali.
1900's. “As the years have gone by, we have seen “We've been planning the open house for the last
the Muslim/Islamic faith grow in Canada at a fairly couple of years to get the blessing from the
good rate. Every ten years, the population of community. We want them to be happy. Their
Mulims has doubled and today, we are close to a happiness is ours. It is also one way for us to feel
million,” says Eglinski. The Muslim population is at home. It's a way to build some bridges and get to
expected to be close to 1.5 to 2 million by know each other better,” said Ali.
2021.“They're a very important part of Canada, of
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of Edson. “Opening a mosque in Edson shows that
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Iman Ahmad Ali presents a welcome to the kind of diversity in our community. It's extremely Water Well Drilling
community during the Edson Masjid open house important and I'm very excited to have such a
on October 30. photo Mikaela Kuefler facility in our community. As mayor, I've had the
pleasure of opening another new religious facility A pr
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Edson,” said Pasychny. Summers Drilling specializes in water well
drilling and water well repairs. epairs.
The Edson Masjid (Mosque) had an open house During the open house, mosque members drilling and water well r
to welcome everyone in the community on October supplied a potluck containing 14 different dishes,
30. such as Kafta, Morrocan rice, Chicken Kabobs, and
Approximately 100 people attended the event, much more.
including three Edson Councillors and Mayor Greg Construction of the mosque started in 2011 but
Pasychny. MP Jim Eglinski and MLA Eric wasn't completed until this year. Since 2009,
Rosendal, along with 12 GYPSD staff members, members of the Muslim faith used the Red Brick to
such as Board Trustee Joan Zaporosky, were also in pray.
attendance. “Once we bought the land, we started fundraising
The event had a presentation by Iman (spiritual in Edson, Edmonton, and Lac La Biche. It was a 780-963-1282
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leader) Ahmad Ali, who explained that Islam is no slow process because we didn't want to get any 4405 50 street
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Request for Proposals

Edson United Church Business Coaching Services for

1214 Edson Drive, Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program

Edson, Alberta Community Futures West Yellowhead is issuing a Request
for Proposals for Business Coaching Services for their
Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program.

HOURS OF OPERATION: A breakdown of the requirements for the Request for

Thursday, Friday and Saturday Proposals is available at
12 pm to 4 pm
Community Futures West Yellowhead is a federally funded,
Donations of clean, independently managed not-for-profit organization under
the leadership of a Board of Directors representing the five
gently used items welcome! communities in our region: Jasper, Hinton, Edson, Grande

Jpg 8623-Iman Ahmad Ali presents a welcome to the community during the Edson Masjid open house on October 30. Clothing, footwear Cache and Yellowhead County.

Jpg 8627-Members of the Edson Masjid show people attending their open house how they pray during their open house on Household items and decorations Received proposals will be confidential.
October 30.
Bathroom and Bedroom items Only those submitted proposals that are successful will be
Toys, books, music and movies, contacted.

miscellaneous items. Community Futures West Yellowhead

Attn: Nancy Robbins
Drop box in the parking lot 221 Pembina Avenue
Hinton AB
of the church T7V 2B3
Open weekdays: 8 am to 8 pm. Fax: 780-865-1227

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Profits are donated to local non-profit organizations Friday, November 25, 2016
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