By Rose Barrett
A Mosque on Talbot Street which appealed for funds to clear debts and back rent of €55,000 has now almost met its target.
The Anwar-e-Madina Mosque, which is a three-minute walk from The Spire, has raised €48,000 through a GoFundMe page.
Bilal Awan, a member of Dublin’s Muslim community, is making a final appeal to worshippers to get behind the fundraising drive for the prayer centre.
He told Dublin Gazette: “This is the first ever public fundraiser on behalf of the mosque. I organised the fundraiser because it has accumulated €53,000 in back rent – as we will also have fees for the GoFundMe facility, the end amount we need is closer to €55,000.
“The fundraising page has now exceeded €48,000 so please, I’m making this appeal to achieve the full amount.
“The mosque has never appealed for financial support publicly before. The mosque was originally started by the late Haji Abdul Hameed and now his son Mia Manan Hameed is managing it.
“The family has generously contributed towards the shortfall of the mosque expenses, with donations from regular worshippers.”
He added: “With the mosque being closed during the Covid restrictions, obviously the donations of regular worshippers is badly missed and we have fallen behind on the rent.
“We urge people to adhere to the health guidelines, your prayers will be heard at home or in the mosque. With a three month final notice served to the mosque, we need to clear the outstanding debt, or else we could possibly face eviction.”
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