Reykjavík City Council formally approved the building site for a new mosque in Iceland’s capital today. The Association of Muslims in Iceland was allocated a plot of land in Sogamýri in January.
Head of the association, Sverrir Agnarsson, said it’s good news for Muslims in Iceland. “I’m just happy, what else can I say,” he commented to visir.is.
Construction of the mosque is expected to commence in the spring, depending on when the building plans are ready, Sverrir said. When asked how the mosque will be funded, Sverrir said that the association will mostly be relying on private donors.
“We have had a lot of pledges so I don’t have many concerns about that. We seek most funds from individuals from abroad and then we are also entitled to get something from the collective Muslim fund. We do this in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice to ensure that all funds are legal and are not connected to any terrorist group.”
The application for the building of a mosque in Reykjavík was first filed in 2000.