Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Muslims Face Huge Cost to Rebuild Mosque

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Muslims Face Huge Cost to Rebuild Mosque

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Byline: Andrew Backhouse thechronicle.com.au

WORSHIPERS at the Garden City Mosque are facing a massive bill to rebuild after their mosque was burnt down by an arsonist earlier this year.

Mosque president Professor Shahjahan Khan said advice from builders and architects suggested they would need to raise $700,000 to demolish and rebuild the mosque.

"We appeal for donations as we need money to rebuild but the unity, solidary and brotherhood of the community is no less important than financial support," he said.

Professor Khan said it was important to correct the negative image about Toowoomba that had been spread following the second arson attack on the building this year.

"The fact that the community is behind this project and the reestablishment of the mosque will be a testament to that," he said.

Mr Khan said the two arson attacks on the mosque were likely committed by the same person.

"The person needs to be caught and if he continues to be on the loose we cannot rule out future attacks on the mosque," he said. …

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