Two years ago, the construction of the Islamic Cultural Centre in Sisak began. After a six-month delay due to bankruptcy of the contractor, the construction has continued and the future religious-cultural centre is now progressing well. When it is finished, and the plan is for that to happen by the end of the next year, it will cover 2,641 square meters and thus replace the present mosque located in a family home, reports Lokalni.hr on November 9, 2018.
“In addition to the mosque, the complex will include a meeting room, a youth club, a restaurant with a children’s playroom, classrooms, a library, apartments, guest rooms, office space,” said Alem Crnkić, the imam of Sisak.
The centre will have four levels, and it will have a garden which will also serve the restaurant with traditional Bosnian cuisine. “The complex of the Islamic Cultural Centre in Sisak will be open to everyone,” explained Crnkić, pointing out that many donors of this 50.9 million kuna complex are non-Muslim residents of Sisak.
There are about 2,400 Muslims living in Sisak, with around 4,100 in the whole od Sisak-Moslavina County.
“In order to fund the construction, the women of the Islamic Community of Sisak have prepared and published the ‘Halal Cookbook’, whose first edition was sold out in Croatia and Europe, and some of the copies went to other continents as well. The second edition has also been released, and all proceeds are going towards the construction of the centre,” added Imam.
The Sisak Islamic Community will soon issue a book on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Community, founded in 1968, and all the proceeds from the book will also go towards the construction of the Centre. The mosque in Sisak will be the first eco-friendly mosque in this part of Europe. In addition to using the LED lighting system, there will be solar panels on the part of the roof that will produce electricity and cover the needs of the heating system.
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Translated from Lokalni.hr (reported by Danijel Prerad).