In the year 1995, a small group of Muslims rented a 500 sq. ft. office on the upper level of a strip plaza located at 2462 Kingsway Avenue, in the City of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada and named it The Tri-City Islamic Centre. Before this step, few Muslim families used to gather every Friday and offer Jummah (Friday) prayers in a room linked to Terry Fox Library, in Port Coquitlam. The Tri-City Islamic Centre facility was mainly used for Jummah and the five daily prayers and later progressed its services to include the teaching of Qur'an and Sunnah to children and adults, Arabic Language and special family affairs services.
Although the name is Tri-City, indeed the Centre served Muslims from seven cities: Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Coquitlam, Pitt Meadows, New Westminster, Burnaby, and Maple Ridge. The Management Committee consisted of brothers and sisters who came from different parts of the world representing Muslims from all continents.
They pledged to achieve the ultimate aim and objective of every Muslim, which is to seek the pleasure of Allah, by worshipping Him, serving fellow humans, and strive to make Allah's Word supreme. Thus, the commitment was to help Muslims achieve those ideas through the collective efforts of all involved Insha Allah.
With the help of Allah, the dream came true and the Mosque was opened on August 15, 2003.
Designed by an award winning local Muslim architect, Studio Senbel Architecture + Design, the building draws on the great traditions of Islamic architecture, reinterpreted and adapted for the local climate and building materials in British Columbia. Generous glasswork in the prayer hall is designed to allow maximum natural light in.
Mosque Complex Features:
- Separate, but identical, grand entrance portals for both men and women;
- Separate prayer facilities to accommodate men and women;
- An Islamic resource library and administration office;
- Wudhua' and shower facilities;
- Kitchen and cafeteria;
- Ghusl funeral preparation room;
- Secluded courtyard and secured children's play area.
The gymnasium hosts social, recreational, and sporting activities, dinner functions, seminars, and workshops. The gymnasium is facing the qibla direction of prayer and can be opened into the prayer hall. It is ample space to accommodate additional worshipers for prayer.
In addition to street parking, there are parking stalls in a secured, underground parking facility.