Our Swedish correspondent LN notes that “Islam attacks from all directions, now most recently also from an ecological point of view.”
Below is his translation of an article from the Swedish news site Samhällsnytt:
The Green Future of Islam: Ecological Mosques
[Photo, not shown: Cambridge eco-mosque]
The opening is scheduled for next spring, 2019. “It will be a place for the whole community, not just Muslims,” says Tim Winter, lecturer on the subject of Islam at Cambridge University.
The project of building an eco-mosque has been ten years in the making, and the opening is scheduled for the spring of 2019. The goal is to unify different groups of people.
“I want this to be a place that unites people, and favors not only Muslims in Cambridge, but everyone who comes here should be welcome,” said Tim Winter, an associate professor of Islamic studies at the Cambridge University.
Muslims began to immigrate to Britain in the 1950s and 1960s, mainly from the former British colonies of Bangladesh and Pakistan. Today there are also large groups of Turks, Kurds, Algerians and Kazakhs, and also Muslim converts.
“At the most recent census, the figure was 100,000 converts in Britain,” said Tim Winter to the site My Salaam.
Tim Winter, 57, converted to Islam almost 40 years ago, took the Arab name Abdal Hakim Murad and has studied in Egypt and Saudi Arabia. He has performed the haj three times, that is, a visit to Islam’s holy city of Mecca, something every healthy Muslim is obliged to do, according to the holy writings of Islam.
Video: Why I converted to Islam (Timothy Winter)
In addition to his work at Cambridge University and the ecological mosque project, Winter is the founder of the Cambridge Muslim College, which trains British-born imams.
Cambridge is home to 8,000 Muslims, but statistics do not take into account students and the vast number of new converts. The city currently has five mosques, but according to My Salaam, all are “too small” and “non-functionally built”.
The new eco-mosque will accommodate a thousand worshippers in the large prayer hall. The complex also has a restaurant, study rooms, apartments and exhibition space. Large wooden beams have been imported from Scandinavia and rainwater is to be used for different devices on the roof. The recycled water will then be used for gardening, but also for flushing toilets. A sophisticated heat-pump system should be able to find heat pockets and to distribute heat evenly throughout the mosque.
“The more technology is being developed, the more we will be able to reduce our energy costs,” says Tim Winter.