News Agencies – July 6, 2012
At 2,000 square metres, it has capacity for 1,500 people and cost 3.75 million euros to build. The town of Cergy pitched in by guaranteeing half of a 2.2 million loan taken out by the Cergy Muslim Federation, and by leasing the land at a nominal price for 99 years. The rest came from donations from Federation members.
”We want it to be clear that we paid for this, through donations,” Imam Tahar Mahdi said. There have been projects to build a mosque in Cergy since the 1980s. The new mosque also has a cultural center, a tea room, a funeral parlor, and schoolrooms.