(The controversial mosque overlooks the main highway to Oslo)
The Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad officially inaugurated the Baitul Nasr mosque in Oslo on 30 September 2011 with his Friday Sermon. The mosque is Scandinavia's largest and has a capacity of 4,500 worshippers. Visible from a great distance, the mosque has already established itself as a national landmark and a symbol of peace.
To mark the opening the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat hosted a reception attended by over 120 guests. The guests were welcomed by the President of the Ahmadiyya community in Norway, Zartasht Munir Khan, who informed that the mosque had been funded entirely by the community itself. He said that thousands of Ahmadi Muslims had contributed towards this project including a person who sold his house and a person who sold his car to raise funds.
The country's Defence Minister, Grete Faremo, attended the event on behalf of the Norwegian Government and also presented a message on behalf of Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg. She said:
"The new Norway also has a central role for religion. So we must open all our doors and invite all others as we are seeing here today. This is not my place of worship but irrespective of this I still feel real warmth here."