Swedish church to collect funds to build mosque

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Planned mosque adjacent to church

The Swedish church in Naka has been planning to raise funds to build a mosque adjacent to the church building in Fisksätra, Stokholm, for years.

The joint building is to be called the “House of God” and is estimated to cost SEK 39 million ($4,548,630), an amount the church tries to collect through a foundation.

Priest and former bishop of Karlstad, Bengt Wadensjö, presented the project in an article in a Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet. Referring to the Swedish democrats, he wrote “When fear of the unknown in the form of Islam now gives Sweden a profile in the news by SD taking place in parliament, I want to highlight a different picture of Sweden.”

Contradicting Jimmie Åkesson, head of SD’s statement that Muslims were the biggest foreign threat, he wrote, “In Nacka we do not believe that immigrants or Muslims would be a threat. They are an asset.”

Bengt Wadensjö said that Muslims and Christians should unite in the idea that God is one, and added that “Muslims are generally peaceful and honest”, and that the project would lead to that “world peace begins in Fisksätra”.
Presently, the idea is to build the mosque adjacent to the church, a glazed foyer joining the two.

In November 2014, Nacka Parish decided to transfer bequeathed funds to the collection fund to build the mosque, ie money from deceased who wanted to support the Swedish Church by donating money. Although this decision was appealed, the protest was rejected.