Faith to build bridges
IMAM OPEN TO QUESTIONS ABOUT RELIGION
AUSTRALIA’S youngest Imam is committed to breaking down barriers, offering to buy a coffee for anyone who wants to ask him about his faith.
The often vocal Imam Kamran Tahir (26), who hails from London, was brought over from Sydney five months ago to lead the Ahmadiyyah Muslim Association in Cockburn.
The group plans to transform the old ice rink site on Barrington Street into a mosque, with an application receiving planning approval from the City of Cockburn’s planning department.
Planning and development services director Daniel Arndt said a place of worship was an acceptable use with the area’s light and service industry zoning and there was no statutory requirement for the change of use to be advertised.
“The application, received by the City on October 26, 2016, complied with all of the City’s statutory planning requirements and was granted approval under delegated authority,” he said. “There are no special or different requirements for an application for a place of worship.
“It is dealt with in the same manner as any other planning application and religion does not form part of the planning assessment.”
Further approvals would be required to use the venue as a place of worship, along with any building approvals needed to convert the premises to their needs.
Two public protests recently held by members of Facebook group Ban the Cockburn Mega Mosque have not deterred Imam Kamran’s efforts from building bridges with the Perth community.
He has conducted ‘I’m a Muslim, ask me anything’ campaigns and said he was always happy for a chat over a coffee. He said 35,000 Muslims recently pledged allegiance to peace at a convention in London.
Imam Kamran Tahir.