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Muslim prayer, Dunedin City Council

Muslim prayer, Dunedin City Council

Imam Shaikh Jamal of Dunedin's Al Huda mosque recites the opening prayer at a Dunedin City Council meeting in 2008. The council began inviting leaders of diverse religions to offer opening prayers during the term of office of Mayor Sukhi Turner, a Sikh. Since then prayers have been given by Buddhists, Hindus and members of the Greek Orthodox Church. Mayor Peter Chin said in 2008 that involving a wider group of religions had benefited the community. 

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Otago Daily Times
Reference: 19 February 2008, p. 5
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Paul Morris, 'Diverse religions - Religious diversity in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 June 2024)

Story by Paul Morris, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 12 Jul 2018