The first mosque to be built in the Western Isles is beginning to take shape.

A semi-derelict store building in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis is being converted into the place of worship.

Aihsham Rashid, a mosque builder from Leeds, is leading the construction project.

Once open, the building will offer the isles’ Muslim community of more than 50 people a place for daily prayers and for holding festivals and funerals.

At the moment, Muslim families worship in their own homes.

Earlier this month, a fundraising campaign to open the mosque exceeded its target figure of £50,000.

Mr Rashid, who was asked by a friend to help build the mosque, told BBC Scotland it was “go, go, go” with the construction element of the project.

He said: “Once we get this done the community will have somewhere men, woman and children can pray five times a day, to have a funeral, and for children to come to and relax.

“It will be like a little centre for all of them.”


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