Muslims have been living in Nanaimo at least since 1970. The first Muslim community in Nanaimo was organised by two persons in 1989. The community at that time consisted of only a few families. They started with celebrating important Islamic days. Friday prayers soon followed, held at families’ houses on a rotation basis. In 1997, the Islamic community of Nanaimo joined the Vancouver Island Muslim Association based in Victoria. In 1999 the Vancouver Island Muslim Association joined the B.C Muslim Association. Thanks to the joint efforts by the community and BCMA, a building was purchased in July 1999 for the Islamic Centre from the Francophone Association (L’Association des Francophones de Nanaimo). Built more than four decades ago originally as a Chinese church then China town, it had been used as a school by the Francophone Association. The Islamic Centre of Nanaimo was officially opened on July 15, 2000. The opening ceremony was attended by high ranking officials of the city of Nanaimo and the public. The event received wide media coverage from all the local newspapers.
The Muslim community grown so much over the years that old center was not enough for Jumma prayer and Eid celebrations. so with the help of Muslim community, we purchased a bigger building and renovated in 2016.The center moved to new location in the holy month of Ramadan in 2017.
The Islamic Centre of Nanaimo is located at 897 Harbour View Street in Nanaimo. Parking for approximately 40 cars is available. The building consists of two halls,one for brothers and one for sisters, a kitchen, two washrooms on the main floor, a handicap accessible washroom .There are front and side entrances to the building, and it is wheelchair accessible. The Management Committee is responsible for the day-to-day management of the centre, maintenance of the property, holding of daily, Friday and Eid prayers, organizing functions, fundraising and liaising with the BCMA head office in Vancouver. Friday khutbahs are given by some volunteer brothers.