Friday, July 31, 1998 Published at 15:32 GMT 16:32 UK
Edinburgh mosque opens
A mix of Islamic and Scottish architectural styles
A new mosque aimed at helping people understand the Muslim faith has opened in Edinburgh.
The mosque and Islamic centre has taken more than six years to complete at a cost of £3.5m.
The prince told his audience: "The mosque that was a dream of this community has at last been achieved with the contribution of the king who presented it as his gift.
"He hoped that he would help the Muslims to worship God, and they would have a centre of their own.
Mr McLeish said: "The government is strongly committed to the concepts of community and the inclusion of the rich variety of faith groups, who contribute so much to life in Scotland.
"We feel that one of the best ways for people to feel included in society is for them to develop a strong sense of their own identity.
In the past they have used cramped flats and even a portable cabin to pray.
The new mosque is based on a mix of Islamic and Scottish architectural styles.
Britain's first Muslim MP, Mohammed Sarwar, MP for Glasgow Govan, said: "I think this is an excellent mosque.
"I am sure it will be a symbol of unity and will build bridges with the indigenous community."