WHAT is set to be one of the biggest mosques in Australia is now being built in Prestons on a private reserve that covers more than two hectares (about seven acres).
The mosque will host prayer facilities for men and women and accommodate about 1500 people at any one time.
The development, which is being funded entirely by community donations, had been on hold for three years, but work has now resumed.
The president of the mosque executive committee, Richard Ammoun, said the mosque was expected to be finished in about three years.
"Right now we are only one quarter of the way complete," he said. "Because we receive no formal or external funding, we rely solely on generous community contributions to complete our project."
Mr Ammoun said the mosque raised more than $150,000 of pledges in one night during the holy month of Ramadan.
"Every cent has come from the local community and local business," he said.
"We have had a lot of support from the non-Muslim community in Liverpool.
"In fact some local businesses — not aligned with our beliefs — also donated money to support our project."
Mr Ammoun said the mosque was being built in a good place that would benefit the entire region.
"We are in a location that provides on-site parking, so we are not disrupting the greater community," he said.
"This is a house of God and it is open to everyone.
"In fact we welcome everyone to come and learn about what Islam is."
There are five classrooms on the site that will be dedicated for religious study.
These classes are open to the entire community.
They provide sessions for people of all faiths and walks of life who want to learn about the Islamic faith.