The South Belfast Councillor said that not only would the move show universal political support for the Belfast Islamic community, but would also signal that Belfast is open for business, open for investment and open for study across the world.
Councillor Paula Bradshaw said: “Belfast City Council can send a strong message tonight, that the Belfast Islamic community has our full support as it continues to develop and grow.
“The Belfast Islamic Centre is a fantastic, vibrant resource in our city, not only as a place of worship, but as a place of learning, a place of sharing and as a support mechanism.
“To date the centre has been such a success that it has outgrown its current premises. Along with An Culturlann, the Indian Community Centre and the Chinese Welfare Association, the Islamic Cultural Centre contributes to the cultural vibrancy of Belfast, and we cannot underestimate the impact Muslim professionals, students and family members bring to Belfast and Northern Ireland.
“I hope all Councillors will be able to get behind this important project.”