Al-Rahma Mosque, Liverpool

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Al-Rahma Mosque

Al-Rahma Mosque, Liverpool

Coordinates: 53°23′39″N 2°57′41″W / 53.39417°N 2.96139°W / 53.39417; -2.96139Coordinates: 53°23′39″N 2°57′41″W / 53.39417°N 2.96139°W / 53.39417; -2.96139
Location Toxteth, Liverpool, England
Established July 1974
Branch/tradition Sunni Islam
Administration Liverpool Muslim Society
Architectural information
Capacity Accommodates between 2,000 and 2,500 people.
Dome(s) 1
Minaret(s) 2

Website: www.liverpoolmuslimsociety.org.uk

The Al-Rahma Mosque (Arabic: مسجد الرحمة‎) is a mosque located on Hatherley Street in Toxteth, Liverpool, England, which can accommodate between 2,000 and 2,500 people[1] and serves as the main place of worship and focus point for Liverpool's Muslim population, estimated at 25,000 people.[2] The Al-Rahma Mosque is currently the largest of Liverpool's three mosques, followed by the Penny Lane mosque and a proposed mosque and Muslim centre on the former Anfield Community Comprehensive School site.

Architecture and History[edit]

The first ever mosque in England was built in Liverpool; it was opened at 8 Brougham Terrace by a solicitor and Muslim convert William Abdullah Quilliam on 25 December 1889 and the mosque he constructed was maintained until 1908.[3] That mosque was refurbished by the local community beginning in 2010[3][4] and is now occupied by the Liverpool Muslim Society.

The Liverpool Muslim Society was established in 1953 by the late Al-Haj Ali Hizzam, a member of Liverpool's Muslim Community, operating out of a room in his house.[citation needed] The society was determined to build a place of worship to meet the spiritual needs of Liverpool's small Muslim population which was then about 3,000. The Muslim community had been without a mosque since 1908.[citation needed] In 1965 construction of the Al-Rahma mosque started, with the main prayer hall being completed in July 1974.[citation needed] During the Mosque's construction, on Fridays and Muslim festivals, the Pakistan Centre opposite and the car park was used as a temporary prayer space. The first small floor, the madrassah and the imam’s accommodation were added in 1979.[citation needed]

In 2007, the Al-Rahma Mosque began buying up the surrounding and nearby buildings on Hatherley Street to renovate them for Muslim families and to further extend the mosque.[5] The current version of the mosque is a three-story building topped with a traditional dome and crescent. It opened in 2008 during Liverpool's tenure as "European Capital of Culture".[citation needed]

Today[edit]

Plaque installed on the 110th anniversary of the mosque.

The current building is used primarily by the city's Arab and Somali populations whom constitute the vast majority of Liverpool's Muslim population, estimated at around 25,000.[6] At the mosque there are daily prayers as well as Jumu'ah on Fridays, and the mosque also provides free meals, and its services include a day centre for the elderly, children’s sporting clubs, and weekend Arabic lessons.[citation needed]

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