Central Mosque Wembley
|The Wembley Central Mosque
Muslim Welfare Association
|Location||London, United Kingdom|
|Ownership||Muslim Welfare Association Ltd.|
|Architect(s)||Thomas Edward Collcutt & Stanley Hemp (1904)
Capital Constructions Ltd (2011)
The Central Mosque Wembley (also known as Central Wembley Mosque and Wembley Central Mosque) is situated in the inner London Borough of Brent. The main mosque in North West London, it is located on Ealing Road and serves the UK’s fifth largest Muslim community, which is predominantly Pakistani and Bangladeshi. Along with the adjacent Muslim Welfare Association, it has a capacity of up to 2200 people.
The three-storey semi-detached building was originally a Protestant church designed by Thomas Colcutt and Stanley Hemp but was then purchased in 1993 for £380,000 by the mosque committee. Work began in 1993 and finished in 1996 with the committee spending £100,000 on refurbishing the whole building and the construction of a new ablution area for the men. The mosque has a large hall, a gallery, offices and a funeral room.
Construction began on the first expansion project called the Muslim Welfare Association in 2003. Adjacent to the mosque, it is a two-storey building which had been burnt down due to an electrical fault. The cost of the project was £500,000. The renovation work finished in 2005 including a brand new first floor. The centre has two halls, classrooms, ladies area, kitchen unit, meeting room and a main office.
1985: The original Wembley Central Mosque
The MWA Committee was set up in 1985 to organise congregational prayers as there was no mosque in North West London despite the high number of Muslims. The committee purchased a three-storey semi-detached house on Harrowdene Road. It could hold a capacity of up to 400 worshippers but soon the Muslim community was growing. A new and bigger mosque with facilities for all Muslims was necessary.
1993: The new Wembley Central Mosque
The St Andrew's Presbyterian Church in the centre of Wembley had been vacant for fifteen years. It was bought by the charity funds of the Muslim community, and the money made from the sale of the smaller mosque, established in 1985 on Harrowdene Road. It took three years to complete all the work that was essential. After the work had been completed, the mosque was ready for use. Soon the mosque held the five daily congregational prayers, Jumu'ah prayers, Ramadan prayers (Taraweeh & Tahajjud) and Eid prayers. The new Wembley Central Mosque held a capacity of 700 worshippers. The mosque was also now allowed to broadcast the live Adhan (call to prayer) using loudspeakers only for Jumu'ah (Friday prayer).
1996: Single-storey extension
As the building was listed, the committee found it hard to get permission from the local council for building plans but after a long time of trying and hard work, they finally got permission for a single storey extension linked to the back of the mosque to create a brand new ablution area, offices and funeral services.
2003: First expansion project (Muslim Welfare Association)
The Muslim population was increasing rapidly each year. Adjacent to the mosque was an old unused building. The committee and the community decided to rebuild it and put it to good use. At first, there was a slight financial problem but the community pitched in together and the mosque instantly raised £500,000 to rebuild the building and name it the Muslim Welfare Association. Work began straightaway in 2003 and the new centre opened in 2005 with over 4,000 people attending the opening Friday prayers.
The Muslim Welfare Association is the other side of Wembley Central Mosque. The committee hoped that the Muslim Welfare Association will help the community by providing better facilities for women, WCM Evening Madrasah, Sunday School and on a busy day, the Muslim Welfare Association can be used for prayer space and can accommodate up to 500 worshippers.
2009: Second expansion project
On Fridays, The mosque and centre gets filled up promptly even though there are two Jumu'ah Prayers. Worshippers have to pray on the streets. The Wembley Central Mosque & Muslim Welfare Association decided to launch their second expansion project costing over £1 million. The expansion project aimed to increase the prayer capacity from 2200 to 3500 by building a new prayer hall linked to the existing main hall. After the construction work is complete, there will be more services and facilities including a fully equipped library with ICT facilities. Also, there will be improved facilities for Islamic funeral services.
Meetings were held between the mosque committee, contractors, builders (Capital Constructions) and also the council for permission. After getting permission for a three phase expansion project, Wembley Central Mosque started collecting funds.
On 10 January 2011, Phase 1 of the expansion project began.
On 16 March 2011, Qur'an reciter Abu Bakr Shatri visited the mosque. He first recited Surah Ar-Rahman and then he presented the mosque with an award which was accepted by the Head Imam, Abdul Sattar. Abu Bakr Shatri then made a Dua for the whole Muslim Ummah with the congregation joining in with him.
On 9 July 2011, Egyptian reciter Muhammad Jibreel visited the mosque on his UK tour sponsored by ‘Islamic Relief’. He led the Maghrib Prayer and then offered some Quran recitations in Murattal style.
Present services in the Wembley Central Mosque & Muslim Welfare Association include:
- Complete Islamic Marriage Service
- Halaqah – Topics discussed in various languages
- Sunday School – Islamic classes for older children (teenagers) held in the Muslim Welfare Association
- WCM Evening Madrasah – After school, Islamic Education for children (Wembley Central Madrasah)
- Monthly Islamic Lecture – Lectures done on various Islamic topics. Done on the last Sunday of each month
- Women's Resources – Training and support centre for women
Future planned services include:
- ICT classes – ICT and ESOL training
- Language classes – Classes for learning languages
- Training centre – Training adults for employment
- Careers Advice – Advice with CV writing, applications and interview techniques
- "Mosque Directory: Wembley Central Mosque". Retrieved 2012-03-06.
- "Central Mosque Wembley, History". Retrieved 13 November 2011.
- "Information for Planning Application 95/0542". brent.gov.uk. 27 June 1995. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
- "Information for Planning Application 10/3216". brent.gov.uk. 17 December 2010. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
- "Shaykh Abu Bakr Shatri, "A Cure for All Hearts: Qur’anic Recital Delivered By The World Renowned Reciter", Website of the Wembley Central Mosque". Retrieved 2012-03-06.
- http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=faS0GZ6wPCMC&pg=PA105&lpg=PA105&dq=Murattal+style&source=bl&ots=FZLBVlEUy9&sig=iMe_gjz0bcxVKIXEIpjsTTTZGZs&hl=en&ei=qxnVTqaoFaHm4QSNybW9AQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=9&ved=0CGUQ6AEwCA#v=onepage&q=Murattal%20style&f=false ‘Murattal Style’