Al-Mustafa Islamic Cultural Centre Ireland
Al-Mustafa Islamic Cultural Centre Ireland, which started its activities as Clonee Mosque based in the village of Clonee, is the mainstream and leading Islamic Centre in Dublin 15 Ireland. It was established in January 2004 as Clonee Mosque, to cater as a place of worship for the Muslim community in Clonee (Dublin 15). Due to the high number of attendees during the Friday prayers , Clonee Mosque moved to an industrial unit in Damastown in 2007. The Islamic Center represents more traditional Sufi oriented Barelvi movement.
Rename and inauguration in 2008
Clonee Mosque was renamed to Al-Mustafa Islamic Cultural Centre Ireland in 2008 and was inaugurated by the then Minister for Justice Brian Lenihan in January 2008. Al-Mustafa ICC is represented in the Irish Council of Imams by its Founder and Imam Shaykh Umar Al-Qadri. Al-Mustafa ICC has about 500 members.
Aims and objectives
The aims and objectives of Al-Mustafa Islamic Cultural Centre according to its website are:
- To provide the Muslim Community in Ireland a religious and spiritual platform to improve their religion and spirituality
- Promote peace, harmony, integration and tolerance
- Promote friendly relations between Muslims and non Muslims
- Provide high quality authentic traditional education to children and youth
- Provide various other services to the Muslim community: Information centre about Islam, Friday prayer, Daily 5 prayers, Fatwa (Islamic Verdicts), Nikah Hajj and Umrah services, Islamic Shariah Courses, Interfaith dialogue and Halal certification of meat and non-meat products.
There are various educational, cultural and spiritual activities organized by Al-Mustafa ICC.
There are 120 students studying in Al-Mustafa weekend Quran School. In the weekend Quran school students are taught the following subjects: Quran recitation, Memorization of the Quran, Fiqh, Seerah, uloom Al-Quran, uloom Al-Hadith and Islamic history. There are 6 teachers teaching in Al-Mustafa weekend Quran school.
Sisters Halaqah takes place every Wednesday morning till the afternoon.
Jumah Salah (Friday prayer) starts at 1:30 pm with the lecture. The lecture is completely in English and followed by a short Arabic Khutbah and the prayer is held at 2:10pm.
Every Thursday night a halaqah takes place of Zikr. Al-Mustafa ICC organizes many spiritual events throughout the year (Eid ul-Fitr, Eid ul Adha, Lailat-ul-Qadr, Laylat-um-Mubarakah, Shab Meraaj and Mawlid-un-Nabi
The first Mawlid-un-Nabi Procession in Ireland was organized by Al-Mustafa ICC. Leaders of other faith were invited and spoke on the 'Prophet of Peace Conference' which followed after the Mawlid-un-Nabi procession the Islamic Cultural Center.
Stand against Extremism
AMICC has taken a stand against extremism and terrorism. The Members of Al-Mustafa Islamic Cultural Center Ireland have extended their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and the people of France on the savage and dreadful terrorist attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris yesterday. The Al-Mustafa Islamic Centre Ireland has published a set of guidelines on how to approach cartoons which depict the image of the prophet Muhammad.
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