Didsbury Mosque

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Didsbury Mosque
Didsbury mosque.jpg
View from the intersection of Barlow Moor Road & Burton Road
Basic information
Location England 271 Burton Road, West Didsbury, Manchester, England[1]
Geographic coordinates 53°25′22″N 2°14′49″W / 53.42278°N 2.24694°W / 53.42278; -2.24694Coordinates: 53°25′22″N 2°14′49″W / 53.42278°N 2.24694°W / 53.42278; -2.24694
Affiliation Salafi-Ikhwan[1]
District West Didsbury
Country United Kingdom
Leadership Sheikh Mustafa Abdullah Graf
Website http://www.didsburymosque.com/
Architectural description
Architectural type Chapel
Completed 1883 / 1962
Specifications
Capacity 1,000
Dome(s) 0
Minaret(s) 1

The Didsbury Mosque, and the Manchester Islamic Centre,[1] are co-located on Burton Road, West Didsbury, in Manchester, England. The building was originally the "Albert Park Methodist Chapel", which opened for worship in 1883,[2] but in 1962 the chapel closed and was later converted into a mosque. It has an attendance of around 1,000 people.[3] The mosque Sheikh is Mustafa Abdullah Graf.[4]

Distinctives[edit]

The Didsbury Mosque and Manchester Islamic Centre says of itself it, "represents a wide range of the Muslim community of various origins and/or Islamic schools of thought".[5] The mosque holds open-days providing, displays, talks, Q & A sessions and guided tours.[6] The organization, 'Muslims in Britain'[7] classify the Didsbury Mosque and Manchester Islamic Centre as, "Salafi-Ikhwan".[1]

The mosque broadcasts, with radio coverage over most of South Manchester, adhan, prayers, Friday sermons, daily reminders as well as talks and lectures given in the mosque prayer hall.[8] The Manchester Islamic Centre is registered as a charity with the Charity Commission.[9]

Manchester attacks and response[edit]

The attacker of the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing was identified as Salman Ramadan Abedi. He attended the mosque.[10][11][12] His father, Ramadan Abedi (also known as Abu Ismael), called the adhan at the mosque,[13][14] and his older brother, Ismail Abedi, was a tutor in the mosque's Qur'an school.[15] Both men were arrested.[16] [17]

The mosque released a statement condemning the terror attack.[17] The mosque also held a moment of silence to remember the victims of the bombing.[17]

One attendee said in 2017 that, "every other Friday khutba [sermon] at Didsbury was about how bad ISIS are" and that the bomber, "hated the mosque."[18]

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