Islamic Centre of England

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The Islamic Centre of England Ltd (ICEL) is a Shi'a Islamic[1] religious and cultural building at 140 Maida Vale, London, England, which wishes to provide services to members of the Muslim community, in particular, and the wider community at large, across a number of fields; religious guidance and cultural issues are at the forefront.[2] It was founded in December 1995 by the representative of the supreme leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ayatollah Sheikh Mohsen Araki,[3] and opened officially in November 1998. The premises were formerly a ballroom, and then a Mecca Bingo hall.[4]


It is an educational centre for those who wish to increase their knowledge of Islamic principles and cultural values and therefore, helping to strengthen the social structure of the community. The centre provides counselling and support in all areas of family life including: pre-marital counselling, marital contracts, marital relationships, parenting.[5]


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Coordinates: 51°32′7″N 0°11′21″W / 51.53528°N 0.18917°W / 51.53528; -0.18917