Leeds Grand Mosque

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Leeds Grand Mosque
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Religion
AffiliationIslam
Location
LocationLeeds, England
Leeds Grand Mosque is located in Leeds
Leeds Grand Mosque
Shown within Leeds
Geographic coordinates53°48′23.1″N 1°34′05.3″W / 53.806417°N 1.568139°W / 53.806417; -1.568139Coordinates: 53°48′23.1″N 1°34′05.3″W / 53.806417°N 1.568139°W / 53.806417; -1.568139
Architecture
Typemosque
Date established1994
Capacity1,500+
Website
Official website

Leeds Grand Mosque (LGM) is a mosque in Leeds with a regular congregation of 1,200.[1][2] It is located at 9 Woodsley Road, Hyde Park, Leeds, LS6 1SN West Yorkshire, England. The mosque has a diverse and ethnically mixed congregation with facilities for both male and female worshippers.[1] The Friday prayer sermon is also delivered in English also alongside the Arabic.[2]

The mosque's Imam is Sheikh Dr Mohammed Taher.[3] The resident Islamic scholar to the mosque is Sheikh Abdullah Al Judai’.[3]

It is the home of the first Muslim Scout Group in Leeds.[4] 15 Scouts were invested at the launch in 2006.[5]

Building[edit]

It was originally Sacred Heart Church designed by Derek Walker, completed in 1965 and described as "One of the most striking churches to be built in the 1960s".[6] The design is Brutalist based on a concrete frame clad with pre-cast panels of Cornish granite aggregate.[6] It closed in 1993 and was sold and converted in 1994, with funding from Saif Bin Muhammad Al-Nehayyan of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.[7] The chancel was converted into a smaller worship hall used on weekdays, and a women's gallery was constructed at the rear of the main hall, later augmented by converting the choir gallery into a second women's gallery. The stained glass window and Christian symbols were removed, and facilities for wudu installed.[6]

The main hall provides a large open space which is used as the main prayer area for men.

In 2013 a storm lifted part of the roof off, resulting in extensive rain damage.[8]

Facilities[edit]

Main hall on public open day
  • Male prayer hall
  • Female prayer hall
  • Lecture room
  • Basement – used for multiple activities
  • Library
  • Catering kitchen
  • Management office, storage rooms, and washing facilities for both males and females
  • Fenced car park for 20 cars
  • Gardens around the mosque
  • Linked house, rented as a source of income

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Welcome to Leeds Grand Mosque". www.leedsgrandmosque.com. Leeds Grand Mosque. 2019. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b The Times, 24 August 2002 Archived 21 July 2012 at the Wayback Machine"At your service" by Daniel Crewe
  3. ^ a b "Our Team". www.leedsgrandmosque.com. Leeds Grand Mosque. 2019. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  4. ^ www.cycscouts.org.uk Archived 2008-12-03 at the Wayback Machine 1st Muslim Scout Group Launches
  5. ^ Yorkshire Evening Post 5 December 2006 "City gets its first Muslim Scouts"
  6. ^ a b c John Minnis & Trevor Mitchell (2007) Religion and Place in Leeds (English Heritage) ISBN 978-1-905624-48-5
  7. ^ History of Leeds Grand Mosque Archived 2011-07-01 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Yorkshire Evening Post 7 December 2013 "SOS call at Leeds mosque left exposed by freak storm"

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