HISTORY OF THE MOSQUE
The Mosque and Islamic Centre of Brent came into being in 1976. The building which was originally a church was bought by the local community to facilitate the growing needs of the ever increasing number of Muslims in the area. Refurbishments to the exterior and the interior of the building began soon afterwards. Under the dedicated and watchful eyes of the Chairman, Ch. Sadeeq further restorations and alterations took place and in 2005. the official opening to mark the ‘new look’ of the Mosque was done by the Honourable Lord Nazir Ahmed of Rotherham.
The spire was changed into a Minarat with a dome on the top which is visible from a distance on the main Chichele Road and two smaller green domes were added to the entrance on Howard Road.The interior of the mosque has a large hall accommodating up to 600+ worshippers. There is also a large gallery with a capacity of 300 and a smaller hall which is used for the 5 daily prayers that accommodates about 300 people. There is also a ladies section which holds about 400 worshippers and it has its own ablution and baby changing facilities. The ladies section also has its own private room and a kitchen. The Mosque has a basement which is used as a community hall for functions and is also used as sports hall. It has a capacity of 600+ and is also used for worshippers on Fridays and Eid when every available space is needed. The centre usually has four prayers for Eid.
The Islamic Centre’s main focus is the community. Every effort is made to see to their welfare and comfort at the mosque. The men and ladies ablution and toilet facilities have just recently been revamped. Islamic Education is another area that the Centre places great emphasis on. To this end, the Trust has employed a team of qualified and dedicated staff to provide a high standard of Islamic Education. The Centre provides free Islamic Counselling for the Community and regular surgeries by the local MP and the police. We also provide free advice by solicitors on immigration and other issues. The Centre also supports the ULFA Aid Project for ‘Food for the Homeless’ which takes place in the mosque every fortnight.