About Us

INTRODUCTION

It may be fate, or it may be coincidence, but it is surely highly appropriate that the building which now houses the Streatham Masjid should have started life some 100 years ago as a fire station. It was then a protection and a safeguard for the local community against the threat of fire in this world; it now offers protection to the same community against the danger of fire in the Hereafter.

        By the grace of Allah, there has been a Muslim community in Streatham for almost 50 years and this community has gradually grown in number and prosperity over the years. It now contributes at every level to the general vitality of the area and to the local community.

        Since Muslims arrived to the British Isles they have gradually established themselves in this country through tremendous effort and sacrifice. Although much has been achieved, a lot has still yet to be realized.

        In the early days, when there was no Mosque or community centre, people used to meet in private houses until 1977 when we acquired a lease on the former fire station situated in the very heart of Streatham. The initial conversion costs were met by the generous donations of the local Muslim community and running costs have always been kept low due to the sincere, voluntary assistance rendered by that same community. We also sincerely acknowledge the contribution made by the Lambeth Inner City Partnership Unit through their sponsorship of our venture for the first 5 years.

In November 1989, by the will of Almighty Allah we managed to purchase the freehold of the building and since then we have initiated an enormous undertaking to completely rebuild and modernise its existing facilities to meet our current requirements and those of our future generations. The current buildings require tremendous maintenance and upkeep and are too small to accommodate the increasing numbers of worshippers and activities. Additional facilities for prayers, offices and classrooms are urgently required.

Currently worshippers on Fridays fill up every available space including the main Mosque, the Assembly hall, the Ladies hall, Classrooms, our offices and even the outside courtyard. During the two Eid Festivals, we are forced to hold a number of prayer sessions (from 3-5) to accommodate all worshippers.

The world does not wait for change and is only influenced by those willing to attempt to change it. We believe that Almighty Allah will bless you and reward you for your generous donations towards this planned project. We have already received planning permission for the first phase of this project & this project was completed with the help of Muslim community’s donations .The following pages provide further information about the aims and objectives of our project and we pray that we can rely on your full support to make this noble dream a blessed reality.

LOCATION 

      Streatham Masjid is placed in a valuable and strategic location for the community being sited on a major main road (A23) with the direct access to central London and Surrey. It is situated in a potential catchments area of 8,000 worshippers in the heart of an old and established community.

SERVING THE COMMUNITY

        Since its founding in 1977, Streatham Masjid has pioneered a number of very successful activities for the Muslim community and we are continually striving to improve our circumstances. 

        Apart from the regular prayer, five times daily and madressah classes for our children, we were also currently providing facilities for the tuition of children in various core subjects such as Mathematics, English and science. The centre was providing free tuition to deserving children, meets burial costs for the needy and even provides help and emergency homes for homeless families.

        The Centre has always provided holiday play schemes for children up to the age of 16 during the summer holidays for both boys and girls and at times as many as 300 have benefited from this project. These play schemes have included sports, outings, seminars and religious summer schools. Our summer project also included organised trips for mothers and their children and these proved to be extremely popular. We hope that with continuing funding these activities can be strengthened and expanded. Indeed, our summer activities caught the attention of documentary producers and consequently, some of the first programs on Islam to be broadcast on Network Television were recorded and produced at the Centre. Some of these continue to be shown in schools across the country.

        We have always recognised the importance of immersing our children in an Islamic atmosphere from a very early age. Therefore, Insha- Allah, we are also aiming to establish a Muslim School from children from the age of 5 to 9 years old once suitable premises are constructed on site. Housebound wives, unemployed ladies and mothers with very young babies are also encouraged to attend counseling sessions held at the Centre at a regular basis. The Centre has helped many elderly and needy people in this country, including those referred by the Social Services and the Prison Authorities.

        Over the last 20 years this Centre has helped raised over £250,000 for other charities and individuals such as Muslim Aid, Islamic Relief, Bosnia, Imran Khan Cancer Hospital, Indian Earthquake Appeal, Pakistan Society for Rehabilitation of the Disabled, Bangladesh Flood Relief, Edhi Welfare (international) Trust and many more. We also directly assisted in the establishment of a library in a remote village school in Pakistan and met the cost of bringing electricity to a girl’s school, including the supply and installation of lights and fans in all of the classrooms.

        The Centre was the first in the South London area to offer Muslim burial facilities and it maintains a healthy fund for this purpose. We were also one of the first Mosques in the country to conduct part of the Friday speech in English, recognizing that our congregation originates from many different parts of the world. This tradition of conducting speeches in English is still maintained today. Eminent Muslim scholars are regularly invited to address ever increasing audiences. The Islamic Centre has also maintained separate facilities for sisters since it was opened and it is still one of the very few Mosques to maintain constant provision for this important part of the community. 

        Our members have always maintained close links with local hospital and prisons, providing help in whatever form is required to the Muslim community. When the local Bosnian and Somalian Muslims required assistance for teaching their children in their own languages for example, the Centre was able to provide the necessary facilities and continues to do so.

       The Centre also has a good history of addressing national and international issues concerning Muslims through local councilors, politicians and the leaders of the other faiths. The Centre has always taken an active part in local community affairs and maintains close contact with the police, the local council and schools. Those Mosques and Islamic Centres that are blessed with such active community members should be afforded all the support and assistance by Muslims that is required.

        The Centre is a well established Mosque and Islamic Centre and since it’s founding has taken seriously the spiritual and academic well – being of the Muslim community. We always strongly encourage and advocate the unity and brotherhood of the Muslim Ummah and have always made the Centres facilities available to all Muslim societies and organizations. Streatham Masjid has been and will be an important and major focus of Muslim activity in South London, insha-Allah and a source of peace and security to the Muslim community.

SUMMARY OF AIMS

1.    To continue to provide facilities for the establishment of prayers five times daily for both men and women.
2.    To continue regular Madressah classes teaching children basic Islamic education.
3.    To establish a primary school for children combining Islamic subjects with the national  curriculum.
4.    To provide a comprehensive burial service included mortuary facilities for the Muslims of the area.
5.    To establish a large and extensive Islamic Library and Islamic Bookshop.
6.    To present the Islamic way of life as defined by the Glorious Quran and the teachings of Prophet Muhammad  (P.B.U.H) to both the Muslims and non – Muslim communities.
7.    To continue to work within the Muslim community helping and assisting in all possible ways, promoting unity, equality and justice.
8.    To promote and encourage mutual appreciation and friendly relations between Muslims and non – Muslims.
9.    To provide all necessary facilities for the youth to cater for their physical, mental and spiritual well – being.

FUTURE

       In order to transform this dream into a reality we urge all members of the Muslim community to contribute to this major and important project. All who are lucky enough to receive this humble brochure have a responsibility to make a significant contribution to this scheme and while a standing order form is enclosed foe those who are forced to contribute small amounts, for the rest, only a large, single donation will allow us to proceed with this project. Details of how to make a donation are presented on the last page of this brochure.

        May Allah Almighty help and guide us, always, Ameen.

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