Today marks a landmark occasion for London's one million Muslims. East London Mosque London's oldest centre of Muslim worship is proud to announce the launch of an exciting new initiative for the capital city. The London Muslim Centre, inaugurated by the Mosque, is the largest Muslim community and cultural centre of its kind in Europe. It aims to provide a diverse array of services to the entire community; the London Muslim Centre will actively seek to cater for all, irrespective of faith.
|`We welcome this innovative, dynamic initiative in the heart of London, and wish it every success,'
The launch of the London Muslim Centre is a natural and necessary evolution for the East London Mosque, which itself was launched almost a hundred years ago in 1910. The London Muslim Centre aims to be an important feature on the city's rich cultural tapestry. It is a British success story, where Britons of all faiths enthusiastically supported and lobbied for the Centre's promulgation. It is a Muslim success story, where Muslim Londoners have launched a pioneering initiative to engage all sections of society. As a Centre used by all faiths and ethnic origins it hopes to foster much-needed engagement and dialogue between peoples of all religions and none. This uniquely British Muslim centre will bolster London's reputation as a vibrant and diverse international city.
The London Muslim Centre will be formally opened today The Imam of the Ka'ba, Mecca (Islam's holiest mosque), Shaykh Abdur-Rahman al-Sudays, will lead the Friday prayers where thousands of worshippers are expected. Formal programmes will take place with local, national and international dignitaries. Celebrations will go on throughout the weekend with community conferences, exhibition and tours, children's street fair and entertainment.
Programme of events:
Friday 11th June
- Formal opening
- Friday prayers led by the Imam of the Holy Ka'ba Mecca
Saturday 12th June
- Community conference
- Children's fair
- Women's event
- Centre tours
- Exhibitions and displays
Sunday 13th June
- 'Welcome to the Mosque' open day
- Information stalls
For further information phone 020 7247 2626 or 07866 566 888, or email: