- Glasgow Central Mosque
Infobox religious building
caption=Glasgow Central Mosque
building_name=Glasgow Central Mosque
construction_cost=£ 3 million
There are currently three
*Maulana Omair Malik.
Located on the south bank of the
River Clydein central Glasgow, the mosque was built in 1983 and was formally opened in 1984 by H E. Abdullah Omar Naseef, the Secretary Generalof the Muslim World League. Built on a four-acre site, the present Mosque is shortly to be enhanced by the new Islamic Centre to be erected on an adjacent four-acre site. The new Islamic Centre will contain a general purpose hall, sports and changing facilities, meeting rooms, library. cafeteria and facilities which will offer educational and sociological guidance to the community at a large.
The mosque was built at a cost of three million pounds. The courtyard of the mosque is in keeping with the traditional Arabesque style. It is enclosed on one of its sides by gardens and on the other by a long façade of arched windows. The main entrance arched with etched glass doors of a floral design. In the courtyard is one of the most noticeable features being the Minaret (tower) where traditionally the Muezzin recites the call to prayer stands.
The other more noticeable feature is the dome above the main prayer hall allowing natural light into the building. Inside the mosque is a recess which is called the Mihrab where the Imam stands. The Mihrab points in the direction of Mecca.
Enclosed in a
walled gardenand with a separate minaret, the mosque combines Islamic architecturewith the characteristic Old Red Sandstonematerial used to build many of Glasgow's buildings. The building, which can accommodate 2500 worshippers, cost around 3 million pounds to build.
Muslim Cultural and Welfare Centre
The mosque's Islamic centre, built on an adjacent site, provides cultural, religious, and social welfare services to the local Islamic community. The Islamic Centre is now the Central Institution for the Muslim community and this is the largest community centre in Strathclyde.
This centre provides services not only for Muslim elderly people, adults, youths and children, it also serves the non-Muslim community groups of various ages, and educationalists from various institutions. Its services are to meet the needs of the people living in the area as well as the whole of the Strathclyde region.
more information about this Mosque can be found at http://www.glasgowcentralmosque.co.uk
[http://www.inglasgow.com/inglaig/gallery.asp?categoryid=101 Glasgow Central Mosque Photographs]
[http://www.zhikr.org/ Glasgow Central Mosque Slideshow]
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