England

Britain’s first ever Turkish mosque at risk of closing

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A mosque that has a close connection to the Ottoman royal family, this special legacy is at risk of disappearing altogether In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. All praise is due to Him, and may His peace and blessings be upon His final Messenger, Muhammad. Contents Many British Muslims are aware of the illustrious history …

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The British Muslim Civil Society Report

A fast-growing UK Muslim community has much to offer Britain’s charity sector, especially in these crisis-ridden times. But it will need support from the public and private sectors Monday marks the release of the British Muslim Civil Society Report 2023 at a launch event backed by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Muslims. Based on a year of on-the-ground research, as the report’s author, …

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King Charles III: Five things the new British monarch said about Islam and Muslims

King Charles III, pictured on 19 November 2021, next to the ‘mahmal’, the palanquin formerly used to transport the ‘kiswah’, the cover that engulfs the Kaaba, during a visit to Egypt’s Alexandria (AFP)   The king, who once studied Arabic to better understand the Quran, has long spoken about Islamic history and theology   In 1996, the grand mufti of …

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Muslim Council of Britain to train women to run mosques

Six-month programme aims to increase diversity and follows calls for greater involvement Muslim women praying in Regents Park Mosque to celebrate the last day of the holy month of Ramadan. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo Britain’s leading Muslim organisation has launched a scheme to train women for leadership positions in mosques and community bodies. Twenty women have embarked on the six-month …

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The legacy of Victorian England’s first Islamic convert By Rahila Bano

On a bleak, wet and windy day in Liverpool the old Georgian, white-stoned building which once housed England's first registered mosque looks quite dull. The property on Brougham Terrace is just a few miles from Liverpool city centre but, in stark contrast to the newer council building next door to it, the paint is peeling off the front walls and …

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