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Finsbury Park Mosque

Finsbury Park Mosque Trust is a registered UK charity (no.1136945, company no. 7229018), which works to serve the community of Islington and surrounding boroughs of North London. Aside from serving as a primary place of worship and religious services to Muslims, we work to promote understanding, dialogue and community cohesion.

 

Vision Statement:

To create a conducive environment for the Muslim community in Finsbury Park and the surrounding that will allow them to worship and access community development initiatives in the areas of health, education, employment, social and cultural interaction.

 

Mission Statement:

To help the community thrive and to build; to strengthen and sustain individual family and community life.

To facilitate personal and social development of young people, by engaging them in all aspects of development, including personal, social, education, cultural, spiritual, physical, and vocational.

 

Aims and objectives:

To create a harmonious environment and promote the enhancement of human values, spiritual attainment and faith in the Almighty, through a range of spiritual, social, cultural, educational and training activities.

To enable the community to develop greater self-confidence through a sense of belonging and renewed self-reliance.

To create unity through religion and celebrate diversity by reaching out and acting as a resource centre for the local communities, voluntary and statutory agencies and the wider community.

To endorse interfaith dialogue with other religious groups (and people of no faith) with a focus on clarifying misconceptions, finding common ground, and enhancing civil society through promoting core values of community, personal integrity, wisdom and love, care and compassion, justice and peace, and respect for one another and the earth.

 

Brief history  

Located two minutes’ walk from Finsbury Park underground station, and close to the Emirates Football Stadium, the main 5-storey mosque complex was opened to the public in 1993, then known as North London Central Mosque, at a ceremony attended by HRH Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales. A few decades before the opening, a small room in a guest house at 7 Woodfall Road, London N4 was used as a Prayer Room and a community centre for a handful of Muslims working and living in the district then. With the passage of time, particularly through the 1960s-70s, the Muslim population in the area increased significantly. The unification of families brought to the fore the need to organise facilities for the religious education of children. On Fridays, the men would virtually upturn the guesthouse to accommodate the ever-increasing congregation for Jumu’a prayer. The place was already bursting at the seams when this small house was compulsorily acquired by the Local Authority as part of its Housing Action Plan. This forced the Muslim community to look for their own premises. In the meantime, the community had already organised the work under the auspices of the Muslim Welfare Centre (MWC), which had been registered with the Charities Commission in 1973.

In 1975, the Muslim Welfare Centre purchased its first property at St. Thomas’s Road. Here too both the congregations as well as the services provided by the MWC continued to develop and during the course of the following years, the MWC acquired the four adjacent properties.

 

Change of management

Unfortunately the Finsbury Park Mosque was under the forceful control of some extremists linked to Abu Hamza Al-Misri from 1997 to 2005. This was a dark period for the mosque as these individuals, unrepresented of mainstream Islam, used the premises to promote their ideology of hate, confrontation and disunity. They were ousted by the community in February 2005 in partnership with the authorities, but some sections of the media continue to falsely link the new management of the mosque to extremists.

 

New era

Since 2005, and with the support of the local Muslim community, there has been a complete overhaul of the mosque’s leadership, comprising of a new board of trustees, management team, Imams, and a new ethos. Consequently, attendance has greatly increased and the range of services has steadily expanded. Today, the mosque’s prayer halls are packed with worshippers from various ethnic backgrounds. Around one thousand worshippers attend the prayer every Friday. For the Eid prayers, we offer four prayer services to cater for nearly 2000 people. There are also a multitude of activities catering for children, women, men and the wider community which range from religious services, education, physical and recreational activities, surgeries and advice, social and cultural activities; there is also active media activity in the mosque.

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