Assalamu’alaikum wa’rahmatullah - peace and blessings of God be with you.
When the East London Mosque opened the ground-breaking London Muslim Centre in 2004, its aspirations were high: to create a dynamic institution, founded on the principles of Islam, to benefit not just the Muslim community, but all the communities of London.
The past eight years have surpassed all expectations. With over 1.5 million people passing through its doors each year, its contribution to society has been in the fields of education, health, interfaith dialogue, social enterprise, economic development and counselling. It has even pioneered sign language interpretation of the Friday sermon for the deaf community, and urban beekeeping from its roof!
Although the biggest and busiest Islamic complex in Europe, we have not rested on our laurels. We are already building a significant new expansion projection: our new centre of excellence, the Maryam Centre. This exciting development will bring two key benefits: significant new facilities for women, and a permanent visitor centre for non-Muslims.
We already offer probably the highest levels of engagement for Muslim women in the UK; the Maryam Centre will take this to a new level, offering far more project office space, substantial education facilities, a health and fitness centre, and enhanced prayer space.
The visitor centre will make it even easier for non-Muslims to see Muslims at prayer and learn about Islam and Muslims. Offering access seven days a week with a dedicated viewing gallery, exhibition and hospitality rooms, the hundreds of non-Muslims we already welcome each year will find our centre informative and accessible.
We believe our ambitious, modern vision echoes the needs of our communities. Our own progress has been supported by tens of thousands of ordinary Muslims contributing to a cause they truly feel proud of. Yet for us to reach our goal, and bridge the gap that will allow us to complete this wonderful project, we need further support, and so we turn to you for your kind help.
We are pleased to say that the Maryam Centre is now more than 75% complete, with continued works taking place throughout the building site.
You can contribute towards:
Alhambra Donor Wall: £1500 Outer Tile, £5000 Inner Tile
£500 - Prayer Space in the Khadeja Hall
£500 - Prayer space in the Ayesha Hall
£250 - Dawah Centre
£100 - Gift to the Masjid
+44 020 7650 3000
www.justgiving.com/maryamcentre or www.eastlondonmosque.org.uk/donate
For more details visit the mosques website: http://www.eastlondonmosque.org.uk/phase2/details
The new Maryam Centre will have the following facilities:
1) Increased prayer space for men & women
2) Education facilities for girls & women
3) Health and fitness centre for women
4) Expanded range of women's services and projects
5) Improved facilities for funeral service
6) Da'wah visitor and exhibiton centre