About Masjid-E-Tauheed

Brief History of Masjid-E-Tauheed (Madrassa Talimul Islam)

 

Our Masjid has been in existence since 1972 and it was originally known as Madrassa Quwwatul Islam. It was one of the first of its kind in the Greater London area and strived to provide and promote Islamic Education to the Muslim Community, especially children residing in the locality.

 

The Madrassa originally started with one class of 30 or so children in a rented room within a local Christian Community centre, namely the Trinity Centre in East Avenue. As the local Muslim community grew and the Madrassa’s reputation of high standards spread to the neighbouring localities, the number of children in the Madrassa also increased. We were compelled to rent further facilities within the same centre to meet the demand. By 1993 we occupied all the centre’s facilities that were available to us. In 1989 the Madrassa’s name was changed to Madrassa Talimul Islam.

 

As the number of children continued to grow we were forced to introduce a waiting list for joining the Madrassa. This was unacceptable since the children were missing out on Islamic education during an extremely valuable and significant part of their life. In June 1993 we purchased our own building in Gladstone Ave at a cost of £182,000. We invested a further £45,000 to renovate the building to acceptable standards. We only had £28,000 and the rest of the money was generously donated by the local community.

 

We were still very dependent on the community centre, as our own building was unable to accommodate all our children on the register.

 

Since 1995 the community centre was also under constant threat of closure due to financial cut backs from the Local Government Authority. There was a great deal of fear, anxiety and uncertainty amongst the Muslim Community. We were extremely concerned that our children’s Islamic development would be severely disrupted and the effect would be very damaging. In the light of the above issues we were in urgent need of an additional property to accommodate all the children in our own establishment under one roof. This would also give the local Muslim community a sense of ownership, identity and independence rather than living in constant fear of being controlled.

 

Alhamdulillah, in July 2000 we found a suitable building, which together with the first building we purchased in 1993 we were able to accommodate all our children and leave some space for future expansion. This building was purchased for £1.07m at an Auction. This large sum of money was graciously supported through a tremendous response by our brothers/sisters by Qarz-e-Hassanah (interest free loan) and Lillah donations. In fact we received over £1.25m in one month.

 

This building consists of 21 rooms with an area of 297 sq metres. The prayer hall can accommodate 300 people for 5 times prayers. We currently get 700 people attending the Friday Jummah prayers and this number is increasing on a weekly basis as more and more people hear about the Mosque.

 

By the will and mercy of Allah (SWT) the Local Council permitted us to develop a “Manor Park Islamic Cultural Centre”. The building was named “Masjid-E-Tauheed”.

 

In November 2000, during Ramadan, we completed the renovation of this building and started performing the 5 times daily prayers in this building. The renovation work was undertaken by local brothers on feesabilillah basis, it included Electricians, Plumbers, Painters, Labourers etc.

 

Our organisation is made up of the Muslim Community living in the East Ham, Manor Park & Forest Gate areas. We are a registered charity and have an executive council of 10 members who oversee the daily running of the Madrassa and Masjid. They also ensure that own polices & values are adhered to.


Our Services

Our mission is to serve the community

Our staff & management

We are a dedicated and hardworking team

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12 Madrassa Teachers

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1 Administrator

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7 Committee Members

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7 Trustees

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2 Imams