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East London Mosque: Exploring Religion in London


Welcome to the East London Mosque. The East
London Mosque sits in London’s East End, a very diverse borough, and is home to the
largest Muslim community here in the UK. The East London Mosque Trust is 106 years
old. A campaign began to build a purpose-built mosque; by 1985 a purpose-built mosque was
opened to the community. This included a large minaret, from which the call to prayer is
broadcast, and a striking gold dome, which is a landmark now here in London’s East
End. It was opened by the Imam of Mecca, which
saw about 15,000 people turn up here to pray. Very soon after, the community and the mosque
together started a campaign to build The London Muslim Centre. By 2004 the London Muslim Centre
was completed. Thousands of Muslims come here because it
is one of the largest Muslim Centres in the UK, and we get approximately about 7,500-8,000
people coming here on a Friday to pray. Muslims can pray anywhere, but mostly Muslims
like to come to a mosque. So, Muslims pray five times a day. The busiest day for the
mosque is for Friday Prayer, which is the special prayer, which is equivalent to Sunday
mass, or the Sabbath. The religious figurehead of a mosque is called
an imam. This is the individual that provides the religious and spiritual guidance to the
congregation. The most important part of the Friday service is the sermon, because that’s
when Muslims listen to some advice from the imam. When it is time for prayer, everyone prays
together in congregation led by the imam, and the imam recites verses from the Holy
Qur’an. During Ramadan, we have Muslims coming from
far and wide. Almost like being in Mecca, because of the number of worshippers that
come here. So it is a very sacred and unique experience for people. We have a dedicated centre, called the Maryam
Centre, for women’s projects and services, and there’s a space for women to pray. Now,
women pray separate to the men –not because they are discriminated upon, it is because
they choose to have their own prayer space. The mosque and centre has over thirty-three
projects and services in different areas. We have a project called Pro-Bono, which is
a free legal advice clinic provided to the community, and it’s used by non-Muslims
and Muslims alike. One of our training partners, called Faith Region, provides IT and employment
support services. We have two schools based here. We have counselling projects for women. The East London Mosque is definitely London’s
local mosque. It’s the mosque that is accessed not just by one community, but many communities
of different Muslims from all over London who come to pray in this mosque. And we’re
proud to have one of the largest mosques in Western Europe, based here in the heart of
London.

Otis Rodgers

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Sami Mas Posted on November 3, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    nice approach. not sure what it is but it was nice.
    i sure am to watch the other vids on other faiths. thanks

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  2. Moosa Al Lawati Posted on November 3, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    The report should have mentioned where the funding of this mosque came from; that will speak a lot! (same with the majority of mosques across Europe). the report also seems to whitewash the practice of gender discrimination; if it really were up to the women to choose to pray separately there would have also been a mixed space. But the truth is women don't have a say in this matter and they have no option but to pray separately whether they want so or not (just like all Muslim places of worship except for The Haram in Mekkan and very few progressive ones which are already demeaned by mainstream Muslims).

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  3. torkamarinum Posted on November 4, 2016 at 2:22 am

    I didn't know you could watch videos where you can look around on YouTube

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  4. David Devine Posted on November 4, 2016 at 7:36 am

    "Women pray separate to the men not because they are discriminated upon, it is because they choose to have their own space." … so if an individual Muslim woman wanted to, she'd be accepted into the prayer space with the men?

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  5. Hadrian Posted on January 14, 2018 at 10:06 pm

    Ah the training ground for the suicide bombers and gun men I see.

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  6. proteusx Posted on June 29, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    Now I want to see an OU video telling us all about a Christian church in Saudi Arabia.

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