Since Maidenhead mosque's establishment in 1983 making it the first purpose built mosque in Berkshire, the mosque has gone through many phases of development and progress. The building has become an attractive landmark of our Royal Borough and is well-known to all muslim and non muslim, with a proud history. Serving the community, the mosque has developed over the years catering for all people by providing vital services and assistance.
With recent developments, the services being offered have increased; a recent renovation means that the Masjid accommodates more people than ever, with a modern wudhu (ablution) facility catering for men and women and the acquirement of he old CAB building next door to use for classes, meetings, seminars and various events.
Our aspirations are to provide a range of holistic, culturally sensitive services for the community of Maidenhead, drawing on our Islamic values and heritage, with a view to improving quality of life and enhancing community cohesion.
Our aims are to:
- Focus on the needs of the diverse Muslim community whilst ensuring services are open to all.
- Meet the needs of the local community by promoting health, education and employment opportunities.
- Provide Muslims and non-Muslims with the opportunity to learn and understand Islam, through dialogue, discussion and social interaction.
- Contribute to the social, cultural, spiritual and economic enhancement of the whole community, through policy and strategy development and service.
Serving the Community, Working in Partnership
Maidenhead mosque is situated in the heart of Maidenhead, a diverse town with a rich history. It is our belief that our primary concern should be to serve the needs of the local community and to work towards the common good. In recent years there have been noticeable improvements in Maidenheads in education, health provision, environment, and community cohesion. Our partnerships with the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead council, the local Primary Care Trust, Windsor & Maidenhead Interfaith Forum, the local Police and fire services and many others have helped us to contribute towards these improvements. This builds on the very foundation of the mosque: a coming together of distinguished Muslims and non-Muslims to create the Royal boroughs first ever mosque.
Promoting Tolerance and Opposing Extremism
Maidenhead Mosque works actively to promote tolerance and understanding. Along with all the local mosques, we are a member of the Thames Valley Council of Mosques and UMO (Union of Muslim organisations) this binds together Muslims from different backgrounds and strands of Islam. We enjoy excellent interfaith relations - and the strength of these relationships has stood us all in good stead during the recent testing years. Every year we organise an interfaith forum on religious tolerance with representation from all the major faiths where we also remember and pay respect to our beloved prophet Muhammad (saw). Several times each year we open the doors of the mosque and centre, inviting people to visit and view an exhibition about Islam and Muslims.
Our Imam and community workers encourage constructive engagement in society and a rejection of extremism in all its forms. We unequivocally reject all terrorism. During the rise of extremist groups in the 1990s, who spurned cooperation with others and denounced participation in the democratic process, Maidenhead Mosque stood firm against this distortion of Muslim beliefs and prevented them from using the mosque as a platform for promoting their views.
Youth and Women: Encouraging Participation
Maidenhead mosque offers a range of services that enable young people and women to engage in a positive and safe environment. We have one of the youngest congregations since our establishment, with increasing numbers of youth actively engaging in programmes of learning and recreation, dealing with issues of anti-social behaviour, drugs, extremism and gang culture. The new Muslim cultural centre provides young people the 'space' to meet and take part.
Facilities are provided to allow women to access relevant services in a culturally sensitive environment, including counselling services, special events, social support, training and fitness; some of these activities are offered in partnership with local community organisations. The ethos of the Maidenhead mosque Mosque is to provide choice and to empower sections of our community who may feel isolated from mainstream services.