Archive for the ‘Leeds Makkah Mosque’ Category
Administrator on January 3rd, 2013
Makkah Masjid featured in the new innovative Muslim Youth magazine: Fifteen21
Jazak’Allah to brother Zeeshan Arif for writing the article about the mosque.
Please click on the link below to read about it.
Administrator on January 1st, 2013
As New year 2013 approaches us, millions of people throughout the world are making new year resolutions. People resolve to bring about changes in their lives and make their lives better. 1 January is a time to get rid of bad habits and start anew. The popular New year Resolutions include:
•Get a Better Job •Lose Weight •Spend more time with family •Manage Time and Stress •Quit Smoking •Save Money •Gat married • Help Others
These are all very worthy resolutions but join us in making a one more resolution this year.
YEAR 2013 – MAKE A PLEDGE
In 2013, Makkah Masjid is asking the Muslim community to MAKE ONE ADDITIONAL RESOLUTIONS – to recite darood/ salutations on the beloved Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). The objective of this resolution is to get closer to Alllah and His Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) – which every Muslim aspires to.
Therefore, we urge Muslims to make a NEW YEAR RESOLUTION to send AT LEAST 10 TIMES darood/ salutations on the beloved Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) EVERY DAY – IT WILL TAKE LESS THAN A MINUTE, depending on how short/long darood a person chooses to recite. Sallal laahu alaihi wa-alihi wasallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon the Prophet & his family) is the shortest darood sharif.
There are already many Muslims within our community who, every day, recite thousands of times salawat/darud/ salutations on the beloved of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) and may Allah continue to bless them. This resolution/challenge is not aimed at them.
We are asking those brothers and sisters to make this pledge to recite AT LEAST 10 TIMES salawat/darood on the Messenger (peace be upon him) EVERY DAY who do not recite darood sharif on the Messenger 10 times even in a month.
CAN YOU GIVE 1 MINUTE?
By the grace of Allah, there are ALREADY HUNDREDS OF BROTHERS & SISTERS who have taken up this challenge and have made a promise/pledge to recite salawat/darood on the Messenger (peace be upon him) 10 TIMES EVERY DAY.
Are YOU ready to join us?
Are you willing to give up ONE MINUTE for the beloved of Allah?
Do you want to receive ’salam’ back from the Mercy to Mankind (peace and blessings be upon him)?
Do you want 100 blessings from Allah every day?
Do you want all your worries to go away this year?
If the answer is YES, then JOIN US NOW…..
To learn about the benefits of sending darud/ salutations on the last and final Messenger peace and blessings be upon him)and to learn about different daroods that can be recited, please click on the link below.
More salutation/darood on the beloved Prophet of Allah (peace be upon him) can be found in Seeking Allah’s Protection booklet by Imam Qari Muhammad Asim – http://www.makkahmasjid.co.uk/wp/index.php/2011/02/24/lunch-of-booklets/
Administrator on January 1st, 2013
End of a year is a time of deep reflection, looking back at what went well and what more could be done. It is also a time to thank all those who made things work; without their support, in whatever shape and form, we would not have been able to deliver much.
Year 2012 has been yet another eventful year in many ways. However, below is a brief summary of some of the events/programmes that were organised in year 2012 by Leeds Makkah Mosque and its sister organisations: Al-Madina Jamia Mosque and Woodsley Community Centre – All of these organisations are managed by Leeds Muslim Council.
- Completion of Woodsley Centre Nursery – a new childcare provision for the local community.
- Start of a madrasah in Pakistan to provide education to those who may not be able to afford otherwise.
- Makkah Masjid protesting against the release of the deeply offensive and despicable film Innocence of Muslims by organising petitions and coaches to attend peaceful demonstrations.
- Queen’s diamond jubilee celebrations held at Woodsley Community Centre.
- Eid Parties held to celebrate both Eids at Woodsley Community Centre, where hundreds of the locals attended the parties and celebrated.
- ShariaMarriages.com- after running a series of workshops and seminars on the issue of marriage, Makkah Masjid promoted alternative options available to parents and youngsters looking to get married.
- A consultation held at Makkah Mosque on the issue of Forced Marriages and Honour Killing: A forced marriage is no marriage campaign ran.
- Launch of Domestic Abuse- a guide for Muslim communities in Urdu.
- Fundraising for various charities to help those in need throughout the world.
INTER-COMMUNITY / INTER-FAITH
- Community Iftar – Makkah Masjid invited everyone –people of faiths and no faith- to share a meal with them.
- Makkah Masjid once again opened its doors as part of the national Heritage Open Days initiative.
- Mosque Opens Days & Annual exhibitions held.
- Hosted School Visits- over thousand school children visited Makkah mosque to learn about Islam & Muslims.
- Launched Kristiane Backer, former leading MTV Europe presenter’s recent memoir, From MTV to Mecca at Leeds Makkah Mosque.
- Took part in Leeds Remembrance Day and held workshop to highlight the contribution of Muslims in World War I & II.
- Faith Matters launched the TELL MAMA(Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks) project in Makkah Mosque . Tell MAMA is about countering/reporting anti-Muslim hate crimes/ incidents.
- As part of the Feeding 2012 initiative, Makkah Masjid fed 2012 people in the month of Ramadan. As part of this initiative, Makkah Masjid worked with local church community cafe, PAFRAS (Positive Action for Refugees and Asylum seekers), the Salvation Army and St George’s Crypt.
- New monthly Seerah Study circles – Journey with the Prophet Mushammad (peace be upon him) every first Sunday of the month
- Beginners’ Tajweed study circles held at Al-Madina Masjid & Woodsley Centre
- Leeds Islamic Summer School held @ Woodsley Community Centre
- Sisters Weekly Study Circles held at Woodsley Community Centre
- GCSE help classes and youth employability workshops @ Woodsley Community Centre
- Urdu classes- every Saturday at Al-Madina Masjid
- Arabic classes – every Sunday at Al-Madina Masjid
- “Preparing for Ramadan: Preparing for Success” workshops held and information distributed.
In addition to the usual events & talks held, various lectures on topical issues affecting British Muslims were organised including:
- Greed, Moral Meltdown & Financial Crisis,
- Gangs, Grooming & Drugs
- Love, Marriage & Art of Living Together
- Black Majic
- Living, not Dying, for Islam
- Mental Health
- Lost Ummah
- Life: is your destiny in your hands?
- Common Misconceptions about Islam
- Shaping a British Muslim Identity
- The Arab Awakening, Muslim Ummah and the West
- Forced Marriages and Honour Killing
- Marriage, Spirituality & Age of Paradox
- Superstition, Fortune-Telling and Trust in God
- Imam of Makkah Masjid, Qari Muhammad Asim awarded an MBE for his groundbreaking initiatives in enhancing community relations and for his work in engaging young people.
- Qari Asim MBE won Pakistan Power 100 Award, in which he was recognised as one of the 100 influential British Pakistanis.
- Imam Asim met HM the Queen and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh and the Archbishop of Canterbury and talked about British Muslims.
- Imam Qari Asim re-appointed to the executive board of Mosques & Imams National Advisory Board.
- An article describing ‘A Week in the life of’ Imam of Makkah Masjid, Qari Asim MBE, was published in one of the editions of Emel, Muslim Lifestyle magazine.
- Makkah Masjid featured in the new innovative Muslim Youth magazine: Fifteen21.com
- Terrible Hit-and-Run accident took place outside Makkah mosque and the mosque worked with the family of the children involved and the authorities to raise awareness about road safety.
- Makkah Masjid Radio shows- Imams of Makkah Mosque, Qari Asim & Qari Qasim, conducted radio shows on Asian Fever 107.3 FM throughout the month of Ramadan
- Makkah Masjid hosts a ‘religious talk’ show on Asian Fever 107.3 FM every Friday.
- Imam of Makkah Mosque discussed one various media outlets the issue of British Pakistanis and Grooming.
- Imam of Makkah mosque appearing on various Muslim channels on religious shows.
STAYING IN TOUCH
Text Service – A new Text service introduced for providing updates regarding the mosque’s activities, Text “LMM” to 0786 786 0113 to register for the service.
Twitter – @MakkahMasjid
@WRC_EVENTS for WoodsleyRoadCentre
We are indebted to all the brother and sisters who have;
(i) volunteered and worked with us in delivering these programmes; and
(ii) participated in these programmes/events and have made them successful.
Your minor/major contribution, in whichever form, is ‘banked’ with Allah and His will insha’Allah reward your according to your sincerity. We pray to Allah Almighty that He may enable us to continue to work together with sincerity for the benefit of mankind.
Administrator on April 14th, 2012
In the month of April, the great works and significant contribution of honourable Shaykh Professor Hafiz Fateh Muhammad Sahib (May Allah have mercy on his soul) is particularly remembered.
It has been 7 years since the founder of Leeds Makkah Masjid, Professor Qari Fateh Muhammad Sahib suddenly passed away on the evening of Tuesday 26 April 2005 (17th Rabi ul-Awwal 1426).
As Leeds Makkah Masjid was built on the vision of Shaykh Qari Fateh Muhammad, it is only appropriate that the following video on ‘My Yorkshire’ is shared with everyone.
My Yorkshire is a collection of digital stories created with communities by museum, library and archive collections in Yorkshire. My Yorkshire website states:
“The Makkah Masjid Mosque in Leeds 6, which was built in 2003, has a forward thinking progressive mission to encourage visitors to learn about the Islamic faith, to marvel at the unique and fascinating interior, especially the beautiful hand painted dome and to come to the programmed exhibitions, displays and lectures held there every year.
The Imam has already been a TV star appearing on Look North and works for a Leeds legal firm. In this short film he describes the stunning decorations inside this unique and inspirational Mosque, and a second clip shows the service at the end of Eid (see links below).”
Administrator on August 28th, 2010
It gives us a great pleasure to announce the starting of Quran classes for sisters at Makkah Masjid. Insha-Allah, these Quran classes will be held everyday from 28 August – 9 September 2010, between 2.00 – 3.30pm.
Adults and young are welcome to participate in these Quran learning classes to improve their Tajweed, Qirat, pronunciation and recitation of the Holy Quran.
Venue: Makkah Masjid
Dates: 28 August – 9 September 2010
Time: 2.00 – 3.30pm
These classes will be taught by a sister teacher.
These are taster classes. If successful, we will hope to continue them in future, insha-Allah.
Administrator on May 5th, 2010
On 3 May 2010 Makkah Masjid was delighted to host a visit by Home Secretary Alan Johnson. The Home Secretary took time out of his busy campaign schedule to visit the Mosque during its annual Islamic Exhibition, for which the Mosque is open to the whole community: people of faith and no faith.
During his visit, the Home Secretary enjoyed a tour of the Mosque during which he looked at the items on display as part of the Exhibition. He was extremely impressed with the Mosque’s award winning dome, which features more calligraphy work than any other mosque in the UK. Mr Johnson also took the opportunity to speak to members of the Mosque’s congregation about a wide spectrum of issues pertaining to the forthcoming election, including immigration, social cohesion, anti-social behaviour, policing and the economy.
The Home Secretary commented that he was impressed with the Makkah Masjid’s architecture, as well as with its long standing commitment to opening its doors to non-Muslims in an attempt to improve community cohesion.
Administrator on April 13th, 2010
It is that time of the year again when mehafil and gatherings are held in honour of Professor Hafiz Fateh Muhammad Sahib (May Allah have mercy on his soul) in Makkah Masjid and in the houses of those who were very close to him. It has been five years since Professor Hafiz Fateh Muhammad Sahib suddenly passed away on the evening of 26 April 2005 (17th Rabi ul-Awwal 1426).
Hafiz Fateh Muhammad Sahib (May Allah bless his soul) always used to say that a person leaves this world doing the same activities he indulged in during his lifetime. Therefore, rather than indulging in those activities that are forbidden in Islam or are disliked by Allah and His Messenger, Muslims should keep themselves occupied in those activities and actions which will bring them closer to their Lord, so that when they leave this world, they do so doing those activities which are considered as acts of worship. We see that this was very true of Hafiz Sahib as he passed away whilst sitting in the mosque, reading a biography of the beloved Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). About 45 minutes before his departure from this world, Hafiz Sahib had given a lecture on the Holy Qur’an in the daily study circle that he had been holding for the past 10 years.
Hafiz Sahib’s whole life revolved around learning, reciting, teaching and reflecting on the Holy Qur’an and studying, discussing and honouring our beloved Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). He dedicated his life to the Qur’an and Sunnah, following the perfect example of the Prophet (May Allah shower blessings on him).
Professor Qari Fateh Muhammad Sahib was of very few distinguished Ulemas who excelled in both worldly and religious knowledge and understanding. He was indeed an inspirational figure who benefitted his community tremendously through teaching them the knowledge of Islam. He was a great believer in having inner peace, which would lead to establishing peace in the world. In order to provide a beacon of light, guidance, love and hope to mankind, he founded Leeds Makkah Masjid and Deen Foundation.
We pray to Allah (swt) that He grants Hafiz Sahib the highest place in Paradise, and grants him the company of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) on the Day of Judgement and in Paradise. Ameen.
A Jalsa and annual gathering in memory of Professor Hafiz Fateh Muhammad Sahib will be held at Leeds Makkah Masjid on Sunday 18 April 2010 at 2:30pm after the ZUHR PRAYER. In the gathering, Professor Sahib’s students, colleagues and contemporaries will talk about the life and works of the ambassador of peace and lover of the beloved Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), Professor Hafiz Fateh Muhammad (May Allah shower mercy on his soul).
TIME: 2:30 pm After ZUHR PRAYER
DATE: Sunday, 18th April 2010
VENUE: Makkah Masjid
Administrator on April 10th, 2010
The Chair of the MINAB Youth Committee and the Imam of Leeds Makkah Masjid, Qari Asim, said that MINAB and Makkah Mosque were pleased to work with CEDAR and Young Enterprise as they seek to empower young Muslims across Europe in their professional and personal development, an objective that is shared by both MINAB and Makkah Mosque.
The mentoring workshops at Makkah Mosque were very successful. The mentors were professional yet friendly. They displayed enthusiasm throughout the workshops and inspired the youths to strive for excellence in all aspects of their life. Even in the short space of half a day, the increase in the confidence and team working abilities of the participants was evident.
Imam Qari Qasim said: “We had a very good turnout for the CEDAR workshop. Children were very eager to participate in such a workshop. They thoroughly enjoyed working with each other and improving their life essential skills such as team-working and leadership skills.”
Kamer Hussain said: “I really enjoyed it on Thursday. I learnt how to do team work and it also helped me to improve my skills. I hop we will have another session like this another time”
Shazad Hussain said: “It was very good because the tutors gave us advice on how to improve our skills. They taught us how to be more patient when I am angry. The tutors also helped to know what we want to be in future and how we can achieve this”
Nikash Khan said: “I found the event good because it showed how much education you need because when you are older you want to have a good job and also they asked us what we want when we are older and how to reach there”
Rahil Aziz said: “The workshops were fantastic, I really enjoyed taking part in them”.
Administrator on April 6th, 2010
Makkah Masjid, Deen Foundation, Young Minds and MINAB- all believe in the contribution that all young people can make to the vibrancy of any community. The aims of all these organizations is to unlock the potential of is the challenge that lies ahead of us. With this in mind, these organizations are holding in conjunction with CEDAR (Connecting European Dynamic Achievers & Role Models) an intensive half-day mentoring session for young Muslims.
With Muslims being one of the least economically advantaged groups in the UK, there is a need to deepen engagement with developing young Muslim’s capacity for professional and entrepreneurial involvement. CEDAR is a pan-European network of Muslim professionals that seeks to generate a culture of success and leadership amongst Europe’s diverse Muslim communities.
The programme will be based on the principle of action learning and will engage Muslim and non-Muslim entrepreneurs and professionals from various professions into mosques to work with Muslim young people to develop self-confidence, employability skills and their understanding of opportunities available to them in enterprise and various professions.
Chair of MINAB Youth Committee, Qari Asim, said that MINAB and Makkah Mosque are pleased to work with CEDAR and Young Enterprise as they seek to empower young Muslims across Europe in their professional and personal development. They are committed to provide such training and ‘action learning’ which seeks to develop young people’s self confidence and employability skills, which are much needed skills in our Youth in the current economic climate.
MINAB will urge its members to take this opportunity offered by CEDAR and Young Enterprise and hold these mentoring workshops in their mosques and madrasahs for the youth.
If you are 14-16 year olds (Years 10 and 11, Key stage 4) and would like to attend the event on Thursday 8 April, please contact us on email@example.com
Administrator on March 30th, 2010
Recently, Makkah Masjid team has started producing a quarterly newsletter to highlight the good work that goes on at Makkah Mosque and its affiliated organisations.
You can find the first issue below: