Administrator on July 24th, 2008
Leeds Makkah Masjid is open to visitors throughout the year The Mosque receives visitors from various local and regional organisations throughout the year. Majority of these visitors are from faith, inter-faith, professional and educational institutions, including schools and colleges, wishing to further their understanding of Muslims’ place of worship.
We also have a large number of locals, the student community and city-visitors visiting the mosque to appreciate the beautiful architecture of the mosque and learn about the activities of the mosque as well as Islamic lifestyle. Mosque’s exterior design, selection of unusual colours and architecture is reflective of classical Arabic and Persian influences. The mosque’s architecture has attracted much interest from locals as well as people from other regions and countries. Due to its splendid architecture, it has won architectural accolades. But the most promising aspect of its physical appearance is that it manages to both beautify and at the same time preserve the character of the local area.
The centre piece of the mosque is, without doubt, the spectacular calligraphy on the inside of the Mosque’s dome, which was produced by the renowned Gold-medalist Pakistani calligrapher, Naveed Bhatti, The calligraphy work comprises of the 99 names of Allah and His beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), the names of the famous companions, various verses from the holy Quran and a complete chapter of the holy Quran (chapter 55). The calligraphy has been produced in a combination of breathtaking colours, the result of which is truly magnificent, inspiring and spiritually uplifting. The art form developed by Muslim artists, namely the art of arabesque, is also used inside the dome. Multiple coloured leaf patterns fill the inside of the dome to create a sense of a heavenly garden overlooking the congregation in prayer and meditation.
A visit consists of an observation of prayer, a tour of the mosque and a Q&A or discussion session. Light refreshments and worksheets are also provided for younger visitors.
To book a visit, please contact the Mosque on: firstname.lastname@example.org