New mosque to open in Argyle Street, Ipswich as Muslim community grows
The former Ipswich Civic College annexe building is set to be turned into a mosque to cater for the growing Muslim community in the town.
Charity Shahjalal Masjid has had a hub in St Helen’s Street, Ipswich, for 20 years, which can accommodate around 150 people.
Members had been searching for a larger site, and in December they purchased the old education centre at 15 Argyle Street – doubling the capacity.
The charity is now looking to raise £250,000 to refurbish the building, which consists of a main hall, 10 rooms and parking facilities.
Charity chairman, Koysor Miah, said he planned to rent the rooms out to community groups, while using the main hall as the mosque.
“More importantly the new premises will give the opportunity to accommodate women and children, which we can’t do in the current building,” Mr Miah added.
“It is also a chance to engage in the wider community with open days, allowing people to understand more about the Islamic faith.”
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Mr Miah said he intended to keep the building close to its original form because of the history that it holds.
“It used to be an education centre so we are pleased we are able to retain it as an education centre,” he added.
The charity hopes to have the building ready for use by this time next year.
To start the fundraising effort, Shahjalal Masjid is holding an Eid festival event at the Argyle Street site on July 26 from 11am-4pm.
Mr Miah said it was also an opportunity to people to have a look around the new mosque and to meet members of the Muslim community.
The event will include a bouncy castle and slides, Halal BBQ, Islamic book stalls, henna stalls, face painting, food quarters and ice creams.
For information or to book a stall contact Koysor Miah on 07939584566.