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East London Mosque appeal for 1.1 million pounds to pay off Karje Hasana

The synagogue building stood between East London Mosque and London is now the property of the

East London Mosque. Up to now the Jewish people used to pray here, from now on only Muslim

people will pray. East London Mosque purchased this Synagogue building on 15th of July with a cost

amounting 15 million pounds. Mosque Committee purchased this as soon as they received the offer

form Synagogue with the help form members of the community. Mosque Committee expressed

their sincerest gratitude to everyone for their benevolent help.

East London Mosque Committee organised a press briefing to give updates to the media and

members of the public of this purchase. The committee gave a tour of this two story building to the

journalists. There was also a presentation on brief history of East London Mosque and its services to

the community.

Secretary of East London Mosque and London Muslim Centre Ayub Khan read the written statement

at the press briefing. Chairman of the Mosque Habibur Rahman and Executive Director Delwar Khan

provided answers to the questions from journalists.

Muazzin of East London Mosque Hafeez Sayeed Mohammod gave Azan inside the Synagogue before

the press briefing.

The written statement read that 1.5 million pounds was raised by Ramadan live TV fundraising,

regular incomes form mosque and special Shab-E-Qadar collection. Out of this 1.5 million pound,

1.1 million pounds is Karje Hasana (interest free loan) and rest four hundred thousand pounds are

donations. This Karje Hasana of 1.1 million pounds will be needed to pay back and to raise this

money, mosque committee will be continuing to raise funds through different appeals.

As part of this, there will Muslim Charity Run Campaign in Victoria Park in East London 9th August.

Hugely successful in past ‘Run for your Mosque’ will be conducted as ‘Muslim Charity Run’ this year.

The press briefing also read the history of East London Mosque. It was told that, today, where the

mosque is standing now, once there was only the synagogue. The area adjacent to the synagogue

was unused space abandoned by second world war bombings. East London mosque was transferred

here in 1975 from Commercial Road and started running its temporary activities. Later the main hall

was built. Gradually London Muslim Centre and Mariam Centre were built with the help of the

community. Purchasing Synagogue building was the latest addition to its activities.

How purchasing of Synagogue building will benefit the community, answering to this question, the

committee leaders said that they have purchased the building within one month of receiving the

proposal. Management Board is now exploring the possibilities on how it can best serve the

community.

Speaking on Ramadan activities of East London Mosque, Secretary Ayub Khan mentioned that this

year East London Mosque witnessed the busiest period of all. Around three hundred people

regularly visited the mosque and were benefitted from the services. Around twenty thousand people

have had Iftar at the mosque. More than hundred Muslim People performed their Ehtekafh.

He also emphasised that the committee will work in its best capacity for the development of the

mosque and always aim to do better than the last year. He also said that with the help of the

community, this mosque can achieve a lot in near future.

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