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Yusuf Islam Patron Muslim Academic Trust

FROM YUSUF ISLAM

"As patron-president of the Muslim Academic Trust I am delighted to endorse the plan for a new mosque in Cambridge. This is a long-overdue initiative that will, inshaAllah, provide a beautiful and harmonious space for Muslim worshippers for many generations to come."

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Cambridge Mosque Project Supported By Masjid Al-Aqsa Imam

MESSAGE FROM THE IMAM OF AL-MASJID AL-AQSA

In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

Allah has said: ‘The masajid of Allah are populated only by those who believe in Allah and the Last Day and establish the Prayer and give the Zakat, and fear Allah Alone. Perhaps it is they who shall be among the well-guided.’ (al-Tawba, 18)

Oh you who love Allah and His Messenger (may Allah bless him and give him peace)! … Oh Muslims in every place! … Oh you who hope for Allah’s approval and work for the Day in which neither money or children will be of help, except him who comes to Allah with a sound heart. You who act for the sake of an eternal joy!

This call and this summons have never ceased to reach you from the First Qibla of the Muslims … from the mihrab of al-Masjid al-Aqsa al-Mubarak, and Allah’s Nearest Throne … from the Second of the Two Mosques, and the Third of the Mosques to which alone visits must be made.

We urge you, and we urge every Muslim who is passionate about the Din of Islam, to share in building an Islamic mosque, a scholarly citadel, and a minaret of goodness, guidance and mercy for humanity, in the City of Cambridge, Britain’s city of history, culture, academic research, and the sciences of humankind, a city in which the number of Muslims is now more than six thousand, including more than a thousand Muslim students and lecturers.

In that city the Muslims are in urgent need of a building which can accommodate their numbers. The old mosque has become too crowded with worshippers. A plot of land has been purchased and legally registered in the name of a charity called the Muslim Academic Trust, in order to build the mosque and the associated facilities. This will include a lecture hall, a cultural library, and a hall for the memorisation of the Holy Qur’an, and a room for washing and preparing the dead. The costs of the project are calculated at approximately nine million pounds. It is possible to follow the project and to donate via its website:

www.cambridgemosqueismoving.org.uk

From this noble sanctuary, and this holy land, which Allah has blessed with goodness and benediction, we urge all the Muslims to show their support, and to donate to this excellent and comprehensive project which has been launched by your brothers in Islam. May Allah reward you well on behalf of Islam and the Muslims … and bestow upon you immense reward and goodness … May Allah reward you, and guide us and you to walking on the Straight Path and the Righteous Way brought by the Master of the Messengers, who has said: ‘Whoever builds a masjid for Allah, seeking thereby Allah’s approval, Allah will build a house for him in Paradise.’ (Narrated by al-Bukhari and Muslim)

From your brother, the imam, teacher, and khatib of al-Masjid al-Aqsa al-Mubarak

Shaykh Yousef Abu Sneineh

10 Shawwal 1433
28 August 2012

Learn how to give now to the Cambridge Mosque Project

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"The Mosques belong to Allah,
so call upon none other than He."

The Holy Qur'an (71:18)

PLANNING PERMISSION GRANTED

A longstanding aspiration took a step closer to becoming reality this August 22, when the Cambridge City Council Planning Committee unanimously voted to approve the exciting plans for the city’s new Mosque.

Local Muslims had pointed out to the councillors that present mosque facilities in Cambridge have been overcrowded for years. In fact, the city is unusual in Britain for not having a single purpose-built mosque structure. (Oxford has four!)

At the centre of the new scheme is the former Robert Sayle warehouse site at 309-313 Mill Road. This has been empty for several years, and forms the heart of what some have called ‘the bit of Cambridge which is most urgently crying out for tender loving care’.

At the meeting, Councillor John Hipkin said the new mosque ‘would go a long way to revitalise this part of Mill Road’. He added: ‘This building is of the highest architectural quality. I don’t think it’s possible to overstate the aesthetic quality of this building’.

Councillor Hipkin added: ‘It will be a major addition to the treasure house of architecture that is Cambridge.’ The planning committee concluded that ‘it is a building of high-quality design which responds well to the local context,’ while Tony Collins, the Chief Planning Officer, called it ‘an exciting contemporary architectural proposal.’

Nigel Bell, of influential local campaigning group Cambridge Past Present and Future, also spoke in glowing terms about the project.

Sarah Elgazzar, a longstanding supporter of the scheme, said: ‘This is a milestone not only for Cambridge’s Muslims, but for the architectural history of our city. This design brilliantly combines elements of English Gothic with Islamic and contemporary themes, to provide a beautiful symbol of the aspirations of our community to belong and to be distinctive at the same time.’

The Council’s decision was also welcomed by residents of Mawson Road, where the existing Abu Bakr mosque has long been overcrowded. ‘This can only reduce the pressure on parking and circulation in our neighbourhood,’ one local resident commented. ‘We’ve waited for this moment for some time.’

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Cambridge Mosque Garden by Emma Clark
REMEMBER THE GARDEN

Responding to the wishes of local residents, and in keeping with Islam’s rich heritage of garden design, the new scheme includes a significant garden area open to all.

The garden will be the work of leading British Muslim garden designer Emma Clark (emma-clark.com), who has worked on projects for the Prince of Wales and many other prestigious patrons, and whose book Underneath Which Rivers Flow: The Symbolism of the Islamic Garden has been hailed by experts around the world.

The Community Garden is adjacent to Mill Road, and will continue and extend the area currently managed by the Romsey Garden Club, preserving the three existing Kashmir Birches. The garden is south-facing and Emma plans to plant a range of aromatic Mediterranean herbs, including lavender, rosemary, thyme, fennel, mint, and hibiscus, as well as damask roses and hollyhocks.

The planting will be an informal mix of shrubs and herbaceous, evergreen and deciduous, providing all-year interest with perhaps a fruit tree in each area. Each of the elements will have a central grassed and paved area opening onto the pavement, inviting passers-by to stop and enjoy the green. There will be seating for mosque users and weary shoppers, as well as bicycle racks.

Emma points out that gardens remind us of Paradise (Al-Janna), and bring something of its peace and beauty into our lives here on earth.

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THE WISDOM COLUMN
THE IMPORTANCE OF FOLLOWING THE SUNNA

The Mosque project is built and designed to facilitate following the pure Sunna of the Holy Prophet Muhammad by the Muslims in Cambridge. It will include no controversial features which some of the Ulema have disagreed with. Its principle is simply Tawhid – the Unity of Allah and the Unity of the Muslim Umma which comes to Cambridge from so many different backgrounds.

Allah says: 'He who obeys the Messenger has obeyed Allah' (4:80)

He has also said: ‘No, by your Lord, they do not believe until they make you the arbitor in all disputes between them, and find in themselves no resistance against your decisions and accept them entirely’ (4:65)

Abu Daud narrates from Irbad ibn Sariya, that Allah’s Messenger led us in prayer one day, then he turned and gave us a strong counsel, saying: ‘Follow my Sunna, and the Sunna of the Rightly-Guided Caliphs after me, hold firmly to it always.’

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Cambridge Mosque Wisdom Column

WHAT NOW? A WORD FROM THE TRUSTEES

It’s been a long, long road! Since Muslims first gathered in Cambridge to pray to Allah more than a hundred years ago, many have harboured the dream of a proper, custom-built mosque which would do justice to the honour and glory of Islam in Britain’s leading university city – a city which boasts many dreaming spires, but which lacks a single proper mosque!

At last, in April 2008, the Muslim Academic Trust bought a major site at 309-313 Mill Road. Formerly the Magnet Bowling Alley, and then the Robert Sayle warehouse, the site occupies more than an acre of land, and represents one of the last major development opportunities within the boundaries of historic Cambridge.

The Trust bought the land for a price of £4 million, with the help of a Sharia-compliant loan which was paid back in full in 2010.

After a series of public meetings with the Muslim community and local residents’ associations, the Trust announced a competition to identify the most suitable design. The jury selected a scheme by the London-based architects Marks Barfield, famous for designing innovative structures such as the London Eye andthe Kew Treetop Walkway.

The Trustees asked Marks Barfield to emphasise green and sustainability issues in their design. As a result, the proposed structure includes advanced features for recycling, power generation, heat conservation, natural ventilation, a sedum roof, heat pumps, and other state-of-the-art features that comply with Islamic concerns about the environment, and ensure low energy bills in years to come.

In November 2011, after months of hard work, the Trust submitted a detailed Planning Application. The submission included designs and surveys from Marks Barfield and a range of engineering, environmental, and highways consultants, all coordinated by a team of expert consultants at Bidwells Ltd in Trumpington. The cost of preparing the application came to £360,775 plus VAT. As reported above, the Planners unanimously approved the application on 22 August. The news instantly made the front page of the Cambridge News, and featured on local television and radio - and the Muslim community was delighted. So what happens next? Our Cost Consultants estimate the total build cost of the new Mosque at £13,516,000. We are delighted that the Muslims of Cambridge are aware of the need to create a top-quality building which will represent Islam honourably in a city of great architecture, and will serve as Europe’s first true eco-mosque. But such buildings do not come cheap! Think of it this way: if every Muslim in the UK donated only four pounds, we would have our mosque! It is all a matter of effort and sincerity, supported by Allah’s will.

Once we have raised the funds, construction should take around eighteen months.

The community plans to build the mosque in stages: when the first £3 million is raised, the underground car park will be built. Stage Two is the shell, which will require approximately four million. The final stage covers art, landscaping, and utilities. The budget includes 15% for contingencies.

Help to build the new Cambridge Mosque by donating now or read more about our Custom Donation Scheme.

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COMMUNITY NEWS and INITIATIVES!


Cambridge Mosque Fundraising Dinner

FUNDRAISING DINNER NOVEMBER 10, 2012
The University of Cambridge Islamic Society is again holding an Annual Dinner to raise money for the New Mosque Project. The dinner is to be held at the Guildhall on November 10, and all are welcome to buy tickets! Please email us directly or get in touch via the Cambridge Mosque Project website.

Cambridge Mosque Charity Blanket

CAMBRIDGE CRAFT GROUP
This female students and residents group, led by Barbara Cottman, has knitted squares for a patchwork blanket, which they intend to auction at a future fundraising event. The group plans to continue to produce more fine craftwork in support of the Cambridge Mosque – all gifted sisters please get in touch!

Cambridge Mosque Gold Appeal

GOING FOR GOLD
The Trust thanks all the sisters who have donated gold for use in the new Mosque’s beautiful Islamic dome. Further donations of gold items will be gratefully received, until our target of £61,900 for the gold dome cover has been reached. For more information or to donate please contact us directly by clicking here.

Cambridge Mosque Sponsored Walk

SUMMER STROLLING AGAIN
This year’s sponsored Summer Stroll saw Cambridge and other walkers brave the wet and windy weather to raise £5,818.72 for the project. May Allah reward all those who walked, and those who helped, and those on the admin team who dipped into their own finances in order to make this annual event such a success this year.

Cambridge Mosque Ladies Urdu Circle

LADIES URDU CIRCLE
Over the past four years the Ladies Urdu Circle and Quran School of Cambridge, guided by Zohra Malik and Khairunnisa Khwaja and others, has raised over £10,000 for our project. May Allah reward them all for this exceptional effort.

Cambridge Mosque Charity Auction

CALLIGRAPHY UPDATE
To date 89 artworks with a total estimated value of over £100,000 have been pledged for the Trust’s upcoming Charity Auction of Islamic Calligraphy. World-leading calligraphers who have donated works in support of the Cambridge Mosque include Hasan Çelebi (Turkey), Rashid Butt (Pakistan), Nuria Garcia (Spain), Fuad Honda (Japan), Adam Williamson (England), Haji Noor Din (China), Bahman Panahi (Iran), Ali Ermes (Libya), and Nabil Chami (Morocco).
May Allah reward brother Sharjil Siddique and his team for their brilliant work on this beautiful project!

Baraka Bakes

BARAKA BAKE-OFF
Our thanks to Mujadad Zaman and his team of culinary giants at Baraka Bakes for baking and selling cupcakes and other delicious pastries for sale after Juma Prayers at St Columba’s Hall, the Mill Road Winter Fayre, Queens’ College ISOC Juma, and the Abu Bakr Mosque. The total amount raised by Baraka Bakes until the end of August 2012 stood at an amazing £4,633.15.

Cambridge Mosque Carpet Appeal

CARPET APPEAL BEGINS
We are delighted with the gift of a very large Persian Carpet for the mihrab area, the kind donation of Dr Amina Hoti, formerly of the Woolf Institute, Cambridge.

Cambridge Mosque Project Website

WEB MATTERS
Many thanks to our Web Team, who maintain our stunning and popular website free of charge! The Web Team is always happy to receive news and features from supporters in and outside Cambridge. Please contact them if you'd like to help.

Cambridge Mosque Tabletop Sale

CHARITY TABLETOP SALE
Sisters Iqbal Warsi and Karin Muller-Tahir regularly organise this event at Arbury Community Centre. The most recent took place on September 2 and 22 – contact us or check the website for further dates.

Imam Sejad Mekic Graduation

IMAM SEJAD RECEIVES DOCTORATE
Imam Hafiz Sejad Mekic, who has served as Friday imam of the Mawson Road Mosque for almost ten years, has received his doctorate on the subject of fatwas in Bosnia, from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. The Trust would like to congratulate Imam Sejad, to thank him for his longstanding support of the Project, and to wish him well in the future.

Cambridge Mosque Channel S Appeal

CHANNEL S MAINTAINS SUPPORT
Following two hugely-successful all-night Ramadan Telethons on this UK Bangla channel, Channel S recently broadcast a long news report on the mosque project. The Trust would like to express its thanks to the very professional team at Channel S in Walthamstow for their dedicated support, and also to Potrika newspaper. Thanks go also to local Cambridge facilitator Aminul Islam who has made all this possible. May Allah reward them all.

Cambridge Mosque Solar Panels

SOLAR PANELS DONATED
The Trust is delighted to have received an offer to supply and install the photovoltaic cells for the new mosque’s electricity generation array. The cells are the very generous gift of Cambridgeshire businessman Humayun Mughal, whose company Silicon CPV plc UK manufactures high-quality solar panels in Pakistan.

Mufti Taqi Usmani in Cambridge

MUFTI TAQI IN CAMBRIDGE
On June 23 was a red-letter day for ulema in Cambridge, when leading scholar Mufti Taqi Usmani of Karachi visited, and was shown a presentation on the Cambridge Mosque Project. He expressed his support and offered a long and beautiful Du’a for the project’s successful completion.

Cambridge Mosque Donor Thanked

NEW DONOR THANKED
The Trustees would like to thank a senior Saudi for his anonymous donation of £50,000.

Cambridge Mosque Around Britain

AROUND BRITAIN
The Mosque has active supporter groups in several UK cities.
Some of the busiest are in Slough, Oxford, Peterborough, Woking, Hounslow and Birmingham. Contact us to be put in touch with team leaders in your area!

Cambridge Mosque Travelling Light DVDs

DVDs BRING OUR MOSQUE TO THE WORLD
The Trust’s Islamic DVD Series known as ‘Travelling Light’ currently runs to 18 episodes. All costs are generously borne by a lady donor, who has to date contributed over £100,000 to this project. The Travelling Light DVDs are replicated by Islamic digital companies in Abu Dhabi, Canada, Australia, and Malaysia, all of which donate their profits to the Cambridge Mosque Project. The DVDs also include promotional footage about the Project as a special feature. The series has been endorsed by major Muslim scholars, including Bosnian Mufti Dr Mustafa Ceric, and former Cape Town Mufti Shaykh Seraj Hendricks.
The most recent episodes were filmed with fiqh expert Shaykh Walead Mosaad of Egypt and with Sheikh Idris Watts (Bradford), and should be released in November, inshaAllah. Travelling Light episodes are broadcast on Islamic TV channels in various countries. Click here to buy or download immediately.
 

Cambridge Mosque Common Word Launch

MALAYSIAN LAUNCH OF ‘A COMMON WORD’
The Cambridge New Mosque Project was launched in Malaysia at the Parliament Chamber, Selangor, in 2010, with support from Cambridge alumnus Dr Yunus Yasin and other Cambridge graduates in Kuala Lumpur.
The Project was again promoted on April 7 2012 at a presentation at the auditorium of the Malaysian Islamic Arts Museum, when the Trust’s edition of the interfaith statement by Muslim scholars, A Common Word, was launched as a Malaysian book published by local publishing house Fajr Symphony. Proceeds from sales go to support the Trust’s project. At the launch a Malaysian businessman handed the Trust a very generous cheque for £20,000.

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SELECTED COMMENTS FROM MUSLIM DONORS

  • Light in the darkness.
  • May Allah make the building of the mosque easy, fill your efforts with barakah and make the mosque a centre of peace one it’s completed! thank you for letting us be part of the opportunity this vision represents.
  • W’Allahu mu’waffiqu lima yu’hibbu wa yarrda
  • Keep up the good work.
  • With prayers for speedy construction inshallah.
  • Have donated some money, from Newcastle.
  • May Allah make easy this endeavour.
  • May Allah give tawfiq to this cause.
  • May Allah (SWT) accept all of our donations and make it easy for us to donate even more in the way of Allah (SWT). Please make dua for the Ummah.
  • May Allah make this mosque a source of inspiration, peace and guidance.
  • This donation is from my kids.
  • Wishing the best for this beautiful project.
  • MashaAllah, truly historic moment for the Muslims.
  • Fantastic mosque in a very needy area in UK. I am urging everyone to
  • come forward and be part of the project. Please pray for me and my family.
  • Salam Brothers, mashallah you’re all doing a wonderful job.
  • May God make this masjid a light for Britain.
  • mashaAllah this is a well needed initiative in Cambridge. May Allah accept the efforts and charity of all those involved. Ameen!
  • Hope all goes to plan inshaAllah so we can all reap the benefits of this landmark masjid


SELECTED COMMENTS FROM NON-MUSLIM DONORS

  • With my good wishes for this fine addition to the Cambridge community.
  • All who have faith in God are most greatly blessed.
  • Good fortune with the rest of your fundraising!
  • May the new Mosque benefit all.
  • Best of luck with the fund raising. I think the building looks lovely and this will be a valuable addition to the area.
  • Building looks excellent – good luck with the fundraising!
  • Just to show some support for the Islamic community in Cambridge (and for good architecture)
  • I’m a resolute atheist, but support community infrastructure. This Mosque will be a beacon of love and positivity within Cambridge.
  • The Mosque will be a testament to the tolerance and inclusiveness of Cambridge and its residents. Good luck with your endeavour!
  • We are not religious, but my husband and I would like to show our solidarity with the local Muslim community.

HOW TO GIVE


Cambridge Mosque Custom Donation Scheme

CUSTOM DONATION SCHEME
Here is the cost of some individual items which you may wish to pay for:

Lighting to Prayer Hall dome:  £7,400
Sound System:  £7,400

Prayer Hall stained glass windows:  £7,800
Minbar:  £12,900
Mihrab:  £12,900
Atrium fountain:  £12,900
External garden fountain:  £12,900
Prayer hall ornate timber doors (x8):  £38,300
Plants and trees:  £57,200
Prayer hall timber work and screens:  £71,000
Entrance gates and railings:  £115,500
Prayer hall skylights (x12):  £154,900


Naming opportunities are available on request.
 

Cambridge Mosque Banking Details

OUR BANKING DETAILS
Barclays Bank
Finchley Central Branch
46a Ballards Lane
London N3 2BB
United Kingdom

Account name: Muslim Academic Trust
Sort code: 20 95 61
Account number: 10853917
IBAN: GB15 BARC 2095 6110 8539 17
SWIFTBIC: BARCGB22
Account currency: GBP

Online credit card donations:
www.justgiving.com/CambsMosqueBrickbyBrick

Gift Aid will be added to all online donations made from within the UK.

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