Mend Ijora Central Masjid for communities in Lagos
Masjids play a pivotal role within Muslim communities, but without the means to carry out the simplest of repairs and refurbishments, countless Masjids in Africa are standing in ruin and struggling to cater to the needs of the communities in which they are situated in.
For over 20 years, we have worked tirelessly alongside the Muslim community in Edgware to establish the Islamic Centre of Edgware. We value the presence of Masjids within local communities, and so our passion and dedication of meeting the needs of Muslims have now led us to extend our efforts internationally.
We set up this project to support our brothers and sisters across the globe in restoring their local Masjids and establishing them as community sanctuaries.
Unfortunately for many disadvantaged communities within Africa, Masjids have dilapidated over time, and the simplest of repair work and refurbishments, such as replacing broken tiles, updating the toilets and wudhu area or simply painting and decorating the interiors, is not feasible due to the lack of funds. Overcrowding is another issue, which requires block paving to accommodate the extra worshippers, especially on Friday. The demand in the local community is so high that incomplete Masjids, without doors or windows, are being used as places for prayer and education.
All too often, we get so caught up with the idea of building new Masjids from scratch that we fail to support our existing Masjids.
One of our volunteers, John Fontain, has witnessed first-hand how derelict Masjids can attract a range of unwanted visitors. He stresses the need to refocus our energy in restoring existing masjids and conducting thorough needs assessment before hastening to build new ones.
“As I have travelled throughout the world, I see many places that have adequate Masjid facilities and many places that are in dire need of a Masjid. I remember entering a derelict Masjid in Malawi where I found a pig asleep inside! We need to focus on refurbishing the existing Masjids and filling the ones we have, as well as finding where the real need for a Masjid is before rushing to build a new Masjid as many have done.”
Creating a sense of peace and calm at Ijora Central Masjid
A Masjid should be a place of reflection, rejuvenation and gaining knowledge, and so imagine the countless rewards in helping to create the right environment for a house of Allah SWT where worshippers can focus on their prayers with a sense of peace and calm.
This campaign is for the Ijora Central Masjid in Lagos, Nigeria. Smaller Masjids serve the local community daily; however, the Central Masjid is where the whole community congregates to pray Friday Jummah and Eid.
The Masjid cannot cope with the demand and, unfortunately, this is reflected in the poor condition of the facilities. This is where we would like your support, and together we can transform this Masjid into a beacon of light for the Muslim community while attaining Sadaqah Jariyah (continuous charity). Any remaining funds will be invested into another Masjid in need of urgent refurbishment, and we will continue to extend our support to other Masjids in need of repair and refurbishment.
Once the money has been raised, we expect the work to be completed within a month In’sha Allah. We will be sure to provide updates and share pictures of the work when it is complete.
May Allah SWT make this project a means for achieving His Blessings and Rahma Ameen.
Jazak’Allah Khairun for your good intentions, support, prayers and donations.
The wudhu area is in a very poor state of repair with water drainage problems. We aim to upgrade the plumbing and address the drainage problem, following which we will tile and paint the whole area In’sha Allah. The estimated cost is:
Plumbing (£100) + Tiling (£700) + Painting (£100) = Total £900
There are eight toilets, four of which need to be replaced. All the toilets need upgraded plumbing, tiling and painting. the estimated cost is:
New Toilets (£150) + Plumbing (£250) + Tiling/Painting (£1,000) = Total £1,400
Replacement of windows
The Mosque has been replacing the windows as money permits, however, the Mosque need 21 replacement windows at an estimated cost of £1,500
Painting of Exterior walls
The outside paintwork needs some TLC and we intend to paint the exterior at an estimated cost of £500.
Block paving the entrance area
There is never enough capacity for Friday Jummah and inevitably the congregation spills outside. The area is not conducive to prayer and we aim to install block paving around the entrance to beautify of the entrance, as well as accommodate extra worshippers on Fridays and Eid In’sha Allah. The estimated cost is £900.
With the kind sponsorship of the Islamic Centre Edgware, as well as family and friends like you, we have been chipping away at renovating Mosques in West Africa, Alhamdulillah.
Since Ramadan we have worked on 5 Mosques in Nigeria and Benin Alhamdulillah. The latest pictures, below, are the tiling of the lady’s section at Ijora Central Mosque, Lagos (they will be making a special prayer for all of us on New Year’s Day). A small project that brings so much gratitude and spiritual uplift to hundreds of people.
An inspiring story
I read a story by Ajmal Masroor on Facebook titled Return on Investment which has inspired me to continue this beautiful project and invite you to join us Insha’Allah.
Every month without fail, we spend on our worldly life for food, rent, mortgage, council tax, bills, insurance, transport etc etc etc. Thousands of pounds, but how much do we spend regularly in charity for our Hereafter?
If the answer is not enough, join me on this project Insha’Allah. We are looking to raise just £1,000 a month to continue this project in 2020. For Allah loves the small deeds that are done consistently.
Re-tiling and painting of Wudu Area
This helps to completely refurbish one wudhu station area allowing a Muslim brother or sister to prepare themselves for prayer with comfort and ease.
Replacement of one window
This money will go towards replacing one of the twenty-one windows that needs updating.
Painting of wudhu area
This money helps to re-paint the Wudhu area after tiling to complete the refurbishment of this area.
Replacement of toilets
This amount will help replace the toilets, which need upgrading, plumbing, tiling and painting.
Retiling of wudhu area
The whole Wuhdu area needs re-tiling and this will help transform the space.
|shazia ashraf||£20||February 02, 2020|
|Farida Khan||£50||December 10, 2019|
|Mohammad Fitrah||£3||October 15, 2019|
|Faisal Hussain||£100||October 29, 2019|
|Rosie Jamal||£50||October 04, 2019|
|Offline Donations||£1450||October 04, 2019|
|Sadaf Awan||£10||October 03, 2019|
|Offline Donations||£505||September 16, 2019|