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17 Dec 2017

About Newcastle Central Mosque

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NEWCASTLE CENTRAL MASJID

Newcastle Central Masjid was established in 1968 in an old church building. During 1986, a community centre hall was built next to the building in an open land area.

In 1988, our mosque was set on fire in a racially motivated arson attack and the building was totally destroyed. Mosque was shifted to the new which is visible from 5 to 6 miles when approaching Newcastle city from A1 motorway community centre building.

A new mosque was planned to be built in the old place and in 2004, we initi Newcastle Central Mosque will invite the community to enjoy facilities provided in a safe and comfortable environment. In a city, where Muslim community has grown steadily over the last decade, basic facilities were not available. InshAllah this Masjid will go a long way toward alleviating this requirement.

THE MOSQUE AS A SPIRITUAL AND RELIGIOUS CENTRE

The Mosque provides an opportunity and a means for communication with Almighty Allāh; whilst for the community, a place for collective submission to Allāh. It also provides a place for sharing spiritual experiences and cementing brotherhood among people of the same faith. As well as being a place to offer individual and congregational prayer it can also be used for performing voluntary prayers at any time of the day or night. The five daily prayers can aptly be described as a regular spiritual festival, while the Friday congregational prayer is akin to a spiritual and social festival. The Holy Quran lays stress on collective prayers because of their superior spiritual benefit for the human soul when compared to prayer in individual.

THE MOSQUE AS AN EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

The most important role the Mosque is that it serves as a centre for educational activities. It was an educational institution from the beginning. All the Prophets( peace and blessings of Allah be upon them) were teachers and educators, their foremost duty was to teach people the way of living a balanced, spiritual life. It starts from performing ablution to deeper devotional and meditational practices.

‘Syedna Abdullah ibn Amr (R.A) told that Allah’s Messenger( peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) coming across two groups in the Prophet’s Mosque and exclaiming: “They are both engaged in what is good, but one of them is superior to the other. These are praying and supplicating Allah who, if He wills, will answer their prayers, but if (He wills not) He may refuse them. Those who are acquiring knowledge and teaching the ignorant are superior. I ( peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) (too) was sent as a teacher.” He( peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) then sat amongst them.

DISTINCTIVE FEATURES OF MOSQUE

The Minare

A minaret is a tower, often capped with a miniature dome, attached to a Mosque. The common practice is to build one or two minarets only. It is a distinctive feature of a mosque, and one can identify a Mosque by its minaret. Bilal Jamia Mosque minaret is a sign of Islamic tradition which can be seen from the long distance.

The Dome

The round structure on top of a Mosque is called a dome. This form, in particular, indicates that the building might be a Mosque. Though it has become a distinctive feature of a Mosque in certain regions, it is not an essential part of it. The green dome of Bilal Mosque is a true picture of Gumbad e Khazra.It also shows the love with the Universe of Mercy ( Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).

The Main Prayer Hall

The most important room in a Mosque is its main prayer hall. Essential parts of Muslim worship and prayer are bowing and prostration, seats are not placed in it but it is fully carpeted. The pattern on the carpet usually has lines running through it to mark the ‘Suff’ or rows in which worshippers stand. Keeping the hall clean and pure is an essential requirement. Entering the prayer hall with shoes on is therefore prohibited. Jamia Mosque has a big hall which has the capacity of almost seven hundred persons to offer prayer.

A separate hall for ladies is available which has the same capacity as men.There are separate wash-rooms and ablution facility also.

The Mihrāb

When entering the prayer hall of a Mosque, one faces a wall called the qiblah wall. This shows the direction of Makkah Mukarma. Just in the middle of this wall is an alcove or niche called the ‘Mihrāb’. Originally this referred to a special place in the house for a respectable person to sit in. Within the Mosque it is the site where the Imām stands to lead the congregational prayer. ‘Mihrābs’ indicate the exact direction for prayer. They are usually decorated beautifully with patterns and calligraphy.

The Minber

The stepped platform to one side of the ‘mihrāb’ is called ‘minber’. This refers to a raised platform used for addressing people. The Khateeb stands on one of the steps of the minber to address the congregation on Fridays and on other special occasions.