Chesham Mosque

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Chesham Mosque
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Chesham Mosque
Basic information
Location Bellingdon Road Chesham
 United Kingdom
Geographic coordinates 51°42′45″N 0°36′52″W / 51.71238°N 0.61455°W / 51.71238; -0.61455Coordinates: 51°42′45″N 0°36′52″W / 51.71238°N 0.61455°W / 51.71238; -0.61455
Affiliation Sufi - Bareilvi[1]
Website www.cheshammosque.org.uk
Architectural description
Architectural type Mosque
Architectural style Modern
Completed 2005
Construction cost £1.6 million
Specifications
Capacity 400 (men only)[1]
Minaret(s) 1

Chesham Mosque is a mosque in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England. It was constructed between 2004 and 2005, to replace the former mosque, which was located in two converted houses on Bellingdon Road.[citation needed] The total cost of the construction work was £1.6 million, all of which was raised from donations and collections. The mosque contains two prayer rooms with a total capacity for 700.[citation needed]

The organization, 'Muslims in Britain'[2] classify the Chesham Mosque as, Sufi - Bareilvi.[1]

History

The first mosque in Chesham was established in 1970.[3] In 1979, the mosque moved to two converted houses at 161–163 Bellingdon Road, to be closer to the majority of Chesham's Muslim households.[3][4] The maximum capacity for this mosque was 200.[4] By the late 1990s, the Muslim population in Chesham had grown to 1500, prompting a search for a site to construct a new mosque. Fundraising for the mosque began during Ramadan in December 1998.[5] All of the costs of construction were raised from donations and door-to-door collections.[6]

The actual building work began in February 2004,[6] and the mosque was officially opened in August 2005.[7] [8] The final cost of construction was £1.6 million.[6] The old mosque building is used as a meeting and function facility.[9]

Facilities

The main prayer hall of the mosque has a capacity for 500, with an additional prayer hall for women having a capacity for 200. There are also wudu facilities and a Quran study room.[10]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c "Chesham Mosque". Muslims in Britain. 25 April 2015. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Muslims In Britain".
  3. ^ a b Cox, James (7 February 2001). "The Muslim way of life in Chesham". The Argus.
  4. ^ a b Peek, Sitala (3 September 2004). "Mosque on course despite rain delay". Bucks Free Press.
  5. ^ "Muslims need to find site for a new place of worship". Bucks Free Press. 6 February 1999. Archived from the original on 8 May 2014.
  6. ^ a b c Howson, Julian (25 July 2005). "Chesham mosque to open in August". Bucks Free Press.
  7. ^ Moore-Bridger, Benedict (23 August 2005). "Mosque aims to bring community together". Bucks Free Press.
  8. ^ Benedict Moore-Bridger, Mosque aims to bring community together Bucks Free Press, 23 August 2005
  9. ^ "Catering and Seminars". Chesham Mosque Official Website. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
  10. ^ "Prayer and Wudu Facilities". Chesham Mosque Official Website. Retrieved 9 May 2014.

External links

  • Official website
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