Madni Jamia Masjid Mosque
First Year's Visit to
On a cold, wet Bradford day, surrounded by industrial units and
terraced houses, the Madni Jamia Masjid mosque seemed like an oasis
in the desert. The building itself is beautiful – the minarets have
been named the most beautiful in Europe – and it is home to the
Islamic Cultural and Educational
We were warmly welcomed by representatives from the mosque, all
of whom had given up their free time to show us round. In addition
to a full tour of the mosque we heard the call to prayer, witnessed
the observance of prayers and were given a demonstration of wuzu,
the ritual washing which the men undertake before prayers.
What was very striking was that all our guides, mostly young
women, exuded such inner calm and serenity. It seemed to come from
a sense of security and confidence in their beliefs, which gives
structure and direction to their daily lives, irrespective of
whether they came from Muslim families or were recent converts. Yet
at the same time, they showed such warmth and openness to us,
willing to answer all our questions about their faith. The women in
particular surprised us by the accounts they gave of their roles in
Islam; quite different to how they are portrayed in the press.
The mosque plays a central role in the local community - around
6,000 people use its facilities each week – and, not surprisingly,
in 2007 it was named Britain’s Model Mosque for its community work.
It was a very thought-provoking visit, and we were privileged to be
accorded such hospitality.
Catherine Copp, First Year Student