Our vision for the new premises was to provide alongside all the services that were already established, a centre for the entire community. The intention being that we would create a better understanding between the communities to establish greater community cohesion. Though the process has been somewhat laboured, we believe that by working together with the various communities of the area, we will be able to establish a beacon of good from our community centre.
- Mr. Imran Ahmed Salim
- Imam Bilal Patel
Imams of MICC
- Imam Bilal Patel
- Mufti Suhail Ahmed
Youth management team
- Melu Adam Tapadar (Head)
- Azim Khan
- Koyesul Islam
- Aziz Rahman
Morden Islamic Community Centre (MICC) started with very humble beginnings. The 2a Crown Lane property was initially set up as a small after school Madrassah for children.
It comprised of 2 or 3 flats which were knocked together to make a wide, open space, suitable for small group teaching. The local community did not have a purpose built prayer facility available, and so had to pray in either Colliers Wood or Wimbledon Masjid.
Some of the brothers in the community approached the Trustees of the Madrassah regarding the possibility of opening up the premises for congregational prayers, particularly at Fajr and Isha time.
In Spring 2004 daily Fajr and Isha congregational prayers were held, with 10 volunteer brothers having responsibility of looking after and maintaining the centre on a daily basis. In time, more and more people heard about the centre, leading to 2 full, and sometimes overflowing, Jamaats for Jumuah!
Those brothers who were given responsibility of the centre wanted the masjid to be active and at its peak, the centre had regular Seerah and Aqeedah classes for both brothers and sisters and also regular monthly talks. There were also recreational activities organised, such as kickboxing and wrestling, and Friday Fun circle held for younger children.
Through Allah’s permission, MICC was able to attract many high profile speakers, despite the small setting, who gave heart-softening reminders to the congregation. MICC was a hub of Islamic activity and had established itself as a pioneer in terms of establishing a true Islamic community centre. This led to born-Muslims taking their religion much more seriously and also attracted many non-Muslims to revert to Islam.
As the community became more active, the premises was becoming too small for its needs and a larger property was sought out. 116 London Road (formerly The Crown Inn pub) was identified as a potential property for relocation. With the help and support of the local community, and guidance of the MICC Management Committee, the council were petitioned to grant permission for the new premises.
The planning application process showed the true sense of community spirit as everybody was united on the goal of establishing a community centre for their spiritual and religious needs, which would in turn provide a spring board from which community-based projects could start and flourish; a community centre that was modelled on the Masjid of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) in Madinah.
With the support of the local council, planning permission was granted and renovation commenced to convert the premises so that it was more suitable for use by the Muslim community.