Leeds has a strong Muslim community with nearly 3% of Islam adherents from the entire population. The city houses a number of mosques and organisations with Mosque Jinnah, Leeds Grand Mosque, Makka Masjid and Bilal mosques, the Islamic Cultural Centre of Leeds, Leeds Islamic Organisation, Center for Islamic Studies at the University of Leeds and so on. Muslims represent an active part of the populace with a great reputation and respect from both authorities and residents. All mosques organised lessons and lectures on Islamic sciences such as the Qur’an, hadith, sira, Fiqh and etc. The places of cultural interest are scattered throughout the city, thus you may want to consider various Leeds hotels options when planning your trip to the city.
Leeds Central Mosque Jinnah is the first and the oldest mosque of Leeds, erected in 1958. Subsequently, in 1974 and 1982 the territory of the mosque complex was expanded. In 1980, the government of Leeds provided a grant for mosque sports hall construction, where nowadays sports and cultural events, as well as weddings, meetings and conferences take place.
Leeds Grand Mosque
The largest mosque in the city was converted from a church in 1994 due to the financial contribution made by Muhammad bin Saif Al Nahyan from Abu Dhabi (UAE). The complex’s main hall open space is used for experiments in human echolocation field.
Makka Masjid was built in 2003; until then, the Muslims of Leeds rented two houses. To date, Makka Masjid is one of the most beautiful active mosques in Leeds.
Founded in 1982, Bilal occupied the building of a church. The mosque launched a number of educational courses, training young men and women in various Islamic disciplines. Bilal supports the local sports center.
If you are interested in the aspiring Muslim communities of Yorkshire, you should definitely visit the city, taking into account a wide selection of hotels in Leeds and a highly developed public transport system, you will definitely enjoy your stay.