Visitor Guide Information
We are encouraged and delighted by the many requests to visit the mosque and to gain a better understanding of the Islamic faith. It is our view that through a mutual understanding of faiths and cultures we can help nurture a local community that is proud of its diversity. We endeavor to make time for our all our visitors and are always keen to receive feedback which helps us improve our service to visitors.
Visiting the Mosque
Visits to the mosque should be booked in advance by telephone,
Imam Yasser Balesaria
Mobile 07877 821416
Preferred visit times are between 11.00 am and 3.00 pm. (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) or Monday anytime time. Special – Friday, early morning or late evening – visits can be arranged on request and are subject to availability.
A typical visit will last approximately one hour and may consist of the following:
- Presentation about the Islamic faith.
- Q&A and discussion session.
- A guided tour of the mosque building.
- Observation of one of the daily or special prayer services (depending on the timing of the visit.
We try and provide snacks or treats for young visitors so please let us know in advance if any visitors suffer from any allergies in this respect.
All visitors are requested to:
- Respect the peace and prayer of worshipers inside the mosque.
- Remove their shoes in certain specific areas around the mosque.
- Keep food and drinks out of the mosque, except areas that have been designated as eating areas.
- Avoid bringing any animals into the mosque.
- Keep the mosque’s building and courtyard clean by disposing of litter properly and safely.
- Abide by the general rules of the mosque as displayed around the building.
- Avoid smoking in the building and on the mosque’s courtyard.
Modest & Clean Dress
All adult visitors and children above the age of 12 are requested to observe modest dress when visiting the mosque. In general this means covering ones arms and legs as much as possible (avoid sleeveless tops/vests, shorts, skirts above the knee). Most aspects of a standard school uniform are usually appropriate. Some visitors choose to cover their heads as Muslims do to show respect to other worshipers or to enrich their own experience but this is entirely optional.
Young children under the age of 12 are not considered to be adults and may dress as they do in school unless they wish to adopt any part of Muslim attire for the day (hats/scarves) to enliven their visit.