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Friday, November 7, 2008

The competition was organized by Islam Channel

Britain's Muslims have voted East London Mosque and London Muslim Centre as their Super Model Mosque for 2008.

The competition was organized by Islam Channel as one of the sub events that were presented during the Global Peace and Unity Event (GPU) at the London Excel Arena on 26th November.

The final was contested by East London Mosque, London Muslim Centre, and the Islamic Cultural Centre in Regents Park for the prize of a £50,000 consultation. East London Mosque won the competition with a massive vote of support from the public.

East London Mosque and London Muslim Centre got to the final after facing Sparkbrook Islamic Centre, Birmingham, in the semi-final.

A New Section to Be Built

Ayub Khan, the secretary of the East London Mosque, commented, "This is a great honor for our mosque and centre. Over the years, we have worked tirelessly to build a centre with facilities and services that everyone can use regardless of age, ethnicity or religion. The prize will go towards a centre of excellence for Muslim women and girls. For a long time, we have been looking to address that need and the prize will immensely help."

The mosque is in the planning stages of building a new section which will house dedicated services for women as well as new prayer space for all.

He went on saying, "The management committee and the staff of the mosque would like to congratulate Regents Park Mosque on getting to the final, Islam Channel on holding such a great initiative, and also thanks to all those who voted for us and have supported us."

One of the Imams of the Ka`bah, Sheikh Adel Salem Al Sheikh, led the congregational evening prayer last night at the East London Mosque.

Over 2000 people came to the mosque to pray behind the sheikh and hear him give a short talk after the prayer.

In his speech Sheikh Al Sheikh described the characteristics of Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) and encouraged the congregation to follow his example.

His visit ended with a tour of the mosque and centre.

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