Manchester Central Mosque
It is interesting to note that the Muslim Students in Manchester used to celebrate Eid at Britannia Restaurant, opposite the BBC television building, every year. In 1948 a meeting was arranged at Manchester University to discuss purchasing a property for the mosque . A semi detached house at 22-Upper Park Road,Victoria Park,Manchester was then bought for £2,250.
Jamiat ul Muslimeen was already in existence and had £550 on account. A sum of £1,000 was kindly donated by Mr Ahmad Dawood (Dawood Textile Pak). Mr M.Hanif and Mr M.Ismail, both from Memon families, contributed £750 and £500 was collected from the rest of the Muslim Community. A sum of £550 was spent to make a room for prayer,a room for meetings and a room for sports. There were 10/15 regular Juma Namazi and the first Eid was Celebrated by 50 Muslim, Hindu and Sikh community members in the mosque. Food was also served. In December 1968 it was decided to build a new mosque, an architect was appointed and a collection was started. A semi-detached house next door which belonged to a Syrian Brother was donated it towards the new project in 1970.
Indoor sports competitions were also held every year. The record shows the first Trustees of the Jamiat ul Muslimeen as:
1- Mr Nazir ud Din
2- Mr A.M.Hilli
3- Mr Jan Mohammad
4- Mr Rukin Din
The first Imam and President of the Jamiat was Mr Abdullah Kasas and the Secretary Mr Akbar Ali O.B.E. who is an Engineer by profession currently lives in Liverpool. All the Muslim students union i.e. Egyptian,Indian,Pakistani and Syrian had their offices at the mosque and used to hold their meetings at the mosque.