England: Muslim charity set to open mosque for children at Nelson library

England: Muslim charity set to open mosque for children at Nelson library

A Muslim charity in Nelson Town in England has revealed plans to open a mosque in a former library that is aimed at children and young adults.

AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): A Muslim charity in Nelson Town in England has revealed plans to open a mosque in a former library that is aimed at children and young adults.

The IMAM organisation, which currently uses the Grade II-listed building in Nelson as an education centre, hopes to change the use of the old library in Booth Street into a place of worship. An application submitted to Pendle Borough Council reveals this is due to 'increased demand'.

IMAM, which stands for 'Islamic Morals and Manners', was set up in 2016 in order to 'give children the best start in life' and encourage community cohesion. The charity also states on its website: "We live in a time and age where Islam is very often in the news for the wrong reasons, changing people's perceptions of Muslims residing in multi-cultural Britain. We reach out to all communities to forge a relationship and show that we can stand together against hatred."

IMAM currently rents the former library in Booth Street and has so far raised £135,000 towards its £313,000 target to buy the building. The Burnley-based charity has held a number of community events including a Peace Walk in memory of the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing as well as a day to remember the late MP Jo Cox who was killed by a right-wing terrorist.

The plans submitted to Pendle Borough Council to change the use of the library state: "Due to increased demand from the community the organisation has agreed to apply for a change of use so that the site could be used as a place of worship.

"The proposal will not adversely affect the local traffic management and the carparks because the centre will mainly be operated outside peak hours apart from mid afternoon prayer. The congregations are generally small (10 to 20 people) at most prayer times apart from Friday prayer (once a week at mid afternoon) and Eid Prayers (only two occasions in a year).

"The facility will mainly be run by volunteers but there will be one full-time employee. The number of children attending the facility is expected to be between 20 and 30 in early stages and is likely to rise between 50 to 60 students. The organisation has experienced adult volunteers that will be available to supervise the children. All these volunteers are DBS checked."



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