Landmark city Mosque to host open day

February 28, 2019
Posted in Bradford
February 28, 2019 Bradford Civic Society

Landmark city Mosque to host open day

Guided tours, guest talks, and afternoon tea are just some of the activities on offer
as part of an upcoming open day at one of Bradford’s most celebrated buildings.
Bradford Central Mosque, situated on Infirmary Street in the city centre, is welcoming visitors
from 12 midday on Sunday 3 March 2019 and inviting guests to take part in a full programme of

Highlights include a guided tour of the Mosque’s splendid architecture led by Liaqat
Hussain Naushahi who will tell the story of how the iconic building was lovingly developed by
the community. Visitors will also be invited to experience an afternoon Prayer recited by the
Masjid’s resident Imam, followed by afternoon tea and conversation led by Zulfiqar Karim.
The open day will also feature a special ‘Art and Islam’ exhibition, curated by resident artist
Mahmood Manning, who will talk about his work at the mosque featuring gold leaf calligraphy
and geo/biomorphic. Visitors may also view the magnificent stained glass work and inside the
great dome.

Later on, visitors will hear about how Bradford Central Mosque has become a place of worship,
learning and empowerment for women, hearing how women have been using facilities both on
site as well as in the Mosque’s community family hall. Ishtiaq Ahmed will finish the open day
with a talk about community buildings from 4pm, discussing how they thrive as places to share,
gather and worship.

Liaqat Hussain, of Bradford Central Mosque, says:
“The Muslim community has given Bradford many iconic Mosques now adding to the
magnificence of the city’s landscape. Bradford Central Mosque is a place of faith and
splendour at the heart of Bradford city, marvelling in the best tradition of Turkish
architecture. Therefore, it is only befitting that this public place of faith is enjoyed by all people
of Bradford.”

March’s open day event is part of sustained efforts to open the Central Mosque to all
Bradfordians, and a full programme of regular activities is planned throughout the rest of 2019.
Last year, Central Mosque hosted Bradford Civic Society’s flagship event as part of the national
Heritage Open Days festival, exploring the building’s role at the heart of an historic and
ever-changing Bradford neighbourhood.