As most of you are aware, we have now vacated the Islamic Academy building (19 Chorlton Terrace, off Upper Brook St, M13 9AJ). The last Jumuah was held yesterday and was very emotional given all our memories there over so many years. We pray that Allah accepts all our ibadah at that site and forgives us for our shortcomings.
For the time being, we will be based solely at City Jami’ Masjid (118 South St, Longsight, M12 4DT).
We will insha’Allah relocate the Academy within Ardwick as soon as possible. Please check our website regularly for updates.
Jazakumullahu khairan to everyone who has helped us with the removal work since yesterday.
Inna lilla wa inna ilaihi rajiun. Our planning application was rejected by the Council at the meeting on 22nd January 2015. We will keep everyone informed of any further developments. Please continue to check our website and Facebook page for updates.
We wish to emphasise that our campaign for relocation over the past couple of years has focused on negotiating with the Council, given that we were their tenants for 40 years, and not the company who acquired the site from them (Church Converts LLP).
Although they were under no legal obligation to assist us, the Directors of Church Converts have been extremely helpful, co-operative and understanding of our desire to keep our community facility running. Despite obtaining planning permission for redevelopment in February 2014, they have provided us with a number of extensions on our lease. This gesture has meant that we have been able to continue our congregational prayers and other services going, whilst we have searched for an alternate site.
We would like to convey our thanks to the Directors of Church Converts for co-operating with us during this difficult time.
An article has appeared in today’s Manchester Evening News about the proposal by Church Converts which states ‘The chapel was last used by the Islamic Academy of Manchester until it closed in 2005 because of safety fears’.‘
The article is extremely inaccurate! It makes no mention that the Islamic Academy has occupied the annexe since 1974 (as tenants of Manchester City Council) and is an active, flourishing mosque.
The claim that we closed in 2005 seems to be referring to the Welsh Baptist Church. However, the Academy has not used that building since 1987!! The Council were intending to carry out repairs then and return the building back to community use but this never happened. In 2005, they carried out emergency repairs on that building after years of neglect but the annexe has continued to flourish as a mosque.
We request your help in contacting the council and clarifying the situation with the Manchester Evening News:
0161 211 2323 (MEN)
0161 211 2920 or firstname.lastname@example.org (to correct inaccuracies)
Note the ‘Save the House of God’ banner visible in the picture the MEN have included with the article.