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Ashton Central Mosque announcement regarding re-resumption of activities.

March 30, 2020 in Home by aslam

You will be aware that ACM suspended all activities as a result of Corona Virus (COVID-19) on 17th March 2020. The government has provided guidelines to relax the restrictions that were in place to allow congregational prayers at places of worship from 4th July 2020. They provide generic guidance for the whole country but each organisation is required to consider their local risks and rates of infection as well as the suitability of their premises  when deciding on a resumption of  activities.

The last three and a half months have been an extraordinary time and we fully share the disappointment everyone has suffered as a result of not being able to pray at the mosque. But these were necessary steps to protect the health and wellbeing of the community. All decisions that we have continued to make have been done so with the health and well-being of our community at the forefront of our minds.

In terms of the actual opening date, then it is imperative that we take cognisance of the prevailing infection rates and risks. The latest report by Public Health England places Tameside as the 7th highest risk place in England for corona virus infection rates. There is a real and present risk of exponential growth and we would certainly not like our mosque to be a vehicle for the spread of the disease. Even when the risk is relatively low, it is important not to lose sight of the evidence that if the risk were to materialise, Covid-19 has a significantly higher potential to be life threatening for the BAEM/BAME community (nearly 3 times that of the European community). We are also concerned that if we were to open under the present local infection rates, and if a member of our congregation tests positive for Covid-19, the mosque will be required to suspend its activities again. In such an eventuality, the conditions for a subsequent reopening are likely to be extremely onerous and may well delay a reopening for several weeks or even months.  Such an eventuality has a significant probability and if it were to materialise, would cause untold personal despair for the victims, heartache for all and reputational damage for our community, faith and the Mosque. Therefore, we have decided to delay a resumption of services until the infections rates subside and the risks are considered “manageable”. We will continue to monitor the information from PHE and endeavour to keep you updated.

We understand that other mosques have made different decisions about resuming activities. We believe that our decisions must be informed by the science and the evidence from PHE and not to follow others blindly.

The Imams and the management team at ACM have been working hard to establish and implement measures so that when activities do resume at the mosque, we can do so in the safest possible way. This will mean that there will be fundamental changes to the way we enter, leave and pray at the mosque. The mosque will operate at a substantially lower capacity, wudhu and toilet facilities will be totally unavailable, age restrictions and other checks and measures will also be in place; a new normal. We are also looking at having a phased resumption of activities which may include multiple staggered jamaat times for Friday prayers to minimise the risk wherever possible.

What is absolutely clear is that we will need a significant number of volunteers to assist in the safe implementation of congregational prayers. For Jummah, we are likely to need a minimum of 14 to 16 volunteers PER JAMAAT. If we do not get the volunteers, it is important that everyone understands that it would not be possible to implement the safety arrangements and therefore, in the interests of everyone’s safety and wellbeing, the congregational prayers will NOT go ahead. The same condition for volunteers is applicable for the daily prayers where it would be necessary to have 5 volunteers for EVERY prayer session.

The Imams, management and the community will need to work closely in order to ensure that when the doors are opened, that our mosque remains a Covid-secure place of worship and to that end will need volunteers. So we re-emphasise that in case we don’t have the necessary volunteers, it will not be possible to resume congregational activities safely at the mosque. So, we would welcome our congregants who are able and willing to spare some time to volunteer to contact the Imams or a member of the management team to register themselves as volunteers.

Again, we appreciate that this may not be the news that some people may have expected but the safety, health and wellbeing of our congregation, staff, volunteers and management must take precedence. We pray to Allah SWT that He guides us all through this difficult time and that we are able to once again resume congregational prayers safely at our mosque.

The Imams and Management Team, Ashton Central Mosque, Hillgate Street, Ashton under Lyne, OL6 9JA.

PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR MOSQUE TO SUPPORT YOU

Name of Beneficiary:
Ashton Central Mosque Charitable Trust
Beneficiary’s Bank & Branch:
National Westminster Bank Plc,
Ashton-under-Lyne Branch.
Warrington Street
Ashton-under-Lyne
OL6 6JL
Sort Code: 01-00-39
Account No: 1161 5680

If you do not have online banking then please make cheques payable to “Ashton Central Mosque Charitable Trust” and send them to

Ashton Central Mosque,
Hillgate Street,
Ashton-under-Lyne.
OL6 9JA

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Welcome

April 4, 2012 in Home by aslam

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In The Name Of Allah, The Utmost-Kind, The Ever-Merciful

Welcome to the website of Ashton Central Mosque, formerly known as the Markazi Jami‘a Mosque, the first and longest established Mosque in Ashton-under-Lyne. Previously located on Newton Street in an old converted school building, we have now by the infinite blessings of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta ‘Ala, relocated to a purpose built Mosque and Community Centre in the heart of Ashton-under-Lyne on Hillgate Street.

The doors of Ashton Central Mosque are open for all members of the community who wish to visit, learn or have any questions related to Islam and Muslims. At Ashton Central Mosque we strive towards excellence both in faith and action, and therefore encourage all members of the community to come and view the religious and social reforms taking place at Ashton Central Mosque.

Ashton Central Mosque, Hillgate Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 9JA
Tel: 0161 330 0617, Registered Charity in England & Wales No:1121224, Radio Frequency 454.406250 MHz, Channel 83

Weekly Masjid Activities

Monday – Friday Madrasah classes aged 5-16 years from 4:30 – 7:00 PM
Monday – Friday Hifz classes from 5:45-7:45 PM & 1 hour after Fajr
Monday men’s sports evening session from 7:00 PM
Tuesday women’s sport & exercise session from 10 AM
Tuesday women’s Urdu Islamic Studies classes from 12:30-2:30 PM
Tuesday men’s exercise classes from 1:00 PM (Winter), 2:00 PM (Summer)
Thursday men’s exercise classes from 1:00 PM (Winter), 2:00 PM (Summer)
Thursday Urdu Dars e Qur’an & Mehfil Dhikr programme from Maghrib/Isha
Friday English Jumu’ah Speech 12:20 PM (Winter), 1:20 PM (Summer)
Saturday Girls 5+ Arabic Language Club 11:00-12:00 (March-July)
Saturday women’s English Islamic Studies classes from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Saturday English & Maths tuition classes from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Sunday Females 10+ Aqeedah & Seerah
Sunday women’s English Islamic Studies classes from 10:00-1:00 PM

Miscellaneous Masjid Activities

Monthly & seasonal Islamic programmes, Halqa e Darood, Nikah, Counselling, Dispute Resolution, Imam Q&A After Salah, Imam Office Hours 12:00-2:00 PM, Open Days, School Visits, Ghusl, Funeral Prayers, Burial, Wakes, Annual Commemorations, Seminars, Lectures, Food Bank Collections, Sports Days, Interfaith & Outreach programmes, Jumu’ah PowerPoint Presentations & Audio, Annual Publications, Active Website + Content, Radio Transmissions, Tarawih Prayers, Daily Iftaari (Ramadan), Solar & Lunar Eclipse Prayers, Charity Events, Eid Fundays…