Alhamdulillah, Ashton Central Mosque was nominated for two awards at the British Beacon Mosque Awards 2023.
It is an absolute honour and we are proud to announce that Imam Ghulam Moyhuddin won the ‘Most Impactful Imam’ award and Ashton Central Mosque won ‘The Best Run Mosque 2023 ‘
There were over 300 nominations in 11 different categories and we were among 30 shortlisted finalists. The independent panel of judges made their decision based on, amongst other things, the evidence we submitted.
A few comments made by the British Beacon Mosque Awards’ team:
“Imam Ghulam Moyhuddin of Ashton Central Mosque is a highly dedicated and impactful religious leader who has made significant contributions to his community in various capacities. He plays a pivotal role in the mosque’s maddrassah, where he has developed and implemented an islamic education system”
“Ashton Central Mosque is a a shining example of community engagement and positive change. They have orchestrated a multitude of impactful community projects and campaigns, all orchestrated by their dedicated management team in collaboration with the local community”
Whilst we had the pleasure of receiving the award, we would like to extend our gratitude to both Imams, teaching and non teaching staff, students, volunteers, the ladies group, the management team and most importantly we would like to thank you, our community.
We ask you all to join us to pray that Allah Azzawajjal continues to shower our community with His blessings and that our mosque continues to excel in all of the activities we involve ourselves in.
Best Run Mosque
A few words from Beacon Mosque Awards:
Ashton Central Mosque in Ashton-under-Lyne is a shining example of community engagement and positive change. They have orchestrated a multitude of impactful community projects and campaigns, all orchestrated by their dedicated management team in collaboration with the local community. Notable initiatives include:
- Taste Ramadhan Event: This annual gathering welcomes members of the local community, friends, colleagues, and dignitaries to the mosque. The event features a meet and greet, a mosque tour, informative presentations, and a shared sunset meal, fostering connections and bridging gaps within the wider community.
- Macmillan Coffee Mornings: These heartwarming gatherings have not only raised substantial funds but have also provided a platform for individuals to share and support those affected by cancer.
- Food Banks: Ashton Central Mosque’s commitment to helping local families in need, regardless of their background, has made a significant impact. They have been recognized for this effort by the local media.
- Sahih al-Bukhari Recital: Hosting the full recital of Sahih al-Bukhari with esteemed scholars in 2019 was a remarkable achievement, drawing students from across the UK and beyond. This event contributed to preserving and transmitting the most authentic version of Sahih al-Bukhari.
- Community Fitness and Scouts: Offering fitness and yoga classes, as well as organizing adventure weekends and mosque visits, Ashton Central Mosque caters to the physical and spiritual well-being of its community.
- Building of the Year Award: Their excellence in form and spirit was acknowledged in 2011 when they received the Building of the Year Award.
Ashton Central Mosque’s commitment to fostering a positive environment for all attendees and their tireless efforts to become agents of positive change in society are truly commendable. They extend a warm welcome to people from all backgrounds and faiths, inviting them to visit and collaborate towards making their town and country a paragon of excellence. The mosque’s diverse array of events, from spiritual retreats to charity dinners and awareness campaigns, exemplify their dedication to making a positive impact in the community.
Most Impactful Imam
A few words from Beacon Mosque Awards:
Imam Ghulam Mohyuddin of Ashton Central Mosque in Ashton-under-Lyne is a highly dedicated and impactful religious leader who has made significant contributions to his community in various capacities. Here are some key highlights of his accomplishments and roles:
Educational Leadership: Imam Ghulam Mohyuddin plays a pivotal role in the mosque’s Madrasah, where he has developed and implemented an Islamic education system. Under his guidance, the Madrasah now serves approximately 300 students and employs eight teaching staff. He has also initiated and overseen a Hifz program at the mosque, resulting in a number of students completing their Hifz. Many of these accomplished Hufaaz are under the age of 20 and lead the recitation during Ramadan.
Cultivating Respectful Young Muslims: Imam Ghulam Mohyuddin’s vision goes beyond producing students of Islamic knowledge. He aims to nurture young Muslim adults who are not only knowledgeable but also confident and proud of their faith within the UK. His teaching approach, tailored to the needs of his students, reflects his deep knowledge and understanding of educational requirements.
Inspirational Khutbahs: His Friday sermons (Jummah khutbahs) are notable for their relevance and the inclusion of references to local and international current affairs. These sermons are well-received and attract a substantial number of attendees to Ashton Central Mosque. They are documented on the mosque’s website and are presented using PowerPoints.
Community Engagement: Imam Ghulam Mohyuddin extends his efforts to various community-based duties, including:
- Serving as a chaplain for the Tameside Mayor.
- Visiting local schools and hosting school visits at Ashton Central Mosque for over a decade.
- Conducting adult Islamic classes.
- Providing marriage counseling services.
- Organizing work experience placements at the mosque.
- Offering support to new Muslims.
- Participating in interfaith discussions.
Imam Ghulam Mohyuddin’s multifaceted contributions to the mosque, his commitment to education and community engagement and his ability to connect with the diverse needs of his congregation demonstrate his passion for teaching and community service which has left a lasting positive impact on the Ashton Central Mosque community.