Most of us in the UK are blessed to have a masjid on our doorsteps or close enough to access it easily. But for many poverty-stricken communities, there are either no mosques or they have fallen into disrepair. Their nearest mosque may be far away and difficult to reach even once a day. To address this situation, Ummah Charity International (UCI) rebuilds and renovates existing structures. We also build new mosques where there is a need.
At UCI, we started our Build a Masjid Project in 2014. Since then, we’ve rebuilt 45 mosques across rural Pakistan, in Kashmore, Ghospur, Pano Akil and Kandi Koth. UCI’s donor-built mosques have provided over 9880 people with access to a safe and welcoming place to worship.
This Ramadan, can you help build or repair a community mosque? Donate towards our mosque projects and give communities a place to gather and pray together.
Why Help Rebuild a Mosque During Ramadan
By donating towards rebuilding a mosque this Ramadan, you will be helping a whole community get a place to pray in congregation, as well as a place to use as a madrassah and community centre, where young people can gather to learn Qur’an.
Having a mosque uplifts the whole community. Hearing the Adhaan reminds us of Allah five times a day. Having a mosque close to home will make things easier for people who already pray regularly, and Inshallah it will also inspire those who miss their prayers to be more regular with their Salaah. The overall spiritual and religious wellbeing of the community is improved.
‘Whoever builds a masjid for the sake of Allah Almighty, like a sparrow’s nest or even smaller, Allah Almighty will build for him a house in Paradise.’ (Ibn Majah)
How UCI’s Build a Masjid project works
Building a mosque is Sadaqah e Jariyah – an ongoing charity. As long it is being used and benefitting people, you will continue to earn rewards, even after you’ve passed on. Building or renovating a mosque through UCI is straightforward. Here’s how it works:
Step by Step Process
Step 1 – Donations are received
Step 2 – Locations sourced for the best possible region to build the Masjid
Step 3 – Masjid construction begins and usually takes around 11 months to complete
Step 4 – Once the Masjid is up and running, feedback reports are delivered to donors
Step 5 – Follow-up checks are conducted to ensure that the Masjid is running smoothly
- The Build a Masjid Project renovates existing Masajids which are damaged and abandoned.
- Donors are welcome to visit their masjid. Contact us for address details.
How Building a Masjid Uplifts Communities
UCI’s long-term aim is to help people become independent, therefore we emphasise projects that promote growth in peoples’ lives. This is why we are so passionate about our Rebuild a Masjid Project. When UCI plans to build or renovate a mosque, the project holistically improves the quality of life of the whole community. Here are some of the ways:
- The local community is involved with the planning and building of their mosque from the get-go.
- The mosques reduce travel time for congregants who walk to and from mosques that are far away.
- Mosques provides a safe space to pray, and to use as a madrassah.
- Mosques serve as a community centre for other activities like weddings and Janazahs.
- Mosques provide younger children in the community with a dedicated place to learn Qur’an.
- Mosques promote regular communal worship by facilitating easy access.
- Mosques promote better hygiene habits in communities who perform regular ablutions before gathering to pray.
Hafiz Abdul Shares His Gratitude
Hafiz Abdul Qayum was one of the many people living in Village Allah Warao Abro. Hafiz Abdul’s village did not have a mosque. The community had to travel long distances to pray in Jamaat (congregation).
When UCI re-built their local mosque with the generous donation provided by Begum Safiya, their daily lives improved drastically. They now had more time to work or spend with their families. Most importantly, having a mosque on their doorsteps, had a positive Islamic influence on everyone.
“After my Tarawi prayers, I recite Surah al Mulk with the intention of giving its Sawab (rewards) to the sponsors of Masjid e Safiya. I wholeheartedly thank Begum Safiya, Ummah Charity International and Mufti Abdul Wahab.” Hafiz Abdul Qayum