We are located in Dunmurry town, 5 miles away from Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland. Belfast has increasingly become a destination for migration, seeing a rapid growth of the Muslim community, manifested most recently with the arrival of hundreds of Syrian brothers and sisters under the resettlement programme. Teaching Arabic has now become an urgent priority, as families settle in Northern Ireland, benefiting and enriching both the Muslim and the wider community through bridging cultural differences.
In the summer of 2008, Iqraa School Belfast (a registered charity), was established by a group of individuals who were concerned about the lack of options in teaching and learning the Arabic language. The school started with 9 children, with the official Jordanian Arabic language curriculum taken as the method for teaching. While the school was delivering 10 teaching hours per week, finding and maintaining an appropriate place for teaching was the main obstacle. This caused school activity to cease after 4 years of excellent achievements, making owning one place a priority.
Recently, Alhamdolilah, a permanent building for Iqraa school was bought through an interest-free loan, from a group of good donors (may they be rewarded abundantly). The total surrounding area of the new place is 5000 m2, while the building is built on 600 m2, offering an excellent opportunity to provide good services for the community. Iqraa School Belfast is running now Arabic classes as well some other religious activities such as the 5 daily prayers. This project is very ambitious, and there is plenty of room for everyone to donate to complete the renovation and development work. There is also a great opportunity for everyone to volunteer for cultural activities within the centre.
As many of you might know, Iqraa project started over ten years ago. The site and the building were bought approximately three years ago. It started as a school but has developed into a masjid and Islamic centre.
Iqraa is a registered charity with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (charity number 107402).
When our offer for the property was accepted our balance was zero, but by the grace of Allah swt we managed to buy the property using halal loans. Since then we have raised more than half of phase one costs (the site and renovation of current building) but we are still in deficit of £150,000.
Bank Name: Starling Bank
Address of the Bank: Starling Bank Operations Team,
5th Floor Brunel House, 2 Fitzalan Road,
Cardiff, CF24 0EB
Account Holder Name: Belfast Iqraa School
Account Number: 62647782
Sort Code: 60-83-71
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