Hundreds attend 40th anniversary open day at Redbridge's oldest mosque
PUBLISHED: 10:14 27 September 2018 | UPDATED: 10:14 27 September 2018
More than 5,000 people visited the borough’s oldest Islamic place of worship as it flung open its doors to mark its 40th anniversary on Sunday (September 23).
A film chroncling the Ilford Islamic Centre’s journey to fruition was shown, illustrating its beginnings in the two front rooms of a residential address in Kingswood Road, Goodmayes in 1968.
To accomodate the growing Muslim population, the centre purchased a derelict church hall in Albert Road in 1978 and in 1986 submitted an application to build the purpose-built mosque that stands there today.
In the doucmentary chairman Ghazanfer Ali says: “This huge building has expanded beyond our expectations and beyond our dreams.”
The event also featured a photo exhibition, as well as stalls, food and children’s activities.
Redbridge Faith Forum’s annual walk of peace, which also took place on Sunday, featured a stop at the mosque along its route.
Ahmad Nawaz, the centre’s secretary, said: “I personally think it was a great day, a great sense of community and a successful day where some people learned about the true essence of Islam.
He added: “Ilford Islamic Centre will always welcome those who want to learn.