Mohammad Fayyaz: My mosque
By Mohammad Fayyaz
Like all mosques, churches, synagogue and temples in Britain, Chesham Mosque is closed at the moment because of Covid-19. However, since 21 June should have been nationwide Visit My Mosque Day, it's a good opportunity to celebrate our mosque's presence at the heart of Chesham.
The present building was opened in 2005, replacing an earlier mosque in two houses on the other side of Bellingdon Road. Getting it built was a major challenge for the Muslim community, finding and buying a suitable site, getting planning permission and then finally constructing the mosque. It cost a total of £1.6 million, which was a lot of money for us to raise, but gaining planning consent was perhaps the hardest part. I am pleased to say that Liberal Democrat councillors were very supportive throughout.
At Chesham Mosque, our purpose is to advance the Islamic faith through the provision of a wide range of spiritual, educational and social services enriched with Islamic values. Our vision is to become a centre of excellence for Islamic learning and practice, providing a beacon for both Muslims and other faith communities who wish to gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of Islam - a place where one can experience and embrace the genuine beauty of our faith.