Jamia Masjid Mohiuddin Siddiquia
Project: New Build Mosque
Client: Mohiuddin Trust
The Mohiuddin Trust was established to realise the vision of Shaikh Alauddin Siddiqui Sahib, one of the most influential and celebrated Islamic spiritual leaders in the UK and this new Masjid seeks to continue his legacy in Aston, Birmingham.
The previous mosque was demolished in 2017 and since then members have been gathering in makeshift accommodation to the rear of the site. The Trust’s brief is to see a new modern Masjid re-established on the site providing a place for prayer, teaching, learning, hospitality and outreach to the wider community.
The new landmark Masjid will of course primarily serve the practical and religious needs of the community but just as importantly, act as a Hub for those in need regardless of background. This interfaith work was established by the Shaikh which the Trust wish to see continued, expanded and is very much at the core of their ambitions for the site beyond the physical manifestation of the building.
The brief developed with the Trust emphasised rebuilding on the footprint of the former Masjid whilst also creating a facility fit for prayer and outreach. The elliptical Musallah is located on the piano nobile and below, with direct access from Victoria Road, is a large multi-purpose space that will be used to host events for the wider community. A large roof garden will also help connect the Masjid community with nature and provide an alternative space for gathering. With planting, water features and views, it will offer a place for quiet reflection.
The design is a clear departure from more traditional mosque architecture - physically and philosophically - combining both established and innovative ideas into a contemporary concept which will serve the community for decades to come.
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