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LATEST: Mosque 'will be place for whole community'

Friday 15th October 2021

MORE than 2,000 worshippers are overjoyed now the much-anticipated Maidstone Mosque is complete.

The Mote Road building has been transformed into a multi-purpose centre for worship, including a pray room, classrooms, mortuary, kitchen, offices, library and washing facilities.

Despite the old mosque being levelled back in 2018, the project has faced many delays since plans were first approved more than five years ago.

Imam Dr Muhammad Usmani said he is determined the new facilities will serve both as a community and Islamic centre.

Dr Usmani said: “We have tried to design the centre’s frontage to be sympathetic in style to existing buildings in this part of Maidstone.

“The old building was not a good image for Mote Road and now I feel it fits in quite well.

“We have had so much local support and donations. It is hard to explain how I feel but the whole community just feel overjoyed and happy they now have somewhere to go to worship.”

Kent’s first mosque mortuary, which is able to store two bodies at a time for up to two days, was fixed in the plans as it is a “vital need” in the Islamic burial ritual.

Burials must take place within a maximum of two days if possible, according to the Islamic faith.

The new mosque's open-door policy encourages visitors from Maidstone to come and see the improvements made for themselves.

Dr Usmani added: “With everything going on in the media, I am just pleased we have been able to achieve this, even though it was a big struggle. It has definitely been worth it.”