The Islamic Culture & Education Centre, Battersea (‘The Centre’) was established on 15th March 1978 by a Declaration of Trust and its inaugral Trustees were Doctor Matiur Rahman, Doctor Wahidu Zaman, Hafiz Nisaruddin Ahmed and Mohamed Faizullah. It is registered as a charitable Trust with the United Kingdom Charity Commissioners, with the registration No. 275697 and also registered with the Local Authority (Wandsworth Borough Council), as a Place of Worship with the Registration No. 76618. It is managed by a Board Of Nine Trustees.
Prior to its inception, ad-hoq Quranic classes for children were being organised by Hafiz Nisaruddin Ahmed above shops in Lavender Hill and Northcote Road. Islamic Culture & Education Centre was founded after a group of volunteers recognized the need for specific support and help with welfare issues and concerns of those newly arriving Muslims in the area of Battersea.
75 Falcon Road potential for a Centre was realised by Hafiz Nisaruddin Ahmed, who then brought this to the attention of the Local Muslim Community. The Community earmarked the premises and raised the necessary funds to purchase it. Five years later 73 Falcon Road was also acquired by the Community.
The centre is situated at the heart of Battersea and within close proximity of Clapham Junction Station. It consists of two buildings on the adjacent corners of a T-Junction. One building serves in the main as a ‘Mosque’ building facilitating daily prayers. The second building function mainly as a Youth and Community Centre. Both buildings are also regularly used by Boys and Girls for Quranic and Islamic Studies and for a range of Youth activities.
The centre is a focal point of the Local Community. Our mosque represents a rich, diverse mix of cultures. Worshippers consist of Individuals from some of the following backgrounds: Afro- Caribbean, Algerians, Bangladeshi, Egyptian, English, Eritrean, Indian, Irish, Moroccan, Pakistani, Scottish, Somalian, Turkish and Welsh.
The organisation has since grown significantly and offers its services to all communities in the area of Battersea, Wandsworth in particularly to the Muslim communities. Each year we provide information, advice and help to members of the communities with their Social and welfare issues.
At Islamic Culture & Education Centre, we are passionate about developing the skills of our local community and the young people we serve. We believe that everyone should have a voice in everything that affects him or her.