In 1974 the late Ishaq Naqwa Sawant (Rahmatullah alai) a
local elder, from Bombay (Mumbai), India, kindly gave the use of
one room at his property at 7 St Stephen's Terrance, West
Bowling, Bradford for the teaching of local children.
Approximately 18-months later, the adjoining property at No.9
St. Stephen's Terrace was purchased and used as a Madrassa. The
room's in this property were knocked through to make it into a
Hall on each floor in order that prayers (salaat) could take
place in congregation. In 1980, the adjoining property at No.11
was also purchased and a door knocked through between No.9 & 11.
Plans were to use the two properties as a Masjid. However before
this could be achieved, a dental surgery at the current address
became available and was purchased. The properties at 9-11 St.
Stephen's Terrace were sold.
The property at the current location, a large 4-storey stone-built
building, was purchased in 1983 and became the first Masjid in
West Bowling. The adjoining property was a textile mill
incorporating two small halls and this was purchased in the late
1980's. This enabled an additional 180 people to perform their
salaat in congregation (90 per hall).
These properties had a large car park at the rear and some
unused land. This land was developed by building a large
two-storey extension to the existing properties resulting in an
increase in congregational salaat capacity of 700. This new
extension was opened before Ramadhan, 2002.
A nearby building, Drove Road House, was purchased from
In-Communities in August 2010. This building has been renamed as
Madni Centre and this is being re-developed for the several
different activities, please click on
the Madni Centre tab for further details.
The Masjid now has a capacity for approximately 1100 for
congregational salaah. The Masjid is completely full for jumaah
salaah and approx 275 people for daily prayers.
- The Boys
Academy is located in the Masjid Building and the Girls
Academy is located in Madni Centre.
- West Bowling
Activity Group - are now located in the Madni Centre for a
home-work club and Training room. A computer suite and library
is to be developed.
Street Day Centre - use one room for elders to socialise
between salaah and other forms of ibaada.
Room: built in 2009 as an addendum to the Masjid.
Room - can hold approx 35 people for Taziyah.