Today’s prayer times
Social Gathering Event Programme
March 5th 2017
3:00pm – Welcome & Reception
3:30pm- Asr Prayer
4:00pm- Opening of the Event. Introducing the Mosque Director and Administration
4.15pm- Open discussion
4:45pm- Refreshments and snacks
5:55pm- Maghrib and conclusion of event
The Masjid Team would kindly request that we work together in maintaining our space of worship. Families are welcome and we kindly request that they continue to be responsible for their children at all times during the event.
Thank you for your cooperation in making this gathering a success.
We are pleased to publish our year review here. By December 2015 , ECM employed a new director, Imam and Facilities Manager to bring in a new team responsible for the mosque. Team work, transparency and consultation facilitated the gradual expansion of the staff base to cover the work areas of: Support, Aid and Admin. The new structure enabled a diversity of volunteers to enrich the mosque’s services in a range of areas such as: women, children, youth, education, recreation, gardening and health & wellbeing.
Over the year, we hosted 105 groups and a total of 2664 visitors to the mosque. We have introduced four fully fledged educational courses of study for adults, designed a curriculum for the Mosque school, liaised with 61 institutions, engaged over 25 interfaith activities and participated in 13 official governmental meetings. Read the full report here.
No, it’s not Edinburgh Central Mosque’s Lawrence of Arabia. It’s actually Mr. John Clifford, Honorary Consul of Austria for Scotland who came to visit us today. You’re probably wondering by now: how on earth do the other parts – the Agal and Christmas fit into the picture? Well, it goes like this. John called us sometime midweek describing a “ring” worn around a “headscarf” and was seeking advice on how to acquire one.
“Could you please send us a picture John so we can see how we can help?” was our reply. “I might as well send you a picture of the king of Saudi Arabia, he wears one.” John’s words cleared up all the haziness for us. Straight away, I said: “John, you want an Agal.” To his relief and my convenience, I had an Agal lying around in my office drawer. “I even had the full robe! We made an appointment for the Honorary Consul of Austria to come in and pick up this distinctly Arabian package. No questions were asked over the phone, but of course, I was dying to find out more about this rather interesting request.
This is where Christmas comes in! And we found the story quite touching and moving. John has been invited to a Christmas event, and instead of attending with the prescribed Santa hat, he thought why not add a touch of authenticity and creativity by adopting – as close as possible – the mode of dress of the people of the region that the Messiah Jesus was born in! Now, of course we were going to welcome John with Arabian coffee and have a good chat especially when he just shared his idea.
John has a keen interest in interfaith, and this wasn’t the first time he would cross the borders of two or more religions. He shared with us that last year, he actually gave the grace at the 73rd annual dinner of the Consular Corps in Edinburgh borrowing from the Muslim tradition. The public reaction, he told us was of course very mixed, but the Austrian Ambassador in London loved it because he, as then Head of Cultural Affairs in Austria actually organised the celebrations of the centenary of Austria’s official recognition of Islam as a religion in 1912 – Europe’s first country to do so.
We went on to discuss contemporary European politics, Brexit, immigration and the challenges facing our communities. In this world of complex problems, we need to be able to come together, learn from one another and see the things we share. The meeting was therefore a highlight of our day, and we certainly hope for further occasions where we can come together and learn more from one another. Nice one John of Arabia!