۳۰ بهمن ۱۳۹۸ |۲۵ جمادی‌الثانی ۱۴۴۱ | Feb 19, 2020
Hasan Karolia: A tribute to a mosque pioneer and visionary

Shortly thereafter, the Society purchased and converted a terraced house at 40 Lambeth Street, Blackburn to provide a Masjid (place of worship) and a Madrassa to educate our Muslim children in an Islamic environment.

Hawzah News Agency - (Blackburn - UK) - The Islamic Educational Society of Blackburn was established in 1967 with 50 members, one of them being Hasan Mama Karolia who was also one of the founder members of this organisation - using a spare room in one of the member’s house as its first Madrassa.

Shortly thereafter, the Society purchased and converted a terraced house at 40 Lambeth Street, Blackburn to provide a Masjid (place of worship) and a Madrassa to educate our Muslim children in an Islamic environment.

This was named Masjide Noorul Islam, and was one of the first Masjids in Blackburn. As the community and membership grew, Hasan Mama and his fellow colleagues had a fikr (worry) and a concern for the future generations, a further two adjoining houses were acquired (one purchased by the society and one donated to the Society by a member), one property was to provide extra classrooms for the Madrassa, and the other to provide a home for the Imam and his family.

Due to further growth again Hasan Mama and his colleagues were once again worried about the community and future generations in terms of upbringing and receiving an Islamic education, they were also worried about the fact that where the current Masjid operates the area was due to be demolished, the Society then purchased a warehouse and adjoining house at 108 and 108a Audley Range, Blackburn.

The warehouse was renovated and converted into a Masjid and the adjoining house provided classrooms for the Madrassa, this was opened in 1978.

The demands of an ever-growing community over the coming years were met by purchasing and renovating a further shop, two houses and adjoining land (previously occupied by a Church which was then demolished), the Masjid and Madrassa were extended in 1984.

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