As most of you are aware, we have now vacated the Islamic Academy building (19 Chorlton Terrace, off Upper Brook St, M13 9AJ). The last Jumuah was held yesterday and was very emotional given all our memories there over so many years. We pray that Allah accepts all our ibadah at that site and forgives us for our shortcomings.
For the time being, we will be based solely at City Jami’ Masjid (118 South St, Longsight, M12 4DT).
We will insha’Allah relocate the Academy within Ardwick as soon as possible. Please check our website regularly for updates.
Jazakumullahu khairan to everyone who has helped us with the removal work since yesterday.
Alhamdulillah, Church Converts have agreed to offer us an extension on our lease until 28th February 2015. We will keep you informed of any further developments.
Inna lilla wa inna ilaihi rajiun. Our planning application was rejected by the Council at the meeting on 22nd January 2015. We will keep everyone informed of any further developments. Please continue to check our website and Facebook page for updates.
We wish to emphasise that our campaign for relocation over the past couple of years has focused on negotiating with the Council, given that we were their tenants for 40 years, and not the company who acquired the site from them (Church Converts LLP).
Although they were under no legal obligation to assist us, the Directors of Church Converts have been extremely helpful, co-operative and understanding of our desire to keep our community facility running. Despite obtaining planning permission for redevelopment in February 2014, they have provided us with a number of extensions on our lease. This gesture has meant that we have been able to continue our congregational prayers and other services going, whilst we have searched for an alternate site.
We would like to convey our thanks to the Directors of Church Converts for co-operating with us during this difficult time.
The planning application for our alternative site will be considered at the next Planning and Highways Committee on Thursday 22nd January 2015. The meeting commences at 2 PM in the Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester.
As things stand currently, our lease at the current site expires on 31st January 2015.
We request your du’as that we are successful in keeping the work activities of the Academy going.
Jazakumullahu khairan for your support.
Further to our previous announcement, Alhamdulillah, we have managed to secure a final extension in our current building until 31st January 2015 from the property developers. Note this is a lease for partial use of the building as since October. We will continue to retain usage of the upstairs prayer room, wudhu area and toilets. .
Our planning application for the alternative site is under consideration. We will know the outcome of this before the end of January insha’Allah. For further information about this please speak to the Imam or one of the trustees.
We thank you for your continued support and du’as.
Board of Trustees.
The Islamic Academy of Manchester