We pray you are all well. Further to the recent announcement by the Government with regard to places of worship being allowed to open for individual prayer from 15th June 2020, we would like to inform you that City Jamia Masjid will remain closed until we are permitted to perform congregational prayers. There are numerous risks to opening early and the benefits of congregational prayer will not be possible with the guidance issued for 15th June. We are working hard to ensure that we are ready for opening in July with all of the measures in place for allowing congregational prayers with social distancing. Insha’Allah this will be by 4th July 2020.
You can see the latest guidance from the government below:
It is with great sadness that we wish to inform you that Allama Khalid Mahmud sahib, founder of Islamic Academy of Manchester, and world renowned scholar has passed away today on 20th Ramadan.
.Please pray for Allama sahib and the family
At this difficult time, please be mindful of restrictions due to COVID-19 and need for social distancing and also respect the privacy of the family.
Allama Khalid Mahmud was born in Syalkot, Pakistan. He began his education in Gujranwala/Gujarkhan before travelling to Dar ul Uloom Deoband and finally to Dhabel where he graduated as an Alim having studied under Ulema of the calibre of Allamah Sulayman Nadwi, Moulana Khayr Muhammad Jaalandhari, Mufti Muhammad Shafi and Allamah Idrees Khandelwi (may Allah have mercy on them all) during his travels. He then taught at Murray College, Syalkot as a Professor before joining Tanzeem Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama’at and also wrote for its magazine, “Da’wat”. In 1966, Allama Khalid Mahmud came to the U.K. and was amongst the first Imams in Birmingham based at the mosque that was established at Speedwell Road in Edgbaston, and also had some involvement at Birmingham Central Mosque. He obtained a PhD in Comparative Religion from University of Birmingham. He later moved to Manchester, and established The Islamic Academy of Manchester (in 1974) where great personalities such as Moulana Yusuf Motala (rh) worked along side him (before establishing Dar ul Uloom Bury) and it is reported that Shaykh Asif Husain Farooqi Sahib (daamat barakaatuhum) would also sit in his talks.
He was formerly a senior member of the Sharia Appellate Bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and was world-renowned as a munazir and debater. He had debated with the biggest personalities of many deviant sects and astonishingly it is reported that he participated in his first debate at the age of just 12 with a Qadiani senior old enough to be his great grandfather. He also debated with the official Mujtahids of the Shia in Lukhnow and also debated with the senior students Moulana Nazeer Husain, one of the greatest elders of the Ahle Hadith. This is in addition to his famous victory over senior Barelwi Scholars of the UK in 1979 in Sheffield.
Allama Khalid Mahmud was famed for his unique insight, razor sharp mind and piercing intellect. But not many know that Allah had also endowed him with a photographic memory and as such, he never took any notes during his entire time in Dar ul Uloom. Even in his later years, he once related that as soon as something enters his ears, he never forgets it. He authored over 100 books including an 8 volume masterpiece on Barelwism entitled Mutala-e-Barelwiat, Athar ut Tanzeel (on the topic of the sceince of Tafsir), Athar ul Hadith (on the topic of the sceince of Hadith), Athar ut Tashree (on the topic of the sceince of Fiqh), Athar ul Ihsan (on the topic of the sceince of Tasawwuf), Khulafa e Rashideen (on the topic of the continuation of Islam after the passing of Sayyiduna Rasulullah, Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him), Abqaat (similar to Bawaadir un Nawaadir of Hakeem ul Ummat, rahmatullahialayh) and many others. He also has Ijazah in the Qadri Silsilah and descends from a long line of Shaykhs.
Allama Khalid Mahmud was over 90 years of age and we pray Allah subhanahu wata allah grant him the highest ranks in jannat.
In the name of Allah, the most Merciful. All praise is for Allah. May his peace and blessing be upon the Messenger of Allah, his family, the faithful companions, and those who follow them.
After detailed consideration of Observatory reports and moon sighting evidence from different locations, City Jami’ Manchester has decided that tomorrow 24th April will be 30th Shabaan and 1st Ramadhan 2020 will be on Saturday 25th April 2020 insha’Allah
As you know the masjid is closed, therefore please stay at home and perform your prayers, Taeweeh and Dua’s.
Please follow the lockdown and social distancing measures. This is very important to save ourselves and save others.
In collaboration with Manchester Muslims Burial Trust, City Jamia Masjid (Longsight) is one of only 3 masjids in Manchester which is performing funeral rites for Covid-19 deceased. Where possible, City Jamia Masjid will perform ghusl for the deceased. It is vitally important that we keep our staff and volunteers safe with appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Please help us raise money to purchase face masks, protective overalls, eye protection, cleaning products and other much needed essentials. Any surplus equipment will be provided for free to other organisations insha’Allah.
This is a difficult and distressing time for all those that are losing their loved ones to Covid-19. Allow us to assist them by providing Islamic funeral rites which form an essential part of honouring the deceased in our faith.
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, ” Whoever relieves a believer’s distress of the distressful aspects of this world, Allah will rescue him from a difficulty of the difficulties of the Hereafter. ” [Muslim]