Belfast Islamic Centre is the largest institution of the Muslim community in Northern Ireland and acts as both a place of worship and a community centre. In trying to address a very wide range of needs the centre inevitably finds it extremely difficult to provide the necessary range of services to the Muslim community within a comparatively small facility and with modest staffing and financial resources. Currently the Belfast Islamic Centre provides a wide range of services including;
Children’s education – delivered through schools for Arabic language, religious studies and cultural education. The Belfast Islamic Centre runs a weekend Islamic school from 10.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. which aims to provide Islamic and Arabic teaching to Muslim children in Northern Ireland and also to create bonds between Muslim children and make them aware of their future role in Muslim society. The Centre also runs a summer school for children which is well attended every year.
Youth development work – through lectures, seminars and youth activities to aid moral education and guidance. Sports and health related activities are also run for young people. MYNI youth group was established with its own website with a link available on Belfast Islamic Centre main page.
Social and recreational programmes for women – are run by the women’s group. The Women’s group has a website with a link on Belfast Islamic Centre main page.
Adult education – is provided on a range of topics including management and Childcare and English as a second language.
Social welfare services to the Muslim community – including recreational activities, welfare advice, marriage guidance, family guidance, counselling, funeral services and humanitarian aid.
Information and advice for non-Muslim groups – who are interested in working with the Muslim community or who need to provide services to them. This includes community groups, educational establishments, statutory bodies and others. These services can include interpretation and translation services and advice on cultural or religious issues.
The Mosque provides religious services and a range of educational, social, cultural and other activities to the Muslim community. The Mosque is a place where Muslims bow before God (the Arabic word for Mosque means ‘prostrate oneself’ ) to affirm their obedience to God’s will. The Mosque provides one location where Muslims can pray five times per day as Muslims do across the world.