Stanley supporters are being given the opportunity to tour the town’s Raza Jamia Masjid Mosque.
The £9 million religious building, which has been funded by donations from residents and businesses, has been hailed a ‘dream come true’ for members and elders of the local community.
All supporters are welcome to join the tour being offered as part of the Accrington Stanley Community Trust’s (ASCT) scheme to enhance engagement with the local community, the ‘Stanley Together’ project, on Thursday 14 February.
The project will see the creation of a new focused fan-group and several outreach fan-engagement programmes, with the ASCT working with local schools, community centres and the new mosque to deliver a range of workshops to educate people on the history of Accrington Stanley, and inspire them to attend matches at the Wham Stadium.
The 34,000 sq ft mosque, which is located between Grimshaw Street and Lower Antley Street, includes three prayer halls and a library, and the community centre features an Islamic funeral room, community facilities and dining areas.
It is hoped the community centre, which is open to everyone regardless of faith, will help with community cohesion.
Lancashire County Councillor Munsif Dad, who is a member of the mosque, said: “The Muslim community came into Accrington in the 1950s. When they came they acquired a two-up, two-down house, where prayers and various religious activities took place.
“It was a dream for many elders to have a purpose-built mosque in Accrington. That dream has come to fruition now.”
Cllr Noordad Aziz, who represents the Netherton ward on Hyndburn Council, said: “This is a wonderful community facility that hopefully the whole community of Hyndburn will benefit from.
“It is probably the best mosque I have been to in terms of its facilities.”
Who: All supporters welcome.
When: Thursday 14 February (9.30 – 10.30am).
Where: Raza Jamia Masjid Mosque, 39 Lower Antley Street, Accrington, BB5 0BA.
Please email Robert Houseman (Supporter Liaison Officer) on email@example.com if you wish to join us on the tour.