The beginning of year 2000 many Muslims migrated to Leicester from other parts of United Kingdom and from Europe. The sole purpose of this migration was to establish a proper Islamic environment for themselves and their families.
In this situation in the year of 2005 with the effort of a few brothers, we were made aware of the knowledge and importance of the Quran and Sunnah. As a result, classes were held in households in order to share this knowledge and understanding.
As time passed many others were impressed by the truth which motivated them towards learning the religion in its right form. The message of Quran and Sunnah reached almost every household in Leicester. As a result, families united together with the main intention of learning the religion of Islam in its pure and correct form.
Consequently, an organization was formed and named Al-Furqan Islamic Da’wah Association, abbreviated to FIDA. The classes that were being held in individual’s houses were then transferred to its rented property located on Melton Road, Leicester due to the high number of Muslims who wanted to learn Islam in the correct form.
As the number of people increased tremendously it became impossible to accommodate such a crowd in the existing building. As a result, FIDA had to look for a bigger and a more spacious building. More and more people moved towards FIDA looking for a proper and a long term means of settlement locating around the association.
At the same time the building of Masjid Husseini became available and was up for sale. Therefore, attempts were made to purchase this building.
The Management made a decision to purchase the property of (127 Loughborough Road, Leicester, LE4) for £550,000.00 by giving them a deposit of £25,000.00 and agreeing to pay the remaining amount of fixed £525,000.00 without accruing any interest, within a time period of one year, later it had been extended to another two years.
From the time this agreement took place in August 2011, this building functioned as a mosque, establishing five time daily prayers, Jummah prayers, Quran classes for children on weekdays including teaching tajweed, weekend classes for children. Arabic, Tajweed and Aqeedah classes were also conducted for ladies as well as Islamic guidance classes for men. We also provided means of Da’wah facilities for non-believers.
All the above programmes continued for the period of three and a half years since 2011. During this period Masjid FIDA became a registered charity of England and Wales.
The building at 127 Loughborough Road was the best place for us as a Masjid to carry out all the needs and activities that we intended to do , however we did not manage to fulfill the agreement of paying the total amount of £550,000 within the specified time.
Ma’sha Allah, our brothers and sisters worked hard to raise the targeted sum within the agreed three years. Alhamdulillah, but we only managed to raise £325,382.
The landlord did not agree to extend the contract any further. Therefore, as per His almighty Allah’s wishes, we were asked to vacate the building on the 31st of January 2014.
Alhamdulillah in December 2014 we managed to purchase a building for the Masjid due to the generous donations made internationally, nationally and by the members of FIDA. Al-Furqan Islamic Dawah Association (Masjid FIDA) is now located at 33, Rowsley Street & 9 Osmaston Road, Leicester, LE5 5JN. The building had been used as Hindu worship place previously.
But Alhamdulillah, with the grace of Allah(swt), we converted it into a Masjid. In comparison, to the size of the previous location of Masjid FIDA, this building has limited space to carry out all our activities. However, we wanted to turn it into a place where everyone can benefit from this place, In Sha Allah.
We purchased this building at the price of £200,000 with generosity from all the brothers and sisters, aiding us financially, morally and physically, to continue our FIDA dream.
It is a buzzing and lively Masjid. The building is purpose-built to not only serve as a place of worship but also to provide community facilities for meetings, classes, training courses and youth functions. It is unlike other mosques in the area, it attracts a very multi racial congregation, particularly the youth.