The Milton Keynes Islamic & Cultural Association or THE MKICA CIO as we are often called is a truly grassroots organisation that came into being in 2001 to meet the needs of the growing ummah in our town.
We started off small, running Jumm’a, Taraweeh and Eid prayers in community centres, sports halls and all manner of venues which led to our jokingly being dubbed the ‘mobile masjid’. It was through these activities that we became aware of just how inadequate the facilities in our town were and started to dream of establishing a Masjid which would have ample space to cater to the needs of our community and unite the ummah of our town.
However we did not try to walk before we could run and started organising all manner of Islamic activities across our small city including regular lectures given by visiting sheiks, maddrassa’s for both children and adults, eid celebrations, segregated adult study circles and halaqa’s held in all the community languages.
Whilst all of this was going on in the background we concentrated on building our infrastructure, increasing our capacity and growing our brand. We gained registered charity status in 2008 and have gone from strength to strength ever since Alhamdulillah.
Our activities however were scattered throughout the town and all of the funds that we raised were spent on the exorbitant rents we paid for the hire of halls we were using so we sought a more permanent solution, kicking off our first phase of strenuous fundraising which came to an end earlier this year when we purchased and secured planning permission to convert our current premises into a Masjid and community centre.
Masjid Al-Rawdha is three stories high and over 10,000 sq metres, from the moment we moved in, the Masjid has been full to capacity. It is open from Fajr right through to Isha and you will find a great many activities running whenever you come through the door. Over 500 children attend our maddrassa’s which operate seven days a week ensuring that there is ample provision for the children and young people of this town regardless of age or ability.
There is still much to do and we need your continued support to finish renovating our Masjid and community centre insha Allah.