About Us

In the early 80’s some sincere and practising Muslims of Manchester who had a great enthusiasm for implementing the true ‘deen’ based on the real monotheism (tawheed) of Allah (SWT) and the most perfect and authentic traditions of the Prophet Mohammad (pbuh), started to get together on the basis of their common interest and religious thought. Their major concern was to avoid the rapidly growing innovations and practices which promoted shirk-o-bidaat in the Muslim community of Manchester. Initially, they started monthly study circles in the form of Dars-e-Qu’ran to enhance their knowledge of pure Islamic teaching and prophetic guidance.

The dynamic and charismatic religious leadership of Sheikh Mahmood Ahmed Mirpuri, one of the early graduates of Al-Madinah University and a prominent and renowned student of Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Baaz and Sheikh Muhammad Nasiruddin al-Albani, used to travel from Birmingham and participate in these small congregations of the lovers of tawheed and sunnah. He delivered enthusiastic speeches which encouraged and motivated these Muslims into making the decision to establish an Islamic religious studies centre in Manchester with a quintessential objective of delivering the pure monotheistic message of Islam by following directly the way of the Holy Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) as it was followed by our predecessors (salaf), the three generations, that is, the companions of the Prophet Mohammad (pbuh), their followers and the followers of the followers. Hence the seeds of Makki Masjid were planted in the hearts and minds of these Muslims of Manchester.

A fund was established during these early meetings to purchase a suitable property. By the will of Allah (SWT), in 1987, 125 Beresford Road in Longsight, the present premises of Makki Masjid, which was a derelict industrial unit previously used for meat storage, was purchased for £30,000. After essential structural modifications and renovations, the masjid was inaugurated by the Honourable Imam of Masjid-al-Haram, Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah bin Sabeel, on 10th Safar 1410H (12th September 1989).

In 2001, the adjacent property, 127 Beresford Road was purchased and the main prayer hall of the Masjid was extended and a dedicated women’s prayer area was established. This expansion allowed the capacity of the Masjid to almost double in size and be able to accommodate around 550 worshippers in total, both men and women. Though the expansion was carried out with the next decade in mind, it very quickly became apparent that a further expansion of some sort was needed as the Masjid was once again consistently reaching its max capacity.

With the grace of Allah (SWT) a third property, 129 Beresford Road, was purchased in September 2007 for a sum of £220,000 with a view to construct a much bigger, purpose built Masjid and community centre suitable for the changing and growing needs of the Muslim community of Manchester.

In the couple of years that followed, building plans were drawn up and submitted to Manchester City Council for approval whilst efforts were made to advertise and fundraise for the project.

In July 2010, the Honourable Imam of Masjid al-Haram in Makkah, Sheikh Abdur-Rahman as-Sudais, visited Makki Masjid and laid the foundation stone of the Expansion Project which was witnessed by a huge turnout of people from the local and wider Manchester area.

Following the visit of the Noble Sheikh, work on the Expansion Project was delayed for a number of reasons, mainly because the level of funds required to start the project was not reached and also because of some major structural and design changes that were needed to be made to the Project. This cost the Project a lot of time unfortunately, as new plans had to be made and submitted to the Council once again and the Masjid had to wait for their approval. During this period the original Makki Masjid building was demolished and the Masjid was moved to a temporary site on Farrer Road, just a few streets away, on land which was borrowed from the Council in the hope that work would soon start on the original site at 125 Beresford Road. However, just as the level of funds was nearing the required level to start work, in the summer of 2013 Manchester City Council informed the Makki Masjid Committee that they required the borrowed land on Farrer Road back from Makki Masjid as they intended to build a Primary School on the same piece of land. The Masjid’s Committee then decided to relocate back to the original site at 125 Beresford Road and to build a small, temporary building to serve as the Masjid on a portion of the site that would not affect the Expansion Project once work eventually got underway.

Despite facing many setbacks however, by the will of Allaah (SWT) in the Autumn of 2015 Makki Masjid received approval for the final set of changes to the building plans from Manchester City Council. Work on the project officially started in December 2015 and the land at 125 Beresford Road that had stood barren and empty for a few years was hoarded up and transformed into a building site.

To view the progress of Makki Masjid’s Building Project to date, please click here.