Annual Reports

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Annual Report 2020

Alhumdulillah (praise be to Allah), 2020 was the year of Covid. It has been extremely sad and difficult with many of our community members passing away; “Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon” (to Allah we belong and to Him we return). We pray that Allah gives them all Jannah and gives their families
sabr (patience).

I can honestly say that this year was unexpected and unprecedented. Back in March 2020, we were one of the first mosques to close after consulting with our scholars, public health officials and medical practitioners. It was extremely hard for many, particularly our elders, for whom the masjid is an integral part of their daily worship and life.

This led to us not only cancelling our regular mosque activities (i.e., daily congregational prayers, Friday prayers and Ramadan activities), but a number of other major services, including our first ever umrah trip. We had just launched new welfare services including an education surgery and job club
and were also due to launch new youth activities, such as kids boxing. All of this had to be put on hold.

However, alhamdulillah it wasn’t all doom and gloom! Through adversity, Allah can bring about much good and there were abundant opportunities for us to continue to help others. I am glad to say that the entire team stepped up to support our community in so many ways.

2019 Annual Report

Alhamdulillah, it’s an honour to be able to present yet another annual report. 2019 is the year, where as a Masjid, we have seen the greatest overall growth in our services, projects and departments across the board. Allah (SWT) has allowed us, through His mercy and blessings, to greatly diversify the nature of our welfare services, educational programmes and social events. As a result, we have had an unprecedented amount of positive engagement with our community, local organisations and national media this year. We pray that Allah (SWT) accepts the efforts of those who have worked tirelessly throughout the year.

I sincerely hope this report will highlight the impact that our work has had not only on the Muslim community, but also on the wider community, irrespective of race, religion or background. As Muslims, we believe that we must show gentleness, compassion and concern towards all of humanity. We strive to uphold a high level of character, and believe that good moral character is of the finest ways to present Islam for what it is: a beautiful way of life for all.

2018 Annual Report

GLMCC adheres to the Islamic approach consistent with the understanding of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him), his family, companions and all those that followed them. This is core in all of our activities, engagements and functions. This very ethos is built into every aspect of GLMCC. The aim is to build a centre which uses the moral guidelines of Islam to benefit the wider society.

Our vision for the future is simple -to inspire the Islamic faith into the hearts of people.

The year ended 31 December 2018 has been a great year and we have seen some great successes. Going forward we intend to expand, improve and develop on all of our current services, programmes and activities. Our focus is to educate, inspire and serve which will help us bridge gaps, increase understanding and tolerance and improve community relations.

2017 Annual Report

In 2017, work continued work on our strategy as an organisation and we look forward to its implementation in 2018. Our flagship event of Celebrate Eid continues to grow making it the largest such event in Europe with over 106,000 attendees. The efforts of Taskforce GLM continue to progress bringing necessary aid and assistance to those in need in disaster zones as well as in the United Kingdom.

2017 saw the completion of the refurbishment work at the masjid, a much-needed brand new wudhu (ablution) and washroom facilities, replacement of all doors and windows to the lobbies and prayer halls, new partition bi-folding doors. Replacement roof, a new mihrab and pulpit as well as the installation of a new underfloor heating system. The PA sound system was also upgraded to a new amplifier system and speakers replacing the previous 15-year-old system. All areas were also re-decorated.

2017 was also a landmark year for the building in that the iconic clocktower was refurbished and the clocks restored. Prior to the building being purchased in 1979 the clock faces as well as the mechanism were heavily vandalised and damaged. It took 38 years but the clocktower is now back to its glory. Our building has never been in a better state since it was purchased back in 1979.

We look forward to developing our structure, services and activities in 2018 by the permission of Allah SWT.

We thank Allah SWT followed by the congregation, our donors, partners and the wider community for their support and look forward to the same spirit of co-operation in the coming year.

2016 Annual Report

In 2016, work commenced on reviewing our strategy as an organisation and we look forward to its implementation in 2017. Our flagship event of Eid ul Fitr in the Park continue to grow making it the largest such event in Europe with over 88,000 attendees. 2016 saw the completion of a much needed brand new wudhu (ablution) and washroom facility as well as a carpet refurbishment of both the men and women’s areas. We look forward to developing our structure, services and activities in 2017 based on the strong foundations of work carried out, in sha’ Allaah.

This last year most definitely was the year of change for GLMCC and plans for the future of GLMCC are essential in keeping the organisation focused and to ensure goals and objectives are realistic and are met.

GLMCC expects to maintain its existing range of faith and community activities whilst improving on areas identified for further developments.

2016 has seen much planning and preparation for the launch of Scouts in early 2017.

As part of the UK’s biggest mixed youth organisation, the new scout group coming to GLMCC will change lives by offering 6 to 18 year-olds’ fun and challenging activities, unique experiences, everyday adventure and the chance to help others so that they make a positive impact in our community.

Scouts helps children and young adults reach their full potential. Scouts develop skills including teamwork, time management, leadership, initiative, planning, communication, self-motivation, cultural awareness and commitment.

2015 Annual Report

2015 has been a period of change for Green Lane Masjid and Community Centre (GLMCC). We have introduced a number of new services, expanded our current delivery and, in some instances, discontinued older services.

Our main aims and objectives for 2015 were focused largely on consolidating the services launched in the previous two years. This was a very important step for us as a community masjid because it allowed us to tweak the services and to iron out any teething problems. In the latter part of 2015, GLMCC proactively sought to strengthen the infrastructure of the masjid through expanding the core administrative function. This allowed work to be spread out and to strategically develop the future of the organisation by planning expansion of current and new services.

GLMCC undertook an organisation wide review of its activities, as a result of which a new infrastructure was created. A new centralised administrational and management system was created to bring each service and department in line to roll out a central strategy. This has also spearheaded the change that GLMCC has needed to modernise and create opportunities for the future.

2014 Annual Report

2014 has been a period of change for Green Lane Masjid and Community Centre (GLMCC).  We have introduced a number of new services, expanded our current delivery, and in some instances, discontinued older services.

Our main aims and objectives for 2014 were focussed largely on consolidating the services launched in 2013.  This was a very important step for us as a community masjid because it allowed us to tweak the services and to iron out any teething problems.  In the latter part of 2014, GLMCC proactively sought to strengthen the infrastructure of the masjid through expanding the core admin function.  This allowed work to be spread out and strategically develop the future of the organisation by planning expansion of current and new services.

GLMCC again working with the local community as part of Celebrate Eid, delivered ‘Eid in the Park’.  Over 40,000 people congregated in a local park to offer Eid Prayers in unison.  We also facilitated and delivered a festival which consisted of a free funfair for children, soft play area, a bazaar consisting of food and non-food stalls, while recording and broadcasting the event.

These and other such initiatives enabled GLMCC to collaborate further with the emergency services and local government organisations.  Planning for FaithWatch commenced in late 2014 (to be launched in 2015).  It was a project in conjunction with West Midlands Police, local faith and non-faith organisations, designed to take control back on local streets to make the neighbourhood a safer place.

2013 Annual Report

Fundamental to Green Lane Masjid and Community Centre is the worshipping of Allah Almighty; the Lord of the Worlds. Religious services such as daily prayers, Friday prayers and Tarawih prayers during Ramadan helped thousands of Muslims within the local community to fulfil a fundamental obligation within the Islamic faith.

The numbers attending the daily congregational prayers averaged 600. In addition, the Friday prayers averaged at 3,500. During holiday periods the masjid was full beyond capacity, accommodating over 5,000 worshippers, utilising every space possible including the car park.

The success of Eid prayer in the park in 2012 opened the gates for bigger and better Eid prayers in line with Prophetic tradition, Eid ul Fitr and Eid ul Adha prayers took place in Small Heath Park and were attended by 16,000 and 12,000 worshippers respectively.

Education is fundamental to GLMCC. Using the recently purpose built space and modern technology, GLMCC is able to hold regular classes on site such as languages, various Islamic education courses, seminars and lectures. The aim is to educate Muslims so they understand and practice Islam away from any form of extremism. Islamic education is also extended to non-Muslims such as regular Open Days and Dawah Stalls to help people increase their understanding of the Islamic creed without any prejudices.

For the Madrasah in 2013 saw the 2012 initiatives come into fruition. The change in curriculum, the teacher training programmes and the administrative changes saw a more professional approach in the development of Madrasah Salafiyah. Adding to the new space this has proven to be a conducive learning environment for the children. Teacher-parent relationships and teacher-pupil relationships have been nurtured through more consultative evenings, parent evenings, and increased feedback mechanisms.

2012 Annual Report

2012 saw GLMCC’s first outdoor Eid prayer at Sara Park. GLMCC worked closely with Birmingham City Council and the Parks Committee to book the space. Over 40 volunteer stewards were brought in from the growing number of GLM Volunteers. The turnout was far beyond what was expected and there was a great sense of unity throughout the park as other local Islamic Centres also directed their congregation to this event.

Educating the community is an on-going effort to develop them and prepare members of our society for tomorrow. GLMCC does its upmost to cultivate the community using a variety of different methods and initiatives. In 2012 it split the focus to engage with the community in different forms. It focused on the re-model of the Madrasah; an evening school for children from nursery age to 11 years old. The Tarbiyah Program is an overnight stay program packed with interactive education for over 100 people aged 16 and above . For the community aged between 12 and 20 a Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) workshop welcomed a large number of youth to teach them about this important topic.

Taking the form of an Islamic exhibition, open days are intended to allow the general public to ask those questions that they would not usually have the opportunity to ask. Although the use of glossy posters, AV equipment and refreshments add to the aesthetic quality, the most beneficial aspect of the open days is the opportunity for prolonged dialogue between guest and host. The feedback received has been positive with a number of guests commending the effort. It is also worth noting that the Green Lane Masjid sisters team are also actively involved in this project and that it is run on the day by both brothers and sisters.

2011 Annual Report

Facilitating the daily prayers sets the foundations for the main objective of the prayer space. Over the past 4 years this has grown drastically and the congregation further continues to grow. Due to the renovation work taking place, this year saw a number of challenges. The community hall was out of bounds for worshippers which resulted in the purchase of Marquee. In effect, parking spaces were lost however close consultations with surrounding businesses we managed to make up for the lost space.

Construction started in March 2011 on the Masjid Refurbishment/School project which will see the redevelopment of the Old Masjid and Community Hall. The project started with the excavation of the old swimming pool in the Community Hall with the construction of a kitchen and ablutions area.

The school visits initiative was devised and implemented towards the start of 2010 with the primary aim of allowing primary school children and teaching staff to visit Green Lane Masjid & Community Centre. Birmingham is a melting pot of different races, creeds and backgrounds, and one of the intentions behind providing this service is to facilitate open discussion and exploration of these differences. With that in mind, relevant material outlining the basic tenets of Islamic faith and culture was carefully selected to be delivered to children and teaching staff alike. A constant interest from schools has allowed this initiative to develop throughout 2011 with initial ideas put aside to make way for more a refined and polished presentation.

2010 Annual Report

2010 at Green Lane Masjid and Community Centre (GLMCC) has been a busy and fruitful year, and all praise is due to Allah. Not only have we continued to build upon the success of 2009 by maintaining and increasing our regular activities, we have also raised vast sums of money for people affected by natural disasters around the world, as well as embarking upon some new and exciting projects. For this, we thank Allah first and foremost, and then thank our community for the continued support they have shown us.

Our regular classes and events continue to go from strength to strength. We held two very successful feature conferences, in the summer and winter respectively. Both were attended by internationally notable speakers and their success was attested to by the large attendances at both conferences. We continue to host national and international speakers on a regular basis and emphasis on our outreach da’wah work has also intensified. Non-Muslim open days and workshops for schools in the Masjid are now a regular activity.

August 2010 saw a disaster of epic proportions affect regions of Pakistan with widespread flooding throughout the country. By the grace of Allah, GLMCC was able to play its part in helping to bring relief to the affected people. Within a month, over £150,000 was raised and distributed to people in Pakistan, helping to rebuild their lives and livelihoods.

2009 Annual Report

It is from the grace and favour of Allah Almighty, that he has made 2009 a year in which our work at Green Lane Masjid and Community Centre (GLMCC) has flourished. Everything from our regular classes and services to our da’wah work and community projects has been greatly enhanced.

By the grace of Allah, over 3,000 people come through the doors of GLMCC on a weekly basis. This figure increases dramatically in Ramadhan and during our feature events such as conferences. We now regularly cater for different segments of our community and educate them in a variety of languages; from daily classes to monthly workshops to annual conferences. None of this would be possible however, without the blessings of Allah first and foremost, and then the hard and tireless work and dedication of the GLMCC staff and volunteers who ensure the success of these activities on a daily basis. The success of the summer and winter conferences of 2009 demonstrates this.