Madni Jamia Masjid wins European Competition for minarets
The minarets at Madni Jamia
Masjid have been named the most beautiful in Europe.
The distinctive structures at the Madni
Jamia Masjid Mosque in Thornbury,
BD3 beat those at more than 50 other mosques across the continent in a
contest run by COJEP International, a youth charity partnered with the
Council of Europe.
A panel made up of artists, architects, heritage
experts and representatives of different faiths met at the European
Parliament in Strasbourg to determine the winner. They examined
photographs of 53 minarets from 13 countries before selecting those at
the Bradford mosque.
Ishtiaq Ahmed, of Bradford
Council for Mosques, said: “It’s very proud and welcome news
for Bradford . In the last ten to 15 years we
have seen an emergence of some beautiful mosque structures in the city,
and this is one of them. “The fact that it’s recognised not only in the UK but in Europe is
tremendous news for Bradford .”
Minarets at mosques in Stockholm ,
Rome , Granada and Oslo were shortlisted in the competition.
The four minarets at Madni Jamia Masjid were added last year during the final
phase of construction of the mosque, which was started ten years ago.
Mohammed Ashfaq, vice-
chairman of the mosque’s management committee, which chose the
design of the minarets, said: “They are beautiful. A lot of work
has gone into them. Winning the competition is a pleasant
The mosque is also home to the Islamic Cultural and
Educational Association. Around 6,000 people are thought to use its
facilities each week. Activities include religious conferences and
community events. In 2007, the mosque beat more than 1,000 others in the
UK in a competition run by Islam Channel to be named Britain
’s Model Mosque for its community work.
Source: Telegraph and Argus
Masjid has WON the Model Mosque 2007 competition!
result was declared on Sunday 25th November at the GPU event in London
EXCEL (E16 1XL)
Islam channel researched over 1000
mosques to bring you a competition to find the best Mosque in the UK , sharing best practice and watching a show reel of
the mosque. Viewers had the opportunity to cast a vote and help decide
who will go through to round two and finally become Model Mosque 2007.
initial round every week each mosque competed against another mosque.
Representatives from each of the 8 mosques were then called into the
studio on 27th October, to appear LIVE on channel 813 and answer
questions from an esteemed panel of judges and the audience.
end of the show 4 winners were announced from the 8 mosques >> Bradford,
Croydon, Green Lane and Haringey.
Bradford or Madni Jamia Masjid was the
ONLY northern mosque that made it to the FINAL 4 out of the 1000+ mosques
in UK . We made it to the finals and were
competing against Green Lane Birmingham Masjid.
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