Visit to The Craven Arms Islamic Centre

 

Although not in Herefordshire, the mosque in Craven Arms is probably the nearest one to our county so Lucy and were delighted to be able to visit it with High Sheriff of Shropshire, Dr Josh Dixey, and his wife, Di, on 1st February.

We were received by the Imam, Sohayb Peerbhai, who has been incumbent since 2011.  The mosque is based in Noor (light) House in Newton Street, and the prayer area is in an extension at the back.  There is an active congregation of over 30, many of whom are employed in the halal abattoir, Euro Quality Lambs, nearby.  The house has separate areas for women to meet and prepare for services

The Imam also showed us the Islamic community centre.  It is good that the tradition of providing mosques for UK-based Muslims continues, the first having been opened in Liverpool in 1889, also in a house.

James Hervey-Bathurst