North Manchester Jamia Mosque is open to all, men and women, and its main prayer halls currently hold between 2,500 and 3,000 people during a Friday service, with over 10,000 worshippers walking through the Mosque’s doors during the multiple services held on the religious festivals of Eid. It is frequented by visitors from educational institutions and community/faith groups from across the UK. North Manchester Jamia Mosque remains one of the earliest purpose-built Mosques in the United Kingdom. History: The seeds of the North Manchester Jamia Mosque were laid in 1975 by Hazrat Allama Maulana Qamaruzzaman Azmi. His work has inspired millions of people across India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the Middle East, South Africa, UK, France, Germany, Belgium, Norway, Holland, America and Canada. Maulana Shahid Raza OBE, Chairman of UK’s Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board (MINAB) explains that it is his willingness to “confront without fear or favour the major issues and challenges facing Muslims in the 21st century that draws people to him as well as his intellectuality, selflessness, simplicity, purity of heart, integrity and deep convictions”. Allama Azmi is also the Khalifa of the great Imam Ahmed Raza Khan’s (رحمه الله) son His Holiness Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind Hazrat Maulana Mustafa Raza Khan (May Allah shower his mercy upon them) and Sarkar-e-Kalaa’n Hazrat Maulana Sayyad Mukhtar Ashraf (Rehmatullahi Alaih) of Kicchocha Sharif. He is also the Secretary-General of the World Islamic Mission.