Luton Islamic Centre started its humble beginning in 1994, situated above a shop. At the time it was known as the “dawah centre”. Brothers used the centre as a base for a range of dawah activities including weekly classes, regular seminars dawah tables, prison outreach work, and new Muslim support. The centre contained a bookshop named Call to Islam Bookshop.
By 1996 our numbers had grown, and the dawah centre was holding five daily prayers, the Jummah prayer and taraaweeh. By 2000 we were at full capacity, and by the Grace and Mercy of Allah, an opportunity arose to expand. A synagogue (on 116 Bury Park) was on sale and we managed to borrow the funds to purchase it. We called it Masjid Ghurabah. We have been there ever since.
The new building was in a state of disrepair and brothers worked hard to renovate. Some of our most generous donors were our sisters. Over the years we held regular national conferences at Luton Islamic Centre and our dawah locally went from strength to strength. After 9/11 we were in the forefront in refuting violent extremism – both from the far right aswell as the takfiri groups.
In 2018, we began work to construct two new floors to accommodate our growing community. The work was completed by summer 2019 and shortly after, we were honoured to have Shaikh Ali Hasan al-Halabi (rahimullah) to deliver a series of lectures on the Manhaj of ahl hadith.
Luton Islamic Centre was established to teach the Quran and Sunnah upon the understanding of the righteous Salaf.
We aim to fulfil this mission through regular classes, seminars, bespoke lessons for children, as well as through the use of social media.