Ismaili community celebrate opening of new Jamatkhana in Ilford, East London

East London’s first Ismaili prayer centre opened its doors in Ilford today in a lavish civic ceremony.

The Jamatkhana will be the community centre for the Ismaili Shia community, of which there are thought to be 150 members in east London.

Ahead of greeting the wider community into the centre, UK Ismaili Council President Amin Mawji said: “It is not a great surprise that we are making this launch with the community here.
“What is a great surprise, however, is how little is known about the Ismaili community.”

There are around 14,000 members of the community in the UK.

Volunteering and education is fundamental to the branch of Shiism, and the Ismaili Volunteer Corps have been giving back to the community through giving their time to the Olympic Games ceremony.

Council Leader Cllr Keith Prince said: “I can’t believe I am finally standing here.
“More than three years ago I was discussing the need for a Jamatkhana in this part of London.

“After some mishaps with the planning, this project is finally off the ground.

“Redbridge is special because it is a microcosm of London, in terms of religion, and we are able to embrace this even more through the Ismaili community.”

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Author: ismailimail

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6 thoughts

  1. Congrates to the London Ismailis. The best news so far this year for us under the grim circumstances
    around the world . I smailis are very blessed under the Leadership of our Beloved Imam, Shah Karim Al
    Husseini Aga Khan.
    It would be very heart warming if we can get the photos of the Jamat Khana and the ceremony.


  2. Shukran! Shukran! Shukran!, Our Mubarakis to all our Ismaili loving brothers and sisters residing in Ilford, East London, we pray that may Hazar Imam showers his choicest blessings on you all for good health, happiness, imanji salamati, barakaat in your daily living, for Mushkila’ashaan and may he helps you all to attend the Jamat Khana regularly. Ameen.


    Congrats to Hard working Volunteers & The Garden Keeper
    for his Green thumb Beautiful magnificent Garden


  4. Ya Ali Madad,

    Congratulations and Mubaraki to all! I remember coming to Ilford last year and the Jamat Khana was in a school. We have come a long way! =)


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