Hackney is a one of London’s most vibrant, culturally rich and diverse boroughs. Based on the Census 2011 figures it’s population is 246,300 which, in terms of faith and non-faith, is broken down as follows: 38% Christian, 28% no religion, 14% Muslim, 6% Jewish, 3% other faiths and 10% non-stated. The Muslim population is approx. 35,000 which consists of Turkish, Indian, Kurdish, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Arab, African and other communities.
Hackney has a well-established Turkish and Kurdish speaking community some of who first came to settle in the borough as early as the 1930s (from the Turkish-Cypriot community) followed by larger numbers in the 1970s and 1980s. Limitations in Census classifications mean that there is no authoritative data on the number of Turkish speaking residents, but they are estimated at around 6% of Hackney’s population, concentrated mainly in southern, central and eastern parts of the borough.
There are long-standing connections between London’s East End and South Asia but it was in the 1950s and 1960s when significant numbers of people from South Asia began arriving in Hackney. In 2001, about 9% of residents (17,500 people) identified as Asian or Asian British. In 2011 this was about 10% of the population (20,000 people), the majority originating from South Asia. The largest number have Indian origins – including the large Gujarati speaking community from India and East Africa, settled mostly around Clapton and Stamford Hill. The second largest group were communities from Bangladesh from mainly the region of Sylet who mostly settled in parts of Dalston, Hackney Central, Clapton and Hoxton. Muslim communities from Africa also began arriving in numbers during the 1960s and then again in the 1980s from a number of different countries including Nigeria, Somalia and Ghana.
Hackney’s first known place for Muslims to gather to worship was a house on Forburg Road (Naquibul Islam Society 1973) which was subsequently followed by Masjid Ramdan on Shacklewell Lane in 1977 and a short time later Muradiye Mosque on Green Lanes. The Forburg Road mosque was closed and its selling directly lead to the opening of Quba Mosque on Cazenove Road in 1978 and later Madina Mosque at Clapton roundabout in 1984. This was followed by other prominent mosques around the borough: Azizye Mosque (1983) and Suleymaniye Mosque (1995).
In 1984 the North London Muslim Community Centre (NLMCC), which delivers a range of services catering for local Muslims (and non-Muslims), was established at Cazenove Road next door the Quba mosque. Two years later the North London Muslim Housing Association (NLMHA) was formed to help meet the housing needs of the increasing numbers of Muslim families in and near the borough – the NLMHA is now the largest Muslim founded housing association in the country. To meet similar needs of the large Bangladeshi community the Bangla Housing Association was formed in 1991.
In 2005 Nida Trust was established as an educational charity focusing on raising the aspirations and achievements of young people. It works collaboratively with parents, teachers and community groups to raise awareness and deliver key services that provide the best possible development opportunities for young people. Its Muslim Education Fair provides a platform for showcasing Muslim education in the UK while its various awards (such as the National Muslim Teachers Creativity & Innovation Awards and Raising Stars Awards) celebrates the achievements of teachers and young people in various fields and arenas.
Its been over 50 years since large numbers of Muslim families started to move and settle in the borough, the area now consists of 16 mosques (including smaller places of worship called musallas) and over 15 other various Muslim founded community organisations and charities. The Muslim community enjoys excellent relations with the wider community which is shown by the numerous mosque open days, solidarity events and the formation of the UK’s first ‘Jewish Muslim Forum‘ in Stamford Hill in 2000. This local directory tries to capture every mosque and Muslim community organisation found across the borough to make it easier for the community to know what organisations exist in the community and how to access their services.
THANKS AND FEEDBACK
The website has been produced independently by local volunteers who have been brought up in Hackney. A number of peoples feedback has been sought in the initial work to get the site completed.
Our thanks to Allah for making this website possible. It is ultimately Allah’s mercy that the website has come to fruition. We continue to supplicate to Allah for showering barakah and blessing on our work. Our thanks and appreciation also to; Misbah for his assistance with some of the photography and also to all the feedback-volunteers whos suggestions and page content reviews helped with the site’s contents.
Your prayers and duas would be immensely appreciated that the site is a source of benefit and khair for our wonderful community.
Anas and Musa
Hackney Muslim Directory