Markaz-e-Ahlebait Mustafa Welfare Society Bolton UK
Registered charity number 1144639
An Institution Striving for the Learning, Practice & Propagation of Islam through Community Engagement
Mustafa Welfare Society Bolton was formed in September 2010 in a rented premise in Bolton. In March 2011, the constitution of the society was adopted unanimously and in November 2011, the society was registered as a charity no 1144639. In March 2011 Sunday school (Al-Hujjat Academy) was also started after giving due thought. The society held its first Muharram Ashura Majalis programme in 2010 which was fervently attended by the people of Bolton. It was surprising to find so many people living in Bolton without knowing each other & without having the facility to observe their religious rites appropriately & easily.
The charity bought its own premises on Fletcher Street in 2012 and is currently in the process of renovating it though major works have been completed.
The charity is also registered for claiming gift aid from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.
Aims and Objectives of Mustafa Welfare Society Bolton:
Promote the benefit of the inhabitants of the North west of the United Kingdom (the area of benefit) and, in particular, the Shia Muslim inhabitants of Bolton, Lancashire by associating together the said inhabitants and the local authorities, voluntary and other organisations in a common effort:
(۱) To advance the Islamic religion for public benefit according to the Shia Muslim doctrine (Fiqah-e-Jaffria); this is based on the teachings of the Holy Quran, The Holy Prophet (PBUH) and the teachings of the Holy Ahlulbayt, as interpreted and codified by eminent, mainstream jurists of the time (Marajaa e Uzzam) from the Shia school of jurisprudence in Najaf or Qom1; and to promote religious harmony.
(۲) To advance the education including the religious education, of the said inhabitants, and promoting their social inclusion, for the public benefit.
(۳) To provide or assist in the provision of sporting facilities for the youth, from the said inhabitants, in the public benefit.
(۴) To provide or assist in the provision of facilities in the interests of social welfare for recreation or other leisure time occupation of individuals who have need of such facilities by reason of their youth, age infirmity or disability, financial hardship or social circumstances with the object of improving their conditions of life.
Activities of Mustafa Welfare Society Bolton:
- The Charity provides facilities for worship, Qur’an classes and Sunday school all days of the week including Thursday and Friday (Amal Shab e Juma and Juma prayers). We regularly invite English speakers to Shab e Juma programmes. Shab e Juma programme consists of Dua e Kumayl and other supplications, question /answer sessions about Ahkamaat, manqabat, lectures and majalis. Charity provides facility for daily ba jamaat prayers.
- We organise Jashn on the wiladat of Masoomin (AS) in which famous reciters and poets have been invited. We also hold majalis on the shahadat of Masoonmin (AS) regularly. We hold majalis during the first ten days of Muharram and also in Safar. Separate lectures are organised in Urdu and English. We also arrange interactive sessions for youngsters during Muharram.
- We run courses for adults and youth on various issues of general and religious interest.
- We provide the facilities for administering the last rites and offering funeral prayers of deceased Shia Muslims in Bolton metropolitan borough council or surrounding areas.
Al-Hujjat Academy aims to provide its students with religious and general education, bearing in mind their physical, emotional, educational and spiritual needs.
Al-Hujjat Academy was founded over three years ago with the aim of addressing the pressing religious educational needs of the Shia community of Bolton. Since our inception, we have gone from teaching just a few children to having around 80 students registered with us. We live in a diverse and ever changing world where the image and teachings of Islam have been distorted. As a result of this, we aim to teach our students according to the real spirit of Islam which revolves around tolerance, mutual respect and love. We believe that the Holy Prophet of Islam (SAWW) and the pure Ahlulbayt (AS) are exemplar role models in all aspects of life.
The School is run on the British schooling model. It is managed by a Board of Governors which reports to the Executive Committee of Mustafa Welfare Society. The school has the child protection and anti-bullying policies in place.
The school follows the Majlis e Ulema Europe’s syllabus, which comprises 7 books which cover the following topics: Fiqh, Akhlaq and History.