The Cambridge Muslim Community, a diverse body of students and others who live or study in Cambridge, has long felt that its existing facility at Mawson Road is unsuitable. A move to a new building with off-street parking, providing a green space for all local residents to enjoy, is long overdue. As a major international city, Cambridge deserves a proper facility for Muslims which will enhance its prestige and provide an architectural focus attracting new visitors.
The relocated facility will be dedicated to the spiritual and social welfare of the city’s estimated six thousand Muslims, including many visiting students, but will also serve as a cultural bridge fostering greater understanding between communities. It will have a strong educational component, providing an infrastructure and support for learning and research.
The relocated mosque will not follow or expect adherence to any particular school of Islam and will welcome worshippers from every part of the Muslim family, of both genders.
Reflecting Islam’s contribution to contemporary debates over sustainability, the mosque will incorporate significant design features which will minimise carbon emission and emphasise the role of faith in promoting responsible management of the earth’s resources.