Welcome to Islam in Oxford!
Oxford, 'the city of dreaming spires', home to one of the most prestigious universities in the world, is also one of the most multi-cultural cities in the UK. About a third of the population of 152,000 were born abroad. Oxford's cultural diversity is expressed by the many different religions which are represented in this ancient city who all have their places of worship.
Oxford has got a vibrant Muslim community. About 10,000 Muslims live in Oxford, the majority of whom are of Pakistani origin, but you'll find Muslims from virtually any Islamic country in the world studying or working here. There are four mosques and three prayer rooms, one in each university and the third in the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies on George St. This will be replaced by the beautiful mosque which is part of the newly built centre on Marston Rd on its completion.
Muslims in the community
Muslims play an active role in the community:
Mohammed Altaf-Khan is the current Lord Mayor of Oxford
Mohammed Abbasi, now City councillor, was Lord mayor of Oxford for 2013/2015.
Shabnam Sabir and her team run The Oxford Homeless Project
providing free curry meals twice a month for the homeless and needy.
Imam Monawar Hussain leads The Oxford Foundation, an
educational institute which helps young people realise their full potential. They are actively involved in Interfaith activities.
Sheikh Ramzy, Muslim Chaplain at Oxford Brookes University and a well known Oxford personality, is an Islamic scholar who has worked with several governmental and non-governmental organisations and also with local, national and international religious leaders of all faiths.
The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies
The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (OCIS) is a Recognised Independent Centre of the University of Oxford. It was established in 1985 with the aim of encouraging the academic study of Islam and the Muslim world. Prince Charles is its patron.
Blending the architecture of traditional Oxford colleges with classical Islamic styles, the new building for the centre is situated to the east of central Oxford on Marston Rd. It includes a mosque with a dome and minaret, a new addition to the famous Oxford skyline. Click on the OCIS tab for more photos.
Oxford's two universities both have thriving Muslim student
organisations. Oxford University Islamic Society and Oxford Brookes Islamic Society organise a great variety of activities like talks by guest readers, charity fundraising events, prayers, meals, etc.