Funding Appeal for Soho Hill Muslim Educational & Welfare Centre (SHMB)

Asalamu- alaikum Brothers and Sisters in Islam

In the name of Allah, the most kind, the most merciful. All praises be to Allah, Lord of the worlds, peace and blessings of Allah be upon our prophet Muhammad, and upon his family and companions. Ameen.

“Who is it that would loan Allah a goodly loan so he may multiply it for him many times over? And it is Allah who withholds and grants abundance, and to him you will be returned”. [Al-Quran 2:45]

“Beware! You are called to spend in the way of Allah, yet some among you hoard. But he who hoard, does so for himself: Allah is above need, and it is you who are needy. If you turn away, then Allah will bring other people in your place who will not be like you”. (Quran 47:38)

“Giving away something in charity doesn't cause any decrease in a person's wealth but increases it instead”. [Sahih Muslim]


A brief History of Soho Hill Masjid Educational and Welfare centre

Soho Hill Muslim Birmingham is an independent charity and not-for-profit organisation, set up in August 2012 by groups of diverse immigrants living in and around Soho Hill Birmingham in the West Midlands, United Kingdom.

SHMB was established to uphold, preserve, propagate Islam and foster greater and better understanding between Muslims and people of other religious faiths in the Soho Hill vicinity and surrounding areas in Birmingham.

SHMB was set up to serve the needs of the Islamic community, since its inception in 2012 the centre has been used as a hub by the community in fulfilling its religious duties and practices:

* Five daily Congregational Prayers.

* Weekly Friday Prayers (Jumaa Salaat).

* Funeral arrangements.

* Islamic naming ceremonies.

* Adult and Children Islamic Education.

* Islamic naming ceremonies.

* Eid Prayers. 

* Quran and Arabic Weekly classes.

* Supplementary English Classes for the Children and Adults.

* Life in The UK ( ESOL) Lessons.

* Participates in a Variety of Community Service Activities.d Adults.

Congregational Friday prayers (jumaa) and Eid prayers has increased community cohesion as the centre is used for religious and social activities like Islamic naming ceremonies, Ramadan iftar and night prayers, marriages and Quran recitations by the Madrasa pupils.

The centre also conduct computer classes and after school clubs for the children.

The overall performance and behaviour of the kids is improving tremendously due to the support and learning they are receiving from the centre.

Soho Hill Muslim Birmingham current situation

Unfortunately, our landlord; Kind Aid International has put up the property for sale and he is keen and desperate for a quick and imminent sale to any prospective buyer.

We therefore have an extremely urgent need to raise funds to secure the property for use and offer our services to the community and the wider public of Birmingham.

However, we only have a very short time to raise the money and our community is very small, we have raised a substantial amount but time is running out as we are still short of the desired target of £265.000

The Soho Hill Community wish to invite you to be part of the blessings and bounties offered in this life and hereafter; by donating generously towards the purchase of this property which will ensure continuity of our services to the local community and surrounding areas of Birmingham.

The SHMB and the Muslim Community must urgently respond to this pressing and urgent need by; purchasing and securing the property for use as a centre for Islamic Education and a Masjid for the local community to worship on Fridays, Eid prayers and for social activities.


The Importance of Mosques (Masjid) in Islam

A mosque serves as a centre for any Muslim community, it is where people can congregate for their five daily prayers, Friday sermons and Eid prayers.

The mosque is also a place where Muslims engage in the reading of the Holy Quran and the learning of the Sunnah of our Holy Prophet. (Pbuh)

The importance of a mosque cannot be overlooked by any muslim as it is the first thing that our prophet (pbuh) built when he migrated to Medina, this clearly shows that the mosque is pivotal for any Islamic community as it is where we muslims engage in acts of worships (ibadah) to purify our souls and refine our morals .

The Soho Hill Muslim Educational and Welfare Centre is serving the following needs of the community;

It acts as a religious centre, where the community performs their congregational prayers by providing an environment for spiritual purification and the attainment of good morals.

It serves as a centre for Islamic Education and activities for the entire community.

It plays a central role in the cultural and social life of the Muslims in Soho Hill and its surrounding arrears of Birmingham in the West Midlands United Kingdom.


Why you should donate to this noble cause?

The significance of spending in Allah's cause is advocated by our holy prophet (pbuh) and there are many verses in the Quran that supports his statement and advice on giving to good causes especially in the building or purchase of Masjids and educational centres.

“The likeness of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah is as the likeness of a grain which grows seven ears, in every ear a hundred grains. Allah increases manifold to whom He wills" (Al-Bagarah: 261)

"Whosoever builds a house (Masjid) for the pleasure of Allah, whether it be small or large, Allah will build for him a house in paradise." [Tirmidhi]

“Of all the buildings the most beautiful and attractive in Allah's sight is a Mosque"]

Allah is calling you to salvation and total peace in Jannah, how much is forgiveness and immortality in the gardens of Allah worth in this world?

Please capitalise on this opportunity, participate in this noble cause, and appeal by donating wholeheartedly.

Insha’Allah you will be rewarded for your generosity and donations towards this noble cause.

Our prophet (pbuh) also told us of deeds that would survive the death of a Muslim and go on to be an investment (in the next life) that He or She would benefit from whilst in the grave.

[It is from that which follows the believer of his good deeds and from amongst them, he mentions [a masjid that he built]


We would be very grateful for your donations to purchase our current premises, which have been put up for sale, your donations will enable us to further the cause of Allah and propagate Islam in our community.


If you wish to be part of the everlasting bounties and blessings of Allah (SWT) by donating to this project and lifelong commitment to Allah (SWT), the religion of Islam and the Soho Hill Community simply use our Bank details : SHMB: Barclays Bank Account No: 13250458

Sort Code: 209778

Alternatively, you can contact SHMB committee via email on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please telephone: 01215232246 if you need to speak to a member of the committee.


May Allah (SWT) reward you for your good deeds and bless you and your family in this life and the hereafter, where nothing will count except what you have prepared for that day.


Jazak Allahu Khairan