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O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know each other.... (Quran 49:13)

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File Not Found : Art Exhibition



October 2012

File Not Found- Art Exhibition After a wonderful opening ceremony on the 6th of October, the BMHC is proud to announce that File Not Found is now open to the public from now until the 25th of November (please see opening times below) Guests at the opening ceremony, young and old, Muslim and nonMuslim, commented on the thought provoking nature of the exhibition and hopefully took home something positive from their visit. The installations at the exhibition are the work of three artists, Yasin Erik Bognar, Zoltan Homokey, and Yusf Ali. Their motivation for the exhibition comes from their view that the current Islamic Art scene is devoid of anything new, and that a lot of Islamic Art is stuck in the distant past and there is little effort to bring Islamic Art into the 21st Century.

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Armed with this thought in mind, the artists went back to basics and sought inspiration from the Surahs of the Quran. As a result, most of the installations have been based on Quranic Surahs, and have tried to depict the vivid imagery contained within these verses. In addition, they have selected verses that portray values shared by all three Abrahmic faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The artists have also used part of the exhibition space to display work by local Muslim artists, which fulfils another important aim of the exhibition that is to raise the profile of local artists, who otherwise have no place to display their work. If you have not already done so, we welcome you to come and visit the exhibition and let us know what you think!

Speaker: Dr. Salah Djazairi

Sunday, 11th November 2012, 2.00pm – 6.00pm

Entry: FREE Tues-Friday (3pm-7pm) Sat & Sun (1pm-6pm) Tel: 07931507854 Email: Visit:


RADIO HAJJ 87.7 FM The period after Ramadhan has been a busy one for the centre, and we are pleased to announce yet another exciting new project. Radio Hajj is now broadcasting LIVE from the British Muslim Heritage Centre until the 4th of November. The launch was on Sunday 7th of October and there is a wide variety of programming planned for the next month! This is your radio station and we urge you to listen, call in, text, email, give us your suggestions and participate in the programmes! There are many ways you can listen or get in touch: 1. 2.

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TUNE into… 87.7 FM STREAM us online…. Winamp/ITunes Windows Media Player or logon to and search for Radio Hajj---you can even download the tunein app and listen to Radio Hajj on the go! CALL … 0161 881 8062 TEXT … 07594373747 EMAIL… /RadioHajj


Arwa Ibrahim (Project Coordinator) launching Radio Hajj Some of our supporters

Al-Andalus: The Jewel of Europe-9th September The third installment of our series of lectures: Journey Through Muslim Lands was a success. Dr Seddon of the University of Chester inspired the audience with his thorough, but concise history of Muslim Spain. He also highlighted the lessons that can be learnt from that period and how they are relevant to contemporary pluralistic society. The afternoon was an event for all the family to enjoy- the dining hall and coffee lounge were full of clothing and food stalls put on by members of the community.

This Ramadan at BMHC Ramadan was a really blessed month for the centre. We had a number of fund raising events on television and at the centre where people donated generously. The centre held Tarawih prayer every evening during Ramadan and we were fortunate enough to be able to provide Iftar meals in the last ten days of the month. We also held a Qayam-ul-lail on the 27th night and invited worshipers to join us for The Sahoor.

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The Bishop of Manchester’s visit to the BMHC (28th August) We were pleased to welcome The Rt Revd Nigel McCulloch to the BMHC. He praised our vision for the centre and our effort to increase inter-faith dialogue. We look forward to working with him in the future.

Regular & Future Activities at the BMHC

The BMHC would like to thank all its friends, donors, and volunteers for their unwavering support, without which we would not have achieved the many successes highlighted in this newsletter.

Regular activities taking place at the BMHC:    

Weekly Quran Study Group delivered by Al- Huda International. Whalley Range Community Forum Monthly meeting. Quba Initiative Tafsir of Quran & Hadith courses every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. Journey Through Muslim Lands Events.

Why not become a Friend of the BMHC? This is an opportunity for you to help achieve the vision for BMHC and be part of an inspiring and unique project which aims to enrich, bring together and benefit the whole community. Since we are nearing Eid-ulAdha, this would be an ideal way to add to your tally of good deeds!

Planned future activities at the BMHC:  Marriage Introduction Event- December 2012.  Youth activities for girls and boys (dates tbc).  Cookery Classes(dates tbc).

BMHC facilities for hire The BMHC is a Grade II* listed building located in the heart of the dynamic city of Manchester and situated in eight acres of greenery. Among the facilities we can provide are the following: 

Large conference, meeting and banqueting hall capable of accommodating up to 200 persons.

Two large meeting rooms capable of accommodating up to 100 each.

Four meeting rooms capable of accommodating up to 40 each.

Through a monthly subscription, the scheme aims to:  Raise the profile of BMHC  Raise much needed revenue to run activities  Offer exclusive benefits to members including: o Priority booking for BMHC events o Annual Friends Dinner o Exclusive preview of exhibitions, book launches and other similar events o Regular email newsletter of BMHC developments.

A board room capable of accommodating 15 persons.

A fully equipped kitchen and servery.

On-site free car parking for up to 250 vehicles.

8 acres of green space capable of hosting many and

Send us the following details:

varied outdoor events.

1) Name 2)Address 3) Telephone 4)Email

For further information please contact the Sairah Zafar, Events Manager,








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Eid Festival 2012

Malaysian Nasheed band at the Eid festival

Journey Through Muslim Lands: Andalus

Opening Ceremony for File Not Found & Radio Hajj

Murad’s (former Project Manager) leaving dinner

File Not Found: Exhibition Room Three

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Radio Hajj Studio with ‘MC Fezo’

Kristiane Backer’s From MTV to Mecca book signing

Visitors to the Art Exhibition

Autumn 2012 at the BMHC

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BMHC Strategy Our Offer

Our Vision for BMHC

Our Mission

A welcoming environment A learning environment

A centre of excellence, celebrating the rich and diverse Muslim heritage, inspiring all communities to embrace diversity and be instrumental in shaping a cohesive society

Developing pioneering initiatives that promote the rich and diverse Muslim heritage and making it accessible to all



Centre of Expertise Our aspiration is of a Centre “celebrating Islam's rich and diverse heritage, inspiring all communities to embrace diversity and be instrumental in the shaping of a cohesive society”. We remain committed to the following principles: 1.

The BMHC will be a centre for all communities – Muslims and non-Muslims.


We will strive to provide a welcoming environment for all and work in partnership for the common good.


In focusing on Muslim heritage we mean: Muslim history, people and contribution to human civilisation.

How you can help the BMHC The BMHC will only achieve these aspirations with your help through the following:  We invite to become a member of the Friends of BMHC Scheme. (See above for details)  You can donate to the ongoing work directly to the BMHC bank account.  We are always looking for dedicated volunteers. Royal Bank of Scotland Manchester Withington Branch 467 Wilmslow Road Withington Manchester M20 9AP.

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BMHC Publications: Arabia: Cradle of Civilsation By Dr S Al-Djazairi Turkey: History, Culture and Civilisation By Dr S Al-Djazairi

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