Fresh Carpet Breathes New Life into TIC

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Written by Noorislam Uddin

وَٱلْأَرْضَ فَرَشْنَـٰهَا فَنِعْمَ ٱلْمَـٰهِدُونَ

And the earth, which We laid out – so how excellent the Spreader is!

[Quran 51:48]

Worshippers and travellers to the Torbay Islamic Centre (TIC) can now rest their feet on newly laid carpets that finally cover and unite the many rooms of the building. Alhamdu-liLlah

Panoramic view of main prayer hall

Visitors are now greeted by the entrance with textured mats that massage the feet, before travelling to the main prayer spaces where new lush red carpeting is a soothing respite to sit and pray on.

Laying the entire TIC at the same time was both a strategic though intensive effort, involving help from many volunteers near and far. Over two busy days, between Jumuah prayers, furniture was heaved aside, bookshelves were transported, and many items were just binned(!) as the new rolls were cut to size and laid into place one room at a time.

Books offloaded into the kitchen during floor refurbishments

This phase of TIC refurbishment follows on from what was another exhaustive effort during the cold Ramadan nights this year to raise funds to pierce and join our two neighbouring plots into one building. This resulted in a large break through the party-wall, beautifully combining our main 2nd floor prayer hall, and a sudden discovery of a leaking roof and rotting attic timbers that needed further donations to repair. However, the local and extended communities pulled through by God’s grace to reach the funds required, with some donors giving hundreds, or even thousands at a time! May Allah accept everyone’s efforts and intentions.

We thank God and His community of believers for their – mostly voluntary, sometimes unseen – hours and dedication towards the TIC. We hope the new developments that has united the spaces will also unite the hearts of the visiting believers for generations to come, Ameen.

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TIC undergoes the largest expansion project in decades

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Written by Noorislam Uddin

إِنَّمَا يَعْمُرُ مَسَـٰجِدَ ٱللَّهِ مَنْ ءَامَنَ بِٱللَّهِ وَٱلْيَوْمِ ٱلْـَٔاخِرِ وَأَقَامَ ٱلصَّلَوٰةَ وَءَاتَى ٱلزَّكَوٰةَ وَلَمْ يَخْشَ إِلَّا ٱللَّهَ ۖ فَعَسَىٰٓ أُو۟لَـٰٓئِكَ أَن يَكُونُوا۟ مِنَ ٱلْمُهْتَدِينَ

Only those who believe in God, the Last Day, stand for the prayer, give the alms-tax, and were not fearing [anyone] except God, [are to] maintain God’s prayer-places. They are possibly [to become] some of the guided ones so.

[Quran 9:18]

Heavy works were underway to expand the main prayer hall of TIC after decades of planning, design, and fundraising.

There were many unique challenges faced in transforming two unassuming properties on Avenue Road into a vibrant place of Muslim prayer and sanctuary. First came the issue of a sturdy party-wall interrupting the space, which we needed assurance was safe to puncture through considering the roof structure above. Then, a sudden shock came on inspection one chilly Ramandan night that many timber joists within the attic had started to rot from moisture – prompting requests from the community to pull together more funds for repair during the blessed month. Another difficulty was ensuring that the spaces as a whole were left in a safe state during busy Friday prayers, and weekend study classes.

Alhamdu-liLlah, the entire community, builders, and even trustees, were brought together to provide the warm drinks, duas, and donations needed to power through the largest renovation project the mosque had ever seen.

The flooring is a particular concern in mosques which must be up to the standard of resilience for peoples feet, and delicacy for peoples heads in prostration. Ours were rolled in as a particularly generous gift, and will help visitors rest in comfort and peace in-shaa-Allah.

We ask Allah to keep His new house and His believers warm and steadfast for His remembrance and worship. Ameen.

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