Swansea Mosque's current premises is located at 14-15 St. Helens Road which comprises two former terraced commercial buildings. It has been serving the whole Muslim Community since the 80’s. We enjoy positive relationships with all communities within our locality. The mosque endeavours to provide a whole host of activities that have consequently resulted in increased interest in Islam and a number of revert brothers and sisters embracing Islam.
Services to non-Muslims such as informative mosque tours consisting of a guide to Islam and outline the functions of the mosque have been very popular with local schools over the years. Due to the expanding population we are now in a position where we are unable to accommodate the growing community for prayers, education classes, community activities and even jumma (Friday prayers).
Did you know in 1983 when the Mosque first opened the estimated Muslim population in Swansea was less than 800, the current estimate is over 8,000.
Being just yards away from the existing Mosque, the New Mosque building was originally founded in 1862 as St. Andrew's Church. Built in 1864 by Scottish immigrants working in the drapery trade, St. Andrew's was at that time Swansea's only Presbyterian church. Designed by Mr John Dickson, the iconic façade with its decorative twin towers, gives the building a towering perspective and beautifully set off the skyline surrounding St. Helen's Road. St. Andrew's later became a United Reformed Church before falling into dereliction. After fire damage in 1964, the rear hall was redesigned and rebuilt.
This strikingly designed, ecclesiastical building which occupies an eye catching midway position along St Helens Road is now a Grade II listed building. Unfortunately it has remained derelict since the 1980s and has been deteriorating. In 1997 it was purchased by a Muslim Charity (Kafel Fund UK) from a private owner, intending to restore this landmark and turn it into a community centre. In 2004 following the merger of the charity with the Mosque, this building became an asset of Swansea Mosque and the current restoration and renovation plans commenced.
God-Willing with your donations and prayers, this beautiful landmark building will once again be utilised for the worship of God, and its community centre welcome to all local residents.
The New Mosque will preserve Swansea's heritage by maintaining as much as possible of the original magnificent exterior and historical character of the building, whilst bringing the building updated to the 21st century with wheel-chair access and energy efficiency heating/cooling system to help reduce the Carbon footprint.
It will be a holistic place used for education, welfare, weddings, recreational activities, counselling, Muslim deaths rituals and births ceremonies.
Did you know that looking after our environment including the reduction of Carbon emissions is an important part of Islam?