In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful,
It gives me great pleasure and honour to present to you this brief information booklet of the workings and achievements of the Rochdale Council of Mosques (RCM). Rochdale has a proud history of Muslims living, working and worshiping in this Borough since the early 50′s.
The town is now home to about 30,000 Muslims and no fewer than 15 mosques, 5 of which have recently been rebuilt from the ground amounting to an infrastructure investment into the Borough of approximately £8M. When others are talking about a town of deprivation and unemployment, we as a Muslim community need to reflect on our collective achievements as these buildings represent the best of our faith and community spirit—we should all stand together as proud Rochdalians.
Celebrating a decade of unity and working together, the RCM and its forerunner the Ruyat e Hilaal (Moon Sighting) Committee of Rochdale has not only stood the test of time but has, through its consensus-based approach, evolved in to a genuine and an inclusive platform for Rochdale’s Muslim community. I want to place on record my personal thanks to the lmaams and management committee of each and every member mosque for their commitment and untiring dedication for making RCM the success it is. I look forward to the next decade with much confidence and anticipation. May Allah (swt) guide all of us to do what is best for Islam and the Rochdale Muslim community and help RCM become an even more effective and professional forum.
“To develop successful, confident and united Muslims, who pursue their aspirations with respect and dignity in order to make valuable contributions to the economic, spiritual and civic life of Rochdale.”
To work with all the communities of Rochdale in order to develop a framework for addressing issues affecting local Muslim people through effective partnership working. Promote harmony and unity between the people of Rochdale. Endeavour to consult, contribute, help develop and where needed, deliver services which meet the needs of the Muslim communities living in Rochdale. To provide a gateway to service providers, enhancing access and participation of the Muslim community.
The Rochdale Council of Mosques (RCM) started in 2003 as the Ruyat e Hilaal (Moon Sighting) Committee, Rochdale during the Mayoral year of Councillor Sultan Ali.
In 2005 the organisation rebranded into the Rochdale Committee of Islamic Affairs. In the same year a direct link with the Ministry of Waqf and Islamic Affairs, Morocco was established.
The first meeting under the name of RCM was held in January 2009 and a constitution was agreed. In 2012 RCM formally registered as a charity with the Charity Commission.
The RCM are pioneers in creating Inter and Intra faith dialogue.
We have been working with the Local Authority, Greater Manchester Police and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service for a number of years. The RCM has built a strategic relationship and is a pivotal partner of RMBC and GMP.
The RCM has acted as a consultative / advisory body to many organisations including the CCG, Pennine Care & Pennine Acute Trust. We have developed a counselling and advice service through the Islamic Shariah Council Rochdale (ISCR).
The RCM member mosques hold open days throughout the year; educational visits can be arranged for schools, groups or individuals.
We campaign on promoting the true Islamic ethos and support the work of Madrasah’s based in Mosques and satellite centres, as well as supporting youth and women’s projects.