About Bradford

  • We currently have 110 mosques across the Bradford District
  • 526,400 people live across the Bradford District
  • Muslims represent 24.7% of the population

  • Approximately 260,000 females live in Bradford
  • Approximately 70,000 Muslim females live in Bradford
  • Muslims form 4.8% of the population in England and Wales

Amongst the major challenges facing Muslims today, is the need to revitalise our places of worship. Women’s representation on governance structures is nonexistent, and access is the biggest problem that female worshippers face. Gender segregated spaces, which are how many UK mosques are traditionally structured, are dated and unwelcoming.

The Mosque will convey a tradition of welcome and openness that sadly is missing from most places of worship in current times. It will be non-partisan and open to anyone who would like to pray or reflect in a quiet space. Although the Mosque will be managed by women and will cater primarily for women, it will be open to men and women. Our key aim is to address the underrepresentation of women in mosque structures and tackle the chronic shortage of female scholars.

At a time when Muslims are under unbearable scrutiny socially, politically and legislatively, it is essential that Muslims in the UK are able to have a strong sense of their values and confidence in their identity as British Muslims. Creating bottom-up institutions such as the Women-led Mosque will not only develop capacity but also create the resilience to withstand Islamophobia and growing negativity and also promote community cohesion and strong communities.