Bid to launch Muslim school

The new school complex would be created on ground to the left of the mosque, as seen here.
The new school complex would be created on ground to the left of the mosque, as seen here.

Lanarkshire Muslim Welfare Society has launched a far-reaching bid to create the area’s first fully-fledged Islamic school at Mossend.

To be created on waste ground beside the Lanarkshire mosque it could be up and running in just over a year.

And while the initial intake would be just 50 pupils the plan is to steadily expand it to cater for at least 400 students.

Ghulam Siddiquie MBE, general secretary of Lanarkshire Muslim Welfare Society, stressed the school would be open to applicants of any faith.

He says the start-up cost is expected to be around £2million, and that community fundraising has already begun.

The project is said to have major support from Muslims across Lanarkshire, whose community fundraising efforts helped create the Masjid, or mosque, at a cost of around £3 million.

Mr Siddiquie said: “We wouldn’t attempt to open at anything like what would eventually be its full capacity, and would instead start small - around 50 students - and grow steadily from there.

“Education, for example the study of Islamic history, is already an important part of what happens at the mosque, and for some years now we have been developing community facilities and services of many different kinds.

“This would bring everything together, with the school close to the community it would serve.”

He agreed it was likely many Muslim teachers across Scotland would be keen to join such an ambitious project.

It is implicit in the plans that the facility could aspire to become an academic centre of excellence that would bring credit to Lanarkshire.

The guiding ethos of the Muslim Welfare Society, which is actively involved in many social issues, is “a shared vision of future community relations within Lanarkshire.”