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A British Mosque for the 21st century -this is a Face to Face Tour, it is not Online

Saturday 2nd October 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:15 am


A Guided Tour of the Cambridge Central Mosque (arranged by Shahida Rahman)      Book here    


Tour Guide:  Dr Kal Karim with additional information from Dr. Raf Orlowski (Acoustics Engineer) on the acoustics of the building

Date:  Saturday 2 October 2021    Start Time: 10.00am       Duration:  75 mins approx.

Place: Cambridge Central Mosque, 309-313 Mill Road, Cambridge, CB1 3DF.

(parking is available onsite)

Tour Guide:  Dr Kal Karim with additional information from Dr. Raf Orlowski (Acoustics Engineer) on the acoustics of the building.

The first mosque in Cambridge was at a house on Chesterton Road in the 1970s.  As the community grew, a bigger space was needed and in 1981 the mosque moved to Mawson Road.  Eventually the existing premises reached capacity and late comers had to pray outside on the street. The community approached Dr Tim Winter who had initiated the project of building a mosque in Cambridge in 2008.  He formed the Cambridge Mosque Trust and is its first chairman. The mosque opened its doors in 2019 and welcomed Muslims, those of no faith and those of other faiths.  It is the first purpose built mosque within the city of Cambridge, Europe’s first eco-friendly mosque and has a capacity for 1,000 worshippers.  As such, it has attracted much attention from overseas.  A British Mosque for the 21st century.


Cambridge Central Mosque Website: 


Book your visit with FMRL for 2 October 2021

Maximum Number of Participants:  30

Both members of FMRL and non-members may register at any time.  Priority will however be given to members of FMRL who register before 23.59 on Monday 20th September.  Any places remaining unfilled after this time will be offered to non-members who have registered (on a ‘first come first serve’ basis).

Notes on the Guide:  Dr Kal Karim is an Associate Professor at the University of Leicester and a lead tour guide at the mosque. Shahida to whom we are grateful for arranging this tour is his sister and is an author and writer. They and their siblings were born and raised in Cambridge. Their late father, Abdul Karim moved to Cambridge from East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) in 1957 and their mother followed in 1964. Their father was a successful restauranteur establishing 2 restaurants in the 1950s and 60s.

Dr Karim’s Profile:


Raf Orlowski

Following a PhD in acoustics, Raf Orlowski joined the acoustics research team in the Department of Architecture in Cambridge. He subsequently took up a lectureship at Salford University and then returned to Cambridge to help set up an acoustic consultancy office for the engineering firm Arup and later for Ramboll. Here he worked on a wide range of prestigious projects such as Glyndebourne Opera House as well as many projects for Cambridge Colleges such as the Gillespie Centre at Clare. He has lectured on acoustics throughout his career and has been Visiting Professor at the University of Sheffield and the Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL.




Saturday 2nd October 2021
10:00 am - 11:15 am


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