Frequently Asked Questions

1) Who is the IEC?

The IEC was established in 1986 under the guidance of Grand Ayatollah Sayed Mohammed Al-Hussaini Al-Shirazi, one of the most influential Shi’a Islamic scholars of the 20th century. The Islamic Center has been serving the needs of Muslims in London as well as throughout the United Kingdom. The IEC has a long rich past that embodies the British Muslim Community’s search, struggle and triumph to find a place to belong.

2) Where did the IEC exist before moving into The Hippodrome?

The IEC was located at the rear of 120 Cricklewood Lane in the Cricklewood area in North West London.

3) What does Markaz El-Thathgeef El-Eslami mean?

It is the Arabic name of the IEC.

4) Will The Hippodrome be converted into a "Mega Mosque" with minarets?

No, such intention ceases to exist. The IEC is not registered  as a mosque, and does not plan to convert into a mosque.

5) Will the IEC hold congregational prayers that will extend into the street?

Any religious activity conducted in the IEC will not extend outside the Hippodrome vicinity.

6) Is the IEC exclusive to Muslims?

The IEC is an Islamic community centre and is open to people of all faiths and none. We strive for better community relations and community cohesion for the good of society as a whole and work to reduce misconceptions about Islam and Muslims in Britain.

7) Can The Hippodrome be used for events?

The IEC is looking to open it's doors for venue hire, but all in good time as the venue is currently being revamped.

8) What is Hussainiyat Al-Rasool Al-Adham to the IEC?

Hussainiyat Al-Rasool Al-Adham Al-Karbalaeia or the 'Hussainiyah' is one of the active sub-committees in the IEC that runs the traditional religious gatherings at the centre throughout the year based on the Islamic Lunar Calenda