Facilities provided at Medina Mosque categories in to 3, which are Mosque Facilities, Activity Center and Visit & Tours.
The Main Hall is one of the primary features of the mosque and is the most widely used area within the Mosque. All of our congregation are familiar with this particular area as it is where Muslims attend regularly for their five daily prayers. There is a dome within the Main Hall which acts as a centrepiece of the hall. The Mosque is under construction and once complete there will be a display chandelier under the dome. The minaret is also accessible from the Main Hall and this is where the Muedhin announces the Call to Prayer (Adhān). The minaret is under construction and when complete it is hoped will be accessible to visitors.
The Main Hall features an arch (Mihrab) known as the Qibla wall. This wall faces towards the direction of the Kaa’ba in the city of Mecca and indicates the direction Muslims must face when praying to Allah (SWT). There is also a pulpit positioned beside the Mihrab, from where the Imam addresses sermons and lectures, this is known as the Minbar. Copies of the Holy Qur’an in various languages are also situated along the Qibla wall.
The Main Hall is carpeted throughout with a richly decorated carpet which was specially designed and manufactured for SMMTL. The carpet design is designed for each individual to have their space during prayer. The carpet is always kept clean and no shoes can be worn on the carpet. There are numerous pillars to support the structural design and arch shaped green tinted windows lining the Mosque Main Hall. The hall is centrally heated using an underground geothermal heating source. The Main Hall, like the rest of the Mosque, hosts a network of speakers for the amplification of lectures and prayers. The Main Hall is also equipped with a projector and large white screen.
The Main Hall has a capacity of 1,000 to 1500 people which is about the average turnout on a busy Friday. During the main two festivals of EID the mosque has to resort in two separate congregations as to accommodate the large number of people which and not all be accommodated in one congregation.
The hall is based within the Mosque grounds and external to the actual Mosque building. It is where official meetings are held by the Mosque management as well as official engagements. It is also where Mosque officials meet with external bodies including inter-faith bodies, the police, community groups, international guests and other organisations and/or individuals. The room has a number of tables, chairs, projector screen, TV and a small kitchen.
The hall is also available for use for community activities and functions by bona fide community organisations and/or individuals, irrespective of ethnicity, gender, national origin, race and faith of the membership of the applicant organisation.
How to Book:
If you would like to book the community hall for a meeting or function then please refer the following document and complete the application form included in Appendix 1. You can return the completed form by post or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download the Activity center Usage Terms and Application form
Visit & Tours
Visiting Southampton Medina Mosque – SMMTL is one of the most recognised religious buildings in the city of Southampton. Resulting in vast numbers of people visiting the mosque every year. The mosque has a special Guest Book which visitors have been signing; all visitors are encouraged to leave their messages about the mosque in the book.
SMMTL is open to visitors throughout the year. We receive a large number of visitors from schools, colleges and universities wishing to find out more about the workings of a mosque and the Islamic faith for projects and studies.
We also have a number of faith-based groups, organisational visits and tourists who visit the mosque. Most visits are booked via the main office and in writing. We must have notice of at least two weeks for a visit so that we can make the necessary arrangements. City-visiting tourists may drop in without prior appointment.
A normal visit consists of a quick fire exit evacuation procedure, observation of prayer, a tour of the mosque building, PowerPoint presentation and a Q&A or discussion session if requested. Light refreshments and worksheets are also provided for younger visitors. The presentation can be tailored to meet varying levels of knowledge. This is managed by our Imams (priests) at the mosque and volunteers from Muslim community.
How to book a visit or tour?
To book a visit, please download our handy ‘Visitors Guide’. This contains information on what to expect during a visit and our contact details.
Protocols & Etiquetts at the mosque
- Both men and women should dress modestly when visiting the mosque.
- or shorts are prohibited dress inside the mosque for both genders
- Females should cover their head with a scarf and male visitors with a hat, these can be provided by the tour guide.
- Shoes should be removed before entering the mosque and placed in the rack provided.
- Please observe quietness during prayer.
- Avoid walking in front of worshippers performing their prayers. (Worshippers who miss the designated prayer time may come to complete their prayers later, and so may be in the mosque when you visit.)
- Food or drinks are not allowed in the prayer hall.
- Please take care of your belongings at all times. Do not leave any valuables unattended.
- All children must be accompanied by their parents / guardians.
- Any items left behind without prior agreement may be removed and destroyed