The Muslim community comprising of Somali, Pakistani, Indian, Arab and other ethnic origins, live in harmony with all the other communities of Sikhs, Hindus and Christians.
The Muslim community's growth has been unprecedented in the area. The only
other sizeable mosque, the Central Jamia Masjid in Southall just could not cope with the growing numbers resulting in overflow of worshippers on Fridays to the extent of having to perform
prayers in two congregations on the same premises.
Some ten years ago, a group of concerned community workers sought alternative
venues for regular Friday prayers. A house at Villiers Road was acquired and
prayer facilities started, naming it Abubakr Mosque, pending planning approval.
Meanwhile, Southall Town Hall building came on the market. Abubakr mosque trustees successfully put
in a bid for this building. But due to pressure from other communities and
Hindu temple, Ealing council refused to conclude the sale and eventually withdrew the offer altogether, despite referral to court of Law by Abubakr mosque trustees.
Furthermore, the planning application for the Villiers Road premises was refused and closure orders served. Muslim worshippers took to the streets and the Council offered an alternative venue for the mosque. In the opinion of trustees,
the offer was inadequate and too expensive with stringent conditions. Nevertheless,
the search for appropriate premises ended with the successful acquisition of West End House
on Southall Broadway.
After suffering another refusal of planning permission in July 1998 for the new premises, based on traffic congestion, trustees continued to pursue the matters with due procedures of appeal and re-applying with some improved parking facilities. Eventually,
after a decade of struggle, persistence and persuasion, planning
permission was granted for AbuBakr mosque in June 1999.