Al-Asr Education and Community Centre is an educational establishment in the heart of the Muslim community of Woking. Woking is famous in the UK because it accommodates the oldest mosque in the Britain, built over 100 years ago. Al-Asr independently provides educational and religious activities for the local community.
Al-Asr began work in Woking in 1995 to comply with the needs of the community. In 2000, Al-Asr purchased a building for educational and community activities. An extensive renovation program was undertaken. In January 2001, the Al-Asr Education and Community Centre was formally inaugurated. An Eid & New Year Party was held to mark the official opening of the centre. Al-Asr had an opportunity express its hospitality to local people, local government and Al-Asr helpers and supporters. The event was attended by Cllr Mrs Mehala Gosling – Deputy Mayor of Woking Borough Council, Mr Jerry Kirkby – Superintendent of Police and Ayatollah Syed Fazil Milani – Dean of the International Colleges for Islamic Studies, London.
The Eid & New Year Party became an annual event attracts hundreds of people from Woking and surrounding areas. This interfaith and inter community event has brought together people of different faiths, cultures and ideologies to help promote to harmony within society through education in religious, social, moral and cultural values. The events were attending by special guests including the Mayor/Deputy Mayor or Woking, the MP of Woking, Superintendent of Police, local councillors, priests from local churches and leading Muslim clerics from the South East.
In 2006, Al-Asr purchased a second building on Goldsworth Road in Woking to satisfy local demand for our social, educational and religious activities. Also in 2006, a project was initiated to raise funds to improve the second site to meet the requirements of the community in the medium and long term.
Al-Asr provides a spectrum of social, educational, religious and cultural services for the community. Throughout the year there are classes, lectures, sermons, social and religious activities. Particular attention is paid to the education and development of the youth. In 2007 over 35 children were registered for classes.