Dorchester Islamic Centre (DIC) is a registered charity based in Dorchester. Situated in the beautiful county of Dorset and established in 2000, DIC was formed to serve the spiritual and cultural needs of the Muslim community. We strive to live by the teachings of the Qur'an and Sunnah (sayings and actions of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him) which promote a peaceful and harmonious society for all.
Over the past twenty years we have had an increasing Muslim population with many young Muslim families moving to Dorchester. Recognising growth in the Dorchester Muslim community, Dorset County Council has kindly supported us by identifying a suitable old Council building for our prayers/gatherings during Islamic festivals and education sessions. We have been leasing this building for the past couple of years but the Council was keen to sell the property. They offered us the first opportunity to buy for £350,000.
By the grace of Allah SWT, and the generous donations received from all of you, we have purchased and fully paid for the building at the cost of £350,000 as of the 15th of December, 2017.
CURRENT ACTIVITIES & AIMS
1. Daily congregational prayers
2. Jumu'ah prayers
3. Taraweeh Salaah, Ramadan Iftar gatherings and Eid Salaah and celebrations
4. Regular Qur'an, Tajweed and Arabic lessons for children
- Using the children's classes to guide and teach the younger generation and community the correct tenets of Islam, in order to be peaceful, law abiding citizens and useful members of the community
- Using the children's classes to teach the true values of Islam which promote peace and kindness to all, and preventing any form of extremism
5. Having weekly ladies Qur'an, Tajweed and Arabic classes
6. Regular Trustees Committee meetings
7. Integration with the local West Dorset community
8. Holding interfaith meetings with people of different religions to promote peaceful relationships with the wider community
9. Providing support to those members of the muslim community with special needs and difficult circumstances
10. Holding fundraising and charitable events involving the local community
11. Having a social centre for the children where they can meet after school and engage in sports and leisure activities
12. Having helped launch the BME (Black Ethnic Minority) Unity & Vision, our members actively support and facilitate meetings
13. Maintaining close links with South West Multicultural Networks