British billionaire of Malawian origin, Asif Aziz, to construct a Mosque at London’s iconic trocadero

by Muslim Mirror Staff

London’s iconic Trocadero building is set to undergo a remarkable transformation as Malawian property tycoon, Asif Aziz, secures permission to convert a portion of the landmark into a mosque and Islamic center.

After overcoming opposition and hurdles, Aziz’s vision of the “Piccadilly Prayer Space” will soon be realized, offering a place of worship and reflection for Muslims in the bustling heart of the city.

Aziz, a renowned billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist, purchased the historic Trocadero for a staggering £220 million in 2005. Initially, he had ambitious plans to create a 1,000-capacity mosque, but faced resistance from far-right groups and some local residents, leading to the shelving of those plans in 2020.

In May 2023, however, Aziz’s determination bore fruit as he obtained permission for a 390-capacity mosque within the Trocadero building. Named the “Piccadilly Prayer Space,” the center will operate from 10 am to 7 pm, Monday to Friday.

Notably, the center will not host special events for Ramadan, Eid, or funerals, ensuring that its operations are smoothly integrated into the vibrant surroundings.

The “Piccadilly Prayer Space” will employ four full-time staff, including an imam and a center manager. Aziz envisions the mosque as a place that will cater to both tourists and Muslims working in the area, embracing diversity and fostering understanding among different communities.

The Trocadero building, steeped in history, began its journey as a music hall in 1882 before evolving into a restaurant in 1896 and then a dance hall in 1965. Today, the entertainment complex houses a hotel and various restaurants, making the integration of the mosque a significant step towards diversity and inclusion in London’s social fabric.

Born in Malawi in 1967, Aziz moved to London at the age of six, where he laid the foundation of his property empire while still in school. He earned his business baccalaureate from the British American College London and later ventured into the African market, amassing his fortune through the establishment of two successful food manufacturing businesses, including Golfrate Angola.

In 2005, Aziz returned to the UK and founded Criterion Capital, which now owns and operates key landmarks such as the London Trocadero, Criterion Building, and London Pavilion, solidifying its status as the largest landowner in the Leicester Square – Piccadilly Circus corridor.

Aziz’s success story and dedication to philanthropy are further exemplified through the Aziz Foundation, a family-based charity working towards positive social change and empowerment.

The upcoming inauguration of the “Piccadilly Prayer Space” marks a significant milestone in London’s history, celebrating cultural diversity and religious harmony. As London evolves and adapts to the changing times, this transformative change is a testament to the power of vision, perseverance, and inclusivity.

The “Piccadilly Prayer Space” is set to become a symbol of unity, offering a sanctuary for spiritual reflection amidst the vibrant energy of the city, and it is expected to open its doors to the public within the next few months.

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    • He is opening mosque with an evil heart towards Islam. Saudi government has been notified petition sent to the government of Saudia Arabia (pure hearted muslims). His partner/wife is an Eastern European with skin colour not English but lives in England. Asif is a hater of Islam.

  1. Asawakum sir Iam from india Hyderabad Telangana we need help sir please 2lakhs we need my husband is suffering from last 2 years health issue no one can help us plz help me sir for me no job no house no money no land u no india Muslim very poor my family in very critical condition aap itna sab kartha hoo plz meri bhi madad karo Allah ka wasaa Allah hafiz sir

  2. Asawakum sir Iam from India we need help sir please my suffering from last 2 years health issue no one can help us plz we need help sir

  3. Alhamdulillah……………
    Asif Aziz bhai Assalamo Alaikum,
    I’m Mohammad Kamil from Dehli city in India,
    sir i want to work in that mosque
    i don’t want a penny,
    I want to work only for the pleasure of Allah, please give me a chance

  4. Assaalamualikum WW
    Asif Aziz bhai, this is indeed a great blessing from Allah that he has taken this work from you.
    May Allah, bless you, honour you, give you long and health life!
    I will most surely be visiting the new masjid
    May Allah reward you in abundance, Aameen.
    BTW, I am from Zambia, your neighbour.

  5. Sir mein greb admi hon Pakistan sy hon rent ka ghar age 50 sal bahot ziada maqroz hon bachon ki shadi karni hy Allah ki raza key liey meri hlp krein
    Allah tala ap ko hamesha khosh rakhey
    Ameen summa ameen

  6. Asalam Aleikun sir. Pls I need your assistance in okpanam area of Delta state to build a house and mosque. MThere is a land lying fallow around my area we can use only that is expensive but atleast let people hear Adhzan everyday. I will be very grateful if you can help on the purchase of the land and build mosque and house.


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