Vision and Objectives
In the name of Allah (God), the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy
Colchester Islamic Community Centre (CICC) is a registered charity that was set up in 2017 to meet the needs of local Muslims. Muslims in Colchester and North Essex are an ethnically diverse and active community. Our close-knit community exemplifies global unity with people from all over the world; from Europe, Central Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and Africa, calling Colchester their home.
The number of Muslims in Colchester grew by 1581 people between 2001 and 2011, an increase of 133% according to the census. It is now estimated that there are over 4000 Muslims in Colchester.
With this growth comes growing needs. Families need a space where children, women and men of all ages and backgrounds, can come together to practice their Islamic faith. CICC's vision is to establish a Mosque and community centre to become the hub for local Muslims by reviving the essence of the Sunnah (traditions of the Prophet Muhammad Peace be upon him) both in practice and in spirit through serving the Colchester community. We are fulfilling this through education, activities, charity and interfaith work. In the future, with the purchase of a dedicated space for prayer and community activities we will be able to fulfil our vision for generations to come.
Our Vision is to:
- Bring together and unite Muslims of all backgrounds in Colchester.
- Serve the specific needs of Muslims for the betterment of the whole community.
- Serve and work with all communities to make Colchester a better home for all.
“We want to create an inclusive community, provide much needed services and build solidarity. We hope to achieve a sense of being and compassion within our diverse Muslim community. We aim to serve the whole community in Colchester, thereby breaking down barriers, building bridges and improving cohesion through interfaith work and partnerships with other charities and organisations.”
Dr Sohail Choksy, CICC Chairperson
- Establishing a space for local Muslims.
Our primary objective is to find and purchase land or property to establish a Mosque and Community Centre thereby creating a space for worship and community activities.
- Create an inclusive community
Our second objective is to provide much needed services and activities to build solidarity, community and compassion within our local and diverse Muslim community.
- Serve the community of Colchester
Our third and final objective is to break down barriers, build bridges and improve cohesion to better serve the communities of Colchester through interfaith and partnership work.
Additional Muslims in Colchester between 2001 to 2011