Royal visit to Batley mosque

ROYAL REPRESENTATIVE Dr Ingrid Roscoe meets mosque members with Iqbal Bhana OBE. (d545b442)
ROYAL REPRESENTATIVE Dr Ingrid Roscoe meets mosque members with Iqbal Bhana OBE. (d545b442)

The Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire visited a Batley mosque last week.

Dr Ingrid Roscoe had a tour of the Madina Masjid and Madressah Islamiyyah, in Purlwell Lane, on Thursday October 16.

As the Queen’s regional representative, Mrs Roscoe wanted to learn more about the Muslim community in the area and how youngsters are educated at the mosque.

She was shown around the Madina prayer area and then spoke with staff at the Madressah, in which around 703 children aged five to 14 are taught weekly.

After the visit, Mrs Roscoe said: “I think it’s proper for the Queen’s representative to have conversations with these communities and encourage them to speak with us.

“I went away with eight books on the education of children.”

Headteacher at the mosque Mufti Zakaria Akudi, 43, of Hope Street, Dewsbury, said: “She liked them because they are based on how to be a good role model.”

Mrs Roscoe was impressed at the commitment of the learners who attended evening classes after a full day at school.

“Their dedication is absolute,” she said.

Zakaria added that the mosque often receives visits, but they were happy that someone so high-profile wanted to learn more about their culture.