For a comprehensive map of places suitable for Muslims to pray in Britain (available in GoogleMaps text-only and navigator format) please visit www.muslimsinbritain.org/masaajid/index.php

Prayer room purpose

The purpose of a prayer room is to provide a calm, clean and neutral environment where prayers can be offered. A prayer room located at any government building is intended for use by all staff therefore religious images or symbols should not be exhibited in the room and in compliance with fire regulations, items such as candles or incense sticks should not be used; no food or drink should be permitted in the room although individuals should provide their own prayer mats and requisite literature. A Notice to this effect could be displayed in the room.



Staff should note that visitors and members of the public attending on government business, should only be permitted to use the room with the agreement of others, and only if it does not compromise the security of the building. A member of staff may accompany visitors to the prayer room if necessary.

Use of the facilities shall be for prayer, contemplation and quiet reflection. Users are reminded to refrain from entering into political dialogue, discussions or debates. If keys are required to access a dedicated prayer room or a room set aside for prayer functions, users are reminded to secure the room and returned the keys to responsible parties. This is to establish good working practice.

Prayer Timings
Individuals should discuss their particular needs with their line manager and come to an agreement on the time they expect to serve in prayer. Staff should be aware that the time they spend in prayer may need to be made up later. Managers should consider requests sympathetically and in confidence.

Muslims are required to pray five times a day although individuals usually pray two or three times during normal office hours (dependant on seasons, long summer days/long winter nights). Each prayer may last up to 20 minutes on average (including time for ablution before prayer). Individuals can pray anywhere provided the area is clean and quiet. A prayer timetable to highlight congregational prayer would be of benefit to people of all faiths. During the winter season, congregational prayers at sunset are performed aloud.

Ablution

Wherever possible, prayer facilities should be accompanied by appropriate washroom facilities to avoid any inconvenience to users of regular toilets.

Qibla (Direction of Prayers)
Prayers are offered in the direction of the Qibla, which in the United Kingdom, is in a south-easterly direction. A notice could be displayed to inform individuals of the Qibla direction. The notice should simply read ‘Qibla’.

Separation of the sexes
Men and women pray separately. Where there is a dedicated facility used by both genders, an agreement could be reached between them as to when they can use the room or if the room is large enough, a temporary curtain, partition or slide could be provide for this purpose.

Congregational Worship
Congregational Worship may be observed during specific times, provided that; Events do not adversely affect work-related business or other colleagues; Suitable accommodation within the building can be arranged; Colleagues organise events themselves in their own time.

Friday Prayers
Friday holds the same spiritual significance as traditional Sunday Mass for regular churchgoers. Friday lunchtime/afternoon prayers traditionally take longer than the regular daily prayers. Friday prayers must be performed in congregation and are accompanied with a short compulsory sermon. This is performed by an Imam if one is available otherwise the best qualified and able person is selected to lead. If a suitable person is not present, individuals may to travel to the nearest mosque. Time required to perform the weekly Friday prayers would depend on the location of the individuals nearest mosque.

Other Faiths
Individuals can share a prayer room with colleagues of other faiths and/or none. An Islamic style of worship prohibits the use of religious symbols or artefacts therefore if the room is used by all faiths then agreement could be reached between users on the safe and temporary storage of such icons. A lockable pedestal or cupboard may be provided for storage of such items.

Prayer Room Facilities in Government Department Buildings

HM Revenue & Customs

Custom House – London

20 Lower Thames Street

London EC3R 6EE

13/A Ground Floor

Jummah (Friday) prayers are held regularly at 1:10pm.

For more information please contact Mohammed Nasim on 0870 785 7522.

Tomas Paine House

Angel Square

3rd Floor, Building 1

Contact Colin Wrights on 020 7239 1619

Euston Tower, 286 Euston Road
Room 1.17, First floor.

Reception telephone number 020 7788 1843).

Accommodates about 15-20 people at a stretch. Dhuhr jamaah at 1.15pm weekdays.

For more information please contact, Hassan Choudhury 020 7667 4738, Mohammed Amin 020 7667 4320, Sholtana Begum 020 7667 4848.

Beckett House

60-68 St Thomas Street London SE1 3QU

Basement.

Heathrow Airport Terminal 1, Hounslow TW6 1BN First Aid room

HM Treasury *

1 Horse Guard’s Road, London SW1A 2BQ Lower Ground Floor

Jummah (Friday) prayers are held regularly at 1:30pm. For more information please contact Jamil Mohamed on 0207 270 5000.

Cabinet Office

Kirkland House – London

22 Whitehall

London SW1A 2WH

Room 1.29

Contact switchboard 020 7270 5000.

Prayer facilities only.

Treasury Solicitors

One Kemble Street, London WC2

Multi faith room for prayer and quiet contemplation

Home Office

2 Marsham Street

Lower Ground floor

Communities and Local Government *

Eland House, Bressenden Place Victoria SW1E 5DU

Ground Floor

For more information contact Shumailla Moinuddin 020 7944 5928 or Fakruz Zaman 020 7944 4001

HM Prison Service

Cleland House

Page Street

Room 310

Contact Kibria, Muhammad: muhammad.kibria@hmps.gsi.gov.uk

UK Passport

Service *

Globe House

89 Eccleston Square, 7th Floor London SW1V 1PN Mezzanine floor

Department for Constitutional Affairs

HM Couts Service

PGO Archway

North London

Caxton House

Tothill Street

London SW1H 9NA Ground Floor

Friday prayers are usually held around 1330 hrs

Contact the switchboard on 020 7340 4000

Department for Work and Pensions

Adelphi

1-11 John Adam Street

London WC2N 6HT

Multi-faith prayer room

* Denotes segregated prayer rooms and wudu facilities

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