The Muslim Education Centre and Welfare Trust is a registered charity which has been established since early 1999 and is based in the eastern side of High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. MECAWT initially started due to the demand for Islamic education from the local community. It aims to educate people from all works of life, and especially young Muslims in all aspects of their religious and social development. It has since flourished increasing in size and offering key services to the community such as Islamic guidance and literature, shar’ee advice, counselling, a bookshop and a place for worshipers to fulfil their five daily prayers amongst other services.
However the Centre’s primary purpose is to provide an after school Islamic centre for children aged 6 –13. This Madrasah or Islamic school follows a set syllabus and runs from the end of Ramadhan to the start of Ramadhan the following year. The Madrasah has been very successful since its inauguration with student waiting lists common throughout the year.
In addition MECAWT offers educational resource to older teenagers and adults who wish to learn more about the Islamic faith. Classes and seminars are regularly held in the evening and weekends where individuals can learn the Arabic language, Islamic jurisprudence and ask any questions they may have. In addition to this MECAWT has drop in sessions for people not of the Islamic faith who wish to ask questions and understand more about Islam.
The MECAWT has expanded to the flat above the shop, this has allowed us to increase the services available and the capacity of students enrolled.
The centre is open to people of all faiths and follow the Hanaafi school of thought.
The MECAWT has been set up to serve the local Muslim community by promoting a greater understanding of Islam through charitable, educational, and social means. Our Aim is to contribute towards building and preserving bridges between communities and people at all levels of society through the pursuit of common values and interests. It is our belief that our primary concern should be to serve the needs of the local community and to work towards the common good. The MECAWT actively works to promote tolerance and understanding. Along with all the local mosques and a number Muslim organisations in the High Wycombe area , we are a founding member of the Wycombe Muslim Communication Forum (WMCF). This platform binds together Muslims from different backgrounds and theological schools of thought and is used as a medium to engage with the local authorities on Muslim relevant subjects.
We try to adhere to the authentic teachings from the Quran and Sunnah of the final Messenger PBUH We strive to be honest, law abiding and trust worthy citizens. We treat each other and people of all faiths or no faiths with respect, fairness and justice. To serve the needs of the local Muslim community and work towards a safer, tolerant society that next generations will benefit from.