Islamic Centre of England


The Islam­ic Cen­tre of Eng­land (ICE) is part of the Iran­ian influ­ence net­work in the UK. Its web­site states that it was found­ed in Decem­ber 1995 and opened offi­cial­ly in Novem­ber 1998. On its web­site, the Cen­tre says it wish­es to serve the Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ty and the wider com­mu­ni­ty in var­i­ous fields, with reli­gious guid­ance and cul­tur­al issues being at the fore­front. The Cen­tre was head­ed until 2020 by Huj­jat Al-Islam Moham­mad Ali Shoma­li, who in 2016 received a let­ter of appre­ci­a­tion from the Office of Grand Aya­tol­lah Sayyed Ali Khamenei, in which he was titled The Respect­ed Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Grand Aya­tol­lah Khamenei. Shoma­li is cur­rent­ly a lec­tur­er and the head of dept. of Reli­gions at the Imam Khome­i­ni Edu­ca­tion and Research Insti­tute in Qum. Lead­ing fig­ures con­nect­ed to ICEL take part in pro-Iran­ian ini­ti­at­ed events like the annu­al Inter­na­tion­al Quds Day. In June 2014, it co-host­ed with the Ahlul­bayt Islam­ic mis­sion (AIM) the 5th annu­al Imam Khome­i­ni Con­fer­ence, to com­mem­o­rate the death anniver­sary of the late leader of the Islam­ic Revolution.