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Welcome to the Ipswich & Suffolk Bangladeshi Muslim Community Centre and Mosque. Suffolk has been a beacon in the East of England for Muslims all over the world. Suffolk has had some local prominent people such as Muhammad Marduke Pickthall, translator of the Quran to English (1930) and Lady Evelyn Zainab Cobbold, first British born woman to do the pilgrimage to Makkah (1934). It was only natural that this beacon should grow richer in culture and spirituality. The major influx of Muslims into Ipswich happened after WWII, when Bangladeshi Muslim came to work in the factories of Ipswich. The first Imam was appointed in the late 1970’s to look after the spiritual needs of the community. There was no fixed place of worship at that time. The Imam would lead congregational prayers in various halls hired for that purpose. The religious teaching of children was from four designated centres in Ipswich. These centres were often the houses of Muslims willing to lend their homes for the greater good.