The East London Mosque is open every day of the year for people to use our prayer facilities, including all five daily prayers, and the special prayers for Ramadan and Eid. The prayer halls are accessible from 10am, and close about half an hour after the last prayer of the day, ‘Isha. The main prayer hall is also open for Fajr, the morning prayer.

Congregational prayers

We hold congregational prayers at specific times, which you can find in our prayer timetable. There’s a more detailed explanation of our prayer times here. These prayers typically take 1015 minutes.

For Fajr, we open the main prayer hall half an hour before the time set for the congregational prayer, and close again about 15 minutes after the prayer finishes.

Once the halls open at 10am, they are available for the rest of the day.

On Fridays, the special Jumuah prayer (which replaces the Zuhr prayer) is preceded by a sermon (khutbah), which takes about half an hour. From late March to late October (in the days of British Summer Time) the sermon starts at about 1:15pm; for the rest of the year it is about 12:30pm.


There are separate prayer facilities for men and women: men pray in the ground floor hall, and women in the second floor hall accessed through the Maryam Centre.

For busy prayers, such as Jumuah, and Tarawih in Ramadan, we open up many other parts of the building; typically, our congregation is over 5,000, rising to up to 7,000 on the busiest days.

All areas are served by modern ablutions facilities, which include showers.

There is wheelchair access throughout. Many areas of the building have screens showing the sermon on Fridays, with British Sign Language for parts in English.

There are baby-change units in key locations.

Adhan the call to prayer

The Adhan, which is the call to prayer, is broadcast live for each prayer. In the early morning and late night this is just over the internal speakers, plus live streams and digital radio. The midday, afternoon and early evening prayers are also relayed from our minaret although it's often hard to hear over the noise of London traffic! The East London Mosque was the first in the UK to broadcast the call to prayer through public speakers when it opened in 1985.

Live streaming

All our congregational prayers, including the Friday sermons, and additional talks from the main prayer hall, are available through special digital receivers that can be purchased from our reception, or by using Mixlr on our website here. There is also a live video stream on our Facebook page.

If you miss the live stream, then you can still watch our Friday sermons here.