About Our Association

The Waikato Muslim Association or WMA was set up in August 1979 as the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Muslim Association

About Us

Our vision and mission is to help connect people to faith

The 2013 government census recorded around 3000 Muslims in the Waikato region, with most residing in the city of Hamilton. History of Muslims in Waikato is more than a century old, but the first regular Islamic prayer services in Hamilton began in the early 1970s with the arrival of few Muslim families from India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. A residential property in Hillcrest, the private home of one of the newly arrived Muslim families – Dr Anis Rahman, was the location of these first prayer services. Dr Rahman was the first acting-lay Imam.

The Waikato Muslim Association or WMA was set up in August 1979 as the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Muslim Association Incorporated with 28 registered members comprising eight families. By the 1990s however, it was simply called the Waikato Muslim Association. The inaugural president in 1980 was Hafizur Rahman from Putaruru, who had emigrated from India in the 1920s.

Welcome Message

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It gives me great pleasure to welcome you on the Waikato Muslim Association (WMA) webpage. The purpose of this page is to inform you about the aims and objective of the WMA, a brief history of Muslims in the Waikato Region, the WMA’s day to day activities as well as its major projects.

Our Mosque

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In December of 1983 the WMA purchased the current 921 Heaphy Tce site which was a three bedroom villa on nearly half an acre. Some modifications were made to convert it into a Mosque and it remained in the same shape until late 90s

Important Dates

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Eid and other meetings, coming soon…

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