I went to Leeds city centre (UK) this Friday and found the closest mosque to pray jumma. It was called the Leeds Grand mosque.
It's the first time I've been there and was quite shocked by the experience. It appears to be a salafi/arab dominated mosque.
The first thing I noticed was that the majority of the people there were not wearing caps or any other type of head coverings.
I sat in the first row just near the imaam and saw that most of the people were sat down reading quran. This was quite pleasing to see but I was shocked to see the guy next to me holding the quran so that the bottom of it is resting on the floor!!
When I saw this I thought I was in a shia or qadiani mosque and started to get a bit worried. Eventually the Imaam came and I was furthur dismayed to see that he had no sunnah beard. The hair on his face was literally 1 cm long. The guy who did the adhan also had a tiny goaty stubble on his chin and was wearing a 3 piece suit...
I didn't walk out because the imaam and the other people were speaking to each other in arabic so at least it suggested that they were most likely not shia.
I thought the jamaat was going to start according to the timetable which stated that it was at 1.00 pm. Instead the Imaam did a khutba in arabic that lasted half an hour and then this other guy in a suit came and repeated it in english. By the time the 2 fard a jumma started it was 1.45pm.
After the salaat the Imaam announced that the time for Asar salaat is 2.05pm so Asar jamaat will be performed in about ten minutes. At this point I quickly got out of there...
It was quite a shocking experience for me since I have never prayed in a non-brelwi/deobandi mosque before.
I've seen salafi/arab prayers on tv and the Imaams and musallees always have sunnah beards and their heads covered. If this Leeds mosque was salafi it doesn't seem to follow the arab way.
The reason I posted this fairly long account is that I want to know what kind of mosque was this? was it a sunni mosque or something completely different?
Was my jumma salaat even valid??