Baitul Futuh

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Baitul Futuh in London
Baitul Futuh back.jpg
Baitul Futuh in London
Basic information
Location Morden, London Borough of Merton
United Kingdom
Geographic coordinates 51°23′46″N 0°11′56″W / 51.39611°N 0.19889°W / 51.39611; -0.19889Coordinates: 51°23′46″N 0°11′56″W / 51.39611°N 0.19889°W / 51.39611; -0.19889
Affiliation Ahmadiyya
Website www.baitulfutuh.org/
Architectural description
Architectural type Mosque
Architectural style Modern
Completed 2003
Construction cost

£5.5 million (mosque)

£15 million (including complex)
Specifications
Capacity 4,500 (great hall), 10,000 (3 halls)
Dome(s) 1
Dome height (outer) 23
Dome dia. (outer) 16
Minaret(s) 2
Minaret height 35m and 25.5m

The Baitul Futuh Mosque (English: House of Victories[1]) is a mosque in London. It is the largest mosque complex in Western Europe.[2][3][4][5] Completed in 2003 at a cost of approximately £5.5 million, entirely from donations of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the mosque covers an area of 5.2 acres (21,000 m2) and the full complex can accommodate up to 10,000 worshippers. It is located in the south-west London suburb of Morden, London Borough of Merton, next to Morden South railway station, approximately 700 yards from Morden Underground station.

Inauguration[edit]

Mirza Tahir Ahmad launched an appeal for funds for the building on the 24 February 1995, and the land was purchased on the 29 March 1996. The foundation stone was placed by Mirza Tahir Ahmad,[6] the then head of the Ahmadiyya Community on 19 October 1999, in a ceremony attended by 2000 guests, and inaugurated by the current head of the Ahmadiyya Community, Mirza Masroor Ahmad, on 3 October 2003. Although based at Fazl Mosque, Mirza Masroor Ahmad delivers his weekly Friday Sermon from Baitul Futuh. The opening ceremony was attended by over 600 guests; those present included High Commissioners, Deputy High Commissioners, Members of European Parliament, Members of Parliament, Mayors of London boroughs, councillors, university lecturers, and representatives of 17 countries.

Community[edit]

Several events are held at the Bait'ul Futuh Mosque to serve both the Muslim and greater community. In addition to regular prayers, its services include annual Peace Symposiums, school tours, other local community events, as well as the 'Merton Youth Partnership Annual Conference',[7] hosting the BBC Radio 4 Programme Any Questions?,[8] and is included in Open House London.[9]

Services[edit]

The Baitul Futuh Mosque has acted as the centre for the 'Loyalty, Freedom and Peace Campaign',[10][11] which seeks to promote Islam as a peaceful religion, and to improve the integration of Muslims and non-Muslims.[12]

The Peace Symposium 2010 chose the location to award the first Ahmadiyya Muslim Peace Prize to Lord Eric Avebury.[13] The award is for lifetime contribution to the cause of Human Rights.

The Mosque receives over 10,000 visitors a year from schools, faith groups, public service organisations, charities, local and central government, and other groups.[14]

The plan to burn the Qur'an by the Dove World Outreach Center on the 9th anniversary of 9/11 attacks was strongly condemned at the Baitul Futuh mosque by several politicians and religious leaders, representing various faiths, such as Church of England, Catholic Church, Judaism, Bahá'í Faith and other Islamic sects.[15][16]

In August 2013, the mosque was the site of the largest Eid celebrations in the UK.[17]

Facilities[edit]

Minar Baitul Futuh
  • Prayer halls for Men and Women
  • Offices
  • Library
  • Exhibition
  • Multi-functional rooms
  • MTA Television Studios
  • Kitchen & Dine
  • Gymnasium
  • Guest rooms
  • Disabled access.
  • Wash-room Facilities:
    • WC's
    • Wash Basins
    • Footbaths
    • Showers
    • Drinking Fountains
    • Baby Changing Units
    • Toilets for the Disabled
    • WC's and Wash Basins for Crèche

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "A towering minaret, huge prayer halls ...". The Guardian. 3 October 2003. 
  2. ^ "Western Europe's Largest Mosque opens in Morden". The Guardian (London). 2 October 2003. 
  3. ^ "Baitul Futuh". salatomatic.com. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Muslime en Europa und ihre Herkunftsgesellschaften in Asien und Afrika". centre for modern oriental studies. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  5. ^ Ed Harris (2 October 2003). "A £5.5m mosque opens". Evening Standard (London). Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  6. ^ http://www.baitulfutuh.org/construction/
  7. ^ "Merton youth Partnership Conference". mertonconnected.com. 
  8. ^ "Any Questions? – hosted at Baitul Futuh Mosque". wimbledonguardian. 
  9. ^ Merton Site
  10. ^ "Loyalty, Freedom and Peace Campaign". ekklesia.co.uk. 
  11. ^ "Love for All Hatred for None downloads". loveforallhatrednone.org. 
  12. ^ "Love for All Hatred for None Homepage". loveforallhatredfoenone.org. 
  13. ^ "Peace Symposium 2010 Prize". itnews.it. 
  14. ^ "Love for All Hatred for None Contact". loveforallhatredfornone.org. 
  15. ^ "Koran-burning plan condemned at London mosque". BBC News. 10 September 2010. Archived from the original on 11 September 2010. Retrieved 12 September 2010. 
  16. ^ "UK religious leaders condemn Koran burning". Channel 4 News. 10 September 2010. Archived from the original on 14 September 2010. Retrieved 12 September 2010. 
  17. ^ Eid: British Muslims Join In Celebrations retrieved 10 August 2013