Birmingham Central Mosque
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Birmingham Central Mosque
Birmingham Central Mosque is one of the earliest purpose-built mosques in the United Kingdom. After initially raising money to lay the foundations of the mosque, funds ran dry. A possibility existed that Birmingham City Council would sell the land to another buyer if the mosque was not completed within two years. The mosque trustees therefore went to local businesses ― both Muslim and non-Muslim ― for donations. Soon enough, sufficient money was raised to pay for the building and completion of the mosque in 1969. The mosque was then officially opened in 1975 as the largest mosque in Western Europe. A golden dome was added to the top of the minaret in 1981. In 1986, the mosque sought and was granted permission to call prayer within certain limits. Between 1988 and 1990, Al-Hijrah School educated children in three rented rooms within the mosque before moving to Midland House in Small Heath.
In 2006, the West Midlands Fire Service put out a fire in the mosque. A fire began in an office in the building. It did not spread far, yet it caused damage to electronics and also destroyed paperwork.
The original Idea for the Birmingham Mosque came from Dr M A Qureshi, who settled in Birmingham in the late 1950s. The chairman of the Birmingham Mosque Trust is Mohammad Naseem, a controversial Muslim leader. Naseem once claimed that Al-Qaeda did not exist. The mosque has a female community spokesperson, Salma Yaqoob, and is said to be the only mosque in the world with a female, Amra Bone, sitting on the city's religious Shariah Council.
The mosque has been attended by well known scholars including As-Sudais, the Imam of the Kaaba in Saudi Arabia. It has also been visited by Roy Hattersley MP, Douglas Hurd MP, Khalid Mahmood MP, George Galloway MP, scholar of comparative religion Shabbir Ally, Professor Tariq Ramadan and religious and political dignitaries. It has a close relationship with the West Midlands Police and interfaith leaders.
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