Birmingham Central Mosque

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Birmingham Central Mosque

Birmingham Central Mosque

Location Highgate, Birmingham
 United Kingdom
Branch/tradition Sunni Islam
Architectural information
Dome(s) 1
Minaret(s) 1


Birmingham Central Mosque, is a mosque in the Highgate area of Birmingham, England, run by the Birmingham Mosque Trust. It is one of the largest Islamic centres in UK.[citation needed]


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.[citation needed] A golden dome was added to the top of the minaret in 1981.[1] In 1986, the mosque sought and was granted permission to call prayer within certain limits.[2] Between 1988 and 1990, Al-Hijrah School educated children in three rented rooms within the mosque before moving to Midland House in Small Heath.[3]

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.[4]

On September 2009, the English Defence League held a demonstration in Birmingham. Muslim youths were reportedly told by Birmingham Central Moqsue's leaders to confront the protesters.[5]

In December 2011 a man was arrested after making a Facebook threat to bomb the mosque.[6]


  1. ^ Panikos Panayi (1999). The Impact of Immigration in Post-war Britain: A Documentary History of the Effects and Experiences of Immigrants in Britain since 1945. Manchester University Press. p. 103. ISBN 0-7190-4685-8. 
  2. ^ W. A. R. Shadid (1995). Religious Freedom and the Position of Islam in Western Europe. Peters Publishers. p. 35. ISBN 90-390-0065-4. 
  3. ^ "History of Al-Hijrah". Al-Hijrah. Retrieved 2008-12-20. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Arsonists set fire to city mosque". BBC News. 2006-01-07. Retrieved 2007-12-02. 
  5. ^ Hamilton, Fiona. The Times (London) |url= missing title (help). 
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