Birmingham Central Mosque

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Birmingham Central Mosque
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Birmingham Central Mosque
Basic information
Location Highgate, Birmingham, England
Affiliation Sunni Islam
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.


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.[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 Mosque's leaders to confront the protesters.[5][unreliable source?]

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

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  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. Archived from the original on October 16, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
  4. ^ "Arsonists set fire to city mosque". BBC News. 2006-01-07. Retrieved 2007-12-02. 
  5. ^ Hamilton, Fiona. The Times. London  Missing or empty |title= (help)
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