Birmingham Central Mosque
|Birmingham Central Mosque|
Birmingham Central Mosque
|Location||Highgate, Birmingham, England|
Birmingham Central Mosque, is a mosque in the Highgate area of Birmingham, England, run by the Birmingham Mosque Trust. The organization, 'Muslims in Britain' classify the Birmingham Central Mosque as, Deobandi. The mosque has a capacity of 6,000, including women. The mosque provides a Sharia Council which in 2016 handled 400 requests for divorce.
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. 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.
Following a protest by the English Defence League (EDL) in April 2017, the Birmingham Central Mosque held a tea party with the goal of countering those demonstrations and promoting interfaith dialogue. The tea party ended up receiving more participants than the original EDL march.
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