Birmingham Central Mosque

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Birmingham Central Mosque
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Birmingham Central Mosque
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LocationHighgate, 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'[2] classify the Birmingham Central Mosque as, Deobandi.[1] The mosque has a capacity of 6,000, including women.[1] The mosque provides a Sharia Council which in 2016 handled 400 requests for divorce.[3]


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.[4] In 1986, the mosque sought and was granted permission to call prayer within certain limits.[5] Between 1988 and 1990, Al-Hijrah School educated children in three rented rooms within the mosque before moving to Midland House in Small Heath.[6]

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.[7]

In December 2011 a man was arrested after making a Facebook threat to bomb the mosque.[8]

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.[9]

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  1. ^ a b c "Birmingham Central Mosque". Muslims in Britain. 25 April 2015. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Muslims In Britain".
  3. ^ Bone, Amra (2 March 2017). "Inside Britain's sharia councils: hardline and anti-women – or a dignified way to divorce?". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ W. A. R. Shadid (1995). Religious Freedom and the Position of Islam in Western Europe. Peters Publishers. p. 35. ISBN 90-390-0065-4.
  6. ^ "History of Al-Hijrah". Al-Hijrah. Archived from the original on October 16, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-20.
  7. ^ "Arsonists set fire to city mosque". BBC News. 2006-01-07. Retrieved 2007-12-02.
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  9. ^ York, Chris (8 April 2017). "EDL Birmingham Demo Countered By Mosque Tea Party". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 5 June 2017.

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