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1 Ab­dul­lah Quil­liam Mosque LIVER­POOL Where Bri­tain got its first mosque

Liver­pudlian solic­i­tor Wil­liam Quil­liam con­verted to Is­lam in 1887, changed his name to Ab­dul­lah Quil­liam and turned a ter­raced house in the city into Bri­tain’s first mosque. It pre­dated the Shah Ja­han Mosque, the first pur­pose-built mosque, by a hand­ful of months.


2 Az­iziye Mosque STOKE NEW­ING­TON, LON­DON Where films gave way to wor­ship

This build­ing in north-east Lon­don was the As­tra Cin­ema, fa­mous for show­ing kung-fu movies, but its con­ver­sion into a mosque com­menced in the early 1980s, funded by the UK Turk­ish Is­lamic As­so­ci­a­tion. Its past as a pic­ture house is still dis­cernible in its façade.

az­ Az­iziye Mosque was once a cin­ema

3 Ghamkol Sharif Mosque BIRM­ING­HAM Where thou­sands can wor­ship

Lo­cated on a main ar­te­rial route out of the city, this mosque, built in the 1990s, is an ex­tremely strik­ing build­ing. While the ar­chi­tec­ture lacks the del­i­cate lines of the Shah Ja­han Mosque, its sig­nif­i­cance is in its scale as it can ac­com­mo­date 5,000 wor­ship­pers at any one time across three floors.


4 Glas­gow Cen­tral Mosque GLAS­GOW Where Scot­land got its first mosque

Built to rep­re­sent Mus­lims in Scot­land’s largest city, Glas­gow Cen­tral Mosque is found in the Gor­bals dis­trict on the south­ern bank of the river Clyde. It was the first pur­pose-built mosque north of the bor­der, opened in 1984. Guided tours are of­fered.


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