Birmingham Central Mosque is the second purpose built mosque in the United Kingdom, which was built in 1969 and opened to the public in early 70’s. It is one of the most recognized religious buildings in the city of Birmingham and a result, a vast number of people visit this mosque every year. The mosque has a special ‘Guest Book’ which visitors have been signing since 1984; all visitors are encouraged to leave their messages/comments about the mosque’s visit in the Visitors’ book.
The Birmingham Central Mosque is open to visitors throughout the year. We receive a large number of visitors from schools, colleges, universities and other institutions wishing to find out more about the mosque and the Islamic faith for projects and studies.
Birmingham Central Mosque is nationally known for reference and advocacy of Muslims and Islamic Issues. The mosque’s congregation and staff have been the subject of numerous television and news features in recent years. Much of the media focuses on the mosque’s involvement in national and international human rights and political issues as well as the mosque’s inter-faith alliances. Since the mosque was built, it has become a focal point for the Birmingham Muslim community. Over the years, Muslims/non-Muslims have used this mosque’s premises for events such as meetings, lectures, studies, community and educational purposes.
The mosque itself has got three floors. On the first floor there is a large Main Hall for prayers which can easily accommodate around 3,000 worshippers at any one time. In addition to that there are two Ladies’ Gallery on the third floor to accommodate about 1500 women. We have got a dedicated gallery for our Non-Mulsim guests which is open throughout the year. For school visits etc. there is a multi-media presentation room and a souvenir shop as well on the same floor.
The ground floor is divided into various areas providing office accommodation, community halls (banqueting halls), an extensive Islamic library, educational classrooms and a large school hall area which is used for prayers and other activities. On special days like Eids, when demand is high, both the Main Prayer Hall and the School Hall are used for prayers providing accommodation for approx 8000 people. On Eid day, there are five prayer services during which between 15,000 to 20,000 worshippers attend the mosque for the special services, and on Fridays the gathering is about 4,000 plus.