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The Fazal Mosque

Commonly called The London Mosque

London was the destination of the first over seas missionary of the Ahmadiyya Community.
Chaudhry Fateh Muhammad Sial arrived in London in July 1913. Ever since, London has played a crucial role in advancing the message of Islam in the UK and the world over.

As the number of Muslims increased in London the need for a mosque became evident.
In 1914 the second Khalifa of the Promised Messiah(as) instructed Mr Sial Sahib to buy a house with land where a mosque could be built. For this project an appeal for funds was launched in Qadian, India where the Ahmadiyya Community was based.

The ladies donated the most for this appeal, with many ladies even giving their jewellery. In August 1920 Mr Sial acquired a one-acre site at 63 Melrose Road.

63 Melrose Road was an active mission house and within the space of a few years the plans for a construction of the mosque itself were finalised.

The foundation stone of The London Mosque was laid by the second Khalifa Hadhrat Mirza Ahmad Basheeruddeen Mahmood Ahmad, in October 1924. He was visiting London as the representative of Islam at The Conference of Living Religions that was being held at The Imperial Institute in South Kensington. The foundation ceremony was attended by 200 guests.

The construction of the mosque started in September 1925 and ten months later the work was completed. The mosque accommodates 150 worshippers and was named the Fazal Mosque by the second Khalifa (Fazal meaning Grace) - it also the only mosque known in London Mosque. Its first Imam was Maulana Abdur-Rahim Dard.

Khan Bahadur Sheikh Adbul Qadir, ex-Minister of Punjab Legislative Council, formally opened the Mosque in October 1926.
Six hundred distinguished guests who were representing numerous countries, as well as local MPs and other dignitaries attended the ceremony and the function was well reported in the press.

In addition to the regular flow of MPs, Mayors, Councillors, scholars and students, The London Mosque has been host to a number of distinguished visitors from far and wide. The founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, visited the mosque on several occasions and made his famous speech in its grounds when he decided to return to India to represent the Muslims in the sub-continent. The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Shahzada Faisal Bin Adbul - Aziz also visited the mosque in 1935 as did his father, King Saud of Saudi Arabia.

Sir Chaudhry Muhammad Zafrullah Khan - the first Foreign Minister of Pakistan, a President of the International Count of Justice and President of the UN General Assembly - lived at the premises for many years.

The third Khalifa also visited The London Mosque many times and it has also been blessed both by the presence of the fourth Khalifa as well as the present Khalifa, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad.

As the range and frequency of activities in the mosque progressively increased there was need for more space. This increase saw the construction of the multi-purpose Mahmood Hall, as well as the Nusrat Hall, in the grounds of the mosque. From Sunday school classes and school visits, to Question and Answer sessions and international meetings, The London Mosque has been and continues to be a hive of activity promoting education and religious awareness. Since1926 The London Mosque has had eleven Imams; the current Maulana Ataul Mujeed Rashed who has been serving as its Imam since 1983.

Since 1994 the Mosque has also been involved with the world's first global Muslim television station, Muslim Television Ahmadiyya International. MTA broadcasts 24 hours a day and is run entirely by volunteers.

With the expansion of The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the capacity of The London Mosque has become insufficient and further premises in Surrey and Morden have been acquired. However, the historic significance and role of The London Mosque continues to ensure its special and indeed unique position for both the global Ahmadiyya Muslim Community as well as Britain.

Baitul Futuh,
181 London Road
Morden, Surrey SM4 5PT,
United Kingdom
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