Tuesday, March 13, 2018

UK: London's first purpose-built mosque given Grade II listing


“It is built altogether with steel and concrete, and, unlike the eastern mosques, it has windows, as a concession to our climate … It is in its incongruous surroundings a thing of beauty.”

Times of Ahmad | News Watch | UK Desk
Source/Credit: The Guardian / Excerpt
By Harriet Sherwood | March 12, 2018

'[I]mam called the faithful to prayer from the minarets high over the roofs of suburbia.'

The Fazl mosque in Southfields, south-west London, has been given Grade II listing. It was the first purpose-built mosque in London when inaugurated in October 1926 and cost £6,223. It is now the headquarters of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community.

The Guardian, which attended the opening ceremony, described it as “a graceful little building with a dome in concrete ... placed close to the District railway and in the midst of suburban villas. After the ceremony the imam called the faithful to prayer from the minarets high over the roofs of suburbia.

“It is built altogether with steel and concrete, and, unlike the eastern mosques, it has windows, as a concession to our climate … It is in its incongruous surroundings a thing of beauty.”


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