Shah Jahan Mosque- the first mosque in UK and Northern Europe. It was a centre for British Muslims. Grade 1 listed historical building
Shah Jahan Mosque was the first mosque in UK and Northern Europe. Within a few years of its establishment, the mosque became a centre for British Muslims for religious and social festivals. It is a Grade 1 listed historical building. It attracted visitors from distant places. First Muslim Burial Ground is just nearby.
Background history of Shah Jahan Mosque Woking and British Muslims
The mosque was built in 1889 by Dr Gottleib Wilhelm Leitner with the main donation came from Begum Shah Jehan. She was a ruler of Bhopal state in India. After Dr. Leitner’s death, the mosque remained deserted for many years. Khwaja Kalam-ud-Din who came to England in 1912 took the responsibility of this mosque as the first Muslim missionary. This was known as the Woking Muslim Mission. The Mission published the first English translation of the Qu’ran in 1917 and the influential Islamic Review until the mid-sixties.
In 1968 Sunni Muslims took over the running of the mosque, appointing the President of Pakistan as Chairman of its Trust. Know also the history of British Muslims in UK
Shah Jahan Mosque Woking: funeral and burial arrangement
The Mosque has a fully equipped Ghusal facility for receiving and washing of the deceased. There are two local funeral organisations that are available by request to assist and support individuals and families with organising funeral and burial arrangements.
Location of Shah Jahan Mosque, Woking: Address and Nearest tube:
Address: 149 Oriental Road, Woking, Surrey, GU22 7BA. See the location in Google Map. 15 minutes walk from the railway station. leave from platform five and turn left onto Oriental Road. The mosque is found on the left, before the Lion Retail Park.
Telephone and Email: 01483 760679 Email. [email protected]
Nearest Train and Bus: Woking Railway Station. Bus- bus numbers 436. Use Journey Plan of Transport for London how to get here