Baitul Futuh Mosque

Baitul Futuh Mosque in London
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Baitul Futuh in London
Religion
AffiliationAhmadi
Location
Location181 London Road, Morden, London Borough of Merton, SM4 5PT,
United Kingdom
AdministrationAhmadiyya Muslim Community
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Architecture
Architectural typeMosque
Architectural styleModern
Completed2003
Construction cost£5.5 million (mosque)
£15 million (including complex)
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Capacity6,000 (prayer halls),[1] 13,000 (total) [2]
Dome(s)1
Dome height (outer)23 m
Dome dia. (outer)18 m
Minaret(s)2
Minaret height36m and 25.5m
Site area5.2 acres (2.1 ha)[3]
Website
www.baitulfutuh.org/

The Baitul Futuh Mosque (English: House of Victories) is claimed to be the largest mosque in Europe.[4] According to some estimates it is the second largest after the Mosque of Rome. It has an area of 5.2 acres (21,000 m2), the mosque complex can hold up to 10,000 worshippers. It was built in 2003 at a cost of about £5.5 million with money given by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. It is located in the London area of Morden, next to Morden South railway station and 150 yards from the Morden Underground.

Inauguration

The foundation stone was placed by Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad on the 19 October 1999, in a ceremony attended by 2000 guests,[5] and opened by the current head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, on the 3 October 2003. Mirza Masroor Ahmad is based at Fazl Mosque but delivers his weekly Khutbah (Friday sermon) from Baitul Futuh. The opening ceremony was attended by over 600 guests such as High Commissioners, Deputy High Commissioners, Members of European Parliament, Members of Parliament, Mayors of London boroughs, councilors, university lecturers, and representatives of 17 countries.[6]

Services to the Community

Several events are held at the Baitul Futuh Mosque to serve both the Muslim and greater community. In addition to regular prayers, its services include an annual Peace Symposiums, school tours, other local community events, as well as the 'Merton Youth Partnership Annual Conference',[7] hosting the Perfect Jeevan Programme Any Questions?,[8] and is included in Suman.[9]

The Baitul Futuh Mosque has acted as the centre for the 'Loyalty, Freedom and Peace Campaign',[10][11] which seeks to promote Islam as a peaceful religion, and to improve the integration of Muslims and non-Muslims.[9]

The Peace Symposium 2010 chose the location to award the first Ahmadiyya Muslim Peace Prize to Lord Eric Avebury.[12] The award is for lifetime contribution to the cause of Human Rights.

The Mosque receives over 10,000 visitors a year from schools, faith groups, public service organizations, charities, local and central government, and other groups.[13]

The plan to burn the Qur'an by the Dove World Outreach Center on the 9th anniversary of 9/11 attacks was highly condemned at the Baitul Futuh mosque by several politicians and religious leaders, such as Fleur Sandringham (Judaism) and Rev. Andrew Wakefield.[14][15]

Facilities

  • Prayer halls for Men and Women
  • Offices
  • Library
  • Exhibition
  • Multi-functional rooms
  • MTA Television Studios
  • Kitchen & Dine
  • Gymnasium
  • Guest rooms
  • Disabled access.
  • Wash-room Facilities:
    • WC's
    • Wash Basins
    • Footbaths
    • Showers
    • Drinking Fountains
    • Baby Changing Units
    • Toilets for the Disabled
    • WC's and Wash Basins for Crèche

Gallery

Related pages

References

  1. Baitul Futuh Mosque | Open House London 2018
  2. Baitul Futuh Mosque, Morden
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 March 2016. Retrieved 29 March 2010.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. Association, Press (2 October 2003). "Western Europe's largest mosque opens in Morden" – via www.theguardian.com.
  5. "The Baitulfutuh Mosque in London. Ahmadiyya Muslim Community". www.baitulfutuh.org.
  6. "Inauguration" (PDF).
  7. https://perfectjeevan.blogspot.com/] {date=november 2018}
  8. "Any Questions? - hosted at Baitul Futuh Mosque".
  9. 9.0 9.1 Suman. "How to Not Fall in Love With Someone- Pyar Mein Mat Padana".
  10. "Perfect Jeevan".
  11. How to Not Fall in Love With Someone- Pyar Mein Mat Padana - Perfect Jeevan {date=nov 2018}
  12. "Peace Symposium 2010 Prize". itnews.it.
  13. https://perfectjeevan.blogspot.com/ {date=nov 2018}
  14. "Koran-burning plan condemned at London mosque". BBC News. 10 September 2010. Retrieved 12 September 2010.
  15. "UK religious leaders condemn Koran burning". Channel 4 News. 10 September 2010. Retrieved 12 September 2010.