Mubarak Mosque, Tilford

Coordinates: 51°11′26.5″N 0°45′3.6″W / 51.190694°N 0.751000°W / 51.190694; -0.751000
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Mubarak Mosque
مسجد مبارک
Religion
AffiliationIslam
Branch/traditionAhmadiyya
Location
LocationTilford, Surrey, England
AdministrationAhmadiyya Muslim Community
Geographic coordinates51°11′26.5″N 0°45′3.6″W / 51.190694°N 0.751000°W / 51.190694; -0.751000
Architecture
TypeMosque
Completed2019
Specifications
Capacity500 (up to 2,000 with neighbouring halls)[1]
Dome(s)1
Minaret(s)2
Minaret height13m

The Mubarak Mosque (English: The Blessed Mosque) is a mosque in Tilford, Surrey, England, on the site of the international headquarters of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, formally known as Islamabad, Tilford.[2] It was inaugurated on Friday 17 May 2019 by Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the fifth caliph of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.[3]

History[edit]

The place was established as Sheephatch Camp School, one of the 32 camp schools erected in 1939, designed by Thomas S Tait of Burnet, Tait & Lorne architects following the Camp Act 1939. During World War II, it was used as wartime evacuation centre for Ruckholt Road Central School in Leyton and later closed in 1943.[4][5]

Original building[edit]

The land was sold for £80,000 but was again put on auction in 1984 and bought by Ahmadiyya Muslim Association.[6][7] The original mosque which was established in the original barracks was named as "Bait-us-Salam"[a] (The House of Peace) and the first prayer was led by Mirza Tahir Ahmad, the fourth caliph.[8] In 2015, Waverley Council granted building permission for a new mosque and other facilities on the 10.3 hectares (25 acres) site and a complete modernisation of the facilities.[5][9]

Inauguration[edit]

The formal inauguration of the mosque was held on 29 June 2019[contradictory] in the presence of faith, civic and religious leaders. Around 300 guests were in attendance, including MP Dominic Grieve, former attorney general, MP Sir Ed Davey, chair of Tilford Parish Council Debra Lee, and former mayor of Farnham David Attfield.[10]

Architecture[edit]

The mosque building consists of one dome and 32 fins including a glazed window in each fin. The mosque has two minarets standing just over 13m high with each minaret having a gilded finials.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Urdu: بیت السلام
  1. ^ "A blessed Friday at the new Markaz". 17 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Former Foreign Secretary Visits Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community | Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK | Love For All Hatred For None". Retrieved 9 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Head Of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Opens New Central Mosque In Islamabad, Tilford, UK". Press & Media Office. 19 May 2019. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  4. ^ "Detail 1645 – Screen Archive South East". Retrieved 19 August 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Islamabad Education Centre | Architecture and Building Consultancy". Carter Jonas. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
  6. ^ "The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community". Exploring Surrey's Past. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
  7. ^ "From a wartime school to the Ahmadiyya Markaz". Al Hakam. 19 April 2019. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
  8. ^ "Mubarak Mosque". mubarakmosque.uk. Retrieved 16 November 2023.
  9. ^ a b "Project 1". IJF Developments Ltd. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
  10. ^ "Muslim leader opens new Tilford mosque". Farnham Herald. Retrieved 19 August 2020.[failed verification]