The Fazl Mosque

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has built over 15,000 mosques in almost 200 countries; and the Fazl Mosque in Southfields, near King George's Park, was the first to be built outside of Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. It was inaugurated on 23 October, 1926.

However, despite its importance, the Fazl Mosque came about in a roundabout kind of way. Ahmadi women in India and Pakistan had been raising money to build a mosque, not in London, but Berlin - in part, by selling their jewellery and other possessions. But when it came to building time, problems arose and plans had to change.

London had been home to an Ahmadiyya mission since 1912 (its first convert, a Mr G Sparrow, came not long after); and when Berlin didn't pan out, it became the fallback mosque location.

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