Shah Jahan Mosque – The First Mosque in the UK

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By In The Playroom

I’ve been meaning to post these pictures for a while, so if you are wondering why it looks so much warmer and sunnier – that would be because they were taken in August! Nearby to us in Woking, we have the first purpose built mosque in the Uk – Shah Jahan Mosque. It was built in 1889 by Dr Wilheim Leitner. It is interesting to have such a historical mosque nearby to us, and it’s not just a historical place to visit. As well as being the first mosque in the UK, it’s still a fully used mosque for all the daily prayers. You can read about the history of it on Wikipedia if you wanted to know a bit more. It is a Sunni mosque now (we are Sunni like most Muslims in the UK) but had a brief Ahmadiyya period and a few years of being un-used.

Sometimes when we have some relatives over visiting the UK my husband takes them to this mosque since it is the oldest mosque in the UK and it is a lot more beautiful and impressively built than a lot of the mosques we normally go to. The architecture is really nice . The below pictures are from a visit with the kids to the mosque over the summer, and are taken by my husband (catbaba)

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Front, and side views of the Mosque. It’s now a grade 2 listed building.

The are some gardens and fountains outside, and here are the kids exploring those:


For ages Mr T had a thing about wearing that builders hat everywhere!


Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures from inside the mosque but I just wanted to share these. It’s quite interesting to find out about the history of Islam in Britain.

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37 thoughts on “Shah Jahan Mosque – The First Mosque in the UK”

  1. I used to live until 18 months ago in Westfield, Woking. I love this building, it’s stunning, makes a lovely change from a lot of the otherwise concrete structures, especially those popping up.

    Lovely post, I miss Woking terribly so it’s lovely to read and see pictures 🙂

  2. Loving the history to go with this, staggered that it was built so early. Makes for a fun place to go and explore looking at the interest on those little faces. Thanks for joining me for Country Kids.

  3. Islamic architecture is so beautiful I really don’t understand why some people kick up such a stink about minarets in their skyline *sigh*
    Lovely pictures and thanks for a post that finds something positive to say about Islam in Britain.

  4. What fantastic pics! I love the architecture of old churches, but have never visited a mosque before – the building is stunning. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  5. I have to be very naive and say I had no clue that a mosque could be that old in the UK. Such a pretty building & grounds. I can totally see why you take visitors there. Thanks so very much for linking up to #SundayTraveler this week, I’ll head over and pin this now too if that’s okay.

  6. It’s always surprising when you find the most interesting things right in your backyard! I really like exploring places of worship – they’re so beautiful and this one is no different. Thanks for linking up to the #SundayTraveler! See you next week 🙂


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