Last Updated 10-Dec-2011(GMT)
The Baitul Futuh Mosque (House of Victories) was officially opened by Hadhrat Khalifa-tul Masih V, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmadatba on 3rd October 2003. This successfully concluded a four year project that began when Hadhrat Khalifa-tul Masih IV, Hadhrat Mirza Tahir Ahmadaba laid the foundation stone for the mosque on 19 October 1999.
Whilst inaugurating the mosque, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmadatba said:
“May this mosque continue to always present the beautiful Islamic teachings of peace, tolerance and understanding. The work does not end once a mosque is built, but in fact we must to continue our efforts to populate our mosques. And from our mosques must go out a message of peace, love and tolerance to the entire world.”
The mosque, which is situated in Morden, Surrey, has a capacity for 10,000 worshippers and thus has the distinct honour of being the largest mosque in Western Europe. The mosque has become a highly valued part of the local community and has become a symbol of peace.
Each week, Hadhrat Khalifa-tul Masih Vatba delivers his Friday Sermon from the mosque, which is broadcast live throughout the world on MTA International. Thus the Baitul Futuh mosque has become a focal point for the millions of Ahmadi Muslims around the world who wish to hear the words and guidance of the Khalifa.
The Baitul Futuh Mosque holds equal capacity in the Men’s and Women’s prayer halls and also there is a crèche for small children. In line with traditional mosques, Baitul Futuh has both a dome and two minarets. The dome is sixteen metres in diameter, whilst the minarets are 35metres and 25metres high respectively.
Since its opening, the Baitul Futuh complex has become central to the activities of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat in the UK. It is situated on 5.2 acres of land and therefore apart from the mosque itself, the complex has a number of large halls where various functions take place including, religious conferences and meetings, weddings and sports and recreational activities. The complex also contains a library, a photo exhibition, bookshop, large car park, a full time kitchen, guest accommodation and a number of administrative offices used by the community.
Each year the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat hosts an annual Peace Symposium at Baitul Futuh where hundreds of dignitaries and guests from various sectors of society attend in an effort to promote world peace. The first annual symposium took place in 2004 and since then each year the keynote address has been given by Hadhrat Khalifa-tul Masih Vatba.
In the Media
On 8th January 2010 the Baitul Futuh mosque also had the privilege to host the very popular BBC Radio 4 national programme ‘Any Questions’ hosted by Jonathon Dimbleby. This was the first time that the programme was broadcast from any mosque.
The Baitul Futuh mosque has also been officially recognised by various publications including by ‘The Independent’ newspaper whose supplement magazine branded the Baitul Futuh Mosque as one of the top 50 modern buildings in the world. Dozens of articles have been written about the mosque and it has also featured on numerous occasions on BBC television, Sky News, CNN, Al-Jazeera and other well known media outlets.
The London based tourist website ‘London-attractions.info’ writes:
“Baitul Futuh Mosque is renowned as Western Europe’s largest place of Islamic worship. The mosque is a must for London tourists who are completing religious study, or simply hold a fascination with world religions and has become of the most popular theological London attractions. The mosque is a must-see London landmark for those tourists who wish to taste the city’s multicultural flavour.”
Use by the Local Community
The motto of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat is ‘Love for All, Hatred for None’ and in this respect the Baitul Futuh mosque has always welcomed the opportunity to serve the local community. Each year thousands of guests visit the mosque and are given tours and educated about the true purposes of a mosque. In addition, local schools and colleges regularly have their students sit exams at the mosque and local council meetings have been held at the mosque. These are just a few ways in which the mosque has proved to be a centre not just for the Ahmadi Muslims but also for the local community.
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