The history of the mosque is linked with the establishment of the UK branch of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Its first missionary, Chaudhry Fateh Muhammad Sial, arrived in the UK in 1913 and ever since London has served as an active centre for the community in portraying the true peaceful message of Islam.
As the community grew, the need for a mosque became evident, and at that time the Second Caliph of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Basheeruddeen Mahmood Ahmad, instructed Mr Sial to buy a house with land where a mosque could be built. In August 1920, a one-acre site in Southfields, South-West London was purchased and that site was destined to be home to London’s first mosque.
The foundation stone of the mosque was laid by the Second Caliph on 19 October 1924 during his historic visit to London, when he was invited to address the Conference of Religions of the Empire at the Imperial Institute in London.
The construction of the mosque started in September 1925 and ten months later the work was completed. The mosque accommodates 150 worshippers and was named the 'Fazl Mosque' by His Holiness Hazrat Hadrat Mirza Basheeruddeen Mahmood Ahmad - 'Fazl' meaning Grace.
The mosque was formally opened in 23 October 1926. Six hundred distinguished guests representing numerous countries, local MPs and other dignitaries attended the high profile ceremony and the function was well reported in the press.
Today the mosque serves as the international headquarters of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community as it is home to the community’s worldwide leader, His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad who is the Fifth Caliph of the community.
The community now has many mosques and centres throughout the United Kingdom with its members coming from all walks of life. The community abides by its principle of 'Love for All, Hatred for None'.
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