A new book released recently has stunning photos which reveal the fascinating diversity of Britain’s 1,500 mosques, reports Daily Mail.
The places of worship range from humble house conversions for small groups to grand and magnificent purpose-built structures which can accommodate thousands.
The breathtaking collection of photos are documented in a book by architect Shahed Saleem who has designed mosques in Hackney, east London, and in Aberdeen, Scotland.
The book, which showcases mosques old and new, is the first to detail an overview of Islamic architecture in Britain and is titled ‘The British Mosque’.
The first recorded mosque in Britain was established in a Georgian terraced house in Liverpool in 1889.
It was not founded by Muslim immigrants but rather by a group of 20 English converts to Islam led by a local lawyer named Abdullah William Quilliam.
A number of Britain’s mosques are converted from former churches. Pictured is the prayer hall of the Didsbury Mosque in Manchester. The building was originally the ‘Albert Park Methodist Chapel’, which opened for worship in 1883 but in 1962 the chapel closed and was later converted into a mosque. It has an attendance of around 1,000 people.