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6 I LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS Passion Islam I January 2009
England’s first Masajid
to be refurbish
A £3m project to refurbish what This truly is the birthplace of Islam
is believed to be England’s first in Britain. We want to make it into a
Masajid gets under way this month. heritage centre for Islamic culture and
The restoration of the Grade II listed interfaith dialogue. We will start on the
building at Number 8 Brougham refurbishment once we have finalised
Terrace in Liverpool will begin after the lease arrangements with the city
emergency repairs to the roof are council.” Top: Shows the Masajid in its current
completed. The emergency repairs to the state originally opened in 1889
The mosque was opened on roof cost about £100,000 and £2.5m Below: An Artist drawing of the
Christmas Day 1889 by Henry William still needs to be raised towards the Masajid after the it’s million pound
Quilliam, who converted to Islam in restoration project. completion
1887, adopting the name Abdullah Mumin Khan, chief executive of
Quilliam. the Abdullah Quilliam Society, said:
The Masajid stopped running in “We have reached a milestone and
1908 when Abdullah Quilliam went breakthrough by raising more than
travelling. Dr Mohammad Akbar a quarter of a million pounds in
Ali, 85, set up the Abdullah Quilliam pledges for the work with one of the
Society in 1997 with the intention of Bangladeshi-language channels.
restoring the mosque to its former “This allows us to start the
glory. refurbishment phase of the
Galib Khan, the current chairman project while carrying out further
of the Abdullah Quilliam Society, said fundraising.”
he hoped part of the building would be A spokesman for English Heritage, to Islam in Britain and it is believed to
opened in the next six months. About the Government’s statutory adviser be England’s earliest mosque.”
£2.5m still needs to be raised on the historic environment, said: “It The refurbishment work is due to
He said: “It’s a heritage site for us. is an immensely important monument begin this month.
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