Grade 1 Listing
It has finally happened! The Shah Jahan Mosque is now Grade 1 listed, the first Grade 1 listed Mosque in Britain.
Listing a building recognises its architectural and historical importance and the Shah Jahan Mosque is rich in both. Built in 1889 by the Jewish professor Dr Gottlieb Leitner as part of his Oriental Institute, to being the centre of British Islam in the early 20th century.
The early muslim community was of white British men and women who converted to Islam. The early Imams consisted of white converts such as Lord Headley, Marmaduke Pickthall, David Cowen. You also had figures such as Charles Buchanon Hamilton, nephew of James Hamilton the President of the United States of America, and Sir Archibald Hamilton, cousin to King George and the Shaykh of the British Isles Abdullah Quilliam.
The history is incredible. These men and women were instrumental in the spread of Islam here in the UK.
Listing the building recognises their achievements as its the people and their narrative that makes the building, and its about time these men and women got some recognition.
The Sir Salar Jalang Building (the Library and Imams housing) built at the same time has also now been listed to Grade II.
There is around 500,000 listed buildings in England and of that 2.5% are grade 1. We are now amongst that list and buildings such as Buckingham Palace and Brighton Pavillion.
A big thank you to all, especially to Shahed Saleem as his newly published book 'The British Mosque' played an important role in getting this listing aswell as historic England and the managment team