Since its construction in 1889 the Shah Jahan Mosque has been under the custodianship of many individuals and has managed to survive and flourish in its many differing roles in its long history.
“Dr Leitner chose Victorian architect WL Chambers to design the mosque. After much quarrelling, the two agreed on a sketch based on an Indian mosque. Leitner's project used barth and Bargate stone for its construction. By 1889, the Shah Jahan Mosque was complete and open to the public.
With its domes and arches, the mosque stood out. Leitner made sure to place a fountain just outside the mosque for ablution, the washing before prayers. In addition, he constructed the Sir Salar Jang Memorial House as the residence for the Imam, the Muslim pastor.
Nearby Muslim residents, as well as students at the Institute, came to the Shah Jahan Mosque for prayers and religious holidays. Sadly, the mosque and the Institute both shut down after Leitner's death in 1899.
In 1912, Khwajal Kamal-ud-Din, a Muslim lawyer and scholar, revived the mosque. The following year, the Shah Jahan Mosque reopened as a place of worship and as the headquarters for the Woking Muslim Mission, under Kamal-ud-Din's leadership.” (Syeda Z. Hamdani)
The Woking Muslim Mission and Literary Trust was established at The Mosque and the editor of the Islamic Review became Imam there from 1956-1966. During the 1960s, Woking's Muslim community grew; many immigrants came from Pakistan and Kashmir and settled here. After the Mission ceased to exist, the Mosque's control passed to Sunni Muslims.
Today the majority of the worshipers at the Shah Jahan Mosque follow traditional Sunni Islam, the Hanafi branch of jurisprudence, and the teachings of Ahmad Raza Khan Brelvi. These teachings advocate and promote peace, justice and harmony for all regardless of faith, background, culture or race.
The members of the Mosque Management Committee are elected from the two local funeral organisations and the members serve a two year term on a voluntarily basis. The High Commissioner of Pakistan is the Chairman of the Mosque's Trust.
The Shah Jahan Mosque continues to serve the local community in all religious and spiritual matters whilst also endeavouring to be a cohesive force and engaging and connecting with other non-Muslim organisations to build trust and understanding.