Baitul Futuh Mosque

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Baitul Futuh Mosque in London
Baitul Futuh.jpg
Back view of the mosque
Basic information
Location Morden, London Borough of Merton
United Kingdom
Geographic coordinates 51°23′46″N 0°11′56″W / 51.39611°N 0.19889°W / 51.39611; -0.19889Coordinates: 51°23′46″N 0°11′56″W / 51.39611°N 0.19889°W / 51.39611; -0.19889
Affiliation Ahmadi
Administration Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
Architectural description
Architectural type Mosque
Architectural style Modern
Completed 2003
Construction cost

£5.5 million (mosque)

£15 million (including complex)
Capacity 4,500 (prayer halls), 10,000 (total)
Dome(s) 1
Dome height (outer) 23
Dome dia. (outer) 16
Minaret(s) 2
Minaret height 35m and 25.5m
Site area 5.2 acres (2.1 ha)[1]

The Baitul Futuh Mosque (English: House of Victories[2]), also known as the Morden Mosque, is a mosque complex in Morden, London. It is one of the largest mosques in Western Europe.[3][4][5][6][7][8] Completed in 2003 at a total cost of approximately £15 million, entirely from donations of Ahmadi Muslims in the UK, the mosque covers an area of 5.2 acres (21,000 m2) and the full complex can accommodate up to 10,000 worshippers. It is located in the south-west London suburb of Morden, London Borough of Merton, next to Morden South railway station, approximately 700 yards from Morden Underground station.


2003 Inauguration[edit]

Mirza Tahir Ahmad, who was the head of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community at the time, launched an appeal for funds for the building on 24 February 1995, and the land was purchased on 29 March 1996. The foundation stone was placed by Mirza Tahir Ahmad [1] on 19 October 1999 in a ceremony attended by 2,000 guests, and inaugurated by the current head of the Ahmadiyya Community, Mirza Masroor Ahmad, on 3 October 2003. Although based at Fazl Mosque, Mirza Masroor Ahmad delivers his weekly Friday Sermon from Baitul Futuh. The opening ceremony was attended by over 600 guests; those present included High Commissioners, Deputy High Commissioners, Members of European Parliament, Members of Parliament, Mayors of London boroughs, Councillors, university lecturers, and representatives of 17 nations.

2015 fire[edit]

On 26 September 2015, a major fire broke out at the administrative side of the mosque complex. According to news reports, 50% of the ground floor, as well as parts of the first floor and the roof was set ablaze. The fire brigade was called at about 12 noon. Roughly 10 fire engines and 70 fire-fighters were said to have been tackling the fire. A man was taken to hospital for smoke inhalation and there were no other reported injuries.[9][10][11] The majority of the damage occurred at the front of the complex, within the administrative block of the mosque. The men's and women's prayer area were not affected.[12] However, the blaze created a huge plume of smoke, visible for miles in South West London, and caused widespread traffic congestion and local rail disruption.[13] The fire was under control at 5:32pm, more than 5 hours after the initial report.[14]

By the end of the day, no suggestion of a deliberate attack was made.[15][14] Two teenagers were arrested the following day on suspicion of arson.[16] However, the elder of the two was soon released without charge. According to the police, "there is nothing to suggest at this stage that this is a hate crime".[17]

Redevelopment for 2020[edit]

Plans were made to redesign and redevelop the fire damaged administrative block. Proposals for the reconstruction include a new wing and more courtyard space.[18] The renowned architecture firm John McAslan + Partners were selected to develop these proposals.

Reconstruction funds were raised from £6 million of fire damages repaid by the insurer, and additional donations from the Ahmadi community.[19]

In 2017, several months of controlled demolitions took place followed by the removal of the old foundations. Planning and consultation also took place in 2017 and early 2018.[20]

The new Foundation Stone was placed by Mirza Masroor Ahmad, current head of the Ahmadiyya Community, on 4 March 2018. Following this ceremony, a two year expectation was raised for the rebuild to complete and the new building to open. Reconstruction work began in July 2018.[21]

Community Cohesion[edit]

Several events are held at the Bait'ul Futuh Mosque to serve both the Muslim and greater community. The complex hosts school tours, local exams, local community events, multi-faith conferences including the National Peace Symposium, and visiting dignitaries. In addition to regular congregational prayers, its service includes the annual Peace Symposiums, volunteering events, local community events and the 'Merton Youth Partnership Annual Conference',[22] hosting the BBC Radio 4 Programme Any Questions?,[23] and is included in Open House London.[24]


The Baitul Futuh Mosque has acted as the centre for the 'Loyalty, Freedom and Peace Campaign',[25][26] which seeks to promote Islam as a peaceful religion, and to improve the integration of Muslims and non-Muslims.[27]

The Peace Symposium 2010 chose the location to award the first Ahmadiyya Muslim Peace Prize to Lord Eric Avebury.[28] The award is for lifetime contribution to the cause of Human Rights.

The Mosque receives over 10,000 visitors a year from schools, faith groups, public service organisations, charities, local and central government, and other groups.[29]

The plan to burn the Qur'an by the Dove World Outreach Center on the 9th anniversary of 9/11 attacks was strongly condemned at the Baitul Futuh mosque by several politicians and religious leaders, representing various faiths, such as Church of England, Catholic Church, Judaism, Bahá'í Faith and other Islamic sects.[30][31]

In August 2013, the mosque was the site of the largest Eid celebrations in the UK.[32]

Annually, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Peace Prize is awarded at the National Peace Symposium hosted at the Baitul Futuh Mosque.


Minar Baitul Futuh

Apart from two separate prayer halls for women and men the mosque complex includes the following facilities:

  • Offices
  • Islamic book store
  • Library
  • Exhibition Space
  • Multi-functional halls
  • MTA Television Studio
  • The Voice of Islam Radio studio (VOI Radio)
  • Kitchen & Dining Hall
  • Guest rooms
  • Disabled access.
  • Wash-room Facilities:
    • WC's
    • Wash Basins
    • Footbaths
    • Showers
    • Drinking Fountains
    • Baby Changing Units
    • Toilets for the Disabled
    • WC's and Wash Basins for Crèche


See also[edit]


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  14. ^ a b "Morden mosque saved as crews confine fire to admin buildings". London Fire Brigade. 26 September 2015. Retrieved 26 September 2015. 
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  16. ^ "Morden mosque fire: Two teenagers arrested on arson charge". BBC News. 27 September 2015. Retrieved 27 September 2015. 
  17. ^ "Morden mosque fire: Police say blaze not thought to be a hate crime". BBC. 28 September 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 
  18. ^ "Repair work for fire damaged Baitul Futuh Mosque to include new wing, bigger courtyard and extra accommodation". BBC. 30 June 2016. Retrieved 18 March 2018. 
  19. ^ "Teenage boy charged with arson after huge £6m mosque fire". Evening Standard. Retrieved 2018-07-19. 
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