Green Lane Masjid, Birmingham England
Green Lane Masjid, commonly referred to as ‘Green Lane Mosque’, was established in the 1970s, is one of Birmingham’s and Britain’s major mosques, and the national headquarters of Markazi Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith UK. The organisation aims to provide a platform for the Muslim community to make bonds with and to integrate within the rest of the British society.
The Masjid occupies a prominent corner site in Green Lane, Small Heath, Birmingham, with one of the buildings having been constructed as a public library and baths, designed by local architects Martin & Chamberlain and built in the redbrick and terracotta Gothic-Jacobean style, between 1893 and 1902. It is a Grade II listed building. The complex includes prayer halls for men and women, a community hall, madrasah, library, shop, some accommodation, and provides funeral services to the local Muslim community.
It was also one of the main mosques that featured in Channel 4’s Dispatches programme Undercover Mosques, which documented Islamist extremism in British mosques including preachers advocating violence, anti-semitism, sexism and homophobia. West Midlands Police subsequently investigated the programme, feeling there may have been a mis-representation of the mosque, that could have incited religious hatred, though Ofcom later reported that the programme had “accurately represented the material it had gathered and dealt with the subject matter responsibly and in context”.