Green Lane Masjid

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Green Lane Masjid
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The Masjid, formerly Green Lane Public Library and Baths (Martin & Chamberlain 1893-1902)
Basic information
Location Small Heath, Birmingham, England
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Affiliation Ahle Hadith
Architect(s) Martin & Chamberlain
Architectural style Gothic-Jacobean style
Completed 1893/1902, 1970s
Designated as NHL
Listed Building – Grade II
Designated 8 July 1982
Reference no. 1211476
Listed Name Small Heath Public Library and Baths[1]

Green Lane Masjid & Community Centre (GLMCC), a mosque in Birmingham.,[2] became an independent charity in 2008.

GLMCC is committed to providing a service to the community in accordance with the Quran and authentic Sunnah as understood by the pious predecessors. GLMCC has qualified and well experienced Imams, Scholars and Khateebs who are dedicated in delivering, teaching and spreading the Dawah of Islam in accordance to the methodology of the Salaf.

Established in the 1970s, the Masjid occupies a prominent corner site in Green Lane, Small Heath, Birmingham. One of the buildings had 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.[3] The complex includes prayer halls for men and women, a community hall, madrasah, library, shop, some accommodation, and it also provides funeral services to the local Muslim community.[4]

In July 2015, GLMCC, along with 5 other mosques, hosted an Eid celebration in Small Heath Park, Birmingham, which was attended by 60,000 men, women and childen.[5]

It was also one of the main mosques that featured in Channel 4's 2007 Dispatches programme Undercover Mosque, which investigated religious extremism in British mosques including preachers advocating violence, anti-Semitism, sexism and homophobia.[6] West Midlands Police subsequently carried out an investigation into whether criminal offenses had been committed by those preaching or teaching at the mosque. While West Midlands Police believed there was a case to answer and submitted their evidence to the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service), the CPS ruled that "a realistic prosecution was unlikely." West Midlands Police subsequently investigated the programme itself and submitted a report to Ofcom on the basis of "unfair editing" designed to misrepresent the subjects of the programme. Ofcom ruled that there was no case to answer and that it was a "legitimate investigation." Ofcom further failed to uphold complaints from the Kingdom and Embassy of Saudi Arabia, the Islamic Centre and the London Central Mosque. Both Channel 4 and the programme makers sued the CPS for libel, and settled for a payment of £100,000.

The mosque works closely with Birmingham City Council, West Midlands Police and local emergency services[7] and, in 2007, came second in a national competition run by the British Islam Channel to find the country's 'Model Mosque'.[8] [9]


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  2. "About Us". Green Lane Masjid. Archived from the original on 2008-01-13. Retrieved 2008-02-08.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Images of England: Small Heath Public Library and Baths". English Heritage. Retrieved 2008-02-08.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Facilities". Green Lane Masjid. Archived from the original on 2007-12-14. Retrieved 2008-02-08.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Morris, Steven. "Celebrate Eid: 60,000 enjoy end of Ramadan at event in Birmingham". the Guardian. Retrieved 2015-10-10.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Dispatches - Undercover Mosque
  7. "Tips given on fire and road safety". Birmingham Mail. February 12, 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Model Mosque 2007". Islam Channel. November 2007.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Madni Jamia Masjid has WON the Model Mosque 2007 competition!". ICEA - Islamic Cultural and Educational Centre. November 2007.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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