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Forty Eight Hours
The Shah Jahan Mosque
Tour: Woking Mosque
Sussex and Surrey boast many fine buildings - and a tour of one of them can be a great way to spend an afternoon. We take a look around a building of great European significance - Woking's Shah Jahan Mosque.
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Today the Shah Jahan mosque is the cultural and spiritual centre for Muslims across Surrey, but it came about because of the drive and enthusiasm of a Hungarian Jew.
The Shah Jahan Mosque in the 1900s
He came back to England and in 1883 began the Oriental Institute in Woking; building England's first mosque in 1889.
The mosque fell briefly into disuse between 1900 and 1912 but was revived by the Indian lawyer Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din and up until the 1950s was the major Islamic centre in the UK.
Take a tour of the building and learn about its historical and community significance with
last updated: 22/08/07