“London is a more Islamic city than much of the Muslim world put together”, a leading Muslim scholar has said this week. We totally agree!
Our capital city is one of the greatest cities in the world. We are so proud of London and all it represents. Which is why we decided to take a closer look at Islam in London and we came across these 5 surprising facts!
1. We “heart” LDN
More than one million Muslims live in the capital, that’s almost 40% of the whole population of Muslims in England.
2. The big mosque
The Baitul Futuh Mosque, also known as the Morden Mosque, is Britain’s largest mosque, and one of the largest in western Europe. Located in Morden, south west London, about 10,000 Muslims flock to this beautiful place of worship every week for Friday prayers.
3. London’s Islamic architecture
Christopher Wren, the architect behind St. Paul’s Cathedral was so impressed with Islamic architecture and the beauty of architecture in Ottoman and Moorish mosques that he wanted to re create it in his work. You can easily see the influence of the Islamic style on St. Paul’s cathedral. A man with good taste!
4. Curry and shampoo
If you don’t know this man, you need to. Sake Dean Mahomed was an Indian traveler, surgeon and entrepreneur who was one of the first non- European to immigrate to a western country. He was also the first to introduce south Asian food, opening the first ever Indian restaurant in London.
Even cooler, this man introduced shampoo to Britain. Because let’s face it, we’re worth it!
5. Another cool Londoner
Baroness Pola Uddin, who is of Bangladeshi descent is a British life peer and community activist. Growing up in London Baroness Uddin rose through the ranks and became the first Muslim and second Asian woman to sit in Parliament