The majority of the earliest Muslims to arrive in Glasgow from India and Pakistan lived in Gorbals. The area had previously attracted waves of economic migrants from both Ireland and then later, Jewish communities, with many Italians also arriving in-between this period.
The Muslims steadily outgrew their existing places of prayer, progressing from Oxford Street through Carlton Place and finally ending up at the present purpose built four-acre site at 1 Mosque Avenue, which officially opened to the public on 18th May 1984 at a cost of over £3m.
Glasgow Central Mosque is the first purpose-built mosque in Glasgow. It works with other mosques throughout the city to help and represent Muslims from every background.
It is one of the most recognised buildings in the city and as a result, a large number of people visit it throughout the year, including the media, schools, colleges, universities and also individuals who wish to learn more about Islam.
It is visited by thousands every week by Muslims who wish to pray, gain knowledge, get married or attend funeral prayers. It is therefore the focal point of a Muslim’s life from its beginning to its end.
We are open for all five of the daily prayers. During the day, the main prayer hall can be used for reading the Quran and quiet contemplation. It can accommodate 2,500 people, including 500 spaces dedicated to women.
Click here to watch a short video from 1980 when Glasgow Central Mosque was being constructed.
Jamiat Ittihad-ul-Muslimin and Glasgow Central Mosque are Scottish Charity Number SC013142.