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.
Together we always look to build upon the foundations laid by the previous generations for Scotland’s most iconic mosque.
The Muslims of Glasgow want a welcoming place to worship with compassionate and professional people helping to provide services that make the community proud.
To achieve this we always look to provide:
Striving for excellence in everything we do. The mosque management take it upon themselves to make the mosque a welcoming place, acting professionally and with consideration at all times. We have zero tolerance for non-compliance with the constitution.
Represent the community, at the service of the community. We strive to organise ourselves to be representative and inclusive. Women, young people and different ethnicities must be empowered to maximise their thus far untapped potential. We will encourage members of the community to step forward and help make this happen.
Strive to be the centre of Islamic knowledge in Scotland. With our experienced Imams we aim to provide multi-tier, professional Islamic education with classes for young children through to the elderly.
Provide services the community needs. We support those in need, help our new Muslims, revive the elderly day care centre, support our mothers with young children, and make our mosque fun and exciting for our next generation of Muslims.
Invest in the maintenance of the mosque. We pay greater attention to the general upkeep and cleanliness of the mosque, with short- and long-term building improvement plans being implemented after professional consultation.
Playing our part in the local and global community. We will work to empower the community by building a stronger volunteer base so we can work together and help each other going forward.
Maulana Abdul Ghafoor
As Members, you play an important part in ensuring our Masjid continues to meet the needs of our community.
The Glasgow Central Mosque Membership Window is open annually between 1 January and the last day of February. Any membership forms submitted after this window will not be accepted.
The membership application form can be collected from the Main Office within Glasgow Central Mosque or downloaded here. This must be returned in person with proof of identity/address.