Central Jamia Mosque Ghamkol Sharif is located on Poets Corner in Small Heath, Birmingham, along the A45 coming out of the city centre. It is one of the largest mosques in Western Europe with a capacity to accommodate 5000 worshippers over three floors.
The Mosque was the vision of Hazrat Sufi Mohammed Abdullah Khan Sahib (RA), Khalifah-e-Azam Darbar-E-Alia Ghamkol Sharif and was thus built under his guidance and supervision. The foundation was laid on 15th March 1992 by students of Dar Ul Uloom Islamia Rizvia (supplementary school) during the holy month of Ramadan. The overall cost of the project amounted to approximately £3.5 million. Many volunteers kindly donated their labour and skills in the construction of the Mosque. The Holy Quran was recited on site each and every night during the construction period. The Mosque was completed in 1996. However, the Mosque was utilised from Friday 29th July 1995 onwards when the first Friday prayer was held, being led by Allama Shah Ahmed Noorani Sahib (RA).
The Mosque is the focal point within the Muslim community and the hub of religious activity not just within Birmingham but for the whole of the UK. The Mosque, apart from the five daily prayers, is utilised for religious celebrations, lectures, national and international conferences, community and educational purposes.
The Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) stressed the importance on visiting the mosque frequently. Abu Hurairah, a Companion of the Prophet, relates that The Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) said:
"For him who proceeds to the mosque morning or evening, Allah prepares entertainment in paradise every time he proceeds, morning of evening."
(Sahih Bukhari & Muslim)
"He who makes his ablutions at home and then walks to one of the houses of Allah to discharge of obligation imposed on him by Allah, one step of his wipes out a sin and another step raises his status"