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MuslimsInBritain.org is the definitive directory of mosques and Muslim places of worship in the UK. Established in 2005 and continually updated with first-hand information, it is available online in Google Maps on smartphones, desktop format and downloadable for all satnav devices and CSV file format uses.

MuslimsInBritain.org also provides

  • A Guide to Islam and Muslims in Britain: candid, succinct and practical, widely used and recommended;
  • Statistics published biennially of mosques/masjids - numbers, affiliations, characteristics and growth;
  • Advice on countering Muslim extremism and its root causes, widely referenced by practitioners;
  • The webmaster's blog of topical comment on issues facing the UK's Muslim community.

Find Mosques

Google Map and Streetview of every functioning UK masjid and public prayer room, on your smartphone, desktop or downloaded to your satnav.

Directory Status: There are currently 2003 UK masjids/mosques, prayer rooms and shared places such as hired halls and chaplaincies landmarked and 1023 other locations e.g. proposed or no longer used. Last updated 19th November 2017.

Go to the directory Search and Overview page.

UK Mosque Statistics

MuslimsInBritain.org collates the data accumulated from the directory of masjids to produce a report every two years, of the numbers of masjids and prayer rooms in the UK, their affiliations, modes of worship, women's facilities, their managements' cultural and linguistic associations, distribution by capacity, etc. The same data is also analysed against local authority and by Westminster parliamentary constituency, to provide local and electoral perspectives on the Muslim community.

  • "After the UK Census, the site is the single most useful dataset on Islam in Britain." Innes Bowen, "Medina in Birmingham, Najaf in Brent", Hurst Publishers, 2014
  • "By far the best source of information about mosques in the UK is the database maintained ... as part of the ... Muslims in Britain website." Clive Field, British Religion In Numbers, March 1, 2015
  • "The most comprehensive mapping of mosques in Britain in terms of such 'schools of thought'" [...] "... from the exhaustive research produced by [MuslimsInBritain.org webmaster] that includes ethnicity, maslak and estimated size of congregations." Dr Philip Lewis, University of Bradford
  • "Figures ... from the largest ongoing survey and comprehensive directory of British mosques, by [... MuslimsInBritain.org webmaster at] www.muslimsinbritain.org" The Change Institute, "The Pakistani Muslim Community in England - Understanding Muslim Ethnic Communities", published by the Department for Communities and Local Government.
  • "Certainly one of the few meaningful quantitative investigations that is being undertaken on Muslims in Britain." Dr Leon Moosavi, Department of Sociology, Director of the University of Liverpool in Singapore. Oct 2017

Muslims in the UK

"Islam and Muslims In Britain: A Guide for Non-Muslims" was originally commissioned and published by the City of London Police in 2004 as part of a drive to improve community relations in that part of London through educating police officers. It was subsequently adopted by many other UK police forces and other public organisations, even as broad as the pan-Europe OSCE.

  1. Introduction
  2. Essential Beliefs and Practice
  3. Islam's Place in the World and in Britain
  4. The Mosque or Masjid
  5. Muslim Routines and the Islamic Calendar
  6. Birth, Marriage and Death
  7. Integration and Friction
  8. Work, Food, Drink and Social Etiquettes
  9. Hygiene
  10. Arabic, Personal and Organisation Names
  11. Further Information, Contacts
  12. Glossary

"By far the best thing of its kind which I have seen produced by a public sector body." Rev. Flora Winfield, Assistant Secretary General of Religions for Peace

Extremism

Notwithstanding fundamental incentives for Muslim militancy in the global context, there are few Muslims in the UK who are inclined towards extremist violence or militant action. For those that are drawn into militancy, nearly two decades of observation and intervention has demonstrated that it is extremely rare for militants to be motivated through any UK-established Muslim institution or preacher hosted therein. Yet in the decades from Bosnia to Afghanistan to Syria, the numbers involved have grown exponentially. MuslimsInBritain.org contends that the failure to tackle this growth lies not in the presence of militant preachers, recruiters and "conveyor-belts", but in the absence of capability within the UK's Muslim institutions, mosques etc., to understand and address the issues. Instead, the same institutions are preoccupied with their own exclusive sectarian and ethnic perspectives. Very often the different sects blame each other for 'extremism' in polemics aimed at securing their own factional interests. Very often Mother-country ethnic exclusiveness buries awareness of the very different preoccupations of third-generation Muslim youth. Among the latter, frustration with defensively factional and ethnic hide-bound mosque management, creates an environment in which extremist and militant undercurrents thrive unnoticed by elders and community 'representatives'.

MuslimsInBritain.org has made significant contributions to the understanding of Muslim extremism and the nature of violent extremism in the UK's Muslim community. Some of this work has been published by official bodies, in particular this analysis originally submitted to the Home Office following the bombings of 7th July 2005.

Problems and Practical Solutions To Tackle Extremism and Muslim Youth and Community Issues, published by Defence Academy of the UK, 2006

Governance and Community Engagement

MuslimsInBritain.org's directory of UK masjids confronts the problematic issues of factional sects and cultural and ethnic exclusivity directly, by displaying each masjid's predominant sectarian 'theme', which at its most generous can be taken as that masjid's customery form of Islamic worship, but in most cases is also a debilitatingly exclusive determinant of who is allowed to perform or speak of anything beyond the basic salaah. The site also shows the cultural and ethnic reference point of each masjid's management committee.

It is vital to understand that there is not a single Masjid in the UK that does not welcome anyone, Muslim of whatever belief, or non-Muslim, attending for devotional purposes within reasonable bounds - the contrary would be considered outrageous. Even so, outrage is curtailed when one third of the UK's masjids - all South-Asian-managed - make no provision for women. Otherwise, the only entity one might consider that explicitly excludes Muslims from entering any of its premises is the tiny but vociferous Ahmadiyya religion that claims a questionable association with Islam.

While masjid managements' sectarianism and ethnic exclusivity are the two biggest obstacles that prevent masjids from addressing extremism effectively, there are many other aspects of masjid governance that show widespread and systematic failure to address the Muslim community's need for positive engagement between the masjids and both their local Muslim community and the non-Muslim neighbourhood in which they live.

The MuslimsInBritain.org Governance pages detail all the numerous things that every masjid must undertake before it can claim to be a responsible participant in the wider community. Failure to do so only demonstrates a failure of the UK's numerous masjids to recognise what outsiders regularly observe, that Muslims in Britain may be in the community but they are rarely of the community. These are the primary points of Governance and Engagement that must be addressed:

  1. Accountability of the management and trustees to the congregants and community;
  2. Accessibility of the facilities, to women, to the physically limited and sensorily impaired, to other language users than the dominant group;
  3. Inclusivity with full, safe and open access regardless of sect, ethnicity, gender or ability;
  4. Madrassas, teaching and supplementary services, e.g. shari'ah advice, to competent, professional standards and protection of the vulnerable;
  5. Converts and returnees to Islam provided with comprehensive, independent and objective support in a culturally appropriate context;
  6. Countering extremism provided by fully informed, competent, objective and realistic sources fully engaged with the responsible authorities;
  7. Local engagement with the neighbourhood and local agencies on a responsible, sensitive and inclusive level with mutual representation;
  8. Human investment in the masjid's resources, developing imams and staff to provide genuine pastoral services to the whole community.

About and Contact

The "About" page to which this links, is part of the Blog content, however it sets out all the essential information about MuslimsInBritain.org, its authorship, principles, foundations and motivation that apply to the rest of this website.

To contact MuslimsInBritain.org about any matter other than an update or correction to a specific masjid or place of worship already on the database, please use this form . To submit an update or correction to a specific masjid or place of worship already on the database, it would be most helpful if you would use the Update/Contact form accessed from the directory's individual masjid web page - find the masjid via the "Find Mosque" links above.