WHO WE ARE
The Abdullah Quilliam Society
We are a small dedicated team whose aim is to restore the First Mosque in England situated at Brougham Terrace, Liverpool. The Mosque was founded by a Victorian English convert to Islam: Abdullah Quilliam in 1887. Did you know that for almost one hundred years this building was used as Liverpool Records of marriages and Births. The staff who worked there used to refer to it as 'The Little Mosque' totally unaware that it was the first mosque in England and its historical value. It is our intention is to reveal the fascinating history behind the mosque, the man: Abdullah Quillam, his aims, ideals and continuing legacy…
The man, ideals and legacy
William Henry Quilliam, a local Liverpool solicitor and resident embraced Islam in 1887 (aged 31), after returning from a visit to Morocco, and took on the name Abdullah. He claimed that he was the first native Englishman to embrace Islam. His conversion led to a remarkable story of the growth of Islam in Victorian Britain. This history is now beginning to emerge and has important lessons for Muslims in Britain and around the world…About Abdullah Quilliam »
When some years ago I first renounced Christianity and embraced Islam, I found that I was looked upon as a species of monomaniac, and if I endeavoured to induce people to discuss the respective merits of the two religions; I was either laughed at or insulted.
Fanatics and Fanaticism - Abdullah Quilliam - 1890
Restoring Victorian features
Our recent endeavour is to restore the original features of the mosque. We have built a purpose built workshop and hired skilled craftsmen to undertake this painstaking task. Were you aware that to restore and replace a Victorian cornice costs about £2500 per room. The Georgian window frames cost around £2000 per window to fully restore and replace them to their original state…
ABDULLAH QUILLIAM SOCIETY ACTIVITIES
We will create a visitor centre where Muslims and non-Muslims can come to see this historic site and learn about Islam and Muslim history in the UK and Europe.
Galib Khan - Chair - Abdullah Quilliam Society