How Britain's first purpose-built mosque was built by a Hungarian Jew and ...

These incredible images show the religious celebrations that defined the early life of Britain's first ever purpose-built mosque.

Stunning pictures show worshippers and guests dining at the Feast of Sacrifice at the Mosque in 1916, a British soldier attending the Festival of Eid in 1917 and The Begum of Bhopal visiting with her granddaughters in 1925.

Other striking shots show Lord and Lady Allenby visiting the mosque during a festival in 1928, the veteran Lord Headley who was the most celebrated English convert to Islam at that time celebrating the end of the month fasting for Ramadan alongside Persians, Arabs and Afghans.

The Shah Jahan Mosque was built in 1889 in Woking, Surrey, by the Jewish Hungarian Gottlieb Wilhelm Leitner. He came to the UK to study at King’s College London and after graduation he was appointed Professor in Arabic and Muslim Law there, he then became Principal of Government College University in what is now Pakistan.

Field Marshal Viscount Allenby joins Viscountess Allenby during a visit to the mosque, which was built in Surrey during the Victorian era. They are pictured being welcomed for a garden part at the place of worship in Woking, which attracted both converts and those curious about the religion after it was built by a Hungarian Jewish student of King's College London 

Field Marshal Viscount Allenby joins Viscountess Allenby during a visit to the mosque, which was built in Surrey during the Victorian era. They are pictured being welcomed for a garden part at the place of worship in Woking, which attracted both converts and those curious about the religion after it was built by a Hungarian Jewish student of King's College London 

Two Indian boys are pictured wearing turbans during the festival of Eid, which marks an end to the fasting month of Ramadan, during celebrations at he Woking mosque in July 1917. The building was a high society hangout after being built toward the end of the previous ceremony and sparked curiosity in Britain's upper classes when it became the first ever purpose-built mosque in the country 

Two Indian boys are pictured wearing turbans during the festival of Eid, which marks an end to the fasting month of Ramadan, during celebrations at he Woking mosque in July 1917. The building was a high society hangout after being built toward the end of the previous ceremony and sparked curiosity in Britain's upper classes when it became the first ever purpose-built mosque in the country 

Children sit among the worshippers at the mosque to mark the end of Ramadan in one of the incredible images that shows the Shah Jahan Mosque during its infancy. The UK's first official mosque reached across cultural divides to attract visitors that included British soldiers as well as peers and royal guests that included the begum of Bhopal 

Children sit among the worshippers at the mosque to mark the end of Ramadan in one of the incredible images that shows the Shah Jahan Mosque during its infancy. The UK's first official mosque reached across cultural divides to attract visitors that included British soldiers as well as peers and royal guests that included the begum of Bhopal 

Women gather at the entrance to the mosque. They are pictured during the 1917 celebration of Eid, which is a festival that marks the end of a month of fasting. Indians as well as Afghans and Arabs would gather at the Woking mosque to mark the religious celebrations of Islam alongside British people. The mosque was the creation of Hungarian Gottlieb Wilhelm Leitner, an expert on Middle Eastern culture 

Women gather at the entrance to the mosque. They are pictured during the 1917 celebration of Eid, which is a festival that marks the end of a month of fasting. Indians as well as Afghans and Arabs would gather at the Woking mosque to mark the religious celebrations of Islam alongside British people. The mosque was the creation of Hungarian Gottlieb Wilhelm Leitner, an expert on Middle Eastern culture 

The mosque is pictured today in Surrey. It has stood since 1889, when it offered a chance for non-Muslims to learn more aout the religion as it became a bigger part of British life 

The mosque is pictured today in Surrey. It has stood since 1889, when it offered a chance for non-Muslims to learn more aout the religion as it became a bigger part of British life 

Emperor Haile Selassie joins Sir Abdulah Archibald Buchanan Hamilton (appearing here in highland dress) w in August 1936 as they joined the ranks of high-profile visitors to the mosque following its construction during the previous century. People from across different cultures descended on the building in Surrey to mark the most important dates in the Muslim calendar 

Emperor Haile Selassie joins Sir Abdulah Archibald Buchanan Hamilton (appearing here in highland dress) w in August 1936 as they joined the ranks of high-profile visitors to the mosque following its construction during the previous century. People from across different cultures descended on the building in Surrey to mark the most important dates in the Muslim calendar 

Worshippers lie prostrate outside the mosque during prayers in 1960 as others stand gathered outside the Woking hub of Islamic culture to dine and socialise. The mosque drew inspiration from hallmarks of Middle Eastern architecture to provide a place for both British converts and new arrivals to the country to come together 

Worshippers lie prostrate outside the mosque during prayers in 1960 as others stand gathered outside the Woking hub of Islamic culture to dine and socialise. The mosque drew inspiration from hallmarks of Middle Eastern architecture to provide a place for both British converts and new arrivals to the country to come together 

The Saudi Arabian Minister in London, Sheikh Hafiz Wahabn, addresses crowds during a ceremony at the Festival of Eid. Persians, Arabs and Afghans sat alongside Englishmen at the ceremony, which the Sheikh led as an experience Imam. This picture was shot in 1935

The Saudi Arabian Minister in London, Sheikh Hafiz Wahabn, addresses crowds during a ceremony at the Festival of Eid. Persians, Arabs and Afghans sat alongside Englishmen at the ceremony, which the Sheikh led as an experience Imam. This picture was shot in 1935

Doors open up into the garden of the Woking Mosque, where crowds would gather for religious festivals at Britain's first ever official place of Islamic worship. The site became a meeting hub for people curious about the religion after its construction in 1889 when it was built by a Jewish Hungarian who became involved in the project after studying at King's College London

Doors open up into the garden of the Woking Mosque, where crowds would gather for religious festivals at Britain's first ever official place of Islamic worship. The site became a meeting hub for people curious about the religion after its construction in 1889 when it was built by a Jewish Hungarian who became involved in the project after studying at King's College London

Lord Headley is pictured alongside fellow Muslims at the mosque in Surrey celebrating the festival of Eid in 1932. He is one of the most celebrated British converts to Islam and as such relied on the place of worship for religious instruction and celebration after it became the country's first and only purpose-built mosque during the previous century 

Lord Headley is pictured alongside fellow Muslims at the mosque in Surrey celebrating the festival of Eid in 1932. He is one of the most celebrated British converts to Islam and as such relied on the place of worship for religious instruction and celebration after it became the country's first and only purpose-built mosque during the previous century 

Diners sit alongside one another at the Feast of Sacrifice during celebrations in 1916. Crowds of Muslims and non-Muslims alike would come together for religious festivals at the building in Surrey when it reached across cultural boundaries to provide a hub for the faithful 

Diners sit alongside one another at the Feast of Sacrifice during celebrations in 1916. Crowds of Muslims and non-Muslims alike would come together for religious festivals at the building in Surrey when it reached across cultural boundaries to provide a hub for the faithful 

Begum of Bhopal is pictured walking at the head of the crowd as she visited the mosque in 1925, adding her name to the long list of high-profile visitors to attend celebrations at the mosque. She is here pictured alongside her two granddaughters during the October visit 

Begum of Bhopal is pictured walking at the head of the crowd as she visited the mosque in 1925, adding her name to the long list of high-profile visitors to attend celebrations at the mosque. She is here pictured alongside her two granddaughters during the October visit 

In 1881 he returned to England to found a

read more from dailymail.....

Get the latest news delivered to your inbox

Follow us on social media networks

PREV Flytipper dumps 50 tons of rubbish outside the offices of Scotland's ...
NEXT Fishermen are rescued after the weight of sharks caused their boat to sink