Press Release: GLMCC Awarded 'Best Run Mosque'

13 September 2019


GLMCC Awarded ‘Best Run Mosque’ and Dedicates Award to Mohammad Saleem

On the 7th September 2019, Green Lane Mosque & Community Centre (GLMCC) humbly accepted the Beacon Mosque Award for ‘UK’s Best Run Mosque.’ The Mosque honoured the award to local grandfather Mohammad Saleem, who was brutally murdered after night prayers at GLMCC in 2013.

Over 350+ Mosque leaders from across the UK attended the 2nd Annual Beacon Mosque Awards. This year GLMCC did outstandingly well by being nominated in four of ten categories and winning the top award. Other categories included Best Outreach, Best Elderly Service and Best Madrasah. Last year GLMCC accepted the Best Charity Project award.

GLMCC General Manager Kamran Hussain said: “They have 10 awards to give out and this year we have received the one for Best Run Mosque, which is the most prestigious. We are really pleased to receive this, it’s good recognition for all the work we do.”

At the event, MP Naz Shah also made a point about the rise in Islamophobia and the need for all parties to accept the new definition of Islamophobia, recently crafted by the MCB and other leading Muslim organisations.

When accepting the award, Kamran Hussain, dedicated the achievement to Mohammed Saleem who was murdered by a far-right extremist when making his way home from evening prayers at GLMCC.

“Adding to the point that sister Naz Shah made, I spoke about our experience of islamophobia when I went up to receive the award and dedicated it to the member of our congregation who was killed in a shocking hate crime in 2013.”

Mr Saleem was stabbed in the back four times by Pavlo Lapshyn, a Ukrainian who had only been in the UK for five days and told police he picked the frail pensioner because he had a racial hatred of “non-whites”.

GLMCC works hard to provide a safe and welcoming Mosque that is open to everyone. The award for ‘Best Run Mosque’ highlights the effort it takes to run extensive welfare support, over 50 weekly education classes, international humanitarian aid projects, youth programmes and much more.

GLMCC thanked the dedicated staff and volunteers who by the will of God, allow the Mosque to run so successfully.


Green Lane Masjid and Community Centre
20 Green Lane
Birmingham, B9 5DB
Tel: 0121 713 0080

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Shaykh Abu Usaamah

Shaykh Abu Usamah was born in New Jersey in 1964. He embraced Islam in 1986 and went on to study in the Islamic University of Madinah for eight years where he graduated from the College of Da’wah and Usool-ad-Din.

 Shaykh Abu Usamah has been very active in da’wah since the day he embraced Islam. He has been the Imam of various mosques in the United States and in the United Kingdom.
 Shaykh Abu Usamah’s zeal and eagerness in conveying the true message of Islam has led him to many parts of the world, delivering lectures and seminars, as well as translating for many scholars and du’aat from the Arab world.
Abu Usamah has been blessed in studying with some of the greatest scholars of our time and is currently the Imam of a masjid in Leeds, UK.