When did it all begin?
There has been a Muslim presence in Britain for at least 300 years. Yes 300 years! However, migration of Muslims to Britain on a large scale began in the 1950â€™s and ended in the 1970â€™s.
It has taken over 30 years for the Muslim community to mature and settle in a Western environment. It was done slowly but surely.
Number of Muslims in Britain
In 1951 the Muslim population in Britain was about 23,000. Ten years later, it was about 82,000 and by 1971 it was 369,000. 1
At present, there are an estimated 1.8 million Muslims in the UK, making Muslims the largest religious minority in Britain. 2