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Britain's Problem With the Mega Mosque

Annie

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Excellent article from the Spectator:

http://www.spectator.co.uk/the-maga...ens-megamosque-will-encourage-extremism.thtml

Ken’s mega-mosque will encourage extremism
Irfan al-Alawi & S. Schwartz

In 2007 Britain will almost certainly be the chief testing ground of the attempt by radical Muslims to gain more power and influence in Western society.

The United States, too, is threatened by militant Islam — not least by the prospect of terrorist attacks on its own territory — but the problem in the United Kingdom is much greater. In America, radical Islamists have used civil rights legislation and the habits of multicultural courtesy to gain advantages that might not be available to them in Europe. At any rate there has been no debate there about niqab or face-covering. Britain, however, gives the impression of a society approaching a fork in its historical road: either towards more ‘Islamisation’ of the broader society or towards a powerful backlash as Britons grow increasingly troubled by the apparent forcible dilution of the majority culture.

The fork in the road could be reached later this year if the go-ahead is given for the building of the massive, intrusive — and bizarre — Sunni mosque complex to sit alongside the 2012 London Olympics centre. All the indications are that the go-ahead will be given.

The mosque is designed to be the largest religious structure in Britain. It will accommodate 70,000 people, of whom 40,000 can pray at any given time. According to the latest estimates, it will cost as much as £300 million to build. The complex will be known as the Markaz mosque, ‘markaz’ being the Arabic word for ‘centre’.

Among non-Muslims, the erection of so large a mosque will arouse resentment. But it is provoking unease among Muslims, too. The mosque will have no minarets — Sunni fundamentalists hate minarets — but, rather, a system of wind turbines that will make it look like the set of a science-fiction film. More controversially, however, the project has the backing of the Islamic separatist movement known as Tabligh-i-Jamaat — or Call of the Community.

Tabligh is a missionary Sunni sect that came under serious scrutiny after the atrocities of 9/11. It is not mainstream in its interpretation of Islam. Rather, it is, according to its own claims, ‘reformist’ — like the Saudi-financed Wahabi movement, the extremist Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, and the Jamaatis in Pakistan.

Tabligh representatives insist that their movement is non-violent, but a number of terrorists have passed through its ranks: John Walker Lindh, the American Taleban combatant, was one; Richard Reid, the British ‘shoe bomber’, was another. The Tabligh centre in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, which is the movement’s European headquarters, was often visited by Mohammed Siddique Khan, head of the 7/7 London bomb attack, and by Shehzad Tanweer, one of his accomplices. Tablighis were also under investigation in the alleged Heathrow conspiracy to blow up transatlantic passenger jets last summer.

Although Tabligh followers may not constitute an active jihadist army, their doctrines are unquestionably hostile to other religions and to non-Muslim societies and governments.

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The sad thing is Jihadists don't need to attack and conquor the West, all they need to do is buy their way into our cultures with all the oil money they get.
 
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The sad thing is Jihadists don't need to attack and conquor the West, all they need to do is buy their way into our cultures with all the oil money they get.

Yep, they've invited the enemy within. On the other hand, this mosque will be a nice symbol, should the Brits have reason to want to retaliate. Sad, but true.
 
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Good for Britain:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/02/18/nmosque18.xml

Supermosque for 70,000 'will be blocked'

By Ben Leapman and Jonathan Wynne-Jones, Sunday Telegraph
Last Updated: 12:25am GMT 18/02/2007

Controversial plans to build a "supermosque" on the doorstep of the London Olympics will be blocked by the Government.


Ruth Kelly's Whitehall department is expected to refuse planning permission for the London Markaz, which would be the biggest religious building in Britain with room for 70,000 worshippers.

Backers want the £300 million mosque, in east London, to serve as a reception centre for athletes and fans from Islamic countries during the 2012 games.

The group behind the plans is Tablighi Jamaat, a Muslim missionary sect whose charitable trust, Anjuman-e-Islahul Muslimeen, has owned the 18-acre site since 1996. Tablighi Jamaat was called "an ante-chamber for fundamentalism" by French security services. Two of the July 7 London suicide bombers are believed to have attended one of its mosques.

The organisation denies any link to terrorism, and has never been banned...
 

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