This week, the Government’s Planning Inspector will judge a planning appeal (more here) from an Islamist sect who want to build a mega-mosque in Newham, East London.
Islamic sect Tablighi Jamaat has already demonstrated its lack of regard for UK law, by using the site without planning permission for four years. Now it wants to build a mosque which will hold 12,000 people.
At Christian Concern we have been outspoken in our opposition to this mosque, along with others including Alan Craig of the Christian Peoples Alliance (for his troubles, he was targeted in 2007 by Islamists in a threatening video which documented his ‘obituary’).
Why are we opposing this mosque?
A mosque is not just a place of worship, it is a power base, where particular ideologies are promoted. Some of these mosques are focal points for extremist preaching. They have been used across the world as places where jihad is instigated and encouraged.
You may remember Channel 4’s Dispatches “Undercover Mosque” programme, broadcast in 2008, which revealed how mosques were being used to propagate hatred in the UK. Undercover recordings were taken of imams preaching in several mosques. Some of them urged their audience not to talk to people of other religions. Others called for the killing of adulterers and apostates. Others denigrated non-believers and praised the Taliban.
This aggressive Islamism is not the message that all imams in the UK preach. And I am not suggesting that all Muslims agree with these views – of course, they don’t. But some Muslims consider these views to be orthodox Islam, taken straight out of the Koran.
Some of the recorded quotes from the UK based imams are as follows:
Abdullah el-Faisal: “You have to bomb the Indian businesses, and as for the Jews you kill them physically” and “an army of Muslims will arise against the non-Muslims in England”.
Abu Usamah (praising the killer of a British soldier serving in Afghanistan): "The hero of Islam is the one who separated his head from his shoulders.”
Dr. Mian: “You are in a situation in which you have to live like a state within a state, until you take over.”
Al Jibali: “By the age of ten, it becomes an obligation on us to force her to wear hijab, and if she doesn’t wear hijab, we hit her.”
Unfortunately this kind of rhetoric and hatred is not just heard on the ‘lunatic fringe’. At Regent’s Park Mosque, a respected centre for moderate Islam with an interfaith department, and a place where thousands of British school children are taken each year, Britain is described as a ‘land of evil’ and a preacher says that the Jews ‘time will come, like every other evil person’s time will come’.
Tablighi Jamaatis consider themselves to be non-political and non-violent. However, concerns have been raised about the sect's role as a recruiting ground for terrorist organisations. "We have a significant presence of Tablighi Jamaat in the United States," the deputy chief of the FBI's international terrorism section said in 2003, "and we have found that Al-Qaeda used them for recruiting now and in the past."
I hope and pray that the planning appeal will fail.
For more in-depth information on what a mosque is and its role in Islam (written by two ex-Muslims) please visit our shop here and purchase a copy of the excellent booklet ‘The Mosque and its Role in Society’.
In spite of the growing Islamism in some parts of the country, God is bringing Muslims to salvation, not just across the world, but even here in the UK. One of my work colleagues returned from a church in Surrey where two young ex-Muslim men were baptised in the morning service. One has been disowned by his Pakistani father. Converting out of Islam carries a heavy price. We need to witness Jesus to muslims in the UK and let them know that there is a better way.
For more information on the mega-mosque please see this website: http://www.megamosquenothanks.com/
Image: Screenshot from 'Undercover Mosque' documentary.
|Andrea is the CEO of Christian Concern and the Christian Legal Centre. She is married with four children.|
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