The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into a London mosque where leaflets which called for the killing of a sect of Muslims were distributed.
The investigation has been launched following allegations in the public domain that the mosque was distributing literature from its premises promoting hatred towards the Ahmadi community. The BBC had reported in April that “piles of the flyers, which say Ahmadis should face death if they refuse to convert to mainstream Islam, were displayed in Stockwell Green mosque”.
The mosque, which is registered with the Charity Commission as Aalami Majlise Tahaffuze Khatme Nubuwwat but is also known as Stockwell Mosque, was visited by the regulator in May, and again in July 2016.
“if they’re shooting at you – you know you’re doing something right.”
The media stories about islam meant that I was genuinely a little nervous about moving in across the road to a mosque. What I have learnt in the four years since I moved is that the ridiculousness of British culture is universal. We all love tea, are really polite and tut rather than saying something, no matter our religion.
He has put together a list of the 15 things he learnt living opposite a Mosque. Many humerous anecdotes are included on the list such as:
When finding out you have been dating your boyfriend for 5 years your muslim neighbours will be disgusted that you haven’t proposed. You hear “get a civil partnership for your mothers sake” a lot
But above and beyond these anecdotes this list shows, at a time when Muslims are being alienated, that British Muslims are just like every other British person and that away from the media stories of ‘Islamification’ and ‘Sharia Law’ there really is nothing to be worried or scared about.
The construction work of the mosque, which has been going on for ten years, has cost around $170 million. The mosque is capable of accommodating up to 10,000 worshippers simultaneously.
Ravil Gaynutdin, the chair of the Russian Council of Muftis, has said it is the largest house of worship for Muslims in Europe. The mosque was originally built in 1904 but was torn down in 2005 for constructing the new building.
Read the whole article on Europe’s largest Mosque here.
Some UK news media have carried a news item stating that ‘Berlin Mosque’ has been raided by the German police searching for terrorists.
The name ‘Berlin Mosque’ is synanomous with the first mosque to be built on the continent. The headquarters of this organisation, now located in Lahore in Pakisan, built this mosque in 1924. Throughout its existence the Berlin Mosque has preached peaceful co-existence.
The news item itself contained the name of the area where the mosque that was raided is located and the name of its imam. However, the heading creates the impression that it is ‘The Berlin Mosque’ which was raided by the police as opposed to a mosque in Berlin.
Shahid Aziz, President of the UK branch of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Associations for propagation of Islam, said:-
It is essential that at this time when the name of our peaceful religion is associated with every violent act, we make clear to the media in the UK that it is not the mosque belonging to this organisation that has, or even suspected of having, any links with a terrorist organisation. We abhore and denounce all acts of violence and believe that the future lies in peaceful co-existence and dialogue. We request the media to bring this to the attention
Migrants in “the Jungle” in Calais have built a makeshift mosque so that they could observe Islamic customs in the camp.
Channel 4 reporter, Fatima Manji found Muslims doing their best to mark the holy month of Ramadan under tough conditions.
The Lahore Ahmadiyya UK branch has led the way in women taking a leading role mosques by having a woman give the Friday Khutba on more than one occasion. We have always stressed the importance of the role of women in society, not just as wives and mothers, but as leaders of the community.
Now it seems that the Muslim Women’s Council (MWC) is following in our footsteps and is consulting on the idea of having a female led Mosque, based in Bradford.
It wants Bradford’s communities to lead the way in empowering women to play a leading role in revitalising places of worship, in which Muslim women have been marginalised by mostly male-dominated mosques for many decades.
MWC’s chief executive Bana Gora said access was the biggest problem for women.
In an era in which many young people feel that their faith is no longer relevant, or are going to extremes, we want to be able to provide a safe space for them to question, learn and grow whilst having an appreciation of their heritage as well as the opportunity to make informed choices relevant to the 21st century.
Lets hope that the MWC can gain confidence from our lead and push this forward from just an idea being consulted on to a reality which will benefit thousands of women in and around the Bradford area.
The Berlin Mosque, known to many as the ‘mini Taj Mahal’, was the centre of celebrations over this weekend, as people from all over the World came together to celebrate the buildings 90th year.
More than 90 years ago a handful of people belonging to the Ahmadiyya Anjuman Isaat islam based in Lahore in, then India but now Pakistan came together with a grand vision to build the first official Mosque in the centre of Europe. It’s aim was to preach that Islam is a peaceful religion and it does not need to be spread by force of arms but by the beauty of its teachings.
A special commemorative magazine has been put together which details the full history of the Mosque from its early inception to how it survived World War 2, and how women had a leading role in restoring the building to the beautiful building you see today.