There will be no mega-mosque near London’s 2012 Olympic stadium

IT’S all over for Tablighi Jamaat, the Islamic group which unveiled plans about four years ago to erect a vast Muslim complex adjacent to the Olympic stadium in east London.

An artist's impression of the London mega-mosque

According to this report, local authorities said today that the group failed to submit a planning application in time.

Tablighi Jamaat wanted to build a complex – to be called the Markaz – with space for 12,000 worshippers that would serve as a hub for Muslim competitors and spectators at the Games.

But the group missed a deadline this month to formally outline its plans to the local London authority, and it has now been issued with a warning that it must close a temporary mosque it is operating on the site by Thursday.

There was an outcry when the group first unveiled its plans for the site, with 48,000 people petitioning the government to prevent the development.

Tablighi Jamaat was founded in India during the British Raj. It says it is apolitical, but opponents of the mosque plan have expressed concern at the group’s strict interpretation of Islam. Philip Johnston, writing in the Telegraph in 2006, pointed out that, althoughTablighi Jamaat says it is non-political and peaceful:

A senior FBI anti-terrorism official has called it a recruiting ground for al-Qa’eda, and the French secret services described it as ‘an antechamber for fundamentalism’. Its current European headquarters are in Dewsbury, home town of Mohammed Siddique Khan, leader of the July 7 suicide bombers, who attended the local mosque. Much of the funding for the Markaz, which will cost about £100 million, is expected to come from Saudi Arabia.

But Inayat Bunglawala, a spokesman for the Muslim Council of Britain, predictably insisted that Tablighi Jamaat:

Has no ties to terrorism. It has been subjected to some unfair coverage.

A spokesman for the local Newham Council said:

The council has a responsibility to be reasonable in such cases and the (mosque) trust was encouraged to submit a long-term strategy for the site, which is identified as having significant developmental opportunities for the local community. This did not happen. Temporary planning permission expired on Oct. 31, 2006 and any operations since then have been unlawful. The trust was given until January to submit a master plan for the site, although failed to meet this deadline.

There are around 1,000 mosques in the UK, and London now has more of the damn things than any other Western city.

This is one way of acquiring property in New York

Meanwhile we learn that, thanks to “the hand of the divine”, a huge Muslim “cultural centre” complete with mosque, is to be opened a short distance from Ground Zero in New York, where Muslim terrorists murdered 2,751 people in the name of Allah on September 11, 2001.

The five-story building at Park Place, just two blocks north of the former World Trade Centre site, housed a factory. But a plane’s landing-gear assembly crashed through the roof on the day 19 Muslim terrorists hijacked the airliners and flew them into the Twin Towers.

The building remained empty until it was acquired last year by Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, founder the American Society for Muslim Advancement, or ASMA. The 61-year-old Imam is to have paid almost $5-million in cash for the property. He has since announced plans to turn the building into a complete Islamic cultural centre, with a mosque, a museum, “merchandising options,” and room for seminars to reconcile religions,  and:

To counteract the backlash against Muslims in general

The project may cost as much as $150 million.

Rauf told the New York Times:

It was almost obvious that something like this had to arise from the ashes of 9/11. In some way, this has the hand of the divine written over it. It’s almost as if God wanted to be involved.

9 responses to “There will be no mega-mosque near London’s 2012 Olympic stadium”

  1. Stonyground says:

    The problem as I see it is that the Islamists do not play by our rules. The notion that everyone should be free to follow their own religion in their own way or not have a religion at all, was arrived at the hard way in western societies. After centuries of blood-letting we realised that religious freedom was the only way that all the differing religions could live in peace. The Islamists like to take advantage of this freedom without extending the same courtesy to anyone else. Were they to acknowledge everyone else’s right to their own religion and everyone’s right to their own opinion then I would have no problem with them building a place of worship as long as it was at their own expense.

  2. valdemar says:

    Seconded, Stonyground. Religious tolerance isn’t ‘natural’, and letting it be chipped away slowly is a damn stupid approach to Islamic radicalism.

  3. Angela_K says:

    Stonyground, you make a good point in your post. Give the religious an inch and they demand a mile, of this there is a very bloody history. We have mealy-mouthed politicians – many of whom have god disease – chasing votes of the religious, so nothing will be done to stamp out religious extremism. The current pussyfooting around religion has achieved nothing except to strengthen the position of the muslims and christians alike; it is rather like putting up an umbrella in your house because the roof leaks.

  4. CybrgnX says:

    They wanted to build the mosques to help heal the rift caused by the terrorists. BS!!!! To help heal then give your women freedom and PUBLICLY and LOUDLY criticize the terrorist elements and HELP others catch and eliminate them. That’s how you can help and prove you are for peace. Also when you move to another area STOP taking it over and forcing your BS Sari-Ass law into place.
    Sorry but the JHIX (Jews-Hindu-Islamic-Xtians) are to be feared and watched as they are as a whole NOT a peaceful bunch.
    The amish are peaceful xtians, the secular-jews are peaceful (are they a religion??), real Buddhism is peaceful (but then not a real religion), even the american indians had a peaceful religion even if they tended to be rather war like themselves.
    I do not really like the amish or their religion but at least they keep it to themselves and don’t try to force it down anyone’s throat.

    Lets see this again….12000 PEACE loving islamics all together next to the biggest international political target of that time. MMMmmm.

  5. Broga says:

    Thirded – if there be such a worded. We are too easy. Take all, lies are OK if in the cause of their religion, happy to load up with whatever comes their way in a society they supposedly despise and then whine in complaint if they think they don’t get enough.

  6. rog says:

    Do do you have a workable plan to hand? 😉

  7. Broadsword Calling Danny Boy says:

    I wonder would it have had nuclear missiles disguised as minarets donated by Iran?

  8. Godless not gormless says:

    Fourthed(?) Stonyground and well said that man!

    This is such good news! I was always worried that the usual pandering to the evil death cult would ensure that this attack on the UK and freedom in general, would go ahead. I’m thrilled that it was turned down even if for the wrong reasons. It should have been refused immediately (as should permission for any mosque, islamic school or any other project for the furtherment of islamic terrorism) because it’s for the evil death cult rather than on planning grounds alone, but the main thing is that it won’t go ahead!

  9. I do not believe that any concession can be made for anyone of the Islamic faith. The Koran will show you this, by what is written in this book. Their aim, they are adjured, is to spread Islam throughout the world and convert or kill those who do not convert. There are I know, many Muslims who are so called moderates who would like to integrate with our culture, but I am sure that some of them only profess this. Who by dint of this, have got and will get themselves into our councils and Parliament both local and national but will if/when they have bred enough (and they are breeding rapidly) to become a majority and therefore will gain enough administrative power to actually turn this country into a muslim society.
    They will become fundamentalists. They will have to, or be killed; because it is stated that it is the duty of any muslim to support his brother muslim by pain of death!
    That is the reason some of them have wheedled themselves into administrative positions. They are “sleepers” who will wake up or be woken up when the time comes.
    Now then how do you tell which of the professed moderates are genuine and which are “sleepers”?
    The muslim aim is to change not only this countries culture, but the cultures of all nations to their culture, and enforce shariah law on us. This would not be an humane way of life. Is this what we want? I should think not!