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.