Britain could have its first Sharia-ruled ‘no-go’ zone if plans for a monster-mosque, more than four times the size of St Paul’s Cathedral, get the go-ahead.
UK Daily Star Revised plans for the 16-acre site with a 10,000+ capacity mosque in East London, four times the capacity of St. Paul’s Cathedral, have been re-submitted by the radical fundamentalist Islamic group Tablighi Jamaat. The monster mosque and Islamic Center will create a hardline sharia city within a city, in the capital of England.
The east London mosque, earmarked for West Ham, near the Olympic Park, will hold four times as many worshippers as St Paul’s Cathedral, have 40ft minarets, an Islamic library, sports facilities and eight flats for visiting clerics.
Alan Craig, campaign director of MegaMosque-NoThanks, told the Daily Star: ‘Newham Council wants a mixed use of the site with homes, shops and business units. ‘The mosque trustees say they want to build a mosque the size of Battersea Power Station. Either way, it will be the UK’s first custombuilt Sharia-controlled zone.’
According to the Evening Standard, the scheme has aroused years of intense opposition since the group first submitted plans in 1999. But last night campaigners against the proposal claimed the application was a smokescreen for wider intentions to create a hardline Islamic enclave in the capital. They also insisted facilities for the wider non-Muslim community in East London would be minimal and disguise Tablighi’s real aim to establish a global base.
The group has been dubbed an “antechamber of fundamentalism” by French intelligence officials. Two of the July 7 bombers, Shehzad Tanweer and Mohammad Sidique Khan, and failed shoe bomber Richard Reid, left, are believed to have prayed at a Tablighi mosque in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire.
The mosque will form the centrepiece and will include a prayer hall for 7,440 men and a separate prayer facility on an upper level for 1,872 women.
NRAP director Richard Owers said the site represented a “genuinely West Ham mosque” because, aside from the minarets which were a key requirement of the client, the design involved a “subtle underplaying of traditional Islamic architecture”.
Meanwhile, trustees of the Riverine Centre, which runs the Tablighi Jamaat site, said: “The feedback received from the general Newham community from the public consultation held in February this year clearly demonstrated there is tremendous and overwhelming all-round support for our vision of turning a barren post-industrial landscape into an oasis for the benefi t of everyone.”
A Newham Council spokesman said: “We can confirm we have received a planning application. “As this is currently being processed it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.”
VIDEO: Original plans as submitted a few years ago but blocked because it would have dwarfed the Olympic Stadium during the Games. Virtually all the other arguments against this mosque are as valid today as they were back then.