In a rare setback for the would-be Islamizers of Europe, the plans for London’s “Mega-Mosque” have been abandoned. If the organizers’ goals had been realized, their huge mosque — the largest in Europe — would have dominated the skyline near the 2012 Olympics site.
Congratulations are in order for Alan Craig and his supporters, who led a massive and sustained opposition to the mosque. One may assume that the flood of negative publicity about the project was enough to give its financial backers cold feet.
According to Al-Arabiya:
UK: London Mosque Near Olympics Site Aborted
Plans to build a giant mosque near London’s 2012 Olympic stadium have collapsed after local authorities said Monday an Islamic group failed to submit a planning application in time.
Tablighi Jamaat, a group with roots in India, wants to build a complex with space for 12,000 worshippers in east London which would be 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 unveiled its plans for the site in 2007, 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.
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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.”
A spokesman for the Muslim Council of Britain said Tablighi Jamaat had been “subjected to some unfair coverage.”
“We would hope that they will be able to work in cooperation with the local council if they wish to set up a mosque in the area,” spokesman Inayat Bunglawala said.
He added: “Tablighi Jamaat has no ties to terrorism. It has been subjected to some unfair coverage.”
Strictly speaking, what Mr. Bunglawala says is true. Like most statements issued by Islamist front groups, however, this one is kitman, or misdirection. As I reported several years ago, Tablighi Jamaat is careful to keep itself free of any direct involvement in jihad. Rather, it serves as a recruiting and radicalization tool: it finds susceptible Muslims and indoctrinates them, allowing other groups to wage the actual holy war. If you investigate the background of the violent radicals in the UK, you’ll find that any number of them are alumni of Tablighi Jamaat.
Another account of the Mega-Mosque decision may be read here.
Hat tips: TB and Henrik.