September 10, 2007
Muslim group behind "mega-mosque" seeks to convert all Britain
A Muslim group that wants to open a giant UKP 100 million mosque in
London has set its sights on "winning the whole of Britain to Islam".
Tablighi Jamaat aims to build an Islamic complex near to the site of
the 2012 Olympic stadium, with a mosque for 12,000 people, by far the
largest religious building in Britain.
The organisation, which has millions of followers worldwide, insists
that it is a peaceful, apolitical revivalist movement that promotes
Islamic consciousness among individual Muslims. However, intelligence
agencies have cautioned that the group's ability to fire young men
with a zeal for Islam acts as a staging post, for some, along a path
that leads to jihadist terrorism.
Kafeel Ahmed, the Indian doctor who died from burns last month after
trying to set off a car bomb at Glasgow Airport, is the latest
in a line of terrorists for whose initial radicalisation Tablighi
Jamaat has been blamed. The group (literally, the preaching party)
belongs to the ultra-conservative Deobandi school of thought within
Sunni Islam, whose adherents run more than 600 of Britain's