Battle to block massive mosque
Project for 40,000 worshippers 'has links with radical Islam'
Jamie Doward, home affairs editor
Sunday September 24, 2006
A plan to build a 'mega mosque' in east London has become mired in
controversy with allegations that it is being bankrolled by Islamist
groups in Saudi Arabia. Opponents say it would promote a radical form of
Islam. They accuse its backers of not consulting local people.
Tablighi Jamaat, the controversial Islamist sect that has applied for
planning permission for the multi-million-pound mosque, has been
described by French intelligence as 'an antechamber of fundamentalism'.
This evangelical movement, which has gained a strong following among
young male Muslims, is a Deobandi Muslim organisation that has close
links with the Wahhabi fundamentalist form of the religion promoted in
Saudi Arabia and practised by the Saudi royal family.