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Etter 16 års drakamp har regjeringen satt foten ned. Den planlagte megamoskéen i Newham i Øst-London som skulle ha plass til 40.000 troende, vil ikke bli bygget. Sekten Tablighi Jamaat, som av mange anklages for sterke bånd til terrorisme og jihad, vil dermed ikke få sitt ønske oppfylt. Tablighi Jamaat finansieres fra Saudi-Arabia.

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Ingen finansieringsproblemer for gigantmoskéen når Saudi-Arabia står bak.

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Den planlagte moskéen ville blitt tre ganger større enn St. Pauls katedralen, omtrent på størrelse med Battersea Power Station (på omslaget til Pink Floyd)

Kampen om moskéen har forårsaket gateprotester, blokader, anklager om rasisme (åh, så overraskende!), rettssaker og ikke minst en video med en makaber «nekrolog» for hovedmotstander Alan Craig, hans kone og to døtre. Videoen var linket fra den planlagte moskéens webside. Bydelsledelsen refuserte allerede i 2012, men så var det ankemulighetene, da. Dette har pågått i nesten ytterligere tre år. Det var for politisk «sensitivt» å gripe fatt i.

The scheme, officially known as the Abbey Mills Markaz or the Riverine Centre, was rejected by the local council, Newham, as long ago as December 2012, with councillors saying the building was too large and would harm their plans for a mixed-use neighbourhood.

But Tablighi Jamaat appealed, taking the application to a three-week public inquiry in summer last year. The inquiry inspector’s report was submitted to the Government in January, but ministers have been sitting on it since then because of its political sensitivity.

Kilder som har fulgt prosessen sier at den endelige beslutningen nå er fattet.

However, sources close to the process say that the Communities Secretary, Greg Clark, has now made the final decision to block the scheme. A public announcement is expected shortly. “This proposal has created a great deal of division in Newham,” said one person with knowledge of the decision. “That would get a lot worse if the thing was built.”

Alan Craig, a former Newham councillor who led the campaign against the mosque, said: “This is fantastic news. For a decade and a half, Tablighi Jamaat has pulled out every stop to get its way, but at last the spectre is over.”

Både Grey Clark og Alan Craig lever farlig fremover.

Tablighi Jamaat’s links with radicalism and terrorism are hotly disputed, with many experts saying it is peaceful and non-political. However, the French intelligence agency has described TJ as the “antechamber of fundamentalism,” claiming it acts as a stepping-stone to radicalisation. In 2003 Michael Heimbach, the then deputy chief of the FBI’s international terrorism section, said: “We found that al-Qa’eda used them for recruiting, now and in the past.»

A number of terrorists have TJ connections. Abid Naseer, convicted this spring of plotting to attack the Arndale Centre in Manchester, was a member of the sect. Two of the 7/7 bombers, including their leader, Mohammed Siddique Khan, attended a TJmosque. John Walker Lindh — an American who is serving a prison sentence for aiding the Taliban in Afghanistan — traveled with Tablighi preachers to Pakistan in 1998 to further his Islamic studies before joining the Taliban.

Vi har tidligere omtalt Tablighi Jamaat i artikkelen «Bare 48 hvite briter igjen«. Her er et kort utdrag:

Dewsbury var hjembyen til tre av de fire selvmordbomberne som myrdet 52 mennesker i London sommeren 2005. Det er også i Dewsbury at vi finner Markazi Mosque. Den har plass til 3.000 troende og er finansiert fra Saudi-Arabia. Bevegelsen kalles Tablighi Jamaat og er kjent for å være radikal. De mener at britiske verdier er en trussel mot muslimer. The Telegraph skrev om bevegelsen i 2006 under tittelen “army of darkness”. Navnet Tablighi Jamaat dukker jevnlig opp i terroristsaker.

The Telegraph  Søren Kern

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