Row Rages Over "Mega Mosque" Plans

September 7, 2007

Author: Carl Brown

Source: Waltham Forest Guardian

A FIERCE public debate was held tonight over plans to build Europe's biggest mosque on Waltham Forest's doorstep.

The £100 million structure, dubbed a "mega mosque", would be the biggest in Europe, having space for 10,000 worshippers with a facility to increase this later.

It has been earmarked for a site at Abbey Mills, in Stratford.

The mosque would serve as the UK and European headquarters of the Islamic group Tablighi Jamaat.

Tonight the Christian People's Alliance leader on Newham Council Alan Craig, and Tablighi Jamaat supporter Abdul Khaliq Mian, locked horns at a public debate in Stratford.

Cllr Craig has called for a public inquiry into Tablighi Jamaat following alleged terror links.