Up to 15,000 militant Islamists are set to descend on east London this week to pressure town hall chiefs into allowing a 10,000+ capacity mega-mosque project that was recently killed. Supporters of the radical Islamic sect, Tablighi Jamaat, are irate after Newham Council rejected plans for the group’s new headquarters.
Daily Star The sect, which has been linked to shoe bomber Richard Reid and 7/7 terrorists Mohammed Siddique Khan and Shehzad Tanweer, owns the Abbey Mills site near the Olympic Park in West Ham. In a YouTube video, extremist cleric Sheikh Haitham al-Haddad urged Muslims to come together to support what should be a “big Islamic symbol in the heart of London”.
Al-Haddad, who once declared Jewish people were descended from “apes and pigs”, told supporters: “You know the planning permission for this masjid [mosque] has been rejected. However, the decision will be reviewed on Wednesday.
“At 5pm the mosque’s backers want at least 15,000 to gather there. If they don’t receive that level they will not be able to persuade the council they have enough support.” Critics said his comments prove those behind the mosque plan have extremist tendencies.
Last night Alan Craig, campaign director of MegaMosque No Thanks and a former Newham councillor, said: “Sheikh Haitham al-Haddad wants all Muslims to rally in support of the mega-mosque because he brags it will be ‘a big Islamic symbol in the heart of London’. “His call illustrates the hostile and extremist domination closely associated with the mega-mosque project.”