FINALLY! Bulldozers have moved in to tear down the illegally operating Jihad education centre. Imam Adid Hussain claims it is his and other Muslims’ “public civil right to pray there” and that the town council’s threats to tear it down had caused a “high level of anger in the local Muslim community.” (Oh, Boo Hoo)
Manchester Evening News (h/t General C) An arrogant imam Hussain has slammed council bosses after bulldozers moved in to tear down his illegal Islamic education centre in Longsight after he refused to stop using two knocked-through semi-detatched houses as a mosque and to knock down an ‘eyesore’ extension at the back.
Manchester council officers issued a legal notice demanding he stop using the site as a place of worship and remove the extension, but he refused. They say the issue has caused problems for residents living nearby. He was handed a £5,000 bill after being found guilty of breaching building regulations – and told he could not use the site for prayer or community use because he didn’t have planning permission.
Manchester council say the illegal extension has been demolished ‘as a last resort’.
Mr Hussain, 59, does not have planning permission for a ‘change of use’ at the two converted semi-detached houses on Northmoor Road, or the extension that forms the education centre. Applications to change the use and extend the properties were refused by planners in 2005 and 2010.
Council officers gave him until February to take action warning they would send him the bill if they were forced to knock it down. Demolition work began on Monday and could last up to two weeks.
Mr Hussain says the centre provides educational, religious and cultural facilities to the community. He said: “500 families have been to this mosque. If it is closed, where will the children go?” (How about to Hell?) It will mean a lot of trouble for them. The council needs to have sympathy. They’re trying to crush us.” (Hopefully)
“They have not granted us planning permission three times. They say there is no car parking but there are many mosques in Manchester without car parking. People come here on foot. And children come to be educated here. “In every country all over the world they give maximum respect to the worship place but Manchester Council have not taken care of the worship place.”
“The city council has been working closely with the Manchester Council of Mosques to ensure council officers respect any religious material inside the property while it was in use as a place of place of worship – and they are in full support of the city council’s action.”