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'Mega mosque' with four times capacity of St Paul's Cathedral planned for east London

London, Mon, 08 Oct 2012 ANI

London, Oct. 8 (ANI): A 10,000-capacity 'mega-mosque', which will be the size of Battersea Power Station, has been planned for West Ham, near the Olympic Park in east London.

The mosque will hold four times as many worshippers as St Paul's Cathedral, have an Islamic library, sports facilities and eight flats for visiting clerics.

Architects have described the mosque as a 'contemporary Islamic sacred space'.

The plan has been submitted by Tablighi Jamaat, a Muslim missionary movement once described as an 'ante-chamber of fundamentalism'.

According to the Daily Mail, critics have, however, pointed to the fact it could create a hard-line Islamic enclave in the capital, as the group preaches 'segregation and separation'.

Alan Craig, campaign director of MegaMosque-NoThanks, said: "The mosque trustees say they want to build a mosque the size of Battersea Power Station. Either way, it will be the UK's first custom built Sharia-controlled zone."

The group, however, maintains that its main objective of building the mosque is for peaceful missionary work, the report said.

A spokesman for Anjuman-E-Islahul-Muslimeen of London UK Trust, Tablighi Jamaat's charitable trust and the site's owner, has previously said: "The door is always open and we are happy to meet and discuss in depth our proposals". (ANI)

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