The row blew up after the Oxford Central Mosque said it would apply to the city council for permission to broadcast the call to prayer from loudspeakers in the minaret in a newly built mosque, three times a day. The sound is familiar to anyone who has visited any part of the Muslim world, but in Britain it is rare, even in those cities with a high concentration of Muslims.
For the moment, the Oxford Central Mosque has said it is going to delay the request for planning permission. The new mosque, in Manzil Way, east Oxford, is still under construction, and will not be finished until the end of the year.
Allan Chapman, a devout Christian who is leading the campaign against the call to prayer, was relieved by the delay, which he attributed to the opposition from local residents.
“If there hadn’t been hell and fury we would have had this place wailing away already,” he said. “The opposition to this brings together people who on paper are totally apart. It links true blue Tories who go to church with ex-Marxists who don’t believe in God. We see it as naked Islamic imperialism. The community around the mosque is very Christian and European.
“The call to prayer is a sound many people find menacing. It’s redolent of things they don’t want to think about. It’s also a form of preaching. It will destroy the cohesion of a very well integrated community.”
He added: “What has angered people â€“ and it has absolutely screamingly angered many people â€“ is when we see Anglican clergymen overtly supporting Islam. We’re totally staggered. It’s being a traitor to the job description of their employment.”
And the Muhammedans lie in your face, as always:
Mr Rana denied that Oxford’s Muslims wanted to force their religion on anyone. He said: “In Spain, Muslims ruled for 800 years, but they didn’t make everybody Muslims. Islam doesn’t allow us to force anybody [to convert].
“In Pakistan, the bell rings in Christian churches. We never object. There is a tradition in Islam that we issue a call to prayers. It’s a very beautiful sound. I don’t believe most people will object.”
The comical ‘Mr. Bean’ lookalike Inayat Bunglawussy of the MCB praises the idotic attempts of Britains home secretary, Jacqi Smith, who tries to put lipstick on a pig by not calling Islamic Terrorism by its name, as ifÂ the beast could be appeased.
“… there is nothing Islamic about plotting murder, pain and grief. Indeed, if anything, these actions are ‘anti-Islamic’.”
This charade would be hilarious if it wasn’t so pathetically stupid and dangerous.Â
If its any consolation, read the comments: nobody’s buying any:
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