| ||A leaflet has been distributed in Cambridge in relation to the planned construction of a new mosque claiming that the mosque’s dome is “deliberately designed to “dominate” the skyline”. |
From Cambridge News:
“A campaign against a mosque planned for Cambridge has claimed its dome is deliberately designed to “dominate” the skyline.
“Homes have been leafleted by opponents of the Mill Road Islamic centre – leading some residents to claim the leaflet is whipping up antagonism against the city’s Muslim community.
“The anonymous publication brands the centre a “mega-mosque” and claims it will cause massive traffic congestion, late-night noise and disturbance to residents.
“It also says the mosque’s dome will “overshadow” nearby homes because it is “twice the height of neighbouring houses”.
“The leaflet claims the building is “intended to overbear its surroundings and to send a message of physical and numerical dominance”.
“The flyer asks: “Does Cambridge need a mega-mosque?”
The flyer claims that during Ramadhan, three thousand worshippers would attend and warns about problems with traffic.
Kate Morris, a local resident commented that, “I was shocked to find the leaflet on my mat. I object to the fact that it referred to a ‘mega-mosque’, whatever that might be, and frankly don’t believe the claims that it will have 3,000 visitors and swamp our streets with extra traffic.
““I am very happy that a place of worship and study centre are being built on the site. Much better that than another supermarket or industrial estate.
““But what angered me the most was the fact that the authors chose to remain anonymous. Are they ashamed of their views?
““This is an underhand attempt to whip up local antagonism against a group who are proposing to turn a derelict area of the city into something much better.”
The design is undergoing a city council consultation. The planned facility will include a prayer hall with capacity for around 1000 people as well as “mortuary, library café, teaching area and two homes.
“Sarah Elgazzar, a spokeswoman for Cambridge Muslim Academic Trust, said: “Everybody deserves a say and we welcome that but they have to be accurate and this campaign is making some inaccurate claims.
““The dome is well set back in the building and certainly has not been designed to dominate the area.””
The leaflet is reminiscent of the rumours circulated about the college building in Birmingham which resulted in repeat attacks of vandalism on the premises.
Hat-tip: Islamophobia Watch.
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