Nottingham UK: Islam’s Creep and Effect
“Yes, it could be much worse. It could be another Oldham, Bradford, Luton, Tower Hamlets, etc. At least there isn’t the rampant radicalism as in those places. But it’s a process, and if there’s complacency then in a generation’s time it could be the same or even worse.” – Paul Wilkinson, How Nottingham Has Changed in the Last 15 Years
Nottingham Rejoices First Minaret Mosque
By: OnIslam & Newspapers, Wednesday, 02 April 2014
CAIRO – Joyful Muslim community in the central British city of Nottingham has been preparing for the inauguration of their city’s first mosque with a minaret next week, seeing it a symbol of Islam in the old city.
“I’m very proud and anxious that it opens,” mosque chairman Aurangzeb Khan, 79, of Carlton, told Nottingham Post on Wednesday, April 2.
“We’ve wanted it for the last four or five years and we’re really pleased with it.”
The new Jamia Masjid Sultania mosque in Sneinton Dale will host afternoon prayers for the first time from 2pm on Sunday, April 13.
The building, costing around £1.2m, was granted planning permission by Nottingham City Council in 2011.
The 47ft high (14 metre) glass fibre minaret was added that the end of February as one of the final pieces to be added to the Jamia Masjid Sultania mosque, in Sneinton.
The minaret can be used for Adhan, call to prayer, only after taking a planning permission
COMMENT/ANALYSIS: When I originally came across the above article, my first intention was to provide comments and links to how the influx of Muslim immigrants has changed the Nottingham UK landscape. Being a firm believer in not wasting time “reinventing the wheel” my online research brought me to writings penned by Paul Wilkinson on the blogging site, chersonandmolschky.com.
Wilkinson’s personal account covers the changes he’s seen over the last 15 years in his home city of Nottingham. It’s a reflection of what is occurring in many English communities as well as those in the U.S. and Canada. I strongly encourage you to read his perspective on the above mosque article as well.