Why would you oppose planning permission for a mosque?
1. If you oppose Islam on principle
A mosque has never been just a place of prayer and reflection.
It is modelled on the first mosque, Mohammed’s Medina mosque. This was established once Mohammed held political power: he had established no mosque during his first 13 years in Mecca. It was primarily a political office, used for the following activities:
- Jihad operations planned and directed, and commanders appointed.
- Despatching and receiving official delegations.
- Receiving pledges of loyalty.
- Conducting the affairs of the Islamic state.
- Appointing judges, tax collectors, state officials, and military commanders by Mohammed, and his successors Abu Bakr, Omar, Uthman and Ali.
- Drawing up contracts.
- Declaring sharia law.
- Declaring the superiority of Muslims and the inferiority of non-Muslims.
- Teaching the supremacy of men over women.
- Pronouncing death sentences on those who had opposed Mohammed or spoken unfavourably about him.
Islamic doctrine requires Muslims to follow the example (Sunnah) of Muhammad (Koran, Sura 33:36). This explains why arms have been found in mosques in various capital cities, such as London and Munich.
2. If you don’t care about Islam, but would prefer it to happen somewhere other than your neighbourhood
Islamic populations will be drawn to their social and political institutions, particularly mosques.
According to official UK figures, the Islamic population of Britain is growing at a rate of 6½% per year, or doubling every 11 years. This is due to the higher birth rate and the tendency to import spouses. Neither trend is abating.
this will mean that the practice of islam will be concentrated around your neighbourhood. If you’re happy with that, fine. If not, then you need to oppose mosque planning applications in your neighbourhood.
3. If you don’t care about Islam
The congestion and disturbance will be a problem.
The mosque will usually be open at least 16 hours per day, 365 days a year. And the disturbance will be especially bad during 1:00 – 2:00 on a Friday, and during 5:00 – 7:00 on a weekday. Don’t expect to be able to park or walk your dog during those times, or at any time if the mosque gets really popular.
If you like Islam, noise and congestion, then you may be OK.
If you oppose a mosque planning application you will win. You’ve got to do it with confidence; you’ve got to laugh at the nonsense about islamophobia; and you’ve got to keep the pressure up.
But if you do, you can win.