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Campaigners for Lincoln mosque now face challenge of raising £1m to build it

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: November 15, 2012

  • An artist's impression of how the new mosque will look. The building would take up 1,019 square metres over two storeys

  • The old Boultham Park Dairy site in Lincoln where the mosque will be built

  • Dr Tanweer Ahmed, trustee of the Islamic Association of Lincoln

  • Jean Flannery, chairman of Boultham Residents' Association, holding the petition which initially opposed the mosque plan

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Victorious campaigners for Lincoln's first purpose-built Mosque now face the challenge of raising £1 million for the project.

The Islamic Association of Lincoln has won permission for the place of worship on the former dairy in Boultham Park Road after years of setbacks.

But Dr Tanweer Ahmed, trustee of the association, said there is still another major hurdle to overcome.

"The planning decision is very pleasing because we have waited a long time for this," he said.

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"We have completed one challenge but the second challenge is to start the fundraising.

"We are looking at £1 million and our target is to begin worshipping there in about two years' time.

"What we have planned is a fundraising dinner and other charitable events.

"At last, we have succeeded and we are very excited about that."

The two-storey building is to made from buff-coloured brick and will be topped by a 12-metre high, domed tower.

It will house a community hall and classroom and there will be 68 car parking spaces.

The main vehicle and pedestrian access to the site will be from Dixon Street and the highways authority has raised no objections to the plan.

Trees and landscaping around the boundary of the site will screen it from the surrounding area.

Conditions for the go-ahead include a developer contribution to the upgrading of the Dixon Street/Boultham Park Road junction pedestrian crossing, before work starts on site.

Development services manager at the City of Lincoln Council, Paul Seddon, said: "Planning committee members unanimously supported the scheme and they are pleased there is now permission for a mosque within the city.

"The architects have done a good job with the design and members felt the scale of the building was right for the site," he said.

"It has been a long process but the committee felt the Islamic association has ended up with the best site and the applicant is actively looking to work with residents in the neighbouring community and we wish them every success."

Jean Flannery, chairman of Boultham Residents' Association, which initially opposed the mosque plan, said: "Now that the mosque has full planning approval, I believe that it is more than time for us all to draw a line under the past and look to the future.

"We need to move forward together. Now, our joint task is to foster understanding and acceptance of one another.

"Misunderstandings may cause difficulties and anxieties but they can be corrected.

"We already live and work alongside one another.

" Individual and working relationships are the norm for many. We have our differences but we also share more similarities.

"By far the majority of us surely wish to live in harmony. To my mind the way to accomplish this is to develop and expand relationships to fully include the wider community, in which we all share."

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  • nigelsparky  |  November 19 2012, 9:42PM

    Except in the Catholic Church where women can't be priests and the Anglican Church where women can't be Bishops." You are correct MC Donald, however there are moves to change this though isn't there. It was not very long ago that women couldn't be ordained, but that changed

  • nigelsparky  |  November 19 2012, 9:04PM

    Hi Eatmygoal and Magic Johnson, I am tending to agree with you regarding the way the press and media like to sensationalise stories, however I can't help thinking that you maybe trying to use this angle to be dismissive and trivialise them on stories relating to the Islamic faith and immigration in general. I am not an expert on the Islamic faith, or indeed any other religion, but what I do know is that forcing different cultures and faiths together in close proximity of one another is really a recipe for problems. Most conflicts in the world are religious driven, and yet they all claim to be peaceful religions, and none more so than Islam, which means "peace". Rather ironic that isn't it. Yes I hear what you are saying about not all Muslims think the same way regarding women and the Western world, however if what you are saying is the view of the "majority" of Muslims, then why are they not being more proactive in suppressing these "minority" extremists. After all, when the BNP and their like hold demonstrations etc. there is always a counter demonstration and a general outpouring of disgust at the drivel they spout off. If they did react in the same way, this would go a long way in helping harmonise our communities don't you think?.

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  • M_C_Donald  |  November 19 2012, 1:31PM

    ...we in this country have consigned the suppression of women's rights to the early and middle part of the last century. As I have said before, we are in the year 2012 now." Except in the Catholic Church where women can't be priests and the Anglican Church where women can't be Bishops.

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  • MagicJohnson  |  November 19 2012, 10:11AM

    Pete67, you'd have to ask the government why not - possibly they don't deem it offensive enough for a UK audience, or maybe they haven't received complaints. The bit I have seen were not impressive - pretty crude and over the top that I couldn't take it seriously. But in some other countries I can see how some people might find it offensive, or be able to see it as another example of how America looks down on Muslims. As I stated previously they weren't prosecuted in the US either, the government merely asked for it to be taken down as they knew it was (deliberately) insensitive and would cause problem in some parts of the world.

  • eatmygoal  |  November 19 2012, 10:00AM

    Good points Magic. That is the thing that doesn't tally with me, when you call me naive Nigel, I play football with several Muslim men and work with and am friends with several Muslim ladies, and none of it has shown me anything other than them being a British person. They haven't asked to change street names, although we established that was a different religion you were talking about hence why I asked which religion you were referencing here, they have just been like me and you but following a different religion. I've eating pork near them and been to pubs with them. One of them I have shared betting tips with. A few of them were not born here, a few of them were. In all cases they are British and are proud of that. They just worship in a different way and have a mosque rather than a church. Naive as it may be, my experience of mosques, Muslims and the Koran has been nothing but mundane. The media make it sound so much more exciting with domination, poppy burning, and banning pigs from kids farms. Perhaps I am just lucky in who I know.

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  • Pete67  |  November 19 2012, 9:45AM

    MagicJohnson - I have just checked and the film that is offensive to Muslims still comes up. Why have the British Government not prosecuted You Tube for offending British Muslims? Or are the US the only ones allowed to prosecute Foreign Firms or people? I don't know if any of the other Countries where it is still on have tried prosecution.

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  • MagicJohnson  |  November 19 2012, 9:31AM

    Hi NigelSparky, I understand what you are saying but the teachings/ rules/ laws of the central authority in most religions is not always what individuals follow. Whilst some will follow instructions to the letter, most will take a more "relaxed" view. I know Muslims who like a drink for example. Similarly within a religions hierarchy there are different interpretations of what is important and how people should live their life. Like Christianity there are a number of different communities - as well as the 2 you mention there is also Ahmadiyya as well as other factions such as the conservative Muslim Brotherhood. Each follow the teachings of Islam in different ways. The point I was trying to make about what makes the headlines, is that it tends to be extreme examples of "fundamental" belief and practices, rather than how most people think and live their life that makes the news - probably in Tehran coverage of Christianity focus on the evangelical preachers in the USA that burn the Koran, which has absolutely no connection with how my catholic mothers lives and thinks.

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  • nigelsparky  |  November 18 2012, 9:16PM

    magic johnson, I am aware that there are different sects/sections of Muslims. However their Islamic beliefs are fundamentally the same.The two main groups of Muslims as you are no doubt aware, are Sunni and Shia. As I understand it, the difference between them is one of leadership and not beliefs. With Sunni Muslims I believe making up some 85% of all Muslims across the globe, and whilst many of the practices that I described ( not my fault they make the headlines, and not entirely sure of why you are pointing that out) may not be the view of every Muslim, 85% is quite a large proportion wouldn't you say. Yes Christianity is not exactly flawless either, hence me not being a particularly religious person, and as you say their track record on women's rights not being great either. However, we in this country have consigned the suppression of women's rights to the early and middle part of the last century. As I have said before, we are in the year 2012 now.

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  • Vexxed  |  November 18 2012, 8:47PM

    One day, people will realise that there is no difference between a master race and a master religion.

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  • MagicJohnson  |  November 18 2012, 7:45PM

    Pete67 Youtube blocked the video from being shown in a number of countries, but didn't take it down completely as it didn't consider that it broke its community standards. The USA asked them to remove it, but obviously agreed that it didn't break US laws either so didn't prosecute - what might be offensive in one country may not be in another.

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