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'A fit-for-purpose mosque is long overdue in Lincoln'

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: October 21, 2011

  • A place for the whole community: A decision about the mosque at the old Boultham Dairy site will be made on Monday. Pictured at the site is Dr Tanweer Ahmed, who is trustee of the Islamic Association of Lincoln Picture: John Jenkins

  • PLANS: The old Boultham Park Dairy site.

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Planners will decide on Monday if a mosque, supermarket and housing can be built on the site of the old Boultham Park Dairy. Dr Tanweer Ahmed, trustee of the Islamic Association of Lincoln, today tells why a purpose-built place of worship is long overdue...


The main reason for wanting a fit-for-purpose mosque is that currently we just don't have a suitable place of worship.

We have been renting the Grandstand for the past 10 years or so and our current mosque in Orchard Street is too small.

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For a number of days, even on important days like Eid, which is like our Christmas, the Grandstand has not been available for prayers.

What we are trying for is a proper place where children can learn and a place where women can also pray. This is very important because we don't have that currently.

If we get permission we will need to submit a more detailed plan and, if all goes well, we anticipate opening the mosque in about two years.

The overall idea is to have a smaller prayer hall and a larger community hall, which will become one big room for Friday prayers.

At other times the hall could be used by community groups and non-Muslims.

There will also be a library and we would very much like people to come in and use it in order to remove any misunderstanding of Islam.

I believe the old dairy is the right place because it fulfils all the requirements and the proposal has addressed all the issues raised previously.

It was and it will remain our priority that we do not cause any inconvenience to residents and work closely with them.

We looked at about 20 places and there was nowhere like this. This site also addresses the parking issue from before. Our last plan had only 17 car parking spaces.

In all my travels around the UK, I have never come across any place of worship – mosque, church or synagogue – which has 70 car parking spaces.

And in any case many people will walk or use public transport.

I also think a supermarket is a good choice on the site. I can't believe that the 100-to-150 people coming for prayers on Friday lunchtimes are not going to shop there, so it will be good for worshipers to worship and then shop.

I know Lincolnshire Co-operative always plays an important role in community work so I would like to thank the chief executive for supporting the Muslim community.

When I've been shopping in the supermarket and in other places a number of people have come up to me and said they really support us.

I have spoken to so many Christian people and they say we are doing the right thing and they support this project.

I would really like to thank the people of Lincoln for showing so much support.

This is an exciting and very important project, which is long overdue in Lincoln.

The application for full and outline planning permission is recommended for approval with conditions including highways improvements, a surface water drainage system, and a green design.

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  • Imback  |  September 22 2012, 8:01PM

    70 car parking spaces, 100-150 people coming, as if they are going to use public transport, and I don't think the people are going to use the mosque, if u want to build a community hall why not build the old tin church which was a grade 2 listed building instead of leaving the land doing nothing but I suppose Muslims won't build a church in a soon to be Muslim area.

  • TB789  |  November 11 2011, 10:54AM

    This is an interesting story: http://tinyurl.com/crrgycy Nice to see the UK government taking appropriaten action and being supported by the wider muslim community.

  • M_C_Donald  |  November 08 2011, 11:01AM

    suzyjayne Muslims have been living in this country for centuries. Most 'Indian' restaurants and takeaways are owned and run by Muslims, they have been in Lincoln for decades. I have yet see evidence of hand cutting off and stoning by Muslims in this country anywhere in British history, though I can find many accounts of burnings, hangings and torture in the name of Christianity. Yes, you can find Muslim countries doing barbaric things, there are many that don't. There are Christian countries doing barbaric things, there are many that don't. The Catholic Church has done and is doing many questionable things developing countries. We have all heard of the children from Catholic orphanages, shipped to Australia and 'sold into slavery' to families over there. This went on until the 1970s. Wherever you look you can find wrong doing done in the name of any religion, you problem is that you are so blinkered you only see what you want to see and hear what you want to hear.

  • M_C_Donald  |  November 08 2011, 10:55AM

    suzyjayne Muslims have been living in this country for centuries. Most 'Indian' restaurants and takeaways are owned and run by Muslims, they have been in Lincoln for decades. I have yet see evidence of hand cutting off and stoning by Muslims in this country anywhere in British history, though I can find many accounts of burnings, hangings and torture in the name of Christianity. Yes, you can find Muslim countries doing barbaric things, there are many that don't. There are Christian countries doing barbaric things, there are many that don't. The Catholic Church has done and is doing many questionable things developing countries. We have all heard of the children from Catholic orphanages, shipped to Australia and 'sold into slavery' to families over there. This went on until the 1970s. Wherever you look you can find wrong doing done in the name of any religion, you problem is that you are so blinkered you only see what you want to see and hear what you want to hear.

  • Miss_Guided  |  November 08 2011, 10:44AM

    SuzyJayne/Drew, As before, you are pulling extreme examples where the state is not controlling human rights. Atrocities have also been sanctioned in many countries where islam is not the prominent religion. It's also beyond belief that it will happen here, so is not RELEVANT. What atrocities have been committed by the Muslim population of Lincoln? Why do you feel that they should not have a place of worship as any other religion should have? The answer, quite simply, is that you are a scared bigot. Keep it in context. BTW – Before you claim to be 'educated' I should brush up on your spelling and grammar. It's laughable :-)

  • suzyjayne  |  November 08 2011, 10:29AM

    Miss_Guided, I intended to say Humane. A couple of questions for you. Do you consider religion is a no go area when it comes to critism? Do you think I am makeing untrue observations about certain aspects of Islam?

  • suzyjayne  |  November 08 2011, 10:17AM

    Miss_Guided, Catholic priests when commting child offences are not following a religious doctrin or trying to justify there behaviour by refering to some religious instruction that allows it. It is purely criminal behaviour. Islamic attrocities are encouraged and driven by religious texts, there is a big difference. To say that there is the odd hot head commiting these atrocites is laughable, I think you should educate yourself, start with the Islamic state of Iran. You seem to deflect every argument against religiousley motivated crime by sighting some everyday criminal behaviour you could do that for ever more but we are talking about religiousley motivated crime hear not common criminality so lets stick to the topic. I don't make any special dispensation for any faith group when it concerns the doing of wrong. Its just a pitty you think any attack on a religion is an attack on other cultures this is clearly quite wrong there is more than re

  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  November 07 2011, 11:08PM

    suzyjane - I'll have to bow to your superior intellect, as I am clearly less educated than you. I too hope we will continue to see a human form of Islam in Lincoln, but for the thickies like me, please explain which non-human species practice any form of religion? jamara - Because a politician says something, this does not make it true. PMQs would be far less amusing if MPs only spoke irrefutable truth. Mr Cameron, like any other politician, was trying to put forward an argument he thought would play well with his core supporters. His comment said more about the people he wants to attract than it did even about his own beliefs.

  • Miss_Guided  |  November 07 2011, 11:05PM

    LOL - I fear that may be lost on the masses Sneer...

  • Bill_Door  |  November 07 2011, 10:44PM

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