Scrolling news:

Iraq: US seeks verification of ‘Islamic State’ beheading of journalist James Foley

Japan: Torrential rains unleash deadly landslide killing a dozen people in Hiroshima

Palestine: Three Palestinians killed, incl 3 year-old child, in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City

Palestine: Dozens Palestinians abducted by Israeli forces in West Bank, Jerusalem

Palestine: Israeli army demolishes cave housing family near Bethlehem

Palestine: Several Palestinians kidnapped by Israeli forces in West Bank, Israeli settlers attack cars

Palestine: Israel bombs Gaza, withdraws negotiators from Cairo

Pakistan: 18 suspected militants killed in fresh NWA, Khyber airstrikes

US: Ferguson curfew lifted, Obama appeals for restraint

Iraq: Obama says Mosul Dam retaken from extremists with US help

Palestine: Palestinian female detainee denied family visits since her arrest in 2012

Palestine: Nine Palestinians kidnapped by Israeli soldiers from West Bank, Jerusalem

Palestine: Israeli army detonates two homes in Hebron, seals one with concrete blocs

Palestine: Six Palestinians kidnapped by Israeli forces in West Bank

Syria: Airstrikes kill 31 terrorists in Raqqa city

Palestine: Body recovered in Shujaiyya a month after ‘massacre’ by Israel

Palestine: Hamas says Israel stalling on agreement as Gaza death toll hits 2016

US: Curfew imposed for second night in Ferguson, Missouri

Palestine: Palestinian arrested filming Israeli settlers throwing stones in W Bank

Israel: 5 of 64 Israeli soldiers killed in Gaza invasion were killed by ‘Friendly Fire’

Oxfordshire mosque plans dashed after arson threat

31st Mar 2013

Elham Asaad Buaras

Plans to open a small mosque in Oxfordshire have been scrapped after an anonymous caller hinted he would burn the building down.

A planning application to convert a small retail unit in Chipping Norton, West Street, into a prayer room was approved by West Oxfordshire District Council in February.

But just days later, the landlord received a phone call in which he said the caller implied the mosque would be burned down if it opened.

George Wissinger, had agreed to rent out the ground floor of the retail unit to the Muslim community but now said he is not prepared to risk the safety of tenants who occupy a flat on the first floor of the building.

Wissinger, said: “I had one phone call. They just said ‘if you go ahead with the mosque it could get very hot. You don’t have to be too clever to know what that means’.”

Chipping Norton Town Councillor, Tahirul Hasan, has campaigned for many years for a prayer room in the town to accommodate west Oxfordshire’s growing Muslim community.

He said the threat was “unbelievable” but said the community – which currently meets in the town hall for Friday prayers – would not give up on its campaign to find a permanent home.

“It’s terrible news after all our hard work, one phone call has changed the whole thing. It’s not even a mosque it’s just a prayer room where we are going to pray for ten minutes,” he said.

Hasan told The Muslim News he will be speaking to Prime Minister, David Cameron, who is also MP for Witney, Oxfordshire, next month to discuss his concerns.

Chipping Norton police officers are investigating the incident.

×

Comments are closed.

The Muslim News Awards for Excellence event is to acknowledge British Muslim and non-Muslim contributions to society. Over 850 people from diverse background, Muslim and non-Muslim, attended the gala dinner.


Latest Tweets

The Muslim News

awards

Awards for Excellence

Read more