How a goodwill offer of land for a new mosque turned sour

TABLIGHI JAMAAT Muslims are threatening to take an English council to court over a land deal for a prestige new mosque, in a case that illustrates the perils of state involvement in religion.

Reading Council gave Jamme Masjid, who are part of the worldwide Tablighi Jamaat (TJ) mission movement, a 125-year lease on an acre of land in 2009 at a peppercorn rent on condition it be used for all the Muslim community.

Three years later, without a stone being laid, the project is mired in controversy after ‘the community’ fell out.

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