Masjid Theme is a contentious topic. Factionalism and sectarianism around mosques/masjids is widely recognised but treated by most masjid managements as a taboo subject, because every masjid will proclaim that it welcomes anyone of any persuasion, and this is manifestly true. Nevertheless, however welcome you are made to feel, every masjid will expect you to adhere to the practice that prevails in that masjid, and will treat you with hostility if you try and perform any other Islamic practice than that approved by the imam and committee even while claiming that their masjid is for the whole Muslim community and has no allegiance to any particular sect.
Sectarianism is the biggest problem facing Muslims in Britain, yet it is the one that few masjids acknowledge as their own, and none has a constructive strategy for tackling it. Yet its prevalence is the single biggest obstacle to tackling violent extremism in Britain's Muslim community.
There are three vital ingredients to tackling militant extremism in UK masjids:
(i) Masjid managements and imams must be transparent, accountable and inclusive of diverse factions.
(ii) This cannot happen while they and their congregations remain sectarian, because opening up of access to masjids and their management risks take-over by a rival, hostile sect. Therefore Masjid management, imams and congregations must learn tolerance and mutual respect of diverse sects among themselves.
(iii) Tolerance and mutual respect cannot occur while politicians and the media demonise ordinary, responsible and respectable sects such as Deobandis, Islamic Movement, and Salafis, or even politically challenging, but nevertheless tame, entities such as Hizb-ut-Tahrir.
MuslimsInBritain.org exists to address all three of these issues:-
(i) I publish 'Theme' and 'Management' ethnicity information even when masjid managements themselves object, because I need to break the pretend taboo and bring the issue into the open.
(ii) I publish information about sectarian activity and guidance on how to overcome it, to encourage tolerance and mutual respect.
(iii) I publish MuslimsInBritain.org as the authoritative source of independent practical information about the UK Muslim community, to take apart government, politicians' and media misconceptions about extremist preachers and extremist masjids.
You may find problems with Google map and StreetView features, because free usage is now capped to a maximum each day.
You may find problems with some map and StreetView features. This is because since summer 2018, Google has introduced charges per use of some aspects of Google Maps and Streetview embedded in applications such as MuslimsInBritain.org's directory. These charges would cost us circa 10 pounds per day for the level of use that this site sustains, but we run MuslimsInBritain.org for free. To stay free, we have applied a daily usage cap, which, when exhausted, will render the pop-up Google map greyed and and Streetview as a 'negative'. The map is still usable, just a bit hard to read. Either wait until the next morning when the cap resets at 8am, or click on the Google logo, to open a new Google Maps window of the same scene but without the MuslimsInBritain logo. Or if using the 'desktop' view instead of the 'mobile' view, you can use the Microsoft Bing map, aerial view and its other options, which is unaffected by the Google change. Meanwhile we are working on improvements to avoid this problem insha'Allah.
Source(s): Personal visit
Last Updated: 01/02/2009