Head of Mosque in Montreuil Seeks to Purchase the Buildings

The person responsible for a mosque in Montreuil (Seine-Saint-Denis) requested the tribunal of Bobigny to restrict ownership of the buildings where his prayer halls were built in 1995 so that he can purchase them. The transaction between Mohammed Ta_four and Marie-Louise Duport, the current owner of the buildings, has stalled since 1996 by the pre-emption of the mayor and the ex-mayor who was opposed to Ta_four`s project. The lawyer of the “Association des B_tisseurs Musulmans de France“ requested the tribunal to honor the transaction. Despite these delays, the mayor has said that the promise of the space will be upheld.

A Portrait of Mohammed Taïfour: the Sheik of Montreuil and Founder of a Mosque School

This article presents Mohammed Ta_four, a Sunni sheik who opened the first Islamic Cultural Center East of Paris in 1994. Of Algerian-origin, in 2008 Ta_four purchased a series of buildings to expand his Mosque School. Ta_four is characterized in the article as being a learned man who among the Arabic books on his bookshelf, enjoys flipping through his Grand Larousse Encyclop_dique (purchased shortly after his arrival in 1953) and as an old school Muslim who has no problem shaking women’s hands.