Islamic sect’s plan to build mega-mosque next to Olympics site collapses

Controversial plans to build Europe’s biggest mosque close to the London Olympics site have been halted.

Tablighi Jamaat, the Islamic sect behind the proposal, is to be evicted this week from the East London site, where it has been operating illegally a temporary mosque and had planned a complex that would accommodate 12,000 worshippers.

The Muslim organization Minhaj-ul-Quran welcomed the move.

Minhaj-ul-Quran advises the Government on how to combat youth radicalization, and said that a mosque should be a “community effort” and not the initiative of one group with extremist links.

However, Inayat Bunglawala, a spokesman for the Muslim Council of Britain, said: “We would hope that they will be able to work in cooperation with the local council if they wish to set up a mosque in the area. Tablighi Jamaat has no ties to terrorism. They have been subjected to some unfair coverage.”