North London Central Mosque

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Finsbury Park Mosque
Coordinates: 51°33′49″N 0°06′21″W / 51.5636°N 0.1057°W / 51.5636; -0.1057Coordinates: 51°33′49″N 0°06′21″W / 51.5636°N 0.1057°W / 51.5636; -0.1057
Location Finsbury Park, London
 United Kingdom
Branch/tradition SunniSalafi
Architectural information
Minaret(s) 1

Website: http://www.finsburyparkmosque.org
The interior of the dome inside the North London Central Mosque

The Finsbury Park Mosque is a mosque located in Finsbury Park, London, England.

The mosque was affected by leadership disputes in the 1990s, allowing extremist Islamist preachers (many of whom were refugees from the Algerian Civil War) to take it over. In 1996 they installed Abu Hamza al-Masri as imam of the mosque, which subsequently developed a reputation as a centre of radical Islamism in London.[1]

History and location[edit]

The main building was opened in 1994 in a ceremony attended by Prince Charles. The mosque is located opposite Finsbury Park station, close to Arsenal Football Club's Emirates Stadium, in the London Borough of Islington.[2]

Former terrorism links[edit]

Al Qaeda operatives including "shoebomber" Richard Reid and Zacarias Moussaoui attended the mosque.[3] In 2002, The Guardian reported that weapons training had taken place inside the building.[4]

Wood Green ricin plot[edit]

In 2003, over one hundred armed police raided the building as part of the investigation into the alleged Wood Green ricin plot.[5] Abu Hamza al-Masri was eventually jailed for seven years in 2006 after being convicted of inciting murder and race hate.[6] Later, he was deported to the United States to face justice for terrorism charges after a ten year battle in the British courts based on the ECHR. He was eventually sentenced to life in prison. [7]

Change of leadership[edit]

Following the 2003 raid, the mosque was reclaimed by those including representatives of the Muslim Association of Britain, who installed a new board of trustees and imam.[8] The mosque now offers courses open to the general public. It is open for public visits, awareness weeks and community open days.[9]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ BBC News, (15 November 2007). "Abu Hamza could face extradition". British Broadcast Corporation. 
  2. ^ North London Central Mosque Trust - About us
  3. ^ Neville Dean and Nick Allen, PA (7 February 2006). "Finsbury Park mosque's terrorist roll call". London: The Independent. 
  4. ^ Burke, Jason (17 February 2002). "AK-47 training held at London mosque". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 20 May 2010. 
  5. ^ Global Politician - Finsbury Park: Inside the British Jihad
  6. ^ "Abu Hamza jailed for seven years". BBC News. 7 February 2006. Retrieved 20 May 2010. 
  7. ^ http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/hook-handed-terrorist-abu-hamza-al-masri-3572628.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ "The battle for the mosque". BBC News. 7 February 2006. Retrieved 20 May 2010. 
  9. ^ North London Central Mosque Trust - Home

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