Brixton Mosque

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The Brixton Mosque
and Islamic Cultural Centre
Brixton Mosque, Gresham Road.jpg
Location1 Gresham Road, Brixton,
South London, England, United Kingdom

The Brixton Mosque and Islamic Cultural Centre (the "Brixton Mosque", or "Masjid ibn Taymeeyah") is a mosque located in Gresham Road in the Brixton area of South London.


The mosque follows the heterodox Salafi sect and some Worshippers wear traditional Islamic dress.[1][2] Its congregation is young and multiracial, with an average age of about 30. The mosque works to help rehabilitate recently released prisoners,[1] and is managed by Black British converts.[3]


Abdullah el-Faisal[edit]

Abdullah el-Faisal, a radical Salafi Muslim cleric who preached in the UK until he was imprisoned for stirring up racial hatred and in 2007 deported to Jamaica, was associated with the Brixton Mosque in the early 1990s, preaching to crowds of up to 500 people.[4][5] In 1993, he was ejected by the mosque's administration who objected to his radical preaching.[6][7] In 2007 the London Evening Standard published an apology for referring to el-Faisal as the "Brixton Mosque preacher" on 12 April 2007, and clarified that el-Faisal only preached at Brixton Mosque in the early 1990s and not after 1994.[5]

Richard Reid (the shoe bomber)[edit]

The mosque made international headlines when it was reported Richard Reid, the so-called "shoe bomber", had attended the mosque from 1996 to 1998 after converting to Islam in jail.[8][9] Abdul Haqq Baker, former chairman of mosque, told the BBC that Reid came to the mosque to learn about Islam, but fell in with what he called "more extreme elements" in London's Muslim community.[10] "We have been in contact with the police numerous times over the last five years to warn of the threat posed by militant groups operating in our area," said Baker in December 2001 after Reid's arrest.[11] He had warned that terrorist "talent scouts" prey on mosques like the Brixton mosque in search of the young and unstable. Baker warned the congregation, "The recruiting has got out of control. Beware. It's your sons, your teenagers who are plucked into these extreme groups."[12] A Time magazine article in 2002 said: "The Brixton Mosque is an ideal hunting ground for terrorist talent spotters since it attracts mainly young worshipers, including ex-convicts it helps rehabilitate."[13]

Zacarias Moussaoui[edit]

Zacarias Moussaoui, who was convicted of conspiring to kill citizens of the US as part of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, frequented the mosque between 1996 and 1997.[8] Some sources report that it was during this period that he met Richard Reid, though others are less certain.[14][15][16][17] Moussaoui was expelled from the mosque after he began wearing combat fatigues and a backpack to the mosque, and pressured the cleric to provide him with information on how to join the jihad.[14][15][18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Harrison, Ted (28 September 2007). "Why Muslims keep the greater fast". Church Times. Retrieved 16 January 2010.
  2. ^ "Brixton Mosque and Islamic Cultural Centre". Retrieved 2010-03-18.
  3. ^ Kelso, Paul, "Terror recruits warning; Young Muslims 'fall prey to extremists'," The Guardian, 27 December 2001, accessed 11 January 2010
  4. ^ Johnston, Philip (27 May 2007). "7 July preacher Abdullah El-Faisal deported". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 23 December 2007.
  5. ^ a b "Resolved Complaints: Brixton Mosque and Islamic Cultural Centre and London Evening Standard". Press Complaints Commission. Retrieved 11 January 2010.
  6. ^ M. R. Haberfeld, Agostino von Hassell, eds. (2009). A New Understanding of Terrorism: Case Studies, Trajectories and Lessons Learned. Springer. p. 243. ISBN 978-1-4419-0114-9.CS1 maint: Uses editors parameter (link)
  7. ^ Odula,Tom (10 January 2010). "Radical Jamaican-born Muslim cleric returns to Kenya after his deportation fails". Edmonton Sun. Archived from the original on 2010-01-16. Retrieved 16 January 2010.
  8. ^ a b James Bamford (2005). A pretext for war: 9/11, Iraq, and the abuse of America's intelligence agencies. Random House, Inc. p. 237. ISBN 9781400030347.
  9. ^ Maria do Céu Pinto (2004). Islamist and Middle Eastern terrorism: a threat to Europe?. Rubbettino Editore srl. p. 47. ISBN 978-88-498-0887-2.
  10. ^ "UK | Shoe bomb suspect 'one of many'". BBC News. 2001-12-26. Retrieved 2010-03-18.
  11. ^ "London Mosque Leader: We Warned About Radicals," Fox News, 27 December 2001, accessed 11 January 2010
  12. ^ Philip Jenkins (2007). God's continent: Christianity, Islam, and Europe's religious crisis. Oxford University Press US. p. 224. ISBN 9780195313956.
  13. ^ Helen Gibson, "Looking for Trouble," Time, 14 January 2002, accessed 11 January 2010
  14. ^ a b Jane Corbin (2003). Al-Qaeda: in search of the terror network that threatens the world. Nation Books. p. 276. ISBN 978-1-56025-523-9.
  15. ^ a b ''Encyclopedia of modern worldwide extremists and extremist groups'', p. 271, Stephen E. Atkins, Greenwood Publishing Group, 2004, ISBN 0-313-32485-9, ISBN 978-0-313-32485-7, accessed 11 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-18.
  16. ^ "Who is Richard Reid?". BBC News. 28 December 2001. Retrieved 16 January 2010.
  17. ^ Hoge, Warren (27 December 2001). "A Nation challenged-the convert; Shoe-Bomb Suspect Fell in With Extremists". New York Times. Retrieved 16 January 2010.
  18. ^ "The Religious Trajectories of the Moussaoui Family", Katherine Donahue, ISIM Review 21 (Spring 2008), p. 18, accessed 11 January 2001[permanent dead link]

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Coordinates: 51°27′55″N 0°06′46″W / 51.4652°N 0.1127°W / 51.4652; -0.1127