Markazi Masjid, Dewsbury
With a maximum capacity of 4,000, it is one of the largest mosques in Europe. It is the European headquarters of the Tablighi Jamaat movement, and also houses the Institute of Islamic Education (Arabic: جامعات تعليم الإسلام, translit. ‘Jāmi’at Ta’līm al-Islām), an independent day and boarding faith school for boys aged 13–19 and one of the two main Islamic seminaries in the UK. The mosque serves as a centre for Tablighi Jamaat's missionary activity throughout Europe.
The Dewsbury Markaz is aligned with the Tablighi Jamaat movement and bases its services around its six principles. Daily services consist of prayers, talks and public lectures, and the organisation of ten person groups (jamaats) who undertake proselytising trips. As the headquarters of Tablighi Jamaat in Europe, it is usually the location of its annual regional gathering (ijtema).
Tablighi Jamaat and the Dewsbury Markaz has been accused of promoting extremist Islamism and having links with Islamic terrorism in Britain; Mohammad Sidique Khan and Shehzad Tanweer, two of the 7 July 2005 London bombers, are reported to have attended prayers at the mosque. Both the allegation of extremism and specific claims that Sidique Khan or Tanweer visited the mosque are denied by its leaders.
In 2006 the Institute of Islamic Education was criticised by Ofsted for an "over-emphasis" on religious study to the neglect of the secular curriculum, leading to poor exam performance. The inspection in 2008 reported that school was satisfactory in that area. The Times journalist Andrew Norfolk has argued the school contributes to ethnic segregation in the local area.
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