Land for Central London Mosque in
Regents Park, given free by British government for Muslim
loyalty to British empire
The allegation is widely propagated by the anti-Ahmadiyya lobby
that the British government sponsored the Ahmadiyya
Movement and its Founder, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. But this lobby
raises no objection when the general body of Muslims and
their religious organizations are openly funded by the same British
government. For example, the land for the Central London Mosque
in Regents Park, London, England, was given free to Muslims of
the U.K. by the British government.
And where do we learn this from? From the Website of the Central
London Mosque itself. Click on the link below to read from the history
page on their previous website:
(We verified this link on 2 December 2000. Again
verified on 2 November 2004.)
To preserve this webpage, we have saved
it locally and you can read it here.
Note: On their present website you can find the same
information by starting from the history page: http://www.iccuk.org/icc/history/history.htm
and proceeding to subsequent pages from there.
The first paragraph from the history of the Mosque given on the
original webpage states as follows:
The Islamic Cultural Centre which includes the London
Central Mosque has been established since 1944. It was officially
opened by His Majesty King George VI in November 1944. The 2.3 acres
of site adjacent to Hanover Gate in Regents Park, was presented
as an unconditional gift from the British Government to the UK
Muslim Community in Britain to enable the latter, to build a
mosque and an Islamic Cultural Centre, to conduct the affairs pertaining
to their faith. A Mosque Committee comprising various prominent
Muslim diplomats and Muslim residents in the United Kingdom gratefully
accepted the gift which was intended mainly as a tribute to the
thousands of Indian Muslim soldiers who had died defending the then
British Empire, which at the time, had more Muslim inhabitants
than Christians. (Underlining is ours).
On the same webpage, it is later stated in a chronology :
24 Oct. 1940: The Churchill War Cabinet authorised
the allocation of a sum of up to £100,000 for the acquisition of
a site for a mosque in London.
It leaves us speechless to think that, despite themselves receiving
this material support from the British government for the main mosque
in Britain, which was given in recognition of Muslim soldiers fighting
in defence of the British empire and was gratefully accepted,
yet the Muslim religious leaders in England continue to repeat their
false allegations that Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was acting as a tool
and instrument on behalf of the British government of his time!