Prominent Imam visits Blackburn

This Is Lancashire: Lord Adam Patel with Sheikh Dr Abdul Rahman Al Sudais Lord Adam Patel with Sheikh Dr Abdul Rahman Al Sudais

ONE of the world’s most prominent Muslim leaders came to Blackburn to lead prayers for thousands of worshippers.

Sheikh Dr Abdul Rahman Al Sudais, Imam and speaker of the Grand Mosque in Islam’s holiest city, Mecca, came to Masjid-e-Tauheedul Islam mosque, Bicknell Street, Blackburn.

The streets were cordoned off to allow an overflow of worshippers to pray outside, with temporary prayer mats laid down on the floor.

Sheikh Al Sudais led evening prayers and delivered a speech warning against linking Islam and terrorism, and calling on fellow Muslims to be “the best ambassadors of their country through good contact and character.”

He said Islam was a religion of peace and security.

The sheikh had been accompanies by police escort, diplomats and officials into the mosque on Sunday evening.

The congregation was hosted by Blackburn peer Lord Adam Patel, who spoke of the work of mosques across the country and thanked the sheikh for attending.

Speaking afterwards, he said the visit had to be arranged at short notice through the Saudi embassy.

He said: “I have never seen anything like it in all my time in Blackburn. Bicknell Street was totally blocked and we spread carpet on the street.

“It is a great honour for Blackburn, because Mecca is the holiest place in the world for Muslims.

“He gave us the message that Muslims are not just responsible for other Muslims, they are responsible for all of mankind.”

Sheikh Sudais had promised to return when the rebuilding of the Bicknell Street mosque was complete, Mr Patel said.

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10:38pm Tue 4 Aug 09

rk18 says...

here we go again. why can't you all just learn to live with one another? is that to much to ask? or are you're brains not complex enough to understand that?
its the hatred and the racism that's causing the problems in this society.
what harm did it do to you that this imam come to Blackburn?
here we go again. why can't you all just learn to live with one another? is that to much to ask? or are you're brains not complex enough to understand that? its the hatred and the racism that's causing the problems in this society. what harm did it do to you that this imam come to Blackburn? rk18
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10:42pm Tue 4 Aug 09

rovers2007 says...

Come on everyone - let's focus on the positive messages that the imam has communicated - and not get dragged into our old biggotted anti Islamic ways!!!!! How on earth will we integrate - when we always get dragged into this kind of pathetic racism!!
Come on everyone - let's focus on the positive messages that the imam has communicated - and not get dragged into our old biggotted anti Islamic ways!!!!! How on earth will we integrate - when we always get dragged into this kind of pathetic racism!! rovers2007
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8:21am Wed 5 Aug 09

happycyclist says...

What's the big deal with an Imam coming to Blackburn?
If you're Muslim, fine. If you're non-Muslim, fine. He's preaching peace, not war.
What's the big deal with an Imam coming to Blackburn? If you're Muslim, fine. If you're non-Muslim, fine. He's preaching peace, not war. happycyclist
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12:07am Thu 6 Aug 09

JohnR1 says...

78 posts cut down to 19 by the censor. Please could the person responsible come out of the dark and explain the reason so many posts were deemed unsuitable? This 'newspaper' is supposed to allow everyone to see the news and peoples reactions to it. What right has this person to edit comments and moreover leave only those that present a biased view? I thought newspapers were supposed to be neutral - far from it in this case (and many others I shouldn't doubt).
78 posts cut down to 19 by the censor. Please could the person responsible come out of the dark and explain the reason so many posts were deemed unsuitable? This 'newspaper' is supposed to allow everyone to see the news and peoples reactions to it. What right has this person to edit comments and moreover leave only those that present a biased view? I thought newspapers were supposed to be neutral - far from it in this case (and many others I shouldn't doubt). JohnR1
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10:36am Thu 6 Aug 09

DavidBurnley says...

I posted a comment yesterday to ask why so many comments had been removed from this story. While I agree that some where a bit inflammatory, many where from people expressing an opinion that was neither inflammatory nor illegal.

I simply asked for an explanation from LET regarding the criteria they use to remove posts. It would also be interesting to know if that decision in taken by an individual or has to be 'ratified' by someone else. If it is the former, then surely there is a risk that the individual's personal opinions could dictate which posts are removed and which stay.

LET - please provide the info I ask for rather than removing this post. I would like to think that LET is impartial and takes no stance itself on the stories it reports - may we see some proof please by the provision of an answer?
I posted a comment yesterday to ask why so many comments had been removed from this story. While I agree that some where a bit inflammatory, many where from people expressing an opinion that was neither inflammatory nor illegal. I simply asked for an explanation from LET regarding the criteria they use to remove posts. It would also be interesting to know if that decision in taken by an individual or has to be 'ratified' by someone else. If it is the former, then surely there is a risk that the individual's personal opinions could dictate which posts are removed and which stay. LET - please provide the info I ask for rather than removing this post. I would like to think that LET is impartial and takes no stance itself on the stories it reports - may we see some proof please by the provision of an answer? DavidBurnley
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12:23pm Thu 6 Aug 09

Phyllis says...

Where has my suggestion gone? I suggested people read 'America Alone' by Mark Steyn. Why was this removed????
Where has my suggestion gone? I suggested people read 'America Alone' by Mark Steyn. Why was this removed???? Phyllis
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1:30pm Thu 6 Aug 09

Paul Cockerton says...

While I respect that many readers want a no-holds-barred discussion on each and every subject online and that all comments should remain, many readers contacted us to say that the slanging match (all Muslims should be deported, all white people are racist, all Muslims are terrorists, back and forth, back and forth) was deeply inappropriate on a story about a religious service promoting peace and tolerance.

That is not to say that all stories regarding relations between different ethnic groups are not up for discussion. There were hundreds of comments on the 'Why I wear the veil' story by a Blackburn woman a few weeks ago; and even more on the Ted Cantle report on community cohesion in the town. Nearly all of the comments remain online as they were robust but sensible discussions on the issuew deliberately raised in the story.

The same is not the case here.

Additionally, some commenters may wish to read the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2007, which makes 'the use of threatening words or behaviour intended to incite hatred against groups of
people because of their faith' a criminal offence.

http://www.homeoffic
e.gov.uk/about-us/ne
ws/religious-hatred-
law
While I respect that many readers want a no-holds-barred discussion on each and every subject online and that all comments should remain, many readers contacted us to say that the slanging match (all Muslims should be deported, all white people are racist, all Muslims are terrorists, back and forth, back and forth) was deeply inappropriate on a story about a religious service promoting peace and tolerance. That is not to say that all stories regarding relations between different ethnic groups are not up for discussion. There were hundreds of comments on the 'Why I wear the veil' story by a Blackburn woman a few weeks ago; and even more on the Ted Cantle report on community cohesion in the town. Nearly all of the comments remain online as they were robust but sensible discussions on the issuew deliberately raised in the story. The same is not the case here. Additionally, some commenters may wish to read the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2007, which makes 'the use of threatening words or behaviour intended to incite hatred against groups of people because of their faith' a criminal offence. http://www.homeoffic e.gov.uk/about-us/ne ws/religious-hatred- law Paul Cockerton
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