Not quite my worst nightmare, but not an occasion when I am happy to be proved right.
I would much rather have been wrong about this.
As I burble here at length on occasion, my fathers family comes from the East End and I have lived or worked and have friends in most of the eastern boroughs of Greater London. 2 years ago I started making comments in another place, which is where I met Rebecca. On 8 December 2004 I said this there:-
"Following my post this morning under the blasphemy thread (about the mosque in the disused factory near where I was brought up) a second mosque later bought a Victorian synagogue about half a mile away. First they built an extension, then altered the windows to look oriental. Then painted it eau de nile green. Then they pulled it down and built an enormous new one. With a huge sickly green dome and a minaret which, significantly in my opinion, looks like a missile. My parents are buried in the cemetery opposite, also a Victorian foundation and thats the view I get from their grave. It is so totally out of keeping with the rest of the areas architecture, but we all know how planning permission was granted. Half the council are of the congregation."
I could have added that my old next door neighbours were also members. But there was something about that missile on the roof, that I could never see as a minaret. The colour is awful, nothing like the copper patina it is faking, and the building is ugly. I try to be rational, that it is the ideology I fight, and I must never lose sight of the fact that we are all God's creatures but something about that missile brooding over my parent's grave upsets me everytime I visit. In a way that the other mosques in east London do not, alien and ubiquitous as they are.
I would say to my husband, "One day something will happen, and that place will be at the centre of it." So I was saddened but not surprised, once I saw that most of the men arrested in this weeks aeroplane plot have addresses in Leyton and Walthamstow, to find today that several of them met and worshiped at this Mosque.
Posted on 08/12/2006 3:09 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax