The mosque targeted in a terror attack that has claimed the life of at least one person has a record of pro-active community work – and most recently helped survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire.
Hate preacher Abu Hamza made the name of Finsbury Park Mosque notorious, but it was reopened in 2005 under new leadership with a zero tolerance attitude to extremism.
The turnaround was recognised in 2014 when the mosque became only the third place of worship to be awarded the Charity Commission-endorsed Visible Quality Mark.
At the time, local MP Jeremy Corbyn said: “This endorsed standards award can give the public confidence that this charity is well run and give any funders assurance about how their money is being spent.”
The Independent covered the turnaround at the mosque in a 2014 article. Mosque chairman Mohammed Kozbar told the newspaper:
“We feel a strong sense of responsibility. We think we should be role models to other mosques and other faith places, to deal with extremism and any other problems… But we [as Muslims] want to feel we are part of the wider community. We want to be British citizens, not second-class citizens, and we want to feel we have duties, responsibilities and rights as well.”
The mosque puts on activities for young people, IT and English courses and runs an inter-faith project to feed the homeless with local churches.
Most recently the mosque showed its sense of responsibility to its community by collecting donations for survivors of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
Collection for Grenfell Tower victims, survivors and relatives at Taraweeh prayers at Finsbury Park Mosque tonight. London united as one…
— Andy Hull (@AndyHull79) June 14, 2017
The attack comes days after the anniversary of the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox by a far-right terrorist. After a weekend of events to celebrate her life and political work, Scrapbook says:
We have more in common…