World Bulletin / News Desk
British Muslims called for a ban on a anti-Islamist protest by nationalists at Harrow mosque, scheduled on Friday, facing with a new threat of violence during a period of fasting and prayer, British papers said.
The English Defence League (EDL), which clashed with anti-fascists in an anti-Muslims demonstration in Birmingham on Saturday, and Stop the Islamisation of Europe (SIOE) are planning another protest at a mosque in Harrow. They promoted Friday's protest on their websites.
Meanwhile, Unite Against Fascism (UAF) supporters will hold their own counter-demonstration to show solidarity with Muslims.
Friday is the anniversary of September 11.
The mosque is not finished, but Friday prayers will be conducted next door in the middle of Ramadan, Islam's holiest month.
We would have 200 to 300 people coming here for prayers on a Friday, Harrow Times quoted Haroon Sheikh, chairman of Harrow Central Mosque, as saying.
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There are fears the weekend's violence could be repeated in Harrow.
"The concern we have is with a large congregation. It's very difficult to control what people would want to do on the day," Sheikh said.
Weyman Bennett, UAF's joint national secretary, accused the anti-Islam groups of trying to start "ethnic conflict". He told The Times: "These self-confessed hooligans will attack people, I'm absolutely convinced about that. What will happen then? There will be a response. They know exactly what people will do, and they want a picture of people charging out of a mosque.
EDL nationalists rioted in Birmingham for an anti-Islamic rally at the weekend, rising the tensions in the European country. There were dozens of arrests after clashes between the supporters of the right-wing EDL and Muslim activists.
The EDL also attacked on Muslims in Birmingham a few weeks ago, leading to 35 arrests.
Ghulam Rabbani, the general secretary of the Harrow mosque, told The Times of London last week that he doesn't know why protesters picked his mosque.
"We don't know why they are singling us out. They say we are planning a Shariah court but we have never had such a plan. This community is mixed with Muslims, Christians, Hindus and Jews. We have had very good relations for 25 years."
Shariah implementation doesn't exist in the UK.
Last June, the British National Party garnered more than 6 percent of the vote in European elections, including two seats in the Brussels Parliament, rising concerns over Xenophobia and Islamaphobia. Not only does the BNP have a voice in government, but it has its militia in the streets.