Last Saturday afternoon, the Nasfat family of mosques held a national peace rally in Trafalgar Square. The banners they waved a lot of it says where you are coming from theologically: “Say no to extremism”, a banner. “No to Boko Haram,” insisted the other. There was even a union flag on the package leaflet. But none of this made a blind bit of difference to the bigots, broke through the rear window of the Manchester Nasfat mosque the next day and set the place on fire. Five fire engines turned, but there was not much they could do: the place was gutted.
Fanaticism is stupid, done by stupid people. The mosque-the guide told me that the building had been attacked several times during the five years since the opening. A couple of severed pig heads were thrown into the mosque during the service. Your minibus was set on fire. Also this week, as some of the community, surveying the charred remains of their former place of worship, young white men jeered at them from passing cars. “We don’t want you to laugh here,” they shouted, gleefully, what is left of their mosque.
It all sounds a bit to Mississippi Burning to me. And since many of those who died in the Grenfell tower fire were Muslims, it feels vile, that more Muslims were targeted with fire in this way. The mosque believes that the attack was the work of the local goons. But as much as he is asking, the police seems to have not made to catch the perpetrators of a lot of a priority. That, at least, is how the mosque feels.
But I’m pretty sure that the mosque will have the last laugh. Because if the experience of the churches, I have worked with, is anything to go by, to revive the fire of religious devotion tends. Since he had a vicar, of all places, I have a big fire in their past. St Mary’s, Putney, low-founders was burned by a fire in 1973. And within 10 years, it had been rebuilt, and is attracted to one of the most vibrant parishes in South-west London. The municipality I in the now destroyed bombs of the air force was working by the fire. Also, she was revived. And even though the fire started in a bakery on Pudding Lane in 1666, it was not intentional, the destruction of the old St. Paul’s Cathedral in the great fire cleared the way for Christopher Wren’s magnificent new building and the renaissance of London. If Wren was picking through the stones of the old building, he noticed that an implementation of the single Latin word resurgam – “I shall rise again”. He had it carved on the Cathedral from the South door, under the image of the Phoenix.
The Nasfat mosque will do the same. The faithful come together on Friday afternoon to pray in the Parking lot next to the ruins. The community is very afraid of what to have, but it expects a good response – up to 3,000 people usually ask for prayers. If the target of the arsonist, the community, not to create it.
Founded in Nigeria, Nasfat movement began in the 1980s, a number of prayer groups for the young professional Yoruba, Nigerian. In the often highly syncretic culture of west Africa, it cross-pollinated with many features of the Pentecostal Christianity was so successful in Nigeria. Thus, Nasfat, a kind of charisma has been open to tables version of Islam – in a professional, very passionate, more in prayer than politics, and very concerned with the numerical growth. A pair of semi-strong not on a Manchester estate, to dent your enthusiasm.
The prophet Muhammad had plenty of experience of hostile neighbors. His uncle and his uncle, his wife, lived next door, were against Muhammad’s teaching from the beginning. Abu stones would throw Lahab to his nephew. You trash would throw over the wall into Muhammad’s house. And as the Prophet Muhammad was praying at the ka’bah, now the site of Islam’s holiest mosque and the destination of the Hajj, his uncle went and covered him in a bucket of camel guts.
Muslims are all familiar with these stories. So, if a pig is thrown to the head, to your place of prayer, it fits with your worldview are exposed to through the pursuit. As the commitment to enthusiasm, the the rise from the ashes of their mosque.renewed