Mosque imam fears fire was arson

Madni Masjid MosqueA Nottingham mosque has been severely damaged in a fire described by a leading imam as “an act of terrorism against Muslims”.

Police and fire investigators are trying to determine the exact cause of the blaze at the Madni Masjid Mosque on Alberta Terrace in Forest Fields. Imam Raza ul Haq said he believed paint was thrown around the inside of the mosque and then set alight.

The fire, which started on Thursday night, is being treated as suspicious. “It’s not fair. It’s our understanding and belief that this is an act of terrorism against the Muslims,” Imam Haq said. “It’s completely something which people have done deliberately. Someone has entered the building – he has thrown the paint all over the place.”

More than 900 people worship at the converted church which has been used as a mosque for at least 20 years.

BBC News, 6 April 2007