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Wimbledon Guardian Anti-Mosque leaflets go straight into bins

Mosque nears completion

The shining, domed building off London Road shows Morden's most intriguing building the Ahmadiyya Muslim Baitul Futuh Mosque is taking shape apace.

Work on the former Express Dairies site, costing £5million, began two years ago and is expected to be finished by October, 77 years after the association's first mosque was formally opened in Southfields.

The mosque, which will become the association's UK home, will accommodate 3,000 worshippers, and other buildings on the site including a gym, function hall and conference rooms, will be for all of the community to benefit from and share.

This idea of inclusivity is one cultivated by its late spiritual head Hadhrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad.

When Hadhrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad died on April 19, tributes poured in from the 174 countries across the world where the community is represented.

The father of four had served as the fourth head of the community since 1982. His early education was in Qadian, India, and then at Government College, Lahore, and Rabwah, Pakistan. In 1955 he came to England to complete his studies.

He served the community in various capacities, but religious persecution caused him to leave Pakistan for Southfields in 1984, from where he conducted and supervised all the community's affairs worldwide.

The association has been persecuted because of its central belief that its founder, Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, was the promised Messiah and Mahdi.

Under his leadership the community grew from 10million members to more than 200million.

The leader travelled extensively, and was a keen student of world history.

Under his guidance, the Holy Quran, the Muslim holy book, was translated into most major languages.

The community's electoral college convened in London on April 22 and elected Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad as its new spiritual leader.

He then led the funeral prayer for his predecessor at Islamabad, Tilford, Surrey, on April 23, attended by 40,000 people.

11:06am Wednesday 28th May 2003

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