I WAS delighted to read Martin Gienke’s positive letter in favour of the mosque (Bury Free Press, February 24). Like him, I feel there is a growing need for interfaith activity, and that certainly there is a need for a spiritual and cultural centre for Muslims in Bury.
As a Quaker, I would be keen to visit the mosque and learn more about Islam.
Sayed Haque is no stranger to those of us who reside in Risbygate Street. He is well acquainted with the area and I feel he would have chosen his proposed venue carefully.
If there is a shortage of parking spaces in Victoria Street, adjacent to the venue, it would surely be because most home owners there feel obliged to park on both sides of the street all day, whereas I am certain that any visiting Muslims (praying for guidance) will surely use the multi-storey car park near Cineworld, or the car park behind the cinema. Perhaps those locals who scoff at prayer are those who have not yet tried it?
I feel there is a great need for more prayer and meditation in today’s world, to bring about peace and a better way of life for us all, including, it is hoped, better housing.
The wealth of such improvements is brought about by the hard work of business men such as Mr Haque, so let us not be churlish about who we include or exclude in our community.
We do not lose out by accepting other cultures into our own, we always gain. So, let’s give peace a chance.
Bury St Edmunds.
n I take issue with the heading above the correspondance,taken from Lay Leader Gienke’s view that the ‘Mosque would enrich the town’s culture’ (Bury Free Press, February 24). Muslim communities have been a feature of many British towns over the last 40 years with little integration or assimilation. Bury has more culture and heritage than many places – it’s world famous and has played an important part in this country’s history since its foundation. A mosque whose faithful mainly travel in from outside of town would add little to that fabric.
If there are 750 Muslims around Newmarket it would be logical to have the mosque there. It shouldn’t be too hard to get a building with better parking facilities than the old Falcon.
n When some 30 years ago the people of Bury in Lancashire saw the first mosque being opened, no doubt many, like the people in Bury St Edmunds, thought it only right that believers of all faiths should have their own place to worship. As the number of mosques expanded – far greater than the number of Sikh and Hindu temples, friction grew. To counter this, establishment politicians and assorted Christian leaders told the people that what they were seeing was enrichment of the town’s culture.
There are many people now living in this area who have arrived in recent years after they saw the ‘cultural enrichment’ in many parts of London, particularly East London.
Before our councillors give approval for the Falcon to become a mosque I suggest that they talk to some of our former city dwellers who have decided that they have had enough of ‘cultural enrichment’.
J E Bean,
n Regarding the closure of St Edmunds Tavern, in Risbygate Street, may I suggest that this would be the perfect site for a mosque and community centre rather than the now closed Falcon pub.
The reasoning for this is:
1) It already has an adequate parking area to the rear to keep vehicles off-road and prevent congestion
2) The site would be away from residential housing
3) It would be more suitable due to the size for the requirements
Bury St Edmunds.