Qatar donates £1.5m for mosque after intervention from Jack Straw

    Jack Straw, Britain’s Justice Secretary, wrote a letter of introduction for his friend and political ally, Lord Patel of Blackburn, who persuaded the emir, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa al-Thani, to spend £1.5m, half the total needed to build the five-story mosque. Liberal Democrats in Blackburn, Mr. Straw’s constituency, claimed the Labour party had used the…

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      Muslim school head supports oath idea

      The head of Blackburn’s only state girls’ Muslim school said he would be happy to for students to swear an oath of allegiance to Queen and country. And Mufti Hamid Patel, head of Tauheedul Islam Girls High School, would like to see more schemes to boost patriotism amongst young people of all faiths. Mr Patel…

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