Friday 9 October 2015
Free Newspaper Asian News
The Asian Today Newspaper - Issue 203 Out Now View Issue 203 Online Now!
Register today for all the latest news from The Asian Today.
Where did you hear about us?
Get Your Free Copy of The Asian Today
Use our store finder to find out where you can pick up your local copy of The Asian Today!
Advertising in The Asian Today  is a great way to promote your business. Contact our advertising team:
Call:  0121 314 2892

Flora Motor Hire

News - The Asian Today

Updated: 15:32, Tuesday April 21, 2009
        News Feed
Businessman calls for calm over Mosque backlash
Rival groups at war on Facebook over Lichfield Mosque plan
A LICHFIELD businessman has called for calm after his plans for a Mosque in Lichfield were met with widespread anger.
Restaurateur Abdul Salam said he was “concerned” about a number of “frightening” comments made on the social networking site Facebook against plans for the Mosque.
Mr Salam, who owns the popular Eastern Eye restaurant in the city, revealed plans for the mosque following consultations with Lichfield’s Muslim community.
The city does not have a mosque and Mr Salam said worshippers are either forced to hire out function halls or travel to nearby Birmingham or Burton for daily prayers.
But the creation of a Facebook group opposing the Mosque plan took a sinister turn when creators were forced to delete racist comments from members and warn others about their conduct.
The group, ‘Against Mosque being built in Lichfield’ currently has over 5,000 members and argue against the mosque because of the city’s “traditionally English” heritage.
One member said: “We are all made to believe that the multicultural society is something we should accept and want, yet who asked for this? It has been imposed on us. Even when I go abroad, people I meet make comments about how our country has been overrun by foreigners. Some areas you are pushed to see anyone who look's traditionally English. Lets us at least have one area, Lichfield which is relatively English and untouched by foreign culture.”
Another argued: “I don't want a bloody mosque I want a skate park or big shopping centre not a place were I won't be able 2 go if it does get built it's only going 2 get burnt down.”
Mr Salam, who has yet to submit the plans to Lichfield District Council, said he was “concerned” about the nature of some of the comments.
“Comments which have been left on Facebook show that we have a tremendous problem in Lichfield which we didn’t think we had,” he said. “We have been left concerned and a bit frightened.
"There is no need to hate each other – there is nothing to gain in hatred. Learning to live together will be better for all of us," Mr Salam added.
A rival group calling for the Mosque to be built has also emerged on Facebook.
Creator Mathew Gibbon said: “We should be working towards an inclusive city that welcomes our growing Muslim community. I made this group after seeing the one arguing against having a mosque, and the hundreds of racist comments.”
Lichfield District Council leader, Councillor David Smith, said: “Lichfield district gains great strength from its cultural diversity, and welcomes people from all faiths.
“Our residents should be free to live and work peacefully in the district – in the spirit of harmony and understanding.”


Latest Stories

‘Looking through the Bollywood Lens’
The Sequel
Pizza Delivery Driver Jailed
Rizwan Tasib, 27, raced through four red lights 'to impress bosses'
Shokat Ali Loses His Fight Against Cancer
Tributes Have Been Paid To Sparkbrook Teacher Via Social Media
Saltley Bus Stabbing
Row Led Passenger To Be Stabbed Five Times By Gang
Jailed for Driving onto 10K Run Course
Birmingham Man Gets 14 Months
Coventry Bus Crash
Police Continue Investigation
Coventry Road Attack
Police Appeal for Information
Uncle Pays Tribute to Crash Victim
Atal Nawaz Died Alongside Mushtaq Hussain
Let's Do it for Amar
Family of Fatal Schoolboy Take on New Challenge
The Fight Against Forced Marriages
How West Midlands Police are Taking a Tough Stance

More News From The Asian Today


Asian Entertainment - Registration Open for Preview
Citizen Khan Screening
A preview screening of two episodes of BBC One’s award winning, primetime sitcom...
Asian Entertainment - Asian broadcasting in Birmingham
BBC Asian Network Celebrates 50 Years
Saturday (10 October) marks 50 years of ground-breaking BBC programming created to ser...
Asian Entertainment - Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Pankaj Kapoor, Sanjay Kapoor
VUE film of the month: Shandaar
A big fat Indian wedding forms the backdrop for this romance between Aliya and Jagjinder....
Asian Entertainment - How the Dream of Two Friends Became a Reality
The Making of MODUS
A vision seen by two friends was quickly transformed into a reality by their passion. Ba...


Asian Interviews - Bollywood Actress Talks About Her Experience As The Lead in 'Katti Batti'
Kangana Ranaut Interview
How did you feel playing such an emotional character, like Payal in Katti Batti?" ...
Asian Interviews - The Bollywood Actor Talks About His Role In Katti Batti
Imran Khan Interview
Your last release Gori Tere Pyaar Mein released in 2013. Why has there been an extended ...
Asian Interviews - Director of 'Katti Batti' talks about the quirky Bollywood love story
Nikhil Advani Interview
How is Katti Batti different from Hero, both of his movies which are releasing back-to b...
Asian Interviews - New Show is a Storm
The Surj Kumar Show
DesiXpress caught up with our very own entertainment correspondent to talk about his new...


Asian News - Raj Kaur receives the ‘Pride of Birmingham 2015’ Community Champion Award
Listeners of BBC WM vote Raj Kaur as winner of Community Champion
The Pride of Birmingham Awards 2015 were held at the Town Hall on Friday, October 2 for ...
Asian News - Pink Ladoo Campaign Encourages Celebration of Female Birth
Equality Is Sweet
The long-standing South Asian tradition of celebrating the birth of boys by distr...
Asian News - Over 10,000 Attend Annual Event
National Sikh Convention 2015
Over 10,000 Sikhs attended the Annual National Sikh Convention organised over the weeken...
Asian News - Mailbox’s New Indian Restaurant
Launch of Vivaanta
The good, the great and the glamourous were out in force last night for the official pre...


Asian Sport - Curry and Rugby on the Menu
  The RFU Injured Players Foundation are calling on rugby clubs, schools, Unis...
Asian Sport - Asian Sports Foundation
The Sporting Sprint
The Asian Sports Foundation (ASF) is a UK based not-for-profit organisation (NGO), cam...
Asian Sport - Big Names Agree for Inaugural Tournament
UAE Confirmed for PSL
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced that the Pakistan Super League (PSL) will...
Asian Sport - Shattering Pre-Conceptions About Women and Girl’s Football
We Can Play
    Last weekend as I gazed across the Canadian football pitches, home to Sout...