Controversial Muslim sect continues to grow

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Ahmadi Muslims challenge mainstream Islam

There is a palpably tranquil atmosphere in the Baitul Futuh Mosque in Morden, London. Hundreds of guests, including: MPs, Secretary of States and Senior Members of the Armed Forces, are slowly making their way into Western Europe’s largest Mosque – which can accommodate 10,000 worshippers – an impressive white building, donning a 16m dome and two lofty minarets.

Men in big grey, traditional hats, with amiable faces and warm smiles greet each attendee as they enter the Mosque for the 2013 Peace Symposium, now in its 10thyear. The Mosque, built in 2003, belongs to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, a branch of Islam seen as “heretical” by mainstream Islam.

British governments of the past and present have been rather fond of the Ahmadis, whom they believe to be a more acceptable face of Islam in Britain, as opposed to, say, Salafism. “I commend…

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