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Thousands pack streets of East End to see Mecca imam at prayer

PUBLISHED: 16:49 05 August 2009 | UPDATED: 14:40 05 October 2010

About 12,000 Muslims attended the

About 12,000 Muslims attended the "Seeking The Shade" event at Whitechapel Mosque for evening prayers addressed by the radical cleric Sheikh Abdur Rahman as-Sudais August 4, 2009.

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THOUSANDS of worshippers lined the streets around the East London Mosque last night to catch a glimpse of the controversial Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais. The Imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca was in Whitechapel leading evening prayers where he came to bless land for the extension of the at the packed Muslim centre

By Else Kvist

THOUSANDS of worshippers lined the streets around the East London Mosque last night to catch a glimpse of the controversial Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais.

The Imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca was in Whitechapel leading evening prayers where he came to bless land for the extension of the Muslim centre in Whitechapel.

Thousands of followers who were unable to get into the 7,000-capacity mosque in the Whitechapel Road packed the surrounding streets where impromptu prayers were given as the service from the mosque was relayed.

But the visit was slammed by human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell who called on the mosque and the Muslim Council of Britain to condemn alleged incitement of hatred by the imam.

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