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Submitted by carlos (United Kingdom), Feb 26, 2007 at 11:26

Dear all. Reading your comments with interest. It's a contentious subject this mosque building. All about rights and freedoms. no-one should be stopped from practicing their religion if it harms no-one else. I'm interested in the shape though. It's certainly unlike any mosque I have ever seen. Churchill said once that 'we shape our buildings and thereafter they shape us', and I kind of believe that. point is about this mosque is what does its new form represent? does it represent a new way of worshipping? is it purely about an expression of geometry and mathematics at which Islam excelled in its past? does it reflect the increased inclusivity of women and other sects within that of Tablighi Jamaat? does the modern form represent a modern form of worship, and if it does not, what is it trying to say?

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