A Minaret For Poitiers
As they are saying at Bivouac-Id, Charles Martel would spin in his grave. Centuries of waiting for revenge for the victory at Poitiers over the Saracens in 732 are coming to an end. Poitiers, symbol of resistance to Islam, will have a mosque and a minaret:
For those who still had doubts, the work on the Poitiers mosque, rue de la Vincenderie, is progressing. Seven months after the start of the project, the religious edifice, endorsed by the UOIF (Union of Islamic Organizations of France), is commanding respect. Beginning with its minaret that has just been built and that reaches 20 meters in height (21.08 in all). It is visible from rue de la Vincenderie (about 10 meters above the level of the highway). The minaret awaits its concrete spiral staircase that should be ready before the summer.
In time a grouping of light fixtures and amplifiers will be installed. A muezzin (prayer leader) perched outside to call for prayer is out of the question.
Besides the minaret, the main edifice is almost completed. The ground floor will house the Islamic cultural center. The first floor will include a conference room and offices; on the second floor there will be a prayer room where those present will be able to discern the Mihrab: the niche from which the imam guides the prayer towards the Kaaba, in Mecca. The other sacred symbol of the mosque is the Minbar, the imam's pulpit. From its heights the spiritual guide will address the faithful. Finally the third floor is reserved for the offices of the imam and the president of the Muslim community of Poitiers. The walls on the 2nd and 3rd floors are decorated with arcs and arcades in the Arab-Muslim style. There are 80 in all.
The bulk of the work ought to be completed by next June. (...)
H/T - Yves Daoudal, who also provided the etching above.
Writing at Islamisation, Joachim Véliocas gives a few more details about this mosque:
(...) The imam is Boubakeur El Hadj Amor, one of the main pillars of the UOID (a radical movement), and president of the Institut européen des sciences humaines (European institute of human sciences), the school for imams founded by the UOIF near Chateau-Chinon (...)
On October 26, 2008, El Hadj Amor explained to La Nouvelle République: "In Muslim countries, back when sound amplification did not exist, the minaret made the sound of voices rise upwards. Today, if only because we have no desire to shock, to offend, to show that we are invading (sic), or to provoke the extremists, the minaret will only serve as a visually appealing ornament."
And Jacques Santrot, the former Socialist mayor who had granted the building permit in 2003 said: "The minaret in itself is not shocking. The only thing that we must not allow is a loud-speaker." And today we learn: "In time a grouping of light fixtures and amplifiers will be installed."
BUT THAT IS NOT ALL
Véliocas informs us, via l'Express, that a SECOND mosque is already on the drawing boards:
The RMF (Assembly of Muslims of France) wants to build a second house of worship in Poitiers. Anouar Kbibech, its president, revealed the news to l'Express. It would be a way of countering the "monopoly" of the UOIF (Union of Islamic Organizations of France), a group that is close to the Muslim Brotherhood (...) In this way, the RMF hopes to work its way into the Regional Council of the Muslim Religion, that takes its orders from the UOIF. The elected members of this agency (meaning the Regional Council) are chosen by delegates, whose number is proportional to the surface of the mosques...."
So, the more rival Muslim organizations there are, the more mosques!