UK mosques could be designed without minarets, says Baroness Warsi

18 Dec, 2015 10:00 am

LONDON (92 News) – Former Conservative Party chairperson Baroness Warsi has on Friday suggested that the mosques in the UK could be designed without minarets to look like “quintessentially English” places of worship.

Lady Warsi, the first Muslim woman to sit in the Cabinet, urged architects and designers to come up with a new model for Islamic places of prayer as part of a drive to develop an authentically “British” brand of Islam.

“If you look at mosques around the world they are very differently shaped and sized; they have different features, some have minarets and some don’t have minarets,” she said.

Warsi said that the minaret is traditionally used somewhere where the call to prayer would be issued from the top of the minaret and if the principal reason no longer exists, with someone having to physically go up to the minaret, should we take more local cultural reference points from this country instead? That’s what we want to have a debate around and a potential design competition.

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