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Welcome to the Mosque: Introduction (01:50)


Over 2 million Muslims visit Britain's oldest and largest mosque every year. Filmmaker Robb Leech explains his complicated relationship with Islam. Leech wants to understand life for "normal" Muslims.

East London Mosque (03:55)

Siraj, a mosque trustee, guides Leech on a tour of the building. The call to prayer interrupts the tour; Leech watches Muslims pray from the viewing gallery.

Mosque Services (02:49)

The mosque houses a nursery, private schools, a business center, a gym, a funeral parlor, free legal services, a senior home, and a women's center. Salman, the mosque's media man, teaches Leech how to perform wudu. Salman addresses reports of three missing schoolgirls believed to be seeking ISIL.

Media Relations (04:12)

Salman receives a call from one of the schoolgirl's sisters. He looks through video footage to see if any of the girls were at the mosque the day they went missing. The mosque tries to publicly distance itself from the girls while privately doing all they can to help the families.

Handling Mosque Affairs (04:09)

Dr. Muhammad Abdul Bari addresses the media about identifying radicalization. Leech attends a senior management meeting where administrators discuss the missing girls; Sister Sofia sits behind a screen.

Religious Conservatism (03:43)

Omar prefers Islamic school. He does not like talking to girls outside of the classroom and believes that if you have feelings for the opposite sex, you should marry; girlfriends are "excess baggage."

Matchmaking Service (04:26)

Leech talks to a mosque member about finding a wife. The matchmaker and his wife have been married 20 years; it was an arranged marriage. Leech fills out the application for the matchmaking service and meets newlyweds.

"Fifth Column" (03:03)

The majority of East London Mosque attendees are Bengali. A group of men reflect on cultural changes and the effects of anti-Muslim rhetoric on their children. Mosque Director Dilwa goes to the polling station to vote.

Unexpected Radicalization (04:06)

The families of the missing girls travel to Turkey in an attempt to contact them. Salman uses social media to encourage the girls to call home. Family members struggle to come to terms with the girls' decision to go to Syria; Kadiza Sultana contacts her sister via Instagram.

Maryam Center (03:23)

The center provides prayer space and community services exclusively for women. Sofia gives Leech a restricted tour of the building; men have dressed as women to try to gain access.

Religion and Culture (03:29)

Sheikh Abdul Qayum joined the East London Mosque in 1993. He explains the religious regions for practicing segregation. The mosque is running out of space and tries to raise funds to purchase the nearby synagogue.

Extremist Associations? (04:22)

Salman learns that Amira Abase's father marched alongside Al-Muhajiroun in 2010; Salman questions him about the event. Abase does not understand why his daughter went to Syria. Salman reflects on why young people would be attracted to extremists.

London Muslim Center (03:48)

Segregation is not enforced and the building is often used for conferences and events. Alyas Karmani tries to help Leech better understand the East London Mosque and the public's perception. Karmani believes the government does not trust the Muslim community.

Islamic Secondary School (03:03)

Head teacher Ziaur Rahman discusses the school's inspection by Ofsted a month after he started. Students recall being questioned about ISIS.

Islamic Society (02:12)

Hear Ofsted's response about questioning students. Omar meets with a group of young men to discuss an upcoming talk about temptations, desires, and segregation. They share their opinions about ISIS.

Sensationalized Journalism (03:05)

A news report claims that Shamina Begum was radicalized at the East London Mosque. Salman reflects on the images posted on Amira Abase's Twitter account.

Muslims in Britain (02:52)

Leech believes radicalization thrives on the Internet; he reflects on the Muslim community. The mosque purchased the synagogue and plans to build a heritage center.

Credits: Welcome to the Mosque (00:34)

Credits: Welcome to the Mosque

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East London Mosque is one of the largest in Europe – over a quarter of a million people walk through its doors during the month of Ramadan, and up to 7,000 fill its walls for Friday prayers. But for most people outside, it’s a place of mystery. Having documented radical Islam in My Brother the Islamist and My Brother the Terrorist, filmmaker Robb Leech now asks what it’s like to be an ordinary Muslim living in the West. He follows the everyday lives of the people in the community, experiencing their faith at first hand.

Length: 60 minutes

Item#: BVL125016

ISBN: 978-1-63521-936-4

Copyright date: ©2015

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