Muslims furious after police enter mosque without taking off their shoes


Cii Radio|Ayesha Ismail|19 September 2017|28 Dhul Hijjah 1438

This is the moment irate Muslim worshippers confronted police after officers entered a mosque with their shoes on.

Police were called to the Townfield Mosque in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, following a disagreement outside the building.

But they then walked into the holy building without removing their shoes which goes against Islamic practice.

Taking shoes off before entering a place of worship is common in many religions.

In Islam, worshippers remove footwear before entering a mosque to prevent dirt getting inside and to symbolise being clean before prayer.

Zafar Iqbal, former chairman of the Wycombe Islamic Mission, told the Bucks Free Press: ‘There was a lot of shouting but there was no need to call the police.

When they arrived there were around 400 to 500 people here for prayers so the whole road had ‘to be closed.’

A Thames Valley spokesman said: ‘Officers were called on Friday at about 1.40pm following reports of an altercation at a mosque in Totteridge Road, High Wycombe.

‘An allegation of assault was recorded and officers are carrying out an investigation into the incident. No arrests have been made at this time.’

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