"London is more Islamic than many Muslim countries put together," says London Islamic preacher Maulana Syed Raza Rizvi.
The city of London – dubbed "Londonistan" by outspoken journalist Melanie Phillips – now has 423 new mosques, which are "built on the sad ruins of English Christianity." So writes Italian journalist and writer, Arutz Sheva columniist Giulio Meotti in an article written for Gatestone Institute reported here.
The Hyatt United Church, for instance, on Hamilton Road, was purchased by the Egyptian community and is being converted into a mosque. St Peter's Church is now the Madina Mosque, and the Brick Lane Mosque used to be a Methodist church. Not only buildings are converted, writes Meotti, but also people: "The number of converts to Islam [in London] has doubled; often they embrace radical Islam, as with Khalid Masood, the terrorist who struck Westminster."
"Given the current trends," he predicts, "Christianity in England is becoming a relic, while Islam will be the religion of the future."
It is estimated that by 2020, the number of Muslims attending prayers will top the number of Christians attending weekly Mass, 683,000 to 679,000. Within a generation, the number of churchgoers will be three times lower than that of Muslims who go regularly to mosque on Friday.
Meotti cites a Wall Street Journal report stating that 500 London churches of all denominations had been turned into private homes.
Demographically, Britain has been acquiring an increasingly Islamic face in many cities. A study carried out in 2015 showed that the most common name in England was none other than Mohammed and variations thereof.
Birmingham, England's 2nd largest city, has a population that is 21.8% Muslim; Manchester, #6, stands at 15.8% Muslim, and Bradford, with well over 300,000 people, is a quarter Muslim, including half its children. In Leicester, too, Britain's 10th largest city, half the children are Muslim.
Meotti cites a report in The Spectator according to which only two of the 1,700 mosques in Britain follow the modernist interpretation of Islam, compared with 56% in the United States.
But possibly most telling is the presence in London of no fewer than 100 sharia (Islamic law) courts, according to official statistics; there are likely many more. "The advent of this parallel judicial system has been made possible thanks to the British Arbitration Act and the system of Alternative Dispute Resolution," according to Giotti. "These new courts are based on the rejection of the inviolability of human rights: the values of freedom and equality that are the basis of English Common Law."
One of Britain's leading judges, Sir James Munby, said that courts must be more "multicultural" – an allusion to "Islamic." Leading personalities such as former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and Chief Justice Lord Phillips have suggested that British law should "incorporate" elements of sharia law.
Analysts continue to observe and report on the trend, and invariably conclude by asking: "Is anyone doing anything to stop it?"