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- Message reads: ‘There is no god but Allah, and Mohammed is his messenger’
- Planners claim the 2ft-high lettering is like McDonald’s advertising hoarding
- Mahmood Ali, 54, is now facing a legal battle in ‘freedom of speech’ row
- He said: ‘The message is simply there to bless the house. It is not an advert’
PUBLISHED: 11:36 GMT, 29 January 2013 | UPDATED: 19:35 GMT, 29 January 2013
A millionaire businessman has been ordered to remove an Islamic message from the side of his luxury house because council chiefs say it is advertising, it emerged today.
Mahmood Ali, 54, fell out with planners over the wording, taken from the Arabic creed, which reads: ‘There is no god but Allah, and Mohammed is his messenger’.
Known as shahada, the message declares the belief in the oneness of God and acceptance of Muhammad as his prophet.
The inscription, in 2ft-high green lettering, has been placed across a first-floor archway on his large detached house in a residential street.
But he is now in a legal battle with planning chiefs, who classed it as the same as an advertising hoarding like a McDonald’s or Marks & Spencer banner.