The former pub is set to become a mosque after local Muslim leaders decided on the site
Muslim leaders say the site of the Wetmore Whistle boozer in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, is perfect for teaching, meetings and Friday prayers.
But those living nearby say it is an "utter contradiction" for Muslims who are teetotal to worship there.
One local resident claimed it was an 'utter contradiction' to turn the pub into a mosque
Shop worker Sam Thomson, 24, said: "Muslims aren't allowed to drink yet they want to go to a pub to pray.
"It's an utter contradiction to everything they stand for.
A decision on the plans will be made next month
"If a pub landlord wanted to knock down a mosque to build a beer garden they'd be uproar but it's ok if it's the other way round? Why?"
Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association UK have appealed to the council for planning permission to convert it into a place of worship.
A decision will be made next month.