Happy Chinese New Year! 新年快乐! 2016
The Association of British Muslims wishes everyone a Happy Chinese New Year! 新年快乐! May the year ahead be filled with good fortune for everyone in our Human Family.
Don’t Stand By… HMD 2016
Defeating Daesh, Reviving Education
Syria is a war torn country, caught up in a civil war between multiple factions, including the Assad government, Daesh (ISIS), Al Nusra (Al Qaeda), Kurds and Turkish tribes, among others. Whoever has been following the ongoing tragedy that is Syria today, knows this already. The accounts from Syrian mothers in this emotional plea confirm the horror that has overtaken their beloved country.
AoBM is deeply saddened by the mass slaughter, destruction and ongoing erosion of civilisation in Syria, not so long ago among the richest and most peaceful of Middle Eastern cultures. We hope Daesh will soon be defeated, for the violence to stop, and the tentative steps towards a peaceful resolution to strengthen and eventually rebuild Syrian society.
Daesh, along with similar ideological extremists operating elsewhere (for example, Boko Haram, Al Qaeda and Taliban), oppose the education of girls and women. In this, they demonstrate how far removed they are from the Islam of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him.
The Qur’an teaches, “Read, and your Lord is the most generous, who taught by the pen” (The Qur’an 96: 34). Such is the importance of education within Islam – right at the heart of our deen (religion). Even in times of war, the Prophet commanded to free any prisoners who are willing to teach people to read, write, or accomplish other important skills. The Prophet’s wife Lady Ayesha was herself a renowned scholar, who people relied on after the Prophet’s passing for her wealth of knowledge of Islam.
Influential 20th-century American Muslim leader El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X) always placed great emphasis on education. He said: “Educate a man and you educate one person; educate a woman and you educate and liberate an entire generation!”
Education is so vital within Islam, that one could say that without it, there is no Islam.
Ethics – Islam The Way of Life – Ep 4
Poppies for Peace in Peshawar
On 16th December 2015, Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai and her family hosted a Poppies for Peace in Peshawar event in Birmingham to commemorate the 1st Anniversary of the deadly terrorist attack on the Army Public School (APS) in Peshawar, Pakistan.
AoBM Statement on Terror Attacks
The Association of British Muslims strongly condemns the terrorist attacks in Paris, Beirut and other cities over the past few days. The Muslim faith condemns such acts of violence.
“…if anyone slays a human being – unless it be [in punishment] for murder or for spreading corruption on earth – it shall be as though he had slain all mankind; whereas, if anyone saves a life, it shall be as though he had saved the lives of all mankind.” (Holy Quran 5:32)
Our hearts and prayers go out to the French people, especially families who lost loved ones in these horrendous attacks.
The attacks in Paris were not aimed just at France or Paris, they are attacks against the values and freedoms we cherish and live by in Europe, they were aimed at all of us. In the wake of the sickening unprovoked attacks, we stand united, in solidarity.
Dr Mamadou Bocoum, Director for Inter-Faith Relations, AoBM
Aneeqa Malik, London Director, AoBM
Hifsa Haroon-Iqbal MBE DL, Director for Innovation, AoBM
Kanza Ahmed, Director for Sports & Wellbeing, AoBM
Paul Salahuddin Armstrong, Co-Director, AoBM
Shaykh Hamza Yusuf speaking about ISIS
FATWA ON THE SO-CALLED “ISLAMIC STATE” (FORMERLY “ISLAMIC STATE IN IRAQ & SYRIA”)
WITH THE NAME OF GOD, MOST GRACIOUS, MOST MERCIFUL
FATWA ON THE SO-CALLED “ISLAMIC STATE”
(FORMERLY “ISLAMIC STATE IN IRAQ & SYRIA”)
Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds. Peace and blessings be upon His final messenger Muhammad.
Due to recent events in the Middle East and their impact on some people in Britain, we as imams and scholars based in the UK, would like to issue the following clarifications in the form of a fatwa:
1. There is no doubt that President Assad’s regime in Syria is oppressive, unjust and brutal, and has committed numerous atrocities against its own people.
2. The same is true of the so-called “Islamic State” (IS) or self-styled “Caliphate,” formerly known as “The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria”: it is an oppressive and tyrannical group.
3. By murdering prisoners of war, journalists and civilians, including mosque imams who
refused to endorse their campaign, and by enslaving the women and children of their
opponents, ISIS has violated international agreements such as the Geneva Conventions and conventions on slavery that everyone, including Muslims, have signed up to. God says in the Qur’an, “Believers, fulfil your covenants!” (5:1)
4. The IS persecution and massacres of Shia Muslims, Christians and Yazidis is abhorrent and opposed to Islamic teachings and the Islamic tolerance displayed by great empires such as the Mughals and Ottomans.
5. Based on all of the above: IS is a heretical, extremist organisation and it is religiously prohibited (haram) to support or join it; furthermore, it is an obligation on British Muslims to actively oppose its poisonous ideology, especially when this is promoted within Britain.
6. British and other EU citizens are bound by their duties to their home countries according to Islamic theology and jurisprudence: it is therefore prohibited ( haram) to travel to fight with any side in Syria, including non-state actors, since this is forbidden by laws in EU countries.
7. It is a moral obligation upon British Muslims to help the Syrian and Iraqi people without betraying their own societies: “If they ask for your help in religion, you must help, except against a people with whom you have a treaty.” (Qur’an 8:72)
Sheikh Mohammad Shahid Raza OBE
Executive Secretary, Muslim Law (Shariah) Council of UK. Head Imam, Leicester Central Mosque.
Sheikh Qamaruzzaman Azmi
Secretary General, World Islamic Mission. Head Imam, Manchester Central Mosque.
Sheikh Paul Salahuddin Armstrong
Co-Director, The Association of British Muslims.
Sheikh Dr Qari Mohammad Asim MBE
Head Imam, Makkah Masjid, Leeds.
Sheikh Dr Usama Hasan
Author, ISIS Fatwa. Former Imam, Masjid Al-Tawhid Mosque, Leyton. Head Theologian, Quilliam Foundation.
Mufti Abu Layth
Founder, The Islamic Council, UK.
Islam and Life: Danger of Takfiri ideology for Islam
The rise of Takfiri movements has caused outrage all across traditionally majority Muslim regions of the world and elsewhere. Tariq Ramadan discusses this frightening phenomenon with Paul Salahuddin Armstrong, Co-Director of the Association of British Muslims.
The letter Khalifah Ali ibn Abi Talib wrote to Malik Ashtar
While it may have been written 14 centuries ago, the letter Khalifah Ali ibn Abi Talib wrote to Malik Ashtar is just as, if not even more relevant to us today.
May Allah SWT help us return to the noble wisdom of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, and his loyal companions, may Allah bless them.