Thousands of people gathered in London’s Soho district on Monday 13th June 2016 to hold a vigil for the 49 people killed by the terrorist Omar Mateen in Orlando, Florida. The Association of British Muslims was proud to be among those paying their respects. We watched in silence as 49 balloons rose into the sky symbolising the needless deaths carried out by a Daesh supporting assassin.
Daesh would like to drive a wedge between the LGBT community and Muslims – as would the Far Right. The AoBM is determined to stop that happening. We are the oldest Muslim association in Britain and it’s our aim to build unity between all Britons regardless of faith, ethnicity or sexuality.
It was heartening to see many LGBT Muslims in Soho on Monday standing in solidarity with their brothers and sisters. All of us expressed our disgust at the murderous acts of Daesh. The terrorists direct vulnerable or unstable people to commit murder without any thought for the consequences. Individuals like Mateen are just pawns in their battle. Once they have served their purpose, Daesh looks for others to brainwash with their distorted version of Islam.
It is sickening that the gunning down of people in Orlando happened during Ramadan. Daesh and their puppet Mateen clearly had no idea about the true meaning of the holy month. This shows the bankruptcy of Daesh as it loses territory and descends to becoming a blood soaked terrorist gang. The threat it poses in our communities is very real and the AoBM will be at the forefront of pushing back against extremist narratives and the ideology of terrorism.
AoBM Statement on the Orlando Attack
The Creator does not tell us to hate, let alone harm, anyone because of their differences to us. We have all been created by the same Merciful and Gracious Creator. We cannot but condemn this attack on the innocent people of Orlando, Florida.
LGBTQ people are too often targets of violence. Our deepest condolences to the loved ones and families of the victims of this attack. We stand in solidarity with them and pray the Most High eases their suffering.
Our Creator didn’t create us to hate or to cause friction between people, therefore we at the Association of British Muslims (AoBM) will redouble our efforts to oppose all forms of violence and bigotry in the name of religion and we ask that people of all religions and the wider society challenge homophobia alongside anti-Muslim hate, rascism, anti-Semitism, in fact all forms of extremism and bigotry.
We will not let hate and violence succeed. We will stand together united and those who wish to cause division will know they cannot succeed.
Mohammed Abbasi, Co-Director, AoBM
Paul Salahuddin Armstrong, Co-Director, AoBM
Hifsa Haroon-Iqbal MBE DL, Director of Innovation, AoBM
Zahid Akbar, Director of Human Rights & Legal Affairs, AoBM
Dr Khurshid Ahmed CBE, Director for International Activities, AoBM
Mustafa K Erol, Midlands Director of Time to Help UK
Raheed Salam, Director, All Faiths & None
Dr. Mohammad Mozaffari, Leeds Muslim Youth Group
Ismael Lea South, The Salam Project
Sadik Cinar, Executive Director, Dialogue Society
Ilknur Kahraman, Co-Director, Dialogue Society
Seval Gokce, Executive Director, Mevlana Rumi Mosque
Rehman Anwer, Faith Matters & Tell MAMA
Mohammed Shafiq, Ramadhan Foundation
Aisha Ali-Khan, Human Rights Activist
Mustafa Field MBE, Director, Faiths Forum for London
Muddassar Ahmed, Patron, Faiths Forum for London
Sayed Zafar Abbas, Imam of Anjuman e Husainiyah, Newcastle upon Tyne
Aamer Anwar, Human Rights Lawyer
Imam Ghulam Rasool QTS, Director, Hazrat Sultan Bahu Trust UK and JadeDome Consultancy
Tamina Mir, Humanity Activist and Women Buzz Network
Dilwar Hussain, New Horizons in British Islam
Arshad Ashraf, British Muslim TV
Rubab Mehdi H Rizvi, Markazi Imam Hussain Council (MIHC)
Sheikh Dr Ramzy, Islamic Information Centre, Oxford
Captain Naveed Muhammad MBE
Mufti Abu Layth
Hayyan Ayaz Bhabha
Afzal Khan CBE MEP
Iqbal Bhana OBE, DL
The Queen’s 90th Birthday
The Association of British Muslims wishes HM The Queen a Happy 90th Birthday, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh a Happy 95th Birthday, and the blessings of the Holy Month of Ramadan.
Allah Save The Queen!
Ramadan Mubarak! 1437 / 2016
Reliable astronomical data from HM Nautical Almanac Office and Crescentwatch.org indicate that on 5th June a naked-eye (unaided) sighting of the new crescent moon will be not be possible in Europe or in many regions except perhaps in South America. Hence, the correct date for the UK and Europe for the 1st of Ramadan will be the 7th June, beginning at dusk on Monday, 6th June 2016.
The first day of fasting will be on Tuesday, 7th June in the United Kingdom, Europe, and for most regions outside South America.
We are advising people to take care when fasting this year, as the days are extraordinarily long in the United Kingdom this time of the year, lasting 19 hours from before dawn until after dusk… This is far longer than anyone fasts in Mecca and Medina, including Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, and his companions 14 centuries ago…
We advise people take their health into account. If anyone feels able to fast throughout these extended daylight hours, and can comfortably do so without any negative consequences to their health, we do not wish to discourage or prevent you from doing so… However, it must be acknowledged that many Muslims living in northern latitudes, including here in the UK, will struggle to keep such extended fasts for the full month without harm to their health and wellbeing.
For this reason, we strongly advise people to take care of themselves, and not put their health at unnecessary risk during the holy month of Ramadan. This advice is especially important for pregnant women, children and people with health conditions to take into account…
Fatwa On Fasting In Ramadan In The UK During Summer:
Fatwa from Dar al-Ifta al Misriyyah; Number: 2806
MUHAMMAD ALI — THE GREATEST
Muhammad Ali, never met the guy, never spoke to him, and I never saw any of his famous boxing bouts but when I heard the news that he had passed away, I had tears in my eyes. I said to myself: how strange!
On behalf of The Association Of British Muslims, its members and followers and indeed on behalf of all British Muslims, I would like to convey our deepest condolences to the family of Muhammad Ali, his friends and all those across the world who loved him – all those who loved THE GREATEST.
Back in 1967 when he openly and vehemently refused to be inducted into the United States military to fight in the Vietnam war. I remember what an uproar and commotion it caused right across America. But he was an inspiration to us, the youths at that time. He was like a Goliath who stood up to the establishment. The American media, the politicians and the hawkish commentators all came out with their guns blazing, calling him un-American, a traitor and a draft dodger. Wow!! The man stood his ground.
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.