What is happening in Kenya is abhorrent, it goes without saying to be honest and I will say with full conviction and authority as a Muslim representative in UK that Islam and terrorism are not synonymous!
The growth of Islamist terrorist cells is down to one major factor; Modernist Salafist sectarianism home grown from the likes of Saudi Arabistan and Egypt not surprisingly with the helping hand of that old not forgotten relic the so called “British Empire”. None of these sectarian groups be it shabaab, hamas, hezbollah or taliban have ever represented true traditional Islamic teaching for they all reject it, down to the fact that the vast majority of major scholars in Islam were actually Sufis.
Sufism may I add is not a sect nor a private group of believers, Sufism [Tasawwuf] is the word given by the great scholars of Islam to describe that very science within Islam that deals with the deep spiritual aspects of ones life, plus it’s also a linage of teaching that goes back from teacher to teacher right back to the Messenger of Allah himself, peace be upon him, Muhammad Ibn Abdullah.
Want a stop to these freaks that are not only attacking none muslims, but also muslims? I suggest the key is Sufism! For with Sufism it teaches that we are all ONE, no matter what religion or sexuality we may be. All the freaking mentalist terrorist groups have none what so ever, devoid of any form of deep spirituality and their very actions are the manifestations of that!
The great Sufi teachers have always taught that one cannot reach a true spirituality without love and compassion and that one cannot ever reach enlightenment with any form of hate in the heart. When you change the heart of men you change the world!
Muhammad Hamzah (Celt Islam)
Cultural Director, The Association of British Muslims.
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.
This is an appeal to the media, if you want to be taken seriously, stop giving hate preachers unnecessary publicity, that only fuels their hateful agendas.
Why is it that this “man”, who represents no one but his sadistic cult, is so often called upon to be interviewed by the BBC and other media channels, whenever they want a Muslim spokesperson? Is it any wonder some misguided individuals indulge in conspiracy theories about the media, when this is how it behaves?
Giving hate preachers free publicity through the mainstream media only fuels their callous agendas. By doing so, media channels are themselves contributing to the crimes of such cowards against society and our Human Family.
A must watch! Video highlighting a small fraction of the immense contribution Muslims have made serving in the British Armed Forces.
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Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem:
“Now among His signs are the night and the day, as well as the sun and the moon: [hence,] adore not the sun or the moon, but prostrate yourselves in adoration before God, who has created them – if it is Him whom you [really] worship. And though some be too proud [to listen to this call], they who [in their hearts] are with thy Sustainer extol His limitless glory by night and by day, and never grow weary [thereof].”
~ Holy Qur’an 41:37-38 (M. Asad)
Sheikh Daoud Rosser-Owen, Amir of the Association of British Muslims discusses the Spinwatch Report ‘The Cold War Against British Muslims’ and rise of Islamophobia. For a copy see: http://www.middleeastmonitor.org.uk/downloads/documents/the-cold-war-on-british-muslims.pdf
Our appreciation to Stephen Sizer, pastor of Christ Church, Virginia Water (see http://cc-vw.org) for recording this interview. (1 September 2011).