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!
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, 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.
Alone he stood like the Statue of Liberty, defying all odds, weathering the storm of the American military, the all powerful press and of course, the politicians at Capitol Hill. He declared, “I ain’t draft dodging. I ain’t burning no flag. I ain’t running to Canada. I am staying right here. You want to send me to jail? Fine, you go right ahead. I have been in jail for 400 years. I could be there 4 or 5 more. But I ain’t going 10,000 miles to help murder and kill other people. If I want to die I’ll die right here, right now, fighting you… You my opposer when I want freedom. You my opposer when I want justice. You my opposer when I want equality. Want me to go somewhere and fight for you? You won’t even stand up for me right here in America, for my rights and my religious beliefs. You won’t even stand up for my rights here at home.”
The witch hunt continued and he was stripped of his rightfully hard won world boxing title. From the boxing ring to the prison cell, Muhammad Ali sacrificed more than three years of his prime life but never never flinched. Whilst all this was happening to Muhammad Ali, at the same time, the Western media, the press and the politicians, all heaping their filth, their harsh, brutal and dehumanising commentaries on Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela, one man stood like a rock by them, he was Muhammad Ali. He was encouraging them to fight on against the mighty forces of apartheid, race and colour and inequality. Strangely enough, if you look at it closely, didn’t they all, all three of them come out as the “world champions”? How true!
Whilst Muhammad Ali was facing his opponents in the boxing ring and still dreaming like many others to bring an end to discrimination on ground of colour, race, wealth and might, his inner soul was searching for that beacon of hope to enlighten his mind give him that conviction and courage to define his goal and purpose in life. Like a boxer he did not leave any stone or “corner” unturned and ultimately he found his answer in Islam. Thus Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. born January 17, 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky, became a Muslim in the year 1965. He said Cassius Clay was his “slave name” and that he embraced Islam because prophet Muhammad and the strongest of his supporters Imam Ali both stood for love and peace, equality and justice for all mankind. Thus he adopted both their names and became MUHAMMED ALI.
Muhammad Ali was a true ambassador of Islam. He took the world stage by storm, not to carry out any fight with his mighty fist and his famous right hook but to plead to all people right across the globe that the days of supremacy on account of race, colour, might and power, must come to an end not just in South Africa but world over, that Martin Luther King’s dream was every impoverished child, man and woman dream across the globe, that no more shall any “Nelson Mandelas” of this world be confined to the prison cell just because they aspire for themselves and their peoples to breath the air of freedom, that the children of this world, anywhere and everywhere be able to run free, play their favourite sports and not be shackled into child labour and slavery.
Was Muhammad Ali a great sportsman, a great politician, a diplomat, a dynamic social activist, an inspiring speaker, a galvanising leader who struck a chord in the hearts of people across the social and political spectrum on this planet ? Perhaps he was all that and much more, perhaps a fighter who used his incredible courage to challenge the orthodoxy and the abuse of power, a visionary who lit the torch of the world Olympics to inspire the youths of today and tomorrow and future years to come that we are all born equal, that we are indeed equal on the playing fields in our daily lives and that we must all give our best performance for potentially we all world champions.
Yes, Muhammad Ali, you were the Greatest, you are the Greatest and you will remain the Greatest. We salute you. God bless you! We will always remember you as THE GREATEST.
Dr Talib Hussain Warsi, Director of Intrafaith Relations at the AoBM.
“A person cannot honour Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, through committing crimes he would have hated.”
~ Shaykh Paul Salahuddin Armstrong
Paul Salahuddin Armstrong, Co-Director, AoBM
Horrified… I honestly don’t know where to begin… In the Holy Qur’an it is written, “…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…” (Qur’an 5:32). So how therefore, can a murderer be a lover of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, to whom these words were revealed?
Or the words of Abel (Habil) related in the Qur’an, “Even if you stretch your hands to kill me, I will not stretch out my hands to kill you, for I fear Allah, the Lord of the worlds.” (Qur’an 5:28).
I’m disappointed that there are any Muslims celebrating the murderer Mumtaz Qadri as a martyr, but I was both shocked and appalled to find Central Jamia Mosque Ghamkol Sharif among them! I am a mureed (student) of Shaykh Sufi Muhammad Abdullah Khan, who passed away last year, under whose guidance the mosque was founded back in 1992.
I have been with Sufi Abdullah for the past 15 years, the Shaykh was a veteran of WW2, honourable man and wise teacher. I’m sure the Shaykh would be horrified to see a convicted murderer celebrated as an Ashiq Al Rasul (lover of the Prophet), and especially by the very people he left to run the mosque he founded in his absence… To drag the memory and tariqat of Sufi Abdullah into this farce is especially insulting to our dearly departed Shaykh, a man I grew to respect and love, and whose wise guidance I live by to this day.
All I can think is the mosque has lost its way in the absence of Shaykh Sufi Abdullah, may Allah bless his soul…
Under no circumstances should anyone be celebrating the death of a convicted murderer as a saint. A murderer has committed the most heinous of crimes; against Allah for taking that which belongs to Allah alone before its time, against our Human Family for disregarding the innate Human Rights of the person they killed, and against the family whose family member they cruelly took away; a child from their parents, a parent from their children, a sibling, a cousin, everyone has a family…
What is the rational that motivates those who celebrate the life of a murderer? What kind of message are they giving to their children and our youth? What message are they giving to the wider society? Murder is evil, it is never to be excused, and certainly not celebrated or glorified! Beyond what should be obvious to any sane individual, this is grossly irresponsible and foolish, and only goes to demonstrate further that those who behave with such lack of thought or consideration are unsuited to the office they claim to represent.
I don’t celebrate the execution of a murderer, I’ve deep misgivings about capital punishment. I know this was used in more primitive times, but so were holes in fields instead of toilets; doesn’t mean it’s the best approach… But at the same time, I certainly don’t mourn the execution of a murderer. Mumtaz Qadri was no saint, and he paid the price in judicial system of Pakistan for the crime he committed.