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UK: Over 130 Imams refuse to perform funeral prayer for London terror attackers

5th Jun 2017
UK: Over 130 Imams refuse to perform funeral prayer for London terror attackers

This statement was sent by The Muslim Council of Britain:

Imams and religious leaders from across the country and a range of schools of thought have come together to issue a public statement condemning the recent terror attack in London and conveying their pain at the suffering of the victims and their families.

In an unprecedented move, they have not only refused to perform the traditional Islamic prayer for the terrorist – a ritual that is normally performed for every Muslim regardless of their actions – but also have called on others to do the same. They said:

“Consequently, and in light of other such ethical principles which are quintessential to Islam, we will not perform the traditional Islamic funeral prayer over the perpetrators and we also urge fellow imams and religious authorities to withdraw such a privilege. This is because such indefensible actions are completely at odds with the lofty teachings of Islam.”

For the full statement and list of signatories, see below.


Key contacts for the statement:

– Shaykh Yunus Dudhwala: +44 7931 735206⁠

– Sheikha Selina Begum Ali: +44 7946 270169

– Ustadha Rehana Sadiq: +44 7715 139834

– Imam Qari Asim: +44 7816 667282

– Sheikh Asim Yusuf: +447828 300520

Muslim Imams and religious leaders condemn the Manchester and London terror atrocities and urge fellow Imams to refuse to perform Islamic funeral prayers for the terrorists

“We, as Muslim Imams and religious leaders, condemn the recent terror attacks in Manchester and London in the strongest terms possible. Coming from a range of backgrounds, and from across the UK; feeling the pain the rest of the nation feels, we have come together to express our shock and utter disgust at these cold-blooded murders.

We are deeply hurt that a spate of terror attacks have been committed in our country once more by murderers who seek to gain religious legitimacy for their actions. We seek to clarify that their reprehensible actions have neither legitimacy nor our sympathy.

Though at no time is it acceptable, that such ruthless violence was perpetrated during the season of Ramadan, in which Muslims worldwide focus on pious devotion, prayer, charity and the cultivation of good character, demonstrates how utterly misguided and distant the terrorists are from our faith and the contempt which they hold for its values.

Alongside our friends and neighbours, we mourn this attack on our home, society and people, and feel pain for the suffering of the victims and their families. We pray to God that the perpetrators be judged in accordance with the gravity of their crimes in the hereafter. Their acts and wilful dismissal of our religious principles alienates them from any association with our community for whom the inviolability of every human life is the founding principle (Q.5:32).

Consequently, and in light of other such ethical principles which are quintessential to Islam, we will not perform the traditional Islamic funeral prayer for the perpetrators and we also urge fellow imams and religious authorities to withdraw such a privilege. This is because such indefensible actions are completely at odds with the lofty teachings of Islam.

These vile murderers seek to divide our society and instil fear; we will ensure they fail. We implore everyone to unite: we are one community. In the face of such dastardly cowardice, unlike the terrorists, we must uphold love and compassion.

Such criminals defile the name of our religion and of our Prophet, who was sent to be a mercy to all creation.

We commend our police and emergency services – with whom we stand shoulder to shoulder – for their rapid response, arriving at the scenes while risking their own lives to protect the victims and public. Their response exemplifies the courage, humanity and honour we must exhibit in such difficult times.

We pray for peace and unity, and for all the victims of terror both at home and across the globe, who are targeted, irrespective of their faith.”

1. Dr Timothy Winter, University of Cambridge

2. Imam Yunus Dudhwala, Head of Chaplaincy & Bereavement, Barts Health NHS Trust

3. Dr Abul Kalam Azad, Director General, Muslim Family Institute (MFI)

4. Mufti Mohammed Umair Zulfiqar, General Secretary, World Islamic Forum

5. Sheikh Idris Watts, founder of Quranic Circle

6. Dr Omer El-Hamdoon, President, Muslim Association of Britain

7. Sheikh Imtiyaz Damiel, Abu Hanifah Foundation (AHF)

8. Ustadh Arnold Yasin Mol, lecturer Islamic theology and Qur’anic studies Fahm Institute

9. Imam Abdullah Hasan (British Imams & Scholars Contributions and Achievement Awards/ Imams Against Domestic Abuse)

10. Imam Abdul Mateen Head Teacher Quwwatul Islam London

11. Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat, FaithFull Education

12. Dr. Saeed Al-Qadi, EMAN Channel

13. Moulana Muhammad Imran Khan, Doctoral candidate in Theology, University of Cambridge

14. Imam Muhammad Mustaqeem Shah Abu Bakr Trust, Walsall

15. Sheikh Fahimul Anam, Khatib, Darul Ummah Mosque

16. Sheikha Selina Begum Ali, Director – Beacon Institute

17. Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri , Irish Muslim Peace & Integration Council & Al-Mustafa Islamic Centre Ireland

18. Imam Qari Asim, Makkah Mosque Leeds

19. Mawlana Abdullah Khan, Manager, Green Academy, Nottingham

20. Sheikh Bilal Brown, Imam

21. Imam Abdurrahman Anwar, Imam

22. Sheikh Mostahfiz Gani, Beyound Boundaries

23. Imam Mujahid Ali, Head of Islamic Studies at Hafs academy

24. Imam Abid Salik, York Mosque

25. Shaykh Rehan Raza, Imam

26. Imam Khalil Laher, London

27. Imam Yahya Adel Ibrahim, Islamic Chaplain, University of Western Australia

28. Mufti Liaquat Zaman, As-Suffa Institute

29. Dr Mansur Ali, Imam

30. Imam Fadel Soliman, Bridges Foundation

31. Shaykh Muhammad Ismail Bhuta, London

32. Shaykh AbdalHaq Bewley

33. Imam Tahir Mahmood Kiani, Birmingham

34. Mufti Adam Esmail, Zaytoon Academy, Birmingham

35. Shaykha Anne Dijk, Fahm Institute

36. Shaykh Salman Younas, University of Oxford

37. Imam Abdul Wahhab, London

38. Imam Shafi Chowdhury, The City Retreat, Leicester

39. Sheikh Bilal Khan, Freeman of the City of London & Co-Chairman of Dome Advisory

40. Imam Noor Ahmad, Islamic society of South Texas

41. Mufti Suhail, Seven Kings Muslim Educational Trust

42. Imam Mohammed Rahman, Newcastle upon Tyne

43. Sheikh Imran Chaudhry, London

44. Shaykh Abdul Aziz Patel, London

45. Shaykh Asim Yusuf, Consultant Psychiatrist and Religious Guide, Nur al-Habib Foundation

46. Prof. Jasser Auda, Maqasid Institute, UK

47. Shaykh Muhammad Idoe, lecturer, Arabic Fahm Institute

48. Imam Khidir Hussain, Kilburn Mosque

49. Imam Chokri Majouli, Finsbury Park Mosque

50. Imam Abid Khan, Cheadle Mosque

51. Dr Ali Reza Bhojani, Research Fellow, Al-Mahdi Institute

52. Sheikh Mohammed Al-Hilli. Noor Trust, London

53. Sheikh Jaffer Ladak, Imam, Milton Keynes

54. Shaykh Muhammad Reza Tajri, Al-Mahdi Institute

55. Shaykh Kumail Rajani, The World Federation of KSIMC

56. Imam Ajmal Masroor, Broadcaster, Independent Parliamentary Candidate for Bethnal Green and Bow

57. Hujat Islam Shaykh Arif Abdulhussain, Al-Mahdi Institute

58. Hujjat ul Islam Sayed Mohammad Musadaq Haider Taqvi, Representative of Ayatullah Bashir Najafi

59. Imam Abdasamad Clarke, Norwich

60. Imam Huzayfah Bhayat, Imam at Masjid-e-Saliheen, Preston

61. Imam Mohammed Amejee, London

62. Mawlana Yousaf Baig, Batley, Yorkshire

63. Muhammad Ibn Yusuf Birmingham, Imam and Teacher

64. Shaykh Abdurrahman Sayed, Deputy Manager, Foster Care Link – Muslim Fostering Service

65. Dr. Mufti Abdur-Rahman ibn Yusuf Mangera, Whitethread Institute and Zamzam Academy

66. Mawlana Iftkhar A khan, Head of Islamic Studies at M.A Al Kharafi Islamic Centre (Camberley Masjid)

67. Shaykh Sulaiman Gani, Al Khaleel Institute

68. Imam Abdul Rauf, Dundee Central Mosque

69. Mufti Abubakr Karolia, Batley

70. Shaykh Junaid bilal Uan, Dar Uloom, Birmingham

71. Moulana Siraj Saleh, Masjid Quba, Bradford

72. Moulana Ahmed Desai, Masjid Quba, Bradford

73. Sheikh Zubair Miah. Trustee, Al Imdaad Foundation, UK

74. Imam Minar Ali, Academy of Inspiration, Little Ilford Ward, Newham

75. Mawlana Ilyas Koya, Imam – Darul Quran Masjid, Bolton

76. Imam Abdur Rahman Mehdi, Imam at Motherwell Islamic Centre north Lanarkshire Scotland

77. Shaykh Amer Jamil, Solas Foundation

78. Imam Amjad Yoosuf Fulwood, Preston

79. Ustadh Shaukat Warraich, Editor, Imams Online

80. Shaykh Sohaib Saeed, Independent Scholar, Scotland

81. Ustadha Rehana Sadiq, Muslim Chaplain & Counsellor

82. Imam Hassan Ghodawala, Masjid e Noor, Gloucester

83. Imam Imran Ali, Glasgow, Imam at SSACC

84. Shaykh Hammadur Rahman Fahim, Manchester

85. Shaykh Rafiq Sufi, Blackburn

86. Imam Abdul Muheet, Bahr Academy, Newcastle

87. Imam Dawood Masood, Quba Trust

88. Dr. Kallingal Riyad, Consultant Surgeon & Governer – Jamiatul ilm Wal Huda, Blackburn

89. Sheikh Abul Barakat Hasan, Centre for Islamic Guidance UK

90. Imam Shams Tameez, Wycombe Mosque

91. Imam Bilal Toorawa, Masjid e Anwar, Blackburn

92. Imam Ahmed, Masjid al Khazra, Nottingham

93. Shaykh Shafiur Rahman, Jibreel Institute

94. Sheikh Subhan, Imam of MCEC Palmers Green

95. Shaykh Zuber Karim, IF Consultants, Scotland

96. Imam Ahsan Amin, Imam of Central Oxford Mosque

97. Shaykh Manwar Ali, Ipswich Mosque

98. Imam Muhamed Salim Jawara, Sec, African Cultural Centre

99. Mufti Shabir Moosa Adam, Imam-Masjid Ibrahim, Perth, WA

100. Ustadha Khola Hasan, Islamic Shariah Council, Leyton

101. Pir Ahmad Zaman, Naqshbandi Jamati, Khalifa Majaz Ali Pir Syeda Sharif

102. Imam Talha Ahmed, Forestgate Mosque London

103. Mufti Salim Patel, Masjid Al Hikmah, London

104. Sayyid Ali Raza Rizvi, President, Majlis e Ulama e Shia Europe

105. UmmulBanin Merali, QFatima, Head of Hujjat Saturday Workshop

106. Mawlana Shah Muhammed Anas, Imam Zakariya Academy

107. Ustadha Mariam Saeed Bhaiyat, Masjidul Hikmah

108. Ustadha Safiyyah Adam, Quwwat ul Islam

109. Mufti Nadeem Ahmed Khan, Manchester

110. Ustadha Najiyya Mallu, Quwaat Ul Islam, London

111. Ustadha Bilkis Ibrahim, Quwwat ul Islam, East London

112. Imam Abdul-Malik Sheikh, Imam & Social Worker

113. Shaykh Junaid Bilal Usman, Darul Uloom, Birmingham

114. Ustdah Aziza Patel, Quwwat ul Islam and Masjid Hikmah

115. Ustadha Rizwana Dalal, Jamea-al-kauthar

116. Shaykh Abbas Jaffer, Stanmore

117. Ayatollah Ali H. Al-Hakim, Imam of Brighton Faith Society

118. Mawlana Adnan Qurayshi- Hifz and Religious Education Teacher – Hafs Academy

119. Shaykh Sulaiman Ahmed, CEO and Founder Avicenna Academy

120. Ustadha Abida Ahmed, Quwwatul Islam

121. Ustadha Fatima bint Siddiq, Quwwat-ul-Islam Aalimiyya

122. Ustadha Latifa Khan, Quwwatul Islam

123. Imam Irfan Chishti MBE, Manchester Central Mosque

124. Mawlana Ouwais Data, Al-Faatihah Institute

125. Ustadha Fatimah Adam, Masjid Hikmah

126. Maulana Mohammed Abubakar Saleem, Imaam Jamia Masjid Noor

127. Dr Musharraf Hussain, Karimia Institute

128. Dr Amina Inloes, Lecturer, The Islamic College

129. Imam Hamza Ibn AbdurRahman, Imam – Scotland

130. Imam Fazlurrehman Hassan, Muslim Chaplain and Muslim Chaplain Coordinator, Royal Blackburn Hospital NHS Trust

131. Imam Ghulam Rasool, Tipton, Hazrat Sultan Bahu Trust UK

132. Ragih Muflihi, Sandwell, Inclusive Muslim Action Network (IMAN)


[Photo: A Wall Posters with the hastags #TURNTOLOVE and #FORLONDON on Southwark Street in London, England on June 05, 2017. This follows the terror attack at London Bridge and Borough Market, central London, where seven people were killed and three assailants were shot dead by police. Photographer: Ray Tang/AA]

One Response to “UK: Over 130 Imams refuse to perform funeral prayer for London terror attackers”

George ClementsJune 5, 2017

Thank you to all the scholars and leaders of the Muslim community who have expressed so clearly their abhorrence of the actions of those who carried out the recent attacks. While a student at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, I had the privilege of visiting the Mosque and sharing food and conversation with worshippers. I am certain that, whatever their views may be about International military and political affairs, they would never condone terrorist acts of the kind we have witnessed. Many lives have been blighted, not least those of the families of the perpetrators.
While some Imams may bear responsibility for corrupting the minds of susceptible young people, I hope that the British community as a whole will recognise that many others work tirelessly to foster understanding and goodwill among followers of all faiths and none. I also hope that there will not be a backlash against the Muslim community from supporters of some parts of the political spectrum who would use the incidents as justification for their own divisive attitudes. It is an indisputable fact that Britain is now a society made up people from many different ethnic and faith backgrounds, and that is not going to change. Our only hope for a peaceful future for everyone is through dialogue and mutual understanding – not through violence, ignorance and hatred.


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