Over 200 Imams & Scholars refuse to perform the funeral prayer for London attackers

Over 200 Imams & Scholars refuse to perform the funeral prayer for London attackers

This statement was initiated by some of the members of the BBSI.

Over 200 Imams, Scholars & Religious Leaders from diverse backgrounds refuse to perform the funeral prayer for the London attackers in an unprecedented move.

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:

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

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, Scotland

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, Imam

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)

133. Imam Monawer Hussain, Founder, The Oxford Foundation

134. Mawlana Muhammad Patel, Blackburn

135. Shaykh Haytham Tamim, Utrujj Foundation

136. Mufti Zubair Butt, Institute of Islamic Jurisprudence

137. Sayyid Ali Abbas Razawi, Scottish Ahlulbayt Society

138. Shaykha Safia Shahid, London

139. Shaykh Muhammad Husain Kazi, London

140. Ustadha Safiyya Bint Ahmad, Al Muhsinat, London

141. Seyed Mohamed Naqvi, Zainabiyya Islamic Centre, Milton Keynes

142. Mufti Sarfraz Mohamed, Fiqh Council, Birmingham

143. Mufti Muhammad Sajjad, Fiqh Council, Birmingham

144. Mohammad Farooq Janbaz, Birmingham Central

145. Qari Mohamed Siddique, Birmingham Central

146. Abdul Majeed Nadeem, Birmingham East

147. Mohammed Tayyab, Birmingham East

148. Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, Birmingham North

149. M Saeed ur Rahman, Blackheath

150. Arif Mateen, Boston

151. Mushtaq Ahmed Khan , Cardiff

152. Imtiaz Ahmed, Leeds

153. Irfanullah Irfan, Peterborough

154. Muhammad Rashid , Peterborough

155. Ali Mahmoud Ahmed Ali, Walsall

156. Khalid Mehmood , Walsall

157. Hafiz Attar Muhammad, Wolverhampton

158. Mohammad Arshad, Burnley

159. Muhammad Iqbal, EIC

160. Zafar Iqbal Awan, Manchester South (Barlow )

161. Syed Naveed Ahmed , Nelson

162. Abdur Rasheed , Newbold

163. M Faridoon, Oldham

164. Miftah Uddin, Oldham

165. Qari M Faiz, Oldham

166. Mohamed Azad, Bradford

167. Alhira Ubaid Ur Rahman, Bradford Byron Street

168. Abdul Hakeem, Newbold

169. Mumtaz Ahmed , Rochdale – Deeplish

170. Abdur Rahman Salik, York

171. Rahmat Aziz Salik, Hull

172. M Ishaq, Glasgow North

173. Mohammad Jahanzaib Niaz, London East Ham

174. Qari Niaz Mohammed, London East Ham

175. Hafiz Muhammad Abu Bakar Sajjad, London Plaistow

176. Hassan Shah, London Plaistow

177. Inayat Khan, London West

178. Mohammad Iqbal Awan, Luton

179. Shahid Ahmed, Luton

180. Iftikhar Ul Haq, Southend

181. Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra, Muslim Council of Britain

182. Imam Hamza ibn AbdulRahman, Imam Dundee Central Mosque

183. Ustadha Misba Khan, Evergreen Children’s Academy

184. Imam Tajudeen Salami – Muslim Association of Nigeria UK/Old Kent Road Mosque

185. Imam Kazeem Fatai – Muslim Association of Nigeria UK/Old Kent Road Mosque

186. Shaykh Najib Rahmani, Sheffield

187. Sheikh Nabil Bin Mahmood, Imam in Perth, Scotland

188. Imam Sayful Ahmed, The Islamic Centre, Scunthorpe

189. Imam Harun Rashid Patel, Ilford, London

190. Shaykh Saad Al Attas, Ark Academy, Bradford191. Mufti Sajid Patel, Quwwatul Islam Mosque, London192. Imran Sulaiman Al-Azhari, Leicester

193. Shaykh Abu Aaliyah Shurkheel Shareef, Jawziyyah Institute

194. Shaykh Abdul Wahab Saleem, Salik Academy

195. Shah Yahya Ahmed, Imam and Religious Teacher, London

196. Imam Zakir Munshi, Masjid Tauheed, Manor Park London

197. Imam Shokat Patel, IANL, Finchley, London

198. Ustadh Rizwan Mustapha, Birmingham

199. Shaykh Ehsan Abdullah Hannan, Director of Religious Education, Islamia Primary School, London

200. Imam Aftab Muhaudden Al Azhari

201. Shaykh Hassan Rabbani, Annandale Mosque, Edinburgh

202. Maulana Shabir Hussain Rabbani, Zia Ul Quran, Glasgow

203. Dr Sabahat Rabbani, Zainab Cobbold Institute, Glasgow


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