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Joint statement of Muslim Scholars & Imams on LGBT row in schools

Beliefs about “sexuality” and LGBT in particular have been the subject of news coverage recently, due to hundreds of Muslim parents in Birmingham protesting at the actions of their children’s school senior leadership.

The United Kingdom is a multicultural society. The Muslim community is by no means the only community here, and while we encourage constructive, respectful debate of ideas, we condemn one community’s opinions and beliefs being forced upon others, no matter how big or small.

We, the undersigned, are inheritors of a scholarly tradition which from its inception enshrined a methodology for ensuring peaceful coexistence of different peoples, customs, beliefs and even legal systems. Whether it was different religious minorities having judicial and civic autonomy, or different schools of thought among Muslims having overlapping jurisdictions, tolerating differing opinions to relative degrees is in the DNA of Muslim scholars, and something our wider society today would do well to learn from.

One such thing we urge policy makers and executors to pay close attention to is the important distinction between facts and values. It is a fact to say that some people regard same-sex relationships as appropriate, due to their philosophical and moral views; and some people do not—just like it is a fact that some people regard eating meat to be appropriate and some do not. But to go beyond the facts into saying “It is OK and normal to…” is in the realm of values, which should not be imposed on people who disagree.

The types of relationships a person or community regards as good or bad, appropriate or inappropriate, normal or abnormal, are not the result of hard facts, but a product of many interacting beliefs and cultural norms about, for example, the purpose of life, desires and impulses, and conceptions of love, among other things.

Passionately believing in a cause or moral standpoint is one thing, but then enforcing it on others is unacceptable.

There is a clear and unambiguous acceptance in law that the primary givers of philosophical, moral and ethical values to children are their parents. Schools—or anyone else for that matter—may only educate in these areas on behalf of the parents.

When there is a conflict between the philosophical, moral or ethical positions of parents and teachers, schools must respect this and ensure teachers do not transgress the fact/value boundary mentioned above. This includes ideologically or socially-constructed norms which some may passionately believe to be universal facts whilst others do not—such as concerning “sexuality” or “gender”.

It goes without saying that we likewise affirm the rights of those who disagree with our opinions to do so without fear of insult, bullying or any type of oppression whatsoever. However, we also expect the same in return—particularly not being subjected to state enforcement of values and philosophical convictions.

We should respect and tolerate our differences, without the enforcing of some people’s positions on others, especially children.

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Signatories

  1. Imam Suliman Gani, Purley Masjid
  2. Shaykh Haitham al-Haddad
  3. Mufti Amjad Mohammed, Bradford
  4. Shaykh Zahir Mahmood, As-Suffa Institute
  5. Imam Abdur-Rahman ibn Yusuf, Zamzam Academy
  6. Shaikh Tauqir Ishaq, Nuneaton
  7. Imam Abdullah Patel, Head teacher, Al-Ashraf Secondary School for Girls, Gloucester
  8. Imam Shakeel Begg, Lewisham Islamic Centre
  9. Shaykh Asrar Rashid, Birmingham
  10. Imam Fakhrul Islam, Hockwell Ring Masjid, Luton
  11. Molana Sauban, Masjid Heera, Dewsbury
  12. Imam Dr Louay Al-Alousi (Abu Salam), Masjid-us-Sunnah Leicester
  13. Imam Abid Khan, Cheadle Mosque, Manchester
  14. Shaykh Salim Astewani, CMA, Manchester
  15. Shaykh Abu Umar, Didsbury Mosque, Manchester
  16. Imam Shah Talha Ahmed, Forest Gate Masjid
  17. Moulana Hayaat R. Khan, Bradford
  18. Shaykh Asif Mansoor Khan Al-Azhari, PGCE QTS BA BSc
  19. Abdul Wahhab – Darul Atfaal and Beacontree Masjid Headteacher
  20. Imam Abdul Mateen, London
  21. Maulana Shah Muaz Ahmed, Quwwatul Islam, London
  22. Imam Ahmed Desai, Masjid Quba Bradford
  23. M Younus Khan, Madina tul Ilm Academy
  24. Imam Abdul Hakim, Masjid Noor and Education Centre, Dewsbury
  25. Imam Mohammed Waseem, Masjid At Taqwa, Bradford
  26. Maulana Mohammed Farook Kazi, Al-Ansaar Welfare & Education, Preston
  27. Molana Sulayman Khan, Frizinghall, Bradford
  28. Hafiz Aziz Khan, Principal of Masjid Ibraheem & Education Centre, Bradford
  29. Imam Zahed Fettah, Wisdom Cultural and Islamic Centre, Birmingham
  30. Mufti Sufyan, myislaam.com
  31. Muhammad Mustaqeem Shah, Abu Bakr Trust, Walsall
  32. Shaykh Mahmud Mezhar, City Mosque, Preston
  33. Imam Ismail Bulbulia, Masjid Noor & Education Centre, Dewsbury
  34. Molana S. Munshi, Masjid Heera/Islamic Research Institute of GB, Dewsbury
  35. Shaykh Bilal Brown, Chaplain of Oldham Police Station, Member of Oldham SACRE, and teacher at Darul Hadis Latifiah NW
  36. Shaykh Ousman Annsary, Masjid Al Jannah
  37. Shaykh Shahrul Hussain, Ibn Rushd Centre of Excellence for Islamic Research
  38. Imam Khabbaab Ahmad, Al Hashim Academy, Batley
  39. Moulana Farook Raja, Al Hashim Academy, Batley
  40. Mufti Sajid Patel, Chadwell Heath
  41. Maulana Dawood Khan, London
  42. Imam Ilyaas H Limbada, Yeovil Islamic Centre
  43. Imam Kassim Essak, CJM Southall
  44. Imaam Arif Polli, Eldon St. Masjid, Preston
  45. Moulana Afrooz Ali, Al Hikmah Masjid & Learning Centre, Bradford
  46. Imam Ibrahim Suleman Badat, Purley Masjid, London
  47. Zaid Mohammed, Imam Central Masjid Rochdale
  48. Imam Abdullah Kola, Madina Masjid, Newcastle Upon Tyne
  49. Imam Shah Muhammed Anas, Zakariya Academy, London
  50. Molana imtiyaz, Masjid e Saliheen, Preston
  51. Imam Khubaeb Raja, Balham Mosque and Tooting Islamic Centre
  52. Imam Hamza Patel, Balham Mosque and Tooting Islamic Centre
  53. Maulana Naweed Sardar, Scunthorpe Central Mosque
  54. Imam Bilal Toorawa, MASJID-E-ANWAAR, Blackburn
  55. Imam Tehsin Abo Barirah, Bait-Ut-Tauheed, Dewsbury
  56. Imam Salmaan Patel, Kettering Muslim Association (KMA)
  57. Imam Ashfaq Rafiq Patel, Central Mosque Blackpool
  58. Imam Zakaullah Saleem, Green Lane Masjid, Birmingham
  59. Ustadha Marzuqa Karima, Ebrahim College
  60. Imam Umair Vohra, Purley Masjid
  61. Imam Safwaan Hussein, Battersea Mosque
  62. Shaykh Muhammad Yasir al-Ḥanafī, Aylesbury
  63. Maulana Muhammad Hasan, Al-Haqq Academy
  64. Yacoob Hafejee , Head Teacher Madrasah Taleemul Islam Manchester
  65. Mufti Shah Hamza The Fountain London E15
  66. Mufti Shuaib Mutala Academy London E13
  67. Maulana Moin Choudhury Iqra Academy Plaistow
  68. Maulana Hussain Ahmed Darus Sunnah E7
  69. Maulana Yousaf Baig, Dewsbury
  70. Moulana Khairul Huda Khan, Shahjalal Mosque, Manchester
  71. Maulana Abdul Kabir, Southall London, Head Teacher: CJM Madrassah & R.E School Teacher
  72. Imam Mustapha Azhar, Jamiah masjid and head teacher at Darut Taqwa, Accrington
  73. Imam Mohammad Karolia, Al Medinah Mosque, Brighton
  74. Maulana Muhammed Akib Hassan, Bradford
  75. Maulana Yusuf Mayat, Bradford
  76. Mufti Bilal Issak, Leicester
  77. Maulana Haroon Butt, Nottingham
  78. Maulana Mohammed Shoiab Patel, Dewsbury
  79. Maulana Ibrahim Patel, Dewsbury
  80. Maulana Ebrahim Diwan, Manchester
  81. Maulana Amin Sadiq, Imam Chingford, London.
  82. Maulana Mohammed Moreea – Imam – Walthamstow, London
  83. Maulana Adil Patel, Leytonstone, London
  84. Maulana Ammar Dana, Leicester
  85. Maulana Huzaifa Kolia, Imam, Walthamstow, London
  86. Maulana Zayd Mehtar, Imam, Walthamstow London
  87. Maulana Mohsin Ali, London
  88. Abbas Afzal, teacher Darul Uloom Muhammadiyyah, Wednesbury
  89. Imam Salim Ismail, Islamic Centre Upton Park
  90. Maulana Abdul Rehman Ghani, Birmingham
  91. Imam Muhammad Sadak, Chingford
  92. Maulana Abdullah Bhula, Bradford
  93. Maulana Suleman Collector, Headteacher, Cambridge Street School
  94. Moulana Abdullah Bham, Islamic Tutor Batley
  95. Moulana Muhammad Raees, Bradford
  96. Moulana Abdul Hafeez, Teacher of Quran
  97. Moulana Ahmed Bismillah, Imam Masjid Hidaya Keighley
  98. Moulana Ayyaz Iqbal, Teacher of Hadith and Tafseer Leeds
  99. Moulana Hafeezur Rahman, Bradford
  100. Maulana Suhail Patel, Bolton
  101. Maulana Mohammed Patel, Batley, Islamic teacher
  102. Moulana Mohammed Atiq, Leicester
  103. Imam Abdul Wahhab, Darul Atfaal, London
  104. Imam Ruhulamin Bapu, Preston, Madina Masjid
  105. Maulana Ata Muhammad, Imam Madina Masjid, Wolverhampton
  106. Hafiz Mehmood Ahmed, Quran Teacher, Wolverhampton
  107. Sheikh Wasim Kempson, London, Thewisemuslim.org
  108. Imam Mohammed Amin, Bradford
  109. Ustadh Ramiz Ibrahim, London
  110. Moulana Said Ahmed, Preston
  111. Sheikh Abu Nusaybah Mohamed, Taiba Mosque Complex – London
  112. Ustadh Abu Haneefah Sohail
  113. Imam Omar Hajaj
  114. Moulana Obaidur Rahman
  115. Maulana Abdul Gaffar, Director, Al-Rushd Academy, London
  116. Hafiz Mehmood Ahmed
  117. Imam Amjad Ahmed, Howard Street
  118. Imam Muhammad Hafiz
  119. Shaykh Muhammad Ameen Gani
  120. Maulana Shafiq Ur Rehman Shaheen. Oldham
  121. Sheikh Abdulbasid Haji Masjid Alfurqan, St.Matthew, Leicester.
  122. Imam Mohammad Teladia, Masjid Abu Bakr, Reading
  123. Mufti Quresh Ali
  124. Molana Suleman Pandor
  125. Maulana Rashid Ghani Qadiri
  126. Ustadh Mohammad Quraishi, Quantum Ruqya Education Trust
  127. Maulana Habibur Rahman
  128. Shaykh Muhammad Idris Watts, Founder of Quranic Circle
  129. Sheikh Muhammad Sabahul Haque
  130. Imam Khidir Hussain, Masjid Ayesha, Tottenham, London
  131. Maulana Muzakkir Ali, Masjid-e-Hamza, Ashton-under-Lyne
  132. Mufti Ghulam Sarwar (Hanfia Masjid, Huddersfield)
  133. Maulana Waseem Patel
  134. Sheikh Shaqur Rehman
  135. Shaykh Abu Muhammad Saleh
  136. Moulana Abdullah Ahmed, Dewsbury
  137. Imam Muhammad Usman, Nusrat-al-Islam Masjid, Preston Street, Bradford
  138. Mufti Abbas Ibn Idris, Khatib Zakariya Masjid Luton, Chairman Daarul Huda Bedford
  139. Imam Shahid Ahmed. UKIM Madinah Masjid, Luton
  140. Moulana Mahmood Sacha, Teacher Dewsbury
  141. Shaikh Suhail Is’haq
  142. Imam Anas Shaikh Nadwi
  143. Imam Abdul Qayum, East London Mosque
  144. Imam Abul Hussain Khan
  145. Imam H Abul Hussain Khan, East London Mosque
  146. Imam Bilal Mahmood, Nottingham
  147. Imam Hasan Patel, Teacher, Dewsbury
  148. Imam Javed bin Abdul Aziz
  149. Imaan Labib. Masjid Assahabah, Hull
  150. Maulana Hanzala Khan, Bradford
  151. Imam Huzaifa Hassan, Masjid Saliheen
  152. Shaykh Ali Ahmad, Shaporan Masjid
  153. Moulana Ali Ahmad
  154. Hafiz Azizur Rahman
  155. Imam Haafiz Dilwar Hussain, Khatib & Chaplain
  156. Ustadh Irfan
  157. Molana Mohammed usman, Teacher Rochdale Islamic Academy
  158. Bint Saleem Graduate of Noor ul Islam E10
  159. Molana Mohammed Rashid, Oldham
  160. Shaykh Musleh Faradhi
  161. Moulana Mohammad Amin, Bolton
  162. Maulana Adam Alibhai – London

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6 comments

  1. I’m surprised by how surprised we are that this is happening in the UK. We forget that although we put the West on a pedestal due to their advances in science and technology which leave many of us awe struck, Allah Ta’ala describes them in surah al-Fatiha as ‘dhaaleen’ or those who are astray. Consequently, their moral downward-spiral seems inevitable. Also, we hope that they would be reasonable and abide by the ayah from surah al-Kaafiroon: ‘To You Your Religion and To Me Mine’. However, we forget that Allah Ta’ala also tells us (interpretation of the meaning), “Never will the Jews nor the Christians be pleased with you (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) till you follow their religion” [al-Baqarah 2:120] so it seems very unlikely that they will let us be.

    Incidentally, during the Islamic Golden Age, when the West was in the dark Ages, we Muslims made great leaps in science and technology without losing our principles and morality or destroying the natural world. The West has failed to achieve this. The Islamic Golden Age lasted around 500 years whereas Islam was a global influence for a millennium. Other great civilisations also contributed greatly to human advancement. In contrast, the Industrial Revolution in the West only began around 300 years ago and the living conditions of most people didn’t improve until only the last century.

    Also, I think that as Muslims in the UK, we have this romantic image in our minds of being like the Muslims who brought Islam to places like Indonesia through our morals and ethics especially when trading. Allah knows best, it could happen, but there is a fundamental difference between the two scenarios; Islam has a long and contentious history with Britain, starting with the crusaders, then the orientalists and then the colonialists. Consequently, the efforts of these respected Imams may simply delay rather than eradicate our eventual assimilation into western culture.

    • Your discourse reminds me of Chinese immigrants to Canada arguing that the Magna Carta was “just for the nobles”.
      The free thought and principles of Western Democracy are the lodestone of liberty. It is a fallacy to state Christians and Jews will never accept Islam as where Islam is practised as a religion and not a political ideology, it’s all good.
      Lose the tone of moral superiority and condemn the violence of your co-religionists and we will get along just fine.

  2. The problem with the government is that they are forcing people to assimilate instead of integrate, through “equality laws” and “British values” in schools. What’s wrong with live and let lve?
    These values stem from liberal/secular values. People of religion, the majority, do not have a say anymore do they?
    Schools should be there to teach academic subjects only – relationships (which was not taught in my school days) morality and values should be left to parents and their religious/phiolosphical institutions to teach.

    • But ‘people of religion’ are no longer the majority in the UK. The majority is the 52 percent of the UK population that state they have ‘no religion’. The rest is 38 percent say they are christian and 6 percent muslim.

  3. sister Bint Umar

    The government and education system has lost sight of the purpose of schooling and it is fast making schools a political campaigning ground to promote agendas of various groups. People who choose to go against the natural disposition of human purpose and recreation, should do so without feeling they need to force it onto the masses and gain acceptance. What infact they are doing is creating doubts in young people’s minds, it’s not healthy, its not healthy for their futures nor for the community of Great Britain. May The Almighty Creator guide the lawmakers to sense and sensibility. Amin.

  4. This is brilliant may Allah help us

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