Islamic Renaissance

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130 Slave Imams Urge Muslims not to Travel to Iraq and Syria


By Allah, I refuse to respect a single Imam who signed the letter urging Muslims not to go to Syria. Now, before you jump to the conclusion that I endorse the idea of going to Syria to fight, let me clarify that I don’t.

Personally, I think the Syrian crisis may be what the Prophet was referring to when he said: “A time will come when the murderer will not know why he has committed the murder, and the victim will not know why he has been killed” (Sahih Muslim, 41: 6949)

However, this is not the reason why these Imams signed this open letter. They did not sign this letter out of concern for the Ummah, they signed this letter out of fear of their slave master. They were afraid of being labelled an extremist, afraid of being labelled an Islamist, afraid for their lives.

They behaved like the ‘house negroes’ during slavery; who did not speak out to help their fellow slaves against a whipping, but rather spoke out to be better accommodated inside their master’s home.

You see, remaining silent isn’t an option anymore. Thanks to our passivity as a community, Islamophobia has reached a point where even silence is translated as rebelling against the slave master.

Now I know that some of you reading this will disagree. You will argue that I’m not in a position to know what’s in their hearts. You’re right, I don’t know what’s in their hearts and I cannot judge their intentions based on assumptions. What I can do however, is judge them based on their actions, and their actions prove everything I’m saying.

I’ll prove it to you. Tell me, where were these hundreds of Imams when Iraq was being invaded? Where were they when Palestinians were being ethnically cleansed? When drones were flying over the holy cities of Mecca to detonate the children of this Ummah, where was their open letter? Did I miss the memo?

Where were the open letters from the various denominations of Shia and Sunni Muslims to support a unified cause for freedom during the Muslim Spring?

I’ll tell you, there were none. So dig deep into your conscience and answer these questions, is it possible that these imams aren’t the God-fearing noble men you expected them to be? Is it possible that these Imams fear the wrath of our oppressors so much that they have sold out on our religion and sold out on our Ummah. Is it possible that they have chosen the life of this world over the life of the hereafter?

Now if these proofs are still not convincing you, fair enough. I have a challenge for you. If you are truly sincere in seeking the truth, ask these Imams to write an alternative letter condemning our oppressors for their crimes against humanity, and urging the Muslim community to unite as one people in the struggle for our freedom. If they write an alternative letter, we will retract this article and replace it with a formal apology to these Imams. But they must come forth and prove themselves with an alternative letter. As Allah says in the Quran: “Produce your proof if you are truthful!” [2:111]

But even you know deep in your hearts, they will not. They fear the slave master more than they fear the creator of the heavens and earth.

You see, in a climate where Islamophobia is growing faster than our ability to counter it, we need solutions. When our Imams show us that they are more than capable of uniting for a cause that further justifies our oppression, but refuse to unite in the cause for our freedom, they must be held to account and they must be questioned.

Our Ummah needs less selling out and more solutions.

Islamic Renaissance has attempted to put together the way forward for our Ummah and we welcome all feedback, critical or otherwise.

In the meantime, here is the list of the Imams that signed the open letter. Contact them and ask them why similar initiatives have not been seen in the face of our oppression?

  • Sheikh Ahmed Babikir, Islamic Advisor Islamiyyah School Network, London
  • Qari Mohammed Asim MBE, Senior Imam Makkah Masjid, Leeds
  • Sheikh Muhammad Manwar Ali, JIMAS, Norwich
  • Mualana Shahid Raza OBE, Leicester Central Mosque, Leicester
  • Imam Rafiq Sufi Patel, Vice Chairman Lancashire of Mosque, Blackburn
  • Mufti Zymer Salihi, Chairman Albanian and Turkish Islamic Foundation, London
  • Prof Masood Akhtar Hazarvi, Al Hira Education Centre, Luton
  • Dr Musharraf Hussain, Director Karima Foundation, Nottingham
  • Sheikh Mohamed el Sharkawy, Al Azhar Academy, London
  • Sheikh Tahir Fayyaz, Abu Bakr Masjid, Southall London
  • Sheikh Sabazada Jeelani, Wycombe Islamic Mission/ South East Imams Forum, High Wycombe
  • Chairman Abdul Hameed Qurashi, Lancashire Council of Mosque, Preston
  • Moulana Ghulam Rasool, Trustee Sultan Bahu Trust, Birmingham
  • Sheikh Sayed Ali Raza, Majlis Ulama-e-Shia, London
  • Sheikh Mustafa Jaffar, Masjid, London
  • Imam Asif Ali, Karima, Nottingham
  • Mr Dilwar Hussain, New Horizons, Leicester
  • Dr A Majid Katme, Brent Maglis, London
  • Shaykh Sulaiman Egeh, Brent Muslim Multicultural Centre, London
  • Shaykh Talat, Palmers Green Mosque, London
  • Shaykh Haythim Al-Sahlani, Al Khoei Foundation, London
  • Shaykh Salah Bilal, Al Khoei Foundation, London
  • Imam Shakil Ahmed, Ayesha Masjid and School, London
  • Imam Mohammad Talha Bokhari, Birmingham Central Mosque, Birmingham
  • Maulana Amir Hussain, YEME, Bradford
  • Maulana Swaleey Khan, YEME, Bradford
  • Qari Abdul Latif, Jammia, Alyesbury
  • Hafiz Khush Bakht, Jamia Ramania, High Wycombe
  • Mufti Muhammad Arif, Saeedi Ashrafi, Chesham
  • Maulana Muhammad Sarfraz Madni, Black Heath Mosque, Birmingham
  • Imam Hafiz Hamid Uddin, Castlefield Mosque, High Wycombe
  • Imam Sultan Mahmud, Totteridge Mosque, High Wycombe
  • Qari Tariq Mahmud Qadri, Al Hira Education Centre, London
  • Muft Riaz Ahmed, Samdani Anjuman Islamia, London
  • Imam Ihsanullah Nazshbandi, Ilford Islamic Centre, London
  • Imam Sheikh Muhammad Ismail Al-Rashid, Birmingham Central Mosque, Birmingham
  • Maulana Ejaz Ahmed,Nairvi Siqqiqia, London
  • Mulana Sayed Noor Ahmed Shah, Barking Masjid, London
  • Hafiz Muhammed Yaqoob, Canning Town Mosque, London
  • Qari Muhammad Amin Chidhti, Southall Islamic Centre, Ealing London
  • Maulana Iqbal Awan, Madina Masjid, Luton
  • Hafiz Naseerullah Naqshbandi, Mohi-ul-Din Trust, Birmingham
  • Hafiz Arshad Jamil,  Masjid, London
  • Allama Abdul Bari, Masjid Centre, Milton Keynes
  • Imam Hafiz Hafiz Ahmed Ibrahim Patel, Birmingham Central Mosque, Birmingham
  • Mulana Mehrban, Chesterfield Mosque, Chesterfield
  • Mulana Mohsin,  Islamic Centre, Derby
  • Mulana Sohail Bawa, Stepney Centre, London
  • Mulana Aslam, Southall Islamic Circle, London
  • Imam Abu Sayeed, Darul Ummah, London
  • Mulana Hafiz Rehman, West Drayton Mosque, London
  • Imam Professor Hafiz Muhammad Akram – Harrow Central Mosque, Harrow – Middlesex
  • Mulana Attaaa Ullah Khan, Oxford Mosque, Oxford
  • Mulana Tahir Awan, Abu Bakr Masjid, London
  • Maulana Jamshaid Ahmed, East London Mosque Forum, London
  • Mulana Kasim, Central Jamia Masjid, Ealing London
  • Mulana Bismillah, Central Jamia Masjid, Ealing London
  • Mulana Sadath, Abu Bakr Masjid, Ealing London
  • Ustahd Yahya Birt, Interfaith Forum, Ilkley
  • Ustahd Mahbub Nazir, The Good Deeds Project, Leeds
  • Molana Rayan Mahmud, Iqra TV, London
  • Imam Yaseen Mohammed, Bradford Council of Mosques, Bradford
  • Imam Rafiq Sehgal, Bradford Council of Mosques, Bradford
  • Shah Fazal Karim, Council for Mosques, Bradford
  • Imam Iftikhar Ali, Jammat Tableegul Islam, Bradford
  • Mr Zulfiqar Ali, Jammat Tableegul Islam, Bradford
  • Mr Amjad Pervez, Bradford Council of Mosques, Bradford
  • Imam Sayed Tariq Masud, Shah Redbridge Islamic Centre, London
  • Mr Abdul  Sattar, Kanzul Iman Mosque
  • Shaykh Dr Abbas Mohammed, Islamic Unity Forum
  • Imam Mohammad Saddiq, Khanzul Iman
  • Imam Rafiqur Rehman, Jamia Mosque Newport, South Wales
  • Mr Ghulam Mohayuddin Hafiz, Medina Mosque Trust, Southampton
  • Hafiz Mohammad Sajaad, Jamia Masjid Abu Huraira, Leeds
  • Mulana Abdul Khaliq, Hayes Islamic Centre / Hayes Muslim Centre, London
  • Sh Mr Tarik Nasrullah,  Mosque, London
  • Mr Zia ul-Haq, Madina Masjid, Walsall
  • Imam Irfan Chishti MBE, Light of Islam Academy, Rochdale
  • Mr Choudhary Noor-Hussain, Dudley Central Mosque, Dudley
  • Mulana Aqram, Hayes Masjid / Hayes Muslim Centre, London
  • Imam Shokat, Abu Bakr Mosque, Southampton
  • Imam Azizurehman, Abu Bakr Mosque, Southampton
  • Dr Ataf Sabir, Community Member, Dudley
  • Molana Ahmad Nisar Beg Qadri, British Muslim Forum
  • Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra, The Muslim Council of Britain, Leciester
  • Director and Imam Anas Al-Korj, Taqwah Mosque Trust, Southampton
  • Alqadri Muhammad Ikhlaq Mubarak, Islamic Society Jamia Mosque Al Madina, Middlesbrough
  • Mr Mahmood Hussain, Dudley Muslim Association, Dudley
  • Mr M Ammar Khan, Dudley Central Mosque, Dudley
  • Mr Muhammad Fazal, Al-noor Educational, London
  • Imam Monawar Hussain, The Oxford Foundation
  • Chairman Ragih Muflihi, Muslim Inclusive Action Network IMAN, Sandwell
  • Sahibzada Naeem Rabbani, Black Country Sunni Ulema Council
  • Imam Hafiz Abdul Rehman Sultani, Qamarul Islam Masjid, Birmingham
  • Mr Naseerullah, Siddiquia Education Trust, Birmingham
  • Mr Khurshid Drabu, Chairman, Southampton Medina Mosque Trust Ltd, Southampton
  • Imam Hamid Qudoos Hashmi, Dudley Central Mosque, Dudley
  • Qaril Noman Yousaf, Head Teacher – Harem Academy, Coventry
  • Hafiz Abdul Satar, Hazrat Sultan Bahu Trust (HSBT), Sandwell
  • Imam Shaikh Sajid Mahmood, Aminah Trust, Bradford
  • Yousef  Hansa, Noor Ul Islam Trust, London
  • Hafiz Zaheer Shabir, Bristol Council of Mosques, Bristol
  • Dr Sheikh Omer El-Hamdoon, Muslim Association of Britain
  • Maulana Muhammad Sarfraz Madni, Black Heath Mosque, Birmingham
  • Mufti Muhammd Farooq Alwi, Jammia Masjid, Birmingham
  • Mufti Abdual Majid Nadeem, Alum Rock Mosque, Birmingham
  • Maulana Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, Jammia Masjid, Birmingham
  • Maulana Muhammd Iqbal, Masjid Oldham, Oldham
  • Hafiz Rahmat Aziz Salik, Hull Islamic Centre, Hull
  • Molana Wajid Ali Ansari, Kariamia Masjid, Nottingham
  • Sadat Qadri, Kariamia Masjid, Nottingham
  • Imam Muhammad Hussain Sajid, Ghousia Masjid, Burnley
  • Imam Muhammed Arshad, Masjid e Ibrahim, Burnley
  • Qari Blouch, Armley Welfare Society, Leeds
  • Molana Sadat Ahmed, Kariamia Masjid, Nottingham
  • Helen Zehra Taskiran,  Muslimah of the UK London
  • Julian Bond, Christian Muslim Forum, London
  • Tehmina Kazi, Human rights activist, London
  • Hassan Rabbani, Zia-Ul-Quran, Glasgow
  • Shahzad Hussain,  Iqra Centre,  Leeds
  • Zara Islam, London
  • Mohsin Malik, 313, Oslo
  • Sean Haran, Couples for Christ – Wales Swansea
  • Ahmad Ayaz Ur-Rahman Irfani, Jamia Masjid Hanfia Ghousia,  Bedford
  • Suleman Nagdi MBE DL, Federation of Muslim Organisations, Leicester
  • Professor Hafiz Akram, Harrow Central Mosque,  Harrow
  • Amanda Jane, Price Women Against Ukip, Cheltenham
  • Sharmeen Ahmed,  Bristol
  • General Secretary Talib Hussain,  Jamiyat Tabligh-Ul-Islam, Bradford
  • Abdul Raheem, Leeds

Let us know if you receive a response, and we will keep you posted too.



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