Over 130 British Imams and Scholars Refuse To Perform Funeral Prayer for London Attackers

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.

Full Statement

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)


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