This joint statement expresses a position with respect to the ongoing demonisation of Muslims in Britain, their values as well as prominent scholars, speakers and organisations.

We, the undersigned Imams, sheikhs, advocates, activists, community leaders, community organisations and student bodies of the Muslim community, make the following points in this regard:

1) We reject the exploitation of Muslim issues and the ‘terror threat’ for political capital, in particular in the run up to a general election. Exploiting public fears about security is as dishonourable as exploiting public fears about immigration. Both deflect attention from crises in the economy and health service, but are crude and divisive tactics, where the big parties inevitably try to outdo each other in their nastiness.

2) We deplore the continued public targeting of Muslims through endless ‘anti-terror’ laws. There have been around ten pieces of legislation since the year 2000, all giving huge powers to the state, which have fuelled a media hysteria even though in most cases no crime was committed. This has created a distressing and harmful backlash towards Muslims, especially women and children.

3) We reject the portrayal of Muslims and the Muslim community as a security threat. The latest Act of Parliament, the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act, threatens to create a ‘McCarthyite’ witch-hunt against Muslims, with nursery workers, schoolteachers and Universities expected to look out for signs of increased Islamic practice as signs of ‘radicalisation’. Such a narrative will only further damage social cohesion as it incites suspicion and ill feeling in the broader community.

4) The expedient use of undefined and politically charged words like ‘radicalisation’ and ‘extremism’ is unacceptable as it criminalises legitimate political discourse and criticism of the stance of successive governments towards Muslims domestically and abroad. We strongly oppose political proposals to further ‘tackle’ and ‘crack down’ on such dissenting voices in the Muslim community despite their disavowal of violence and never having supported terrorist acts.

5) Similarly, it is unacceptable to label as ‘extremist’ numerous normative Islamic opinions on a variety of issues, founded on the Quran and Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), implying there is a link between them and violence, using such labels as an excuse to silence speakers.

6) We affirm our commitment to robust political and ideological debate and discourse for the betterment of humanity at large. The attempts by the state to undermine this bring into question its commitment to its very own purported values and liberal freedoms.

7) We affirm our concern about peace and security for all. We, however, refuse to be lectured on peace-building and harmony by a government that plays divisive politics and uses fear to elicit uncertainty in the general public, whilst maintaining support for dictators across the Muslim world, who continue to brutalise any legitimate political opposition to their tyranny.

8) We affirm our intention to hold on to our beliefs and values, to speak out for what is right and against what is wrong based on our principles, whether that be on matters such as the securitisation of society, corporate hegemony, war and peace, economic exploitation, social and moral issues in society, nationalism and racism. Not to do so would be dangerous and leave our community unguided.

9) We call on all fair minded people in Britain – including politicians, journalists, academics, bloggers and others concerned about fairness for all – to continue to scrutinise the scare tactics, fear-mongering and machinations of politicians, which do not bode well for societal harmony and only increase the alienation felt and experienced by Britain’s Muslim community.

It is time that politicians stop diverting the attention of the British public away from its domestic crises and disastrous foreign policies by repeatedly playing the ‘Muslim’ or ‘national security’ card.

Signed:

  1. Abbas Khan, Islam Invite, Bradford
  2. Abdul Munaim, Journey to Islam, Derby
  3. Abdul Razaq, Principal Iqra Academy, Peterborough
  4. Abdul Rehman Saleem, Khateeb / Activist, London
  5. Abdullah al Andalusi, Muslim Debate Initiative
  6. Abdullah Shahid, Alhikmah Learning Centre, Bradford
  7. Abdul Jabbar, Journalist, Bradford
  8. Abdul Majid, Need4Deen, Bolton
  9. Abdul-Samad Billoo, Community Activist, London
  10. Abdul Sami, Heatons Muslims Community Trust, Heaton Mersey
  11. Abdurraheem Green, Chairman of the Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA)
  12. Abdus Samad, IQRA TV / TV Producer
  13. Abid Khan, Imam, Cheadle Mosque, Manchester
  14. Abu Isa, Inquisitive Minds Tuition, Leeds
  15. Abyd Quinn Aziz, Lecturer, Cardiff
  16. Adeel Mahmood, Myriad Foundation, Manchester
  17. Adnan Ahmad, Actvist, Uxbridge
  18. Adnan Rashid, Head, Hittin Institute, London
  19. Ahmed Desai, Imam, Bradford
  20. Ahmet Dursun, Chairman,  Edinburgh Turkish Cultural Association, Edinburgh
  21. Aisha Mirza, Author / Activist, Manchester
  22. Ali Ahmad, Imam, East London
  23. Ali Anees, Eccles Mosque
  24. Alomgir Ali, Muslim Research and Development Foundation (MRDF), London
  25. Amanpaul Dhaliwal, Islam21c
  26. Amar Alam, Research Psychologist / Activist / Writer, London
  27. Amelia Al, Activists / Writer,
  28. Amer Hamed, Chairman, Welsh Islamic Cultural Association, Swansea
  29. Amer Rashid, CEO, Afghan Orphans, Birmingham
  30. Aminur Rahman, Imam, Birmingham
  31. Amjid Mahmood, Ghazali Trust, Oldham
  32. Anjum Anwar, Teacher/Chair of Woman’s Voice
  33. Arafath Ahmed, Youth and Community Worker, Leicester
  34. Arzu Merali, Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC)
  35. Asad Zaman, Imam & Chair Inter-Mosque Sports Association, Cheadle
  36. Asghar Bukhari, Muslim Public Affairs Committee UK (MPACUK)
  37. Asif Batha, Lecturer, Bolton
  38. Asik Miah, President, IFE London Central East Branch, London
  39. Asma Begam, Teacher, London
  40. Atif Hussain Khan, Economist/ex-president of University of Kent Islamic Society
  41. Azad Ali, Muslim Safety Forum
  42. Azhar Khan, Teacher, Bradford
  43. Azizul Choudhury, Chairman, Youth Connections, Rochdale
  44. Ayub Patel, Imam , Masjid Falah, Preston
  45. Aysha Boshor, founder of Rosebuds, Bedford
  46. J. Akhter, Teacher, Stockport
  47. Belal Ballali, Muslim Association of Britain, Birmingham
  48. Bilal Toorawa, Imam, Blackburn
  49. Councillor Salim Mulla, Blackburn
  50. Dawud Islam, Former Deputy Leader, RESPECT, Rochdale
  51. Dee Jenoch, Youth Club co-ordinator, Bedford
  52. Dilly Hussain, 5Pillars News
  53. Dr Abdul Wahid, Hizb ut-Tahrir, Britain
  54. Dr Anas Altikriti, CEO & Founder, The Cordoba Foundation, London
  55. Dr Ajmal Hussain, GP, Stoke on Trent
  56. Dr Colin Turner, Reader in Islamic Thought, University of Durham
  57. Dr Daud Abdullah, British Muslim Initiative
  58. Dr Imran Rafiq, Ilford, Essex
  59. Dr Imran Satia, Chair, Blackburn Muslim Association, Blackburn
  60. Dr Musharraf Hussain, CEO and Chief Imam, Karimia Institute
  61. Dr Patricia McManus, Lecturer / UCU activist, Brighton
  62. Dr Reza Pankhurst, Author and academic
  63. Dr Saeed Al-Gadi, Presenter at Islam Channel
  64. Dr Shahrul Hussain, Birmingham
  65. Dr Shameela Islam-Zulfiqar, Humanitarian campaigner
  66. Dr Siema Iqbal, GP, Manchester
  67. Dr Suhel Ahmed, GP, Bolton
  68. Dr Uthman Lateef, Hittin Institute
  69. Dr Zavid Chariwala, GP, Bolton
  70. Dr Zeshan Ali, Doctor, Manchester
  71. Dr Isa Malik, Youth Activist, London
  72. Dr Sultan Farouk, Teacher, Birmingham
  73. Dawood Masood, Founder of Quba Trust
  74. Edris Seth, Political Activist, Bolton
  75. Fahad Ansari, Human Rights Solicitor
  76. Faisal Khan, Councillor, Bradford
  77. Faisal Mahmood, President, UKIM Peterborough
  78. Farzana Shaheen, Stepping Stones 2 Wisdom, Bradford
  79. Fazilla Abdulla, Teacher, Essex
  80. Ghulam Haydar, Director of Myriad Foundation
  81. Hafiz Kasim Javed, Community Activist, Rochdale
  82. Haji Mohammed Walayat, Sunni Council of Mosques, Luton
  83. Haleema Begum, Stepping Stones 2 Wisdom, Bradford
  84. Hamer Youth Group, Rochdale
  85. Hamid Chaudry, Chair,  Bayyina Foundation, Blackburn
  86. Haroon Vawda, Manager, Rahma Mercy, Bolton
  87. Hassan Alkatib, Journalist
  88. Hodan Yusuf, Journalist
  89. Ibrahim Bismillah, Director of Darul Ihsan Academy, Bradford
  90. Ibrahim Hewitt, Leicester
  91. Ibrar Ali, Community Activist, Bradford
  92. Ibtihal Bsis, Barrister, Broadcaster,
  93. Ilyas Abu Yusuf, Imam, Bolton
  94. Imam Abdul Wahhab, East London
  95. Imam Abdul-Malik Sheikh, Imam & Khatib, London
  96. Imam Abdul Mateen, East London
  97. Imam Aziz Ibraheem, Iman Trust Community Centre, St Helens
  98. Imam Irfan Patel, Jamiah Masjid, Gillngham
  99. Imam Khalid Hussain, Masjid Tajdar E Madina & Jamia Sufia, Leicester
  100. Imam Shakeel Begg, Lewisham Islamic Centre
  101. Imran Khan, Youth Worker, Birmingham
  102. Imran Patel, Quwaat-ul-islam School, London
  103. Inamul Hussain Yusuf, Teacher, Bolton
  104. Irfan Hussain, Bradford Dawah Centre
  105. Irfanullah Irfan, UKIM, Peterborough
  106. Ismail Rawat, Preston Muslim Forum, Preston
  107. Jahangir Mohammed, Centre for Muslim Affairs
  108. Jamal Uddin, Moulana / Social Worker, Sheffield
  109. Jim Board, Branch Secretary (UNISON), Doncaster
  110. John Molyneux, Senior Lecturer, Portsmouth University (Retired), Portsmouth
  111. John Rees, Counterfire
  112. Joynal Ahmed, Imam, East Ham Islamic Academy, London
  113. Juwel Mahmud, Activist, London
  114. Kashif Ali, Commitee Member, University of Bradford Islamic Society
  115. Katrina Mayer, GMB, Leeds
  116. Khaleel Ur Rahman, The Deen Project / Activist, Derby
  117. Kosser Mohammed, College Lecturer, Newham, London
  118. Latif Rajput, Trustee, Cambridge
  119. Laura Stuart, Humanitarian aid worker, journalist and activist
  120. Lauren Booth, Journalist
  121. Leonie Campbell, Teacher, London
  122. Leyla Habibti, humanitarian activist
  123. Liam Reynolds, Scottish Green Party Activist, Edinburgh
  124. Lindsey German, Stop the War Coalition
  125. Louisa Butt, Speaker Newspaper, Manchester
  126. Lukman Harees, Social Activist / Author, Reading
  127. Mahmud Amirat, Chair Preston Gujarat Muslim Welfare Society, Preston
  128. Mahmud Choudhury – Secretary Poplar Shahjalal Masjid
  129. Majed Iqbal, Freelance Journalist and Blogger, Rochdale
  130. Majid Freeman, Humanitarian aid worker, friend of Alan Henning
  131. Mamoon Al-Hassan, President, Young Muslim Organisation UK, London
  132. Marium Begg, Daughter of Moazzam Begg, Birmingham
  133. Massoud Shadjareh, Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC)
  134. Mazhar Khan, Manchester Muslim Forum
  135. Mina Morris, Director, The Orphan Trust, London
  136. Moazzam Begg, Director of Outreach for CAGE
  137. Mohammed Abdussamad, Teacher, Jalalia Jaame Masjid, Rochdale
  138. Mohammed Alsheikh Mousa Attari Alhijazy, Alhuda Prophetic Medical Centre, London
  139. Mohammed Amjad, Councillor and Human Rights Lawyer, Aylesbury
  140. Mohammed Ansar, Broadcaster, political commentator and activist
  141. Mohammad Ashraf, CEO, Islamic Education & Cultural Centre, Bradford
  142. Mohammad Attique, University Researcher, Bradford
  143. Mohammed Makeen Salloo, Imam, Walsall
  144. Mohammad Quraishi, Principal, Quantum Ruqya Education Trust
  145. Mohammed Tahir, Teacher, Oldham
  146. Moinul Abu Hamza, The Qur’an Initiative, London
  147. Moinuddin Kolia, Chairman, Leicestershire Islamic Medical Association, Leicester
  148. Mohammed Kozbar, Chairman, Finsbury Park Mosque, London
  149. Moulana Afrooz ali, Al Hikmah Trustee, Bradford
  150. Mubarak Patel, Teacher, Blackburn
  151. Mufti Hussain Mohammed Sultan, Imam, London
  152. Muhammad Hansrot, Imam, Croydon, London
  153. Muhammad Haque, Imam, Romford
  154. Muhammed ibn Ayub, Director MBYG, Blackburn
  155. Muhammad Mustaqeem Shah, Al Mustaqeem Centre, Bradford
  156. Muhammad Rahman, Teacher, Ilford, London
  157. Muhammad Rashid, Imam, Peterborough
  158. Muhammad Rubel Amin, Community Worker, Bedford
  159. Muhammad Shafique, Ramadan Foundation, Rochdale
  160. Mumtaz Malik, Imam, London
  161. Munir Aya, Volunteer, Zakaria Mosque, Bolton
  162. Mustafa Mustafa, Youth Worker, South London
  163. Nabeela Siddiqui, Barrister, Derby
  164. Nabil Khan, Hemel Muslims, Hemel Hempstead
  165. Nabil Robbins, Teacher, London
  166. Nadeem Khan, Normanton Youth Association
  167. Nahella Ashraf, Community Activist, Manchester
  168. Omar Ali, Chair of Brighton and Hove Muslim Community
  169. Nalini Naidoo,  Newham Muslim Women’s Association
  170. Nasar Khan, Quran Project Volunteer, Birmingham
  171. Nasima Begum, Solicitor, Luton
  172. Nfaly Jarju, Hayes Muslim Centre, Hayes and Harlington
  173. Paul, Muslim Blogger at net, London
  174. Professor Yasin Patel, Senior Professor and Academic, London
  175. Qari Mubashir Anwar, Founder, The Blessed Hub, Manchester
  176. Qasim Asad, Community Voice, Blackburn
  177. Raheema Bux, Community Worker, Blackburn
  178. Rahim Jung, Broadcaster / TV presenter, London
  179. Rehana Parveen, Lecturer, Birmingham
  180. Ridwaan Haris, Solicitor / Activist, Bradford
  181. Riyadhul Haque, Nottingham Muslim Community (FB), Nottingham
  182. Rizwan Ahmed, Imam, Sheffield
  183. Rob Ferguson, Activist, East London
  184. Rojin Khairul, Director, Living Madina, Manchester
  185. Roshan Muhammad Salih, Broadcaster and journalist
  186. Saaqib Abu Ishaaq, Project Medinah, Rochdale
  187. Sadat Hussain, Founder- Street Dawah Walsall, Walsall
  188. Sadiyya Ali, Teacher, Oldham
  189. Saeed Akhtar, Cheadle Mosque
  190. Saghir Hussain, Solicitor, London
  191. Sajaad Rauf, Youth worker, Sheffield
  192. Sajid Varda, Producer/Broadcaster, London
  193. Sajjad Ali, Chairperson, Al-Amin Jame Masjid, Rochdale
  194. Salim Bhorat, Community/Peace activist, Bolton
  195. Salman Sayyid, Author and Academic
  196. Sarah Robertson, Lawyer, London
  197. Shah Shuaib Ahmed, Vice Principal, Imam Zakariya Academy & Al-Ashraaf Islamic College, London
  198. Shaikh Abu Abdissalam, London
  199. Shaban Ul Haq, CEO The Reflections Institute, Luton
  200. Shabaz Ahmed, Solicitor, Blackburn
  201. Shabir Qamar, CEO, Paigham Radio, Bradford
  202. Shah Asad Ahmed, Director, Oxford Muslim Society, Oxford
  203. Shaikh Chokri Majoli, Imam, London
  204. Shaikh Haitham Haddad, London
  205. Shaikh Haitham Tamim, Chairman of the Utrujj Foundation
  206. Shaikh Khaled Fekry, Imam, London
  207. Sheikh Mufti Shah Sadruddin, Imam Zakariya Academy, London
  208. Shaikh Omer Hamdoon, Muslim Association of Britain
  209. Shaikh Sulaiman Gani, South London
  210. Shaikh Tauqir Ishaq, CEO Hijaz College
  211. Shaikh Zuber Karim, Intelligence Finance Consultancy
  212. Shakil Chaudhary, President of Islamic Society, Chigwell
  213. Shamsuz Zaman, CYCD Chairperson, Luton
  214. Shezana Hafiz, Humanitarian Activist
  215. Shirajul Haque, Imam, London
  216. Shoaib Khalid Bhatti, Muslim Lobby, Scotland
  217. Shohab Ali, Trustee, Muhammadi Masjid, Keighley
  218. Shohana Khan, Writer/Blogger, London
  219. Shujah Hamid, Deputy Head Teacher, Slough
  220. Sofia Ahmed, Activist & founder of Muslim Women Against Femen
  221. Sofiya Ahmed, Co-Chair London Young Greens, Hemel Hempstead
  222. Sufyan Ismail – CEO of Muslim Engagement and Development (MEND)
  223. Suhail Akubat, Imam, Masjid e Salaam, Preston
  224. Suhail Rafique, Lecturer, Bolton
  225. Tahir Alam, PHD Student, SOAS, London
  226. Tahir Talati, Imam Zakariya Academy, London
  227. Tariq Mahmood, Independent Muslim Forum, Bolton
  228. Tasmin Nazeer, freelance journalist
  229. Umar Iqbal, Chaiman, ANO (Charity), Leicester
  230. Usman Qureshi,  Norbury Muslim Centre, London
  231. Ustadh Kamal Abu Zahra, Aduha Institute, London
  232. Yaseen Ahmedabadi, General Secretary, Nuneaton Muslim Society
  233. Yasmin Khatun, Journalist
  234. Yousef Dar, Community Safety Forum, Manchester
  235. Yusuf Chambers – Freelance community activist
  236. Yusuf Patel, SRE Islamic
  237. Yusuf Shabbir, Blackburn Muslim Association
  238. Yvonne Ridley, Vice President European Muslim League
  239. Zahid Akhtar, Founder Documenting Oppression Against Muslims, Walsall
  240. Zaid Mohammad, Imam, Central Mosque Rochdale
  241. Zubeir Hassam, Principal, Muslim School Oadby, Leicester
  242. Zeshan Rehmani, Pharmacist/Activist, Manchester

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17 thoughts on “Muslim community rejects the State’s criminalisation of Islam and condemns moves to silence legitimate critique and dissent

  1. Jazakallah khair. It’s about time we had a joint statment outlining our outrage on government policy against Islam and Muslims

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  2. What a brilliant piece of work, please keep it up and may Allah azzawajal bless you and your families, ameen.

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