Vote 2010 Ulema Statement

Muslims urged to vote for the common good

Historic joint statement from Islamic Scholars in the UK about participation in the forthcoming local and general elections.

Ulema from all schools of thought and traditions urge British Muslims to get involved.

Indeed all praise belongs to Allah, we praise Him, seek His aid and His forgiveness. We seek refuge in Allah from the evils of our souls and the evils of our actions. Whomsoever Allah guides, there is none to misguide and whomsoever Allah misguides, no one can guide him. We testify that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah alone. He has no partners and we testify that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger. Prayers and salutations upon His chosen Prophet, upon the Prophet's household, his companions, and all the Prophets.

Allah, subahanahu wa ta’ala says:

"Verily never will Allah change the condition of a people until they change it themselves (within their own souls)."

Ar-Ra’d 13:11

“There is no good in much of their secret conferences save (in) whosoever enjoineth charity and fairness and peace-making among the people and whoso does that, seeking the good pleasure of God, We shall bestow on him a vast reward.”

An-Nisa’, 4:114

1. As ulema, scholars belonging to traditionally rooted Islamic schools of thought, we come together today to encourage our brothers and sisters to take part in the forthcoming elections and vote.

2. Participation in the democratic processes of political life is vital. As citizens we have struggled for the right and the duty to choose and remove the people who represent us and make decisions that affect our daily lives. As Muslims, we have an obligation to join hands with others to elect those who will seek the common good.

3. In Britain of late, the political class has been embroiled in expenses scandals and the public has lost trust in them. Muslims too are less inclined to support untrustworthy individuals and might be tempted to stay away from the forthcoming elections.

4. We urge all to resist this tendency and any other tendencies towards apathy. Muslims should still exercise their judgement and use the opportunity to vote for trustworthy candidates. Candidates who they believe will represent their needs better than others, and honourably discharge their duty to seek the common good in a spirit of public service. This election is critical to the health of the parliament.

5. The forthcoming General Election will be one of the most important in a generation. With so many MPs standing down, the very character of Parliament will change. It is an ideal opportunity for voters to reconnect and hold to account their representatives. It is imperative for Muslims to vote on issues that concern them as citizens.

It is also vital that we all vote to counter the rise of racist and Islamophobic far right political parties which have made considerable gains in recent years.

Signatories

 

  1. Sheikh Qari Mohammad Ismail - Lead Imam (Khateeb) of Central Mosque Birmingham
  2. Ayatullah Sheikh Fadil Milani – Imam Al Khoei Centre
  3. Sheikh Abbas Ismail – Head of Islamic Education, World Federation of Khoja Shia Ithna Asheri Muslim Communities
  4. Hujjatul Islam Sheikh Arif Abdul Hussain – Imam and Khatib Clifton Road Mosque, Birmingham
  5. Dr. Mawlana ASM Abdur Rahim – Imam & Khatib, Jame Mosque, Small Heath, Birmingham
  6. Mawlana Ibrahim Amin –
  7. Imam Yunus Dudhwala – Chaplaincy Manager, Newham Teaching Hospital
  8. Moulana Suleman Gani – Imam Balham Mosque
  9. Sheikh Muhammad Abdur Rahman Madani – Imam and Khatib Jameatul Ummah
  10. Mawlana Mohammad Madni – President UK Islamic Mission
  11. Mawlana Hafiz Shafiqur Rahamn – Dawatul Islam UK and Eire
  12. Sheikh Abdul Mabud – Islamic Institute, Cambridge
  13. Imam Tarik Nasrullah -
  14. Imam Ibrahim Mogra – Leicester
  15. Maulana Uwais Namazi –
  16. Maulana Shahid Raza – Chairman, Mosque and Imams’ National Advisory Board (MINAB)
  17. Imam Sufyaan Iqbal –
  18. Mufti Mohammad Zubair Butt – Bradford
  19. Imam Mohammad Ismail –
  20. Imam Said Ahmed –
  21. Imam Abduljalil Sajid – Brighton
  22. Imam Inamul Haq Malik –
  23. Hafiz Abu Bakr Sajjad – Imam, Plaistow Masjid
  24. Moulana Mohammad Jahan Zeb – Masjid Belal, East Ham
  25. Moulana Sher Ali – Imam Ilford Islamic Centre
  26. Mawlana Abul Hossain – Imam East London Mosque
  27. Mufti Mohammad Aslam – President, Jamiat Ulama Britain
  28. Moulana Islam Ali Shah – Imam, Central Mosque Wakefield
  29. Hafiz Mohammad Iqram -  Imam, Central Mosque Rochdale
  30. Mawlana Musleh Uddin Faradi – President, Islamic Forum Europe
  31. Mawlana Abdul Mohaymen – Imam Masjid Ayesha Tottenham
  32. Moulana Shamsul Haq – Chair – Council of Mosques, Tower Hamlets
  33. Imam Syed Amir Hussain Naqvi – Imam Hussainya Mosque, Small Heath Birmingham
  34. Sheikh Ayub Rashid - Director of Islamic studies and Arabic in Spring Education,  South London
  35. Syed Mohamed Naqvi - Resident Alim, Birmingham Al Muntazar Mosque
  36. Imam Shaeb Ahmed - Banbury, Secretary General, Markazi Jamiat-e-Ahle Hadith

 

 

 

ACT NOW! We urge our respected scholars and Imams to discuss these five points during their Jumuah Khutbahs in the run up to the elections. We urge all, young and old, men and women, to mobilise for 6th May. Please ensure that all members of your families, localities and other networks are registered vote together.

MV Media Releases

MCB Welcomes New Government and the Prospect of a New Politics

Dr. Muhammad Abdul Bari MBE, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, today congratulated Mr. David Cameron’s appointment as Prime Minister and welcomed Mr. Nick Clegg in his role as Deputy Prime Minister.

He said: “I join others in conveying my good wishes to the Prime Minister and his new government. They face before them a daunting challenge, but many will be enthused and energised by the Prime Minister’s stated intention to govern in the national interest and for the common good. I hope civil society, including Muslim civil society, can play its full part during this challenging and perhaps turbulent period.”

“I also hope this heralds a new politics where we restore trust in our democracy and our political class. We hope that the formation of the coalition government is a first step towards achieving partnership for the national interest."

“I also pay tribute to the outgoing Prime Minister, Gordon Brown. His life-long dedication and commitment to public service is inspirational. I agree with David Cameron's assertion that our country is now more open at home and more outward looking. We hope such a modern reflection of Britain is developed and championed by our new government.”

 

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Notes to Editors:

1. During the General Election, the Muslim Council of Britain led a non-partisan voter participation campaign through it's Muslim Vote 2010 initiative.

2. The Muslim Council of Britain is the UK's largest Muslim umbrella body with around 500 affiliated national, regional and local organisations, mosques, charities and schools.

For further information please contact the MCB:

The Muslim Council of Britain, PO Box 57330, London, E1 2WJ

Tel: 0845 26 26 786      Fax: 0207 247 7079      media@mcb.org.uk

Faith Groups Speak with one Voice Against Far-Right Ahead of General Election

With racism and hatred manifesting itself so starkly recently in the form of anti-Muslim hatred, Islamophobia and xenephobia, the Muslim Council of Britain today voiced its support for the following pledge:

“With the approach of the General Election we are all too aware of those political forces who would seek to divide our country by promoting ideologies of racism and prejudice. We are immensely proud of the fundamentally British characteristics of equality, respect and fairness and of British society’s uncompromising rejection of the demonisation of any group, whether religious, ethnic or otherwise.

We therefore urge every British citizen to use their vote to support any party of their choice which stands opposed to the destructive politics of hatred, to vote for freedom not fear, partnerships not prejudice, and hope not hate.”

 

Muslim Vote 2010 backs BlackBritainDecides.com Rally

Who wins Black Britain's Vote? 2010 General Election Political Rally

http://www.blackbritaindecides.com/

A coalition of Black leaders including church leaders, business leaders, activists, faith groups, Operation Black Vote, The Peace Alliance, 1990 Trust, Just West Yorkshire, Equanomics UK, The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) and many others will be hosting the largest political rally seen in the UK for a generation.

Over 2000 people will be at the rally itself, which will be syndicated to more than a million black people via the vast BME media network and other National media corporations.

The main stream party political leaders have been invited and indicated they would like to be there.

In a closely fought political race, the Black vote: African, Asian, Caribbean and other ethnic minorities will hold the key to who wins and who loses this election.

This then is our time, our unique opportunity to have a powerful voice during this election campaign. Our call will be for justice, and equality of opportunity in all areas at all levels of society, not least in education.

Key speakers invited

Gordon Brown David Cameron Nick Clegg

 Date: Wednesday 28th April 2010

Doors open: 6.30pm

Address:
The Methodist Church,
Methodist Central Hall,
Westminster, London,
SW1H 9NH.

Location Map: Location Map

Attendance by registration. Early registration recommended due to limited spaces. 

Register now for the biggest political rally of this General Election campaign

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