The number of Muslims in the U.K. is in the region of 2 million. Despite this number we are presently not united or organised enough to be a coherent voice. In my opinion this is because we do not have good leadership to mobilise us in a positive way. The lack of good leaders in the U.K. is an echo of the situation across the Muslim world where we have various self imposed dictators, British implanted Monarchies and some of the greediest cruel and most corrupt tyrants in the world.
Despite the lack of leadership Muslims are only too aware that as a community we have a responsibility to act with morality. We believe in our religious texts which tell us
(Thus We have made you [true Muslims], a Wasat (just) (and the best) nation, that you be witnesses over mankind and the Messenger (Muhammad ) be a witness over you.)
So we understand that we have a duty to defend moral values as set down in the Scriptures – the Quran and the former Scriptures The Gospels and the Bible. In the Scriptures we know from the story of Lot that the act of Sodomy is against the laws of God/Allah. Furthermore marriage in religion has always been for the purpose of procreation. Two reasons why Muslims and the people of other religions can never accept the legalisation or equality of Gay Marriage.
I wrote earlier today about the immense pressure the various lobby and special interest groups are able to put on our Peers in the House of Lords and our M.P.s in the House of Commons, read about their bullying tactics here. With so many pressure groups active in trying to ensure that Gay Marriages become a reality, what are we doing to put our views forward, in that we definitely oppose it?
One of our foremost and most active scholars in the U.K. is Sheik Haitham al Haddad who is on the Shariah Council. Sheik Haitham has written a paper on the subject of Gay Marriage asking Muslims to stand up and oppose this move. An except from his paper informs us of our duty
I do not have any reservation in confirming that it is an Islamic obligation upon each and every Muslim in the UK to carry whatever steps that may help stop this bill from going through. Everyone should not think of his impact, rather he or she should think of being questioned by Allah concerning his reaction when he saw the Divine law being violated. Let us remember that the prophet made the attempt to change anything that opposes the Divine law as a personal responsibility.
Sheik Haitham gives us a list of actions we can take in his paper which is titled The Responsibility of the Muslim Community to Oppose the Gay Marriage Bill.
I suggest that every Muslim who reads this paper by Sheik Haitham, prints it out and takes it to his Imam in the masjid or to a Muslim community leaders and asks him how his community can be mobilised into taking effective action.
It is entirely possible in many cases that Muslim parents in the U.K. were actually born elsewhere and may have no perception of what is taught in the schools here to young children. Read here an old Guardian report about books for primary school children to be used in teaching gay issues – such as the Prince who married a man and lived happily ever after. If we want to make sure that the equality of Gay Marriage is not taught to our children we need to be active in making sure that our M.P.s know that there are opposing voices in their communities.
Read here a very important letter by Hendon M.P. Matthew Offord to a constituent who wrote to him asking what his stance on Gay Marriage is. Matthew Offord’s reply explains exactly some of the consequences it may have on the teaching to our children in U.K. schools.
So far as I am aware Sheik Haitham al Haddad is the only Muslim leader to have written and spoken out on the issue of Gay Marriage – yet it is an issue that will potentially impact on the lives of all of us. I wonder why are Imams are not speaking to their congregations at Friday Prayers and at every opportunity to encourage Muslims to do what Allah s.w.t. Commanded us to do?
I despair especially of my own mosque and Muslim community in Finchley as one of the M.P.s strongly promoting Gay Marriage is Mike Freer an openly and proud gay himself. Our Mosque Committee have insisted on welcoming Mike Freer to hold his consultation clinics every few months in Finchley Mosque despite discontented voices in the community. Protests take place each time Mike Freer attends our mosque and he can only enter with the protection of police officers and the Management Committee. The Committee have come out against the views of Muslims to facilitate someone who is an open enemy to Palestinians and to Muslims by being a legislator for that which goes against the Shariah of Allah. Read my previous articles about Mike Freer and Finchley Mosque Committee here – here here and here.
Given that our mosque committee seem to be prepared appease Mike Freer to such a degree, how can we be sure they will not sucumb to pressure to be a mosque where Gay Marriages will be facilitated in the future? The kind of mosque that the west considers progressive is such as the one in America written about in a Huffingdon Post article “Progressive Muslims Launch Gay Friendly, Women Led Mosques In Attempt To Reform American Islam” Ifeel sure Finchley Mosque Committee would have more of a problem accepting the idea of Women Leaders than being Gay-Friendly.
I want to finish by reminding Muslims of our obligation to fulfill the Command of Allah s.w.t.
You are the best nation produced [as an example] for mankind. You enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and believe in Allah. If only the People of the Scripture had believed, it would have been better for them. Among them are believers, but most of them are defiantly disobedient.