More than 130 scholars issue statement against pro-LGBT lessons in schools

More than 130 Muslim scholars and imams from the UK have issued a joint statement criticising pro-LGBT lessons that are being taught in primary schools. 

The open letter which was published on the Islam21c website this morning, has been signed by 139 Muslim faith leaders from various schools and institutions.

The Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) Bill will come into force in September 2020, when every state school in England will be have to teach pro-LGBT lessons to children as young as five.

Parents will not have the right to withdraw their children from these classes in primary schools, and will have to submit a “withdrawal request” which the school is not obliged to grant.

Hundreds of Muslim parents in Birmingham have been peacefully protesting against the pro-LGBT curriculum being taught in primary schools, stating that it goes against Islam and is not age appropriate.

However, after reviewing the pro-LGBT ‘No Outsiders’ programme which was taught in Parkfield Community School in Birmingham, Ofsted concluded that the curriculum was “age appropriate”.

It was also revealed by the founder of ‘No Outsiders’, Andrew Moffat, that the programme was also driven to “counter-extremism”.

The statement read:

“Beliefs about “sexuality” and LGBT in particular have been the subject of news coverage recently, due to hundreds of Muslim parents in Birmingham protesting at the actions of their children’s school senior leadership.

“The United Kingdom is a multicultural society. The Muslim community is by no means the only community here, and while we encourage constructive, respectful debate of ideas, we condemn one community’s opinions and beliefs being forced upon others, no matter how big or small.

“We, the undersigned, are inheritors of a scholarly tradition which from its inception enshrined a methodology for ensuring peaceful coexistence of different peoples, customs, beliefs and even legal systems. Whether it was different religious minorities having judicial and civic autonomy, or different schools of thought among Muslims having overlapping jurisdictions, tolerating differing opinions to relative degrees is in the DNA of Muslim scholars, and something our wider society today would do well to learn from.

“One such thing we urge policy makers and executors to pay close attention to is the important distinction between facts and values. It is a fact to say that some people regard same-sex relationships as appropriate, due to their philosophical and moral views; and some people do not—just like it is a fact that some people regard eating meat to be appropriate and some do not. But to go beyond the facts into saying “It is OK and normal to…” is in the realm of values, which should not be imposed on people who disagree.

“The types of relationships a person or community regards as good or bad, appropriate or inappropriate, normal or abnormal, are not the result of hard facts, but a product of many interacting beliefs and cultural norms about, for example, the purpose of life, desires and impulses, and conceptions of love, among other things.

“Passionately believing in a cause or moral standpoint is one thing, but then enforcing it on others is unacceptable.

“There is a clear and unambiguous acceptance in law that the primary givers of philosophical, moral and ethical values to children are their parents. Schools—or anyone else for that matter—may only educate in these areas on behalf of the parents.

“When there is a conflict between the philosophical, moral or ethical positions of parents and teachers, schools must respect this and ensure teachers do not transgress the fact/value boundary mentioned above. This includes ideologically or socially-constructed norms which some may passionately believe to be universal facts whilst others do not—such as concerning “sexuality” or “gender”.

“It goes without saying that we likewise affirm the rights of those who disagree with our opinions to do so without fear of insult, bullying or any type of oppression whatsoever. However, we also expect the same in return—particularly not being subjected to state enforcement of values and philosophical convictions.

“We should respect and tolerate our differences, without the enforcing of some people’s positions on others, especially children.”

Scholars and imams who want to add their name to this statement can do so by visiting Islam21c.

Signatories

  1. Imam Suliman Gani, Purley Masjid
  2. Shaykh Haitham al-Haddad
  3. Mufti Amjad Mohammed, Bradford
  4. Shaykh Zahir Mahmood, As-Suffa Institute
  5. Imam Abdur-Rahman ibn Yusuf, Zamzam Academy
  6. Shaikh Tauqir Ishaq, Nuneaton
  7. Imam Abdullah Patel, Head teacher, Al-Ashraf Secondary School for Girls, Gloucester
  8. Imam Shakeel Begg, Lewisham Islamic Centre
  9. Imam Fakhrul Islam, Hockwell Ring Masjid, Luton
  10. Molana Sauban, Masjid Heera, Dewsbury
  11. Imam Dr Louay Al-Alousi (Abu Salam), Masjid-us-Sunnah Leicester
  12. Imam Abid Khan, Cheadle Mosque, Manchester
  13. Shaykh Salim Astewani, CMA, Manchester
  14. Shaykh Abu Umar, Didsbury Mosque, Manchester
  15. Imam Shah Talha Ahmed, Forest Gate Masjid
  16. Moulana Hayaat R. Khan, Bradford
  17. Shaykh Asif Mansoor Khan Al-Azhari, PGCE QTS BA BSc
  18. Abdul Wahhab – Darul Atfaal and Beacontree Masjid Headteacher
  19. Imam Abdul Mateen, London
  20. Maulana Shah Muaz Ahmed, Quwwatul Islam, London
  21. Imam Ahmed Desai, Masjid Quba Bradford
  22. M Younus Khan, Madina tul Ilm Academy
  23. Imam Abdul Hakim, Masjid Noor and Education Centre, Dewsbury
  24. Imam Mohammed Waseem, Masjid At Taqwa, Bradford
  25. Maulana Mohammed Farook Kazi, Al-Ansaar Welfare & Education, Preston
  26. Molana Sulayman Khan, Frizinghall, Bradford
  27. Hafiz Aziz Khan, Principal of Masjid Ibraheem & Education Centre, Bradford
  28. Imam Zahed Fettah, Wisdom Cultural and Islamic Centre, Birmingham
  29. Mufti Sufyan, myislaam.com
  30. Muhammad Mustaqeem Shah, Abu Bakr Trust, Walsall
  31. Shaykh Mahmud Mezhar, City Mosque, Preston
  32. Imam Ismail Bulbulia, Masjid Noor & Education Centre, Dewsbury
  33. Molana S. Munshi, Masjid Heera/Islamic Research Institute of GB, Dewsbury
  34. Shaykh Bilal Brown, Chaplain of Oldham Police Station, Member of Oldham SACRE, and teacher at Darul Hadis Latifiah NW
  35. Shaykh Ousman Annsary, Masjid Al Jannah
  36. Shaykh Shahrul Hussain, Ibn Rushd Centre of Excellence for Islamic Research
  37. Imam Khabbaab Ahmad, Al Hashim Academy, Batley
  38. Moulana Farook Raja, Al Hashim Academy, Batley
  39. Mufti Sajid Patel, Chadwell Heath
  40. Maulana Dawood Khan, London
  41. Imam Ilyaas H Limbada, Yeovil Islamic Centre
  42. Imam Kassim Essak, CJM Southall
  43. Imaam Arif Polli, Eldon St. Masjid, Preston
  44. Moulana Afrooz Ali, Al Hikmah Masjid & Learning Centre, Bradford
  45. Imam Ibrahim Suleman Badat, Purley Masjid, London
  46. Zaid Mohammed, Imam Central Masjid Rochdale
  47. Imam Abdullah Kola, Madina Masjid, Newcastle Upon Tyne
  48. Imam Shah Muhammed Anas, Zakariya Academy, London
  49. Molana imtiyaz, Masjid e Saliheen, Preston
  50. Imam Khubaeb Raja, Balham Mosque and Tooting Islamic Centre
  51. Imam Hamza Patel, Balham Mosque and Tooting Islamic Centre
  52. Maulana Naweed Sardar, Scunthorpe Central Mosque
  53. Imam Bilal Toorawa, MASJID-E-ANWAAR, Blackburn
  54. Imam Tehsin Abo Barirah, Bait-Ut-Tauheed, Dewsbury
  55. Imam Salmaan Patel, Kettering Muslim Association (KMA)
  56. Imam Ashfaq Rafiq Patel, Central Mosque Blackpool
  57. Imam Zakaullah Saleem, Green Lane Masjid, Birmingham
  58. Ustadha Marzuqa Karima, Ebrahim College
  59. Imam Umair Vohra, Purley Masjid
  60. Imam Safwaan Hussein, Battersea Mosque
  61. Molana Sauban, Masjid Heera, Dewsbury
  62. Shaykh Muhammad Yasir al-Ḥanafī, Aylesbury
  63. Imam Muhammed Anas, Forest Gate Masjid, London
  64. Maulana Muhammad Hasan, Al-Haqq Academy
  65. Yacoob Hafejee , Head Teacher Madrasah Taleemul Islam Manchester
  66. Mufti Shah Hamza The Fountain London E15
  67. Mufti Shuaib Mutala Academy London E13
  68. Maulana Moin Choudhury Iqra Academy Plaistow
  69. Maulana Hussain Ahmed Darus Sunnah E7
  70. Maulana Yousaf Baig, Dewsbury
  71. Moulana Khairul Huda Khan, Shahjalal Mosque, Manchester
  72. Maulana Abdul Kabir, London, Head Teacher: CJM Madrassah & R.E School Teacher
  73. Imam Mustapha Azhar, Jamiah masjid and head teacher at Darut Taqwa, Accrington
  74. Imam Mohammad Karolia, Al Medinah Mosque, Brighton
  75. Imam Zaid Mohammed, Central Masjid Rochdale
  76. Maulana Muhammed Akib Hassan, Bradford
  77. Maulana Yusuf Mayat, Bradford
  78. Mufti Bilal Issak, Leicester
  79. Maulana Haroon Butt, Nottingham
  80. Maulana Mohammed Shoiab Patel, Dewsbury
  81. Maulana Ibrahim Patel, Dewsbury
  82. Maulana Ebrahim Diwan, Manchester
  83. Maulana Amin Sadiq, Imam Chingford, London.
  84. Maulana Mohammed Moreea – Imam – Walthamstow, London
  85. Maulana Adil Patel, Leytonstone, London
  86. Maulana Ammar Dana, Leicester
  87. Maulana Huzaifa Kolia, Imam, Walthamstow, London
  88. Maulana Zayd Mehtar, Imam, Walthamstow London
  89. Maulana Mohsin Ali, London
  90. Abbas Afzal, teacher Darul Uloom Muhammadiyyah, Wednesbury
  91. Imam Salim Ismail, Islamic Centre Upton Park
  92. Maulana Abdul Rehman Ghani, Birmingham
  93. Imam Muhammad Sadak, Chingford
  94. Maulana Abdullah Bhula, Bradford
  95. Maulana Suleman Collector, Headteacher, Cambridge Street School
  96. Moulana Abdullah Bham, Islamic Tutor Batley
  97. Moulana Muhammad Raees, Bradford
  98. Moulana Abdul Hafeez, Teacher of Quran
  99. Moulana Ahmed Bismillah, Imam Masjid Hidaya Keighley
  100. Moulana Ayyaz Iqbal, Teacher of Hadith and Tafseer Leeds
  101. Moulana Hafeezur Rahman, Bradford
  102. Maulana Suhail Patel, Bolton
  103. Maulana Mohammed Patel, Batley, Islamic teacher
  104. Moulana Mohammed Atiq, Leicester
  105. Imam Abdul Wahhab, Darul Atfaal, London
  106. Imam Ruhulamin Bapu, Preston, Madina Masjid
  107. Maulana Ata Muhammad, Imam Madina Masjid, Wolverhampton
  108. Hafiz Mehmood Ahmed, Quran Teacher, Wolverhampton
  109. Sheikh Wasim Kempson, London, org
  110. Imam Mohammed Amin, Bradford
  111. Ustadh Ramiz Ibrahim, London
  112. Moulana Said Ahmed, Preston
  113. Sheikh Abu Nusaybah Mohamed, Taiba Mosque Complex – London
  114. Ustadh Abu Haneefah Sohail
  115. Imam Omar Hajaj
  116. Moulana Obaidur Rahman
  117. Maulana Abdul Gaffar, Director, Al-Rushd Academy, London
  118. Hafiz Mehmood Ahmed
  119. Imam Amjad Ahmed, Howard Street
  120. Imam Muhammad Hafiz
  121. Imam Muhammad Hafiz
  122. Shaykh Muhammad Ameen Gani
  123. Maulana Shafiq Ur Rehman Shaheen. Oldham
  124. Sheikh Abdulbasid Haji Masjid Alfurqan, St.Matthew, Leicester.
  125. Imam Mohammad Teladia, Masjid Abu Bakr, Reading
  126. Mufti Quresh Ali
  127. Molana Suleman Pandor
  128. Maulana Rashid Ghani Qadiri
  129. Ustadh Mohammad Quraishi, Quantum Ruqya Education Trust
  130. Maulana Habibur Rahman
  131. Shaykh Muhammad Idris Watts, Founder of Quranic Circle
  132. Sheikh Muhammad Sabahul Haque
  133. Imam Khidir Hussain, Masjid Ayesha, Tottenham, London
  134. Maulana Muzakkir Ali, Masjid-e-Hamza, Ashton-under-Lyne
  135. Moulana Saad Khandelvi
  136. Mufti Ghulam Sarwar (Hanfia Masjid, Huddersfield)
  137. Maulana Waseem Patel
  138. Sheikh Shaqur Rehman
  139. Shaykh Abu Muhammad Saleh

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