AsalaamuAlaikum wa Rahmatullah,
We at Croydon ICT believe it is our religious and moral responsibility to issue the following statement in order to guide our communities Muslim and non-Muslim alike to make clear the correct Islamic perspective according to the understanding of the Salafi Methodology in respect to the misguided and evil events that took place in London last night.
We hope and make dua’a (supplication) that the actions of a tiny minority will not undermine the cohesion in our communities.
Croydon ICT stands firm in our refutation of any acts of terrorism, whether perpetrated by individuals claiming to be Muslim or otherwise, and as such, strongly condemn the horrific and barbaric criminal acts carried out in our capital. There is absolutely no justification for the crimes committed in our capital, nor do we count these individuals to be from the true Muslim community who hold onto the correct creed of Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama’a and the path of the Salaf.
Our beloved Messenger (may peace and blessings be upon him) was a defender of people, within and outside of the Muslim community, and never transgressed the laws set by our Creator – he left this beautiful example for the whole of humanity to benefit from.
Islam is a religion of peace, tolerance and moderation. Individuals who wish to bring harm to others regardless of their religion do not represent the true spirit of Islam or Muslims. Our religion is balanced in every aspect of life and it does not condone any form of extremism or indiscrimination.
We are disgusted that those who may be Muslim have carried out such acts in the blessed month of Ramadhan at a time when other Muslims were in the mosques worshipping. These people do not represent Islam or the Muslims and we stand side by side united with the people of London to reject the false ideology that has inspired this atrocity. Indeed it is the way of the Khawarij (extremists) to carry out these types of acts in Ramadhan. The Prophet of Mercy may the peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him said about the Khawarij:
“At the end of time there will emerge a people who will be young in age and foolish; they will recite the Qur’an but it will go no further than their collarbones. They will quote the words of the best of mankind, but they will pass out of Islam as the arrow passes out of the bow.”
Allah mentions in the Qur’an in Surat Al-Mā’idah, Chapter 5, Verse 32: “…if anyone killed a person not in retaliation of murder, or (and) to spread mischief in the land – it would be as if he killed all mankind, and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind. And indeed, there came to them Our Messengers with clear proofs, evidences, and signs, even then after that many of them continued to exceed the limits (e.g. by doing oppression unjustly and exceeding beyond the limits set by Allah by committing the major sins) in the land!”
As Muslims, it is clear to us that our Lord has forbidden the unjust killing of any individual, and the grave punishments that are implicated for such acts have been commented on at length.
We remind all Muslims firstly that they should hate what has taken place as it has violated the teachings of Islam. It is not befitting that any Muslim is happy with what Allaah the Almighty is displeased with. The Prophet of Mercy has told us:
‘whoever of you sees an evil then change it with your hand (if you are in a position of power or authority), if you cannot (because you are not in a position of power or authority) then change it with your tongue and if you cannot do this then hate it in your heart and this is the weakest form of faith (i.e only to hate the action and not attempt to stop or correct it with your tongue)’.
Therefore what is the state of a Muslim who finds happiness in what has taken place? This person needs to return back to the guidance of Allaah and His Messenger before he destroys himself in this life and the hereafter.
The Muslim communities have a responsibility to help prevent these things from happening. It is every Muslims’ responsibility to keep the streets safe. We welcome any Muslim who has trouble in his heart accepting these things to visit us, so we can explain this in the light of the authentic understanding of the Qur’an and Sunnah.
If you feel unsafe or weary in light of last night’s events, do not hesitate to contact the Metropolitan Police. We do not wish to create a sense of unnecessary or undue alarm, but we would also ask all attendees of the Masjid to take care when visiting and leaving the Masjid whilst the news of this criminal act will undoubtedly be publicised heavily over the coming days.
There are pockets of hate-driven individuals in every community who may take this opportunity to behave in ways towards Muslims which they may seek to justify as retaliation – we pray this will not be the case, and trust in the protection of Allah alone.
Finally, we are reaching out to all non-Muslim communities and media outlets, to join us in condemning these acts of evil and despicable criminality, but to also condemn associating these acts with Muslims or with Salafi Islam, and as such to help avert any kind of repercussions towards the Muslim community living in London or elsewhere. You also share in the responsibility to fight extremism. We often hear from non-Muslims that the Qur’an calls to violence and hatred of others. We say you are interpreting the Qur’an and the beautiful religion of Islam in the same way these terrorists are! This only fuels the extremists’ warped narrative that misguides the vulnerable and easily influenced amongst our communities.
Attacking Muslims, Islam and more specifically the Salafi methodology has resulted in innocent Muslims and Muslim communities being negatively affected and promotes Islamaphobia. Just two weeks ago after the atrocity in Manchester we saw many women in our community verbally abused in the streets, stones thrown at their cars whilst they were driving children to school and even direct acts of physical violence. There have also been attacks on mosques. All of these things are unacceptable and again fuel the extremists’ narrative of a war between ‘Muslims and the disbelievers’.
We ask those in positions of responsibility including media outlets to condemn acts of hatred against innocent Muslims and Muslim communities with the same vigour that we have condemned last night’s events.
Trustees – Croydon ICT
Sunday 4th June 2017