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Written by: Diana West
Wednesday, April 16, 2008 6:51 AM 

As Jihad Watch today noted, the British government is  planning to import  "moderate" imams from Pakistan--who knew they had sufficient quantities for export?--in an effort to combat "extremism" in British mosques, where congregants are largely of Pakistani descent.

Hmmm. I wonder if the British Home Secretary ever bothered to notice what some imams from Pakistan in Britain are already saying. MEMRI did. Here is a report translated from the London edition of the Urdu-language Pakistani newspaper Roznama Jang--which means Daily War. (Daily War??) The story serves as round-up of sermons, many of which were given by imams "specially invited from Pakistan and India" to mark the holiday of Ashura by preaching the importance of martydom.

From the MEMRI translation:

The Islamic preachers, many of them specially invited from Pakistan and India, stressed to the parents for their children and youth to understand the importance of following in the footsteps of ‘martyrs' like Imam Hussein.

How uplifting.

At a conference organized in the Markazi Jamaa Masjid at Victoria Park in the city of Manchester, Allama Zafar Mehmood Frashwi, president of the Markazi Jamaat Ahle Sunnat U.K. & Europe, was the chief guest. According to one media report: "He stressed on the parents to familiarize youth and children with the meaning of the martyrdom of Hussein."  [2]

Other scholars and clerics were also present at the Manchester conference. Some preachers were also invited from Pakistan on the occasion, among them Hafiz Muhammad Akram. Another cleric, Maulana Muhammad Ayub Ashrafi, said: "the sacrifice of the Prophet's grandson has an exemplary status for the Muslim Ummah."  [3]

... The audiences inevitably include children and women. At another such congregation in Birmingham, a Shia scholar Syed Muhammad Taqi Naqvi urged British Muslims to follow in the footsteps of Karbala's ‘martyrs.' Naqvi told the assembly: "By presenting the sacrifice of his family and dear ones, Imam Hussein proved that assets and wealth, lives and properties, and children do not matter before the happiness of God and his Prophet."  [4]


Another meeting was organized in Wolverhampton where a prominent Sunni scholar from Pakistan-administered Kashmir, Maulana Abdur Razzaq Chishti, was a special guest. In the congregation a large number of children and women were present. Maulana Chishti told the gathering: "By sacrificing his great life, Imam Hussein proved that the sacrifice that Prophet Muhammad's family members could offer, nobody else can offer; nor can someone go to such a killing field and present such an example of sacrifice."  [8]

More sermons marked the holiday. I'm not  sure of  the nationality of  the imams' below, but these sermon snippets are well worth scanning  if only to get a sense of geographical saturation of the martyrdom message.

"In Edinburgh, Qazi Abdus Salaam Khurshid said that martyrdom is one pious activity that the Prophet himself longed for.

In Glasgow, Maulana Habibur Rahman said that the second Caliph [Umar] wished: ‘O Allah, offer me martyrdom in your path.' This prayer proves that martyrdom is pious, not a tragedy or difficulty.

In Dundee, Qari Noorul Islam said that martyrdom is a great honor.

"In Manchester, Maulana Muhammad Iqbal Rangoni said that those who offer sacrifice of lives in the path of truth are fortunate.

In Rochdale, Abdul Majeed Anwar lauded the greatness... of Islam's martyrs.

In Ashton-under-Lyne, Maulana Syed Abdul Kareem Shah said that the greatness of a martyr is also mentioned in the Koran.

In Oldham, Qari Abdur Rasheed said the [followers of] Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat worldwide believe that the Prophet's Companions and Members of his Household are two eyes of Islam and love of them is real faith. Maulana Amjad Hussein, Maulana Shamsur Rahman, [and] Mufti Hilal Mahmood also saluted the greatness of Islam's martyrs.

"In Huddersfield, Maulana Muhammad Akram and Jameel Ahmad said that the taste of death by martyrdom is something that is not available in any other thing in the world.

In Wakefield, Maulana Islam Ali Shah and Mufti Tariq Shah said that the second Caliph Hazrat Umar and Imam Hazrat Hussain, by sacrificing life during Muharram, taught killing-dying for Islam's sake to their followers, to be borne until the Day of Judgment.

In Bradford, Maulana Muhammad Ibrahim said that the importance of Yaum-e-Ashura was prevalent before the incident of Karbala.

"Maulana Abdul Hadi, Maulana Azizul Haq in Burnley, Maulana Asad Mian, Maulana Abdur Rasheed Rabbani in Dewsbury, Maulana Musa Qasmi in Bolton, Maulana Imdadullah Qasmi, Maulana Imdadul Hasan Nomani, Qari Tasawwurul Haq, Maulana Shamsul Haq Mushtaq, Maulana Muhammad Farooq, Maulana Muhammad Qasim, Maulana Ziaul Hasan Tyeb, Maulana Jamal Badshah, Maulana Muhammad Zaman, Maulana Adil Khan and others--

Where is Danny Kaye when you need him?

--shed light on the subject of ‘Martyrdom Is Pious' in Birmingham.

That's quite a lot of light.

"Whereas in Walsall, Maulana Muhammad Salman, Maulana Muhammad Aslam Zahid, Mufti Muhammad Aslam; Qari Abdur Rasheed Rahmani in Crowley, Qari Muhammad Ilyas in Bristol, Qari Ghulam Nabi in Cardiff, Maulana Imran in Swindon, Qari Muhammad Tyeb Abbasi in Southall,Nottingham, Qari Ismail and Qari Minhaj in Sheffield, and Mufti Muhammad Abdullah in Gloucester informed the people about the martyrs of Islam [Imam Hussein and his followers]." [1]

Funny, no Buckingham Palace.


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