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Kirklees’ Muslim Community needs to reassess its leadership…

In Huddersfield the Kirklees’ Muslim Action Committee, claiming to represent 15,000 Muslims, is deeply upset at a Muslim group that held an Exhibition on the Holy Qur’ān (see Newspaper report HERE).

Surprisingly, the spokesman of the Action Committee, Mr. Amar Usman Ali, is reported to have said:

“We believe that it is time the Muslims of Huddersfield did not allow a local group to use our name to hold any future exhibitions, and have been hurt and deeply upset over the lack of consultation with the Muslim community prior to holding this event.”

The Qur’ān Exhibition held in Huddersfield Town Hall was attendede by the Mayor of Kirklees and a Member of Parliament.  Notably, Mr. Ali’s statement seems highly irrelevant and shows an immense lack of maturity… Read the rest of this entry »

The Times has reported on its popular ‘faith’ pages that the Rev Charlie Cleverley, Rector of St. Aldate’s (Oxford) has opposed plans for the Central Mosque in Oxford to be allowed to relay the ‘Adhaan‘ (Islamic call to prayer) from it’s tannoys. 

Read the full article here.

Personally, I don’t think the debate has anything to do with ‘islamization’ of certain parts of the country, and neither do high-tech advancements sufficiently replace tradition – if this is argued, then the Clock tower bell at westmeinster and every other working church should also stop as we all have watches!!

The Adhaan (call to prayer) is a traditional method of reminding people of their religious and spiritual obligations – akin to a church or temple bell – that is used to remind worshippers that they should forsake worldly desires and seek pleasure in their Lord, and that this is a way to bind the community together.

Just think- the more muslims meet up, the more the Imam can keep an eye on those who are straying and can counter that with timely, grass-roots reform.  Thus it will make the Islamic Community much stronger internally, and thus represent less of a ‘risk’ to fellow non-muslim brethren.

As a Muslim, although church bells don’t choke me, I have a tolerance and respect for them, as I do for the Adhaan: both call people to God!  But the Adhaan holds a certain significance for it is a call to prayer made by the human voice, as opposed to by instruments.

 But maybe, the reverend is more worried here about his sheep flocking to other farms(??)  surely, a religious society, whatever religion they may choose to adopt, is better than an irreligious one – secularist arguments aside, that a revealed religion provides its adherents with a codified set of rules and regulations and inherently confers upon its adherents a primitive moral spirit-level to assist in prevention of the propensity to do the immoral or the unethical, is worth calling to…!!

“Let the bells Ring!!” – I say!  (or in the case of the adhaan: “Let the man Sing!!”)