Live Friday Prayers – 17th October 2014

Today is Friday and we are once again broadcasting our Jummah Prayers live for those of you who are unable to attend a Mosque in person, and for our members who are spread across the World.

You can watch the Khutba and then follow along with the Jummah and individual prayers.

If you miss the live broadcast then you can always click on the link at anytime and re-watch the full broadcast.

Click here to watch our LIVE BROADCAST

Our broadcast will start at the following local times:

1.00pm United Kingdom

17:00pm Pakistan

08:00am USA New York (times vary in different states in America)

Presumed Guilty

Remember the Birmingham Six, the Maguire Seven, the Guildford Four and Judith Ward? Behind the campaigning numbers were 18 innocent people who collectively spent scores of years in British jails after being falsely convicted of terrorism offences.

Their sin was to be Irish (or, in Ward’s case, to have spent time in Ireland) during that 1970s period when the Provisional IRA was bombing targets in the UK.

The police, convinced in each case that the 18 were guilty, extracted confessions under torture and/or intimidation, faked evidence and lied in court.

All of this is known, but all of this is too easily forgotten. Now, amid the hue and cry in Britain over the activities of the Islamic State (Isis), it is timely to recall the “mistakes” by the police, by MI5 and by a compliant media, of 40 years ago.

I couldn’t help but notice the triumphant and incautious tone in some newspapers last week when five men, aged 20 to 21, were arrested in London over “a suspected terrorist plot to mount an attack in Britain”.

We learned from some papers last Wednesday (8 October) that they had links to Syria and to Islamic State (Isis). The headlines were unequivocal: “Jihadi plot to attack UK smashed” (Daily Mail); “MI5 smash British ‘Isil terror plot'” (Daily Telegraph); “British medical student arrested on terror charges ‘may have just returned from Somalia'” (the Independent); and “MI5 nab surgeon” (The Sun).

The leaking to the press of such specific information, about Muslims being arrested, by the Police is extremely worrying, and is a repeat of how the Irish were treated not too long ago. But rather than learn from those harsh lessons the Police seem adamant on repeating them.

The criminal justice system in England and Wales has a long standing principle that people are presumed innocent, it is a part of the Human Rights act in both the UK and EU.

But as this Guardian article suggests, here in the UK if you are a Muslim you are presumed guilty and have to prove your innocence.

Al Fatihah – Opening chapter of the Holy Quran

In this podcast Dr Jahangiri explains the significance of Eid ul Adha in the light of the Al Fatihah and shows that Islamic devotions and rituals have both physical and spiritual aspects. Allah Commands us to keep both in mind when undertaking physical devotions. Performing physical devotions without achieving spiritual benefits is meaningless.

The Unseen Tragedies of The Muslim World

Many tragic events have struck the Muslim world in the past few weeks. These are recognised as tragic by everyone. But in this video Dr Zahid Aziz talks about certain events of the past few days which are not recognised as tragic for the Muslim world, but they certainly are!

The Religion of Abraham

By instituting the Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha, Islam draws the attention of Jews, Christians and Muslims to the religion preached and practised by Abraham. It was a simple religion of belief in oneness of God, submission to Him, and being prepared to sacrifice what we love in His way. Later followers of Abraham made his religion into one of elaborate rituals and theological controversies on small matters of detail. Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha remind us all that we should turn back to Abraham’s religion of simplicity and sincerity, and that Jews, Christians and Muslims come from the same religious origin.

Not able to watch the video? Then you can listen to the podcast below;

Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was a Sufi

Javed Ghamidi is a well-known Pakistani Muslim theologian, Quranic scholar and exegete, and educationist. In the above video (in Urdu) he explains that Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was a Sufi and did not claim to be a Prophet, as he is accused of.

He also briefly expressed that it is the Lahori Ahmadis’ who are following the true message of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad.