Imam Qari Asim MBE, Chairman of the Mosque and Imams National Advisory Board

Isn’t it terrible. The mosques have been closed. I know, it’s just awful isn’t it. Somehow, we’ve had to survive with the mosques closed.

The Invisible Magic Friend has provided the virus so that we can get to know each other better, even with the mosques closed.

But Hurrah! They’re opening again.

9 thoughts on “Imam Qari Asim MBE, Chairman of the Mosque and Imams National Advisory Board

  1. One of the main issues with TFTD is the “Thoughts” are just so clangingly unoriginal, as in this case.

    You’d think those with a self-proclaimed mutual affinity with their omnipotent*, omniscient IMF might have a bit more in the way of profound insight to share with the rest of us.

    though not according to Giles when he’s thought his way into a corner

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  2. Agree with Matt2112; this was wall-to-wall solid galvanised cliché, most of which could have been peddled by speakers of all faiths and none (to coin a phrase).

    Apart from the bit where he said that ‘coronavirus has…helped us to feel the presence of God in a much more personal and powerful way’. Speak for yourself, mate. Even AAA hasn’t come out with something like that. Yet.

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    1. I think we should add ‘omni-blameless’ to the magical powers of IMFs.
      It makes you wonder what the devil’s doing at the mo. If an IMF creates a pandemic for ‘good’, the supreme baddie is redundant.

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  3. Crikey, Qari, I just can’t imagine why not being able to go and pray is the most important thing you have missed during the lockdown. Please think about what all those missed prayers at the mosque and your replacement ones (maybe not quite as powerfully magic) at home may have achieved in the fight against the spread of the virus. Your answer would be “Nothing”. Either god isn’t there or, if he is, he doesn’t care. It has to be one or the other surely. And that is the most important part of your life.

    Surely the most important part of your life was really keeping in touch with people, helping via the food bank and being a good neighbour to whoever you consider that to be.

    I looked up the bit about neighbours. “Muhammad is said to have defined the “neighbour” in these words: Your neighbour is 40 houses ahead of you and 40 houses at your back, 40 houses to your left and 40 houses to your right.” There probably weren’t many cities in Arabia in the 6th century CE that had more than the 80 by 80 = 6400 houses = 30000+ people so you can see what was in his thinking. But what about those people just beyond the 40? Why didn’t he just say “Everyone who is a human is your neighbour – just try and get on with them as best you can even if some of them believe weird stuff – those Christians and Hebrews for example”.

    Surely the prophet foresaw the future and could have added a bit in his prophecy about neighbours being anyone you can keep in touch with via the postal system, telephone system, fax, mobile phone or internet. Answers on a postcard, fax or email to us here in the modern world.

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  4. The Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, referred to purity as half of faith. Purity is half of faith, and the praise of Allah fills the scale (Sahih Muslim). Similarly, the Quran states: Truly, God loves those who turn unto Him in repentance and loves those who purify themselves (Quran 2:222). While this purity involves a spiritual aspect, it also includes physical cleanliness.

    Have a read of this article from which the above is taken – https://www.whyislam.org/on-faith/diseases/ – and ask yourself the this question.

    Why is the death rate for muslim males, at 45 per 100,000, higher than any other religious order? Next highest susceptible are hindu males at 33 per 100,000? The least susceptible group are males of no religion at 9 per 100,000. Seems Allah and Muhammad aren’t doing a particularly good job. Perhaps Qari Asim can explain why muslim men are so much more at risk.

    Source https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/articles/coronaviruscovid19relateddeathsbyreligiousgroupenglandandwales/2marchto15may2020

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    1. The why islam site claims:
      “The teachings of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, concerning infectious diseases, cleanliness, and hygiene were well ahead of his time. They were ultimately inspired by God to benefit and protect humans from illnesses and promote healthy lifestyles. Infection control is an inherent part of Islam’s teachings concerning hygiene. The guidelines that are practiced today by major health organizations are almost entirely inline and inspired by the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him.”

      Mmm, not sure that link works. Why didn’t the prophet, who apparently is perfect, suggest to someone that germ theory might be important and then do something about it rather than wait for secular science to discover it 1400 years later.
      It is like me claiming that everything my children achieve is because “I taught them everything they know”.

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    2. “It makes you wonder what the devil’s doing at the mo.”

      Probably nothing bad at all if the Big Book of Magic Stuff is to be believed. As far as I could tell from my reading of it, YHWH is the invisible magic baddy. A truly evil character, cruel sadistic and capricious. Satan, on the other hand, is polite, always tells the truth and isn’t really bad at all. Apart from being really mean to Job for a bet he never hurt anyone.

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