Muslim Religious Leaders Condemn Child Sex Grooming

BBC News, June 28, 2013

The sexual grooming of children has been condemned by Muslim leaders across the UK in a sermon read to thousands of worshippers.

Organisers Together Against Grooming (TAG) said imams at hundreds of mosques had pledged to read the sermon to congregations during Friday prayers.

The sermon highlighted how the Koran emphasised that Muslims must protect children and the vulnerable.

The policing minister Damian Green said it was a “very important” move.

“It reminds people that the vast majority, the overwhelming majority, of British Muslims, condemn child sexual abuse as strongly as any other group in modern Britain,” he said.

Sheikh Ibrahim Mogra, an imam at Abu Bakr Mosque in Leicester, said: “People were troubled by us reading the sermon and one man asked me how he could stop it being read.

“He said ‘it was not our fault this had happened, our religion does not teach us to do these things and we are condemning it’.

“But as I said to him our only option is to speak out about it.”

Mr Mogra added the sermon’s message was very clear “this is an evil against humanity” and he was “absolutely delighted with the response”.

On Thursday, seven men who abused girls as part of a sadistic sex grooming ring based in Oxford were jailed for life at the Old Bailey. Two of the men were of east African origin and five of Pakistani origin.

‘Disgraceful actions’

The Muslim Council of Britain, the Mosque and Imams National Advisory Board and the Islamic Society of Britain all pledged to devote sermons to the issue of sexual grooming, said TAG, a not-for-profit organisation set up to tackle sexual grooming in the UK.

However, Monawar Hussain, founder of The Oxford Foundation, which runs educational programmes to promote religious and social harmony, said the sermon was a “fundamental error of judgement” that would play into the hands of far-right groups.

Mr Hussain, imam at Eton College, said: “Our view is that there is no Muslim on the face of this earth that does not already know that child sexual abuse is evil and wicked: this is normal standard teaching in most mosques.

“There is a terrible danger that far-right groups will point to this and say ‘I told you so’.”

The sermon, written by Alyas Karmani, an imam and youth worker in Keighley, West Yorkshire, opened with a quotation from the Koran forbidding “sexual indecency, wickedness and oppression of others”.

These “disgraceful actions” must be wholeheartedly condemned, it added.

It finished with a call for action and reminds Muslims to speak out if they see any “evil action”.

Mr Karmani said: “There’s a profound disrespect culture when it comes to treating women. One of the reasons we feel this is the case is poor role models.

“Access to pornography, which also objectifies women, is creating a culture where men are now ambiguous when it comes to the issue of violence against women.”


Speaking before the sermon was read out at Friday prayers, Mr Karmani said it had been circulated in an effort to counter what he claimed was a taboo in mosques about talking about sex.

The sermon is the first phase of a “hard-hitting” campaign following a number of high-profile child grooming cases involving Asian men in Bradford, Oxford, Rochdale and Telford, said TAG spokesman Ansar Ali.

“We have been horrified by the details that have emerged from recent court cases and, as Muslims, we feel a natural responsibility to condemn and tackle this crime,” said Mr Ali.

“Potentially on a Friday you’ve got hundreds of thousands of people walking into a mosque and you have their undivided attention, so what better medium to try and send a powerful message and raise awareness?”

While sexual grooming and child abuse affected all sections of society and was perpetrated by people of all ethnic groups, the Koran exhorted Muslims to “act against evil and injustice and create just societies”, he added.

“We are united in our stand against sexual grooming and, as Muslims, we are leading the effort to rid society of this crime.”

The Muslim Council of Britain said that, in conjunction with TAG, it had circulated a Khutbah (Friday sermon) to all affiliated mosques and Islamic centres addressing the issue of grooming.

‘Beyond the mosque’

In a statement it said: “The sermon… raises awareness about what has recently been revealed of the horrific cases of abuse, condemns the behaviour and highlights teachings from the Koran, which obligates the safeguarding and protection of women and children.”

Former Labour MP for Keighley Ann Cryer said she was “delighted” by the move, which she said showed the issue was being taken more seriously than in the past.

Ms Cryer said she was approached by mothers worried about grooming in 2002, and was frustrated when police, social services and mosque elders took no action.

“I just hope this message gets beyond the mosque to the non-attenders, because by and large the people who behave like this don’t go to the mosque,” she said.

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  • “Child Sex Grooming.”

    AKA Slavery.

    Tomaytoe, tohmahtoe…

  • borogirl54

    What age do Muslims define as a child? I know in Islamic countries such as Iran and Saudi Arabia, the age of consent for a girl is nine years old, for a boy it is sixteen. I heard a Muslim imam once say that a man can even have a marriage contract with a one year old girl! This is crazy! I do not think that the sermon will change anything.

    • Spartacus

      ” A man can have sexual pleasure from a child as young as a baby.”

      -Ayatollah Khomeini

      • rightrightright

        This wicked pig spent a night with the 4 year-old daughter of his host (with his host’s permission). The little girl’s screams of pain and terror all night long were ignored by all who heard them. She was a Muslim girl. What chance then for young kuffar girls?

        Accounts of this are on YouTube. I am not putting them up.

        The circulated sermon is an exercise in taqqiya – lying to the enemy to gain advantage.

      • With a face as scary as the one Khomeini had to wear, it’s certain no grown woman would have willingly slept with him.

    • John Liu

      In Spain and in the Vatican I believe it is 12 or 13

  • Spartacus

    “He said ‘it was not our fault this had happened, our religion does not teach us to do these things and we are condemning it’.”


    In their filthy book, the Quran, it says :

    “We have made lawful to you your wives, and those (captives or slaves) whom your right hand possess” (Chapter 33 verse # 50)

    Basically, their “prophet” said you can have sex with any non-muslim woman you can capture. Keep in mind, the guy had 11 wives, the youngest of whom was 6 at the time of marriage. BTW, Aisha (that’s the name of the 6-year old one) was also his niece, the daughter of his brother. Adorable, isn’t it ?

  • Next in the news:

    “Muslim religious leaders issue fatwa calling for deaths of Muslim religious leaders who condemn child sex grooming. Details at 11:00.”

  • JohnEngelman

    Why did they have to wait this long before saying something?

    • MartelC

      they never would have taken initiative if it were not for coaching from the left/globalists. Will the words be backed up with actions? Doubtful.

    • Sqeptique

      To prevent an emerging phenomenon amongst white people throughout the West — an uprising of whites on a massive scale. You may not like it but we are headed in that direction.

  • David Ashton

    Just in. “Jewish communal groups have backed Home Secretary Theresa May’s decision this week to ban a controversial American activist from entering Britain…. Ms Geller wrote: ‘In not allowing us into the country solely because of our true and accurate statements about Islam, the British government is behaving like a de facto Islamic state. The nation that gave the world the Magna Carta is dead’.” – Jewish Chronicle, June 28, p.2.

    • No kidding. This puts a monkey wrench into this fanciful theory I see spewed all over the WNsphere and occasionally in here that we shouldn’t “hate” Muslims because “TEH JOOOOOOZ~!1” are merely stirring us up against them.

      Those of you who still believe it, come off the ledge now, or forever be stuck in crackpot city.

  • watling

    Muslims say that the Koran is the word of their God, Allah. According to tradition Allah dictated the Koran to Mohammed. Somewhere confusion has crept in. If it is Allah who is confused then he cannot be God because God is omnipotent. If it is Mohammed then we cannot trust anything in the Koran because whatever is written there might be down to Mohammed’s confusion. Either way the Koran is invalid.

  • Bobbala

    I would love to know what happened to the imams when they started correcting the parts of the quran about Aisha …

  • I have trouble believing their claims that 95% are white, because when I checked the registry in my own area (ZIP code 80918) seven years ago, there were a significant number of south Asian men on the registry, even though they comprise a tiny percentage of the population of my area.

  • David Ashton

    “If we attack the EDL for being racist, fascist and pro-violence, we can do so with impunity, although we are not being strictly accurate. If we make similar remarks about Islamist organisations, we will be accused of being racist ourselves…. Many powerful people in the Civil Service, local government, politics and the police, far from backing up our attacks on extremism, will tut-tut at our ‘provocative’ comments…. You discover that leading figures of respectable officialdom share conference platforms with dubious groups [and] charities with blatantly political aims and Islamist links have been let off lightly by the Charity Commission…. You sensed that [the murderers of Lee Rigby] felt that they almost had permission to act as they had done from a society too weak to make such an act unthinkable. They were, unfortunately, right to think that way.” – Charles Moore, “Daily Telegraph”, June 15.

    • Sqeptique

      I can understand and appreciate what Geller and Spencer are trying to do. Sadly, it just won’t work. There HAS to be a white, racially-based uprising to rid white nations of Islam and its non-white practitioners who brought it with them. Thats it. Analyize it any way you like. If whites do not rise up to save THEIR OWN countries then they will go the way of the dinosaur.

  • Camielle Belle Poole

    In my experience Middle Eastern men are the most disgusting and perverted on the face of the Earth. They have NO qualms hurling lewd comments at women walking down the street or on the internet. It’s infuriating. Of COURSE they like messing with kids. They can’t help themselves. They’re just sick.

  • John Liu

    I may be wrong, and I stand to be corrected, but are not most paedophiles white?

    • Iron Helm

      In countries with White majorities, that is probably the case. However, South Asians and Blacks are represented very disproportionately to their numbers among child molesters. Many, particularly blacks are pansexuals, not paedophiles.

    • Sqeptique

      Exactly what the MSM wants you to believe. That, and the “white privilege” thing.

  • Sqeptique

    They lied. Paul Weston clearly explained that the police were trying to prevent a white uprising against the Pakis, Arabs, and Africans, er, uh, I mean Muslims.