Statement on the Woolwich “Terror” Attack

In the Name of Allaah, Most Beneficent, Most Merciful 

The Brixton Mosque and Islamic Cultural Centre deplore the heinous attack in the name of Islam which occurred in Woolwich on Wednesday 22 May 2013.

Actions such as this are not ruling by what Allah has revealed and only serve to bring more harm onto tens of thousands of more Muslims.

Such attacks neither aid Islam nor are in congruence with the guidance of the beloved Prophet. Messenger of Allāh (sallallāhu ’alayhi wassallam) said on the authority of Ibn ’Abbās (radi Allāhu ’anhu): “Beware of extremism in the religion! For the people before you were destroyed due to extremism in the religion.” Recorded by Ibn Mājah,[1] an-Nasā’ī,[2] Ibn Khuzaymah authenticated the hadeeth[3] as did Ibn Hibbān[4] and al-Hākim and adh-Dhahabī agreed.[5]

This shows us the importance of referring back to qualified scholarship when wanting to know the Islamic stance on such serious issues, as Allāh says

﴿وَإِذَا جَاءهُمْ أَمْرٌ مِّنَ الأَمْنِ أَوِ الْخَوْفِ أَذَاعُواْ بِهِ وَلَوْ رَدُّوهُ إِلَى الرَّسُولِ وَإِلَى أُوْلِي الأَمْرِ مِنْهُمْ لَعَلِمَهُ الَّذِينَ يَسْتَنبِطُونَهُ مِنْهُمْ وَلَوْلاَ فَضْلُ اللّهِ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَتُهُ لاَتَّبَعْتُمُ الشَّيْطَانَ إِلاَّ قَلِيلاً

“And when there comes to them something (i.e. information) about (public) security or fear, they spread it around. But if they had only referred it back to the Messenger or to those of authority among them, then the ones who (can) draw correct conclusions from it would have known about it. And if not for the favour of Allāh upon you and His mercy, you would have followed Shaytān, except for a few of you.”

{an-Nisā (4): 83}

Ibn Katheer says about this noble ayah: “This Ayah refers to proper investigation, or extraction of matters from their proper resources.”

Imām al-Albānī (rahimahullāh):

We have said regularly and frequently about that these questions that: during these times they are not allowed because they are either individual and personal actions wherein the individual is unable to be outweigh the benefits over the harms, or the harms over the benefits…[6]

We at Brixton Mosque have consistently warned against such actions of ghulū [extremism] and tatarruf [fanaticism] and will remain doing so in adhering to the Qur’an, Sunnah and method of the Salaf [the first three Muslim generations].

Such vile actions, based on the deviated Takfīrī manhaj and their Khawarij arguments, are not in keeping with the Sunnah and totally oppose the principles of understanding our beautiful religion which aim to bring benefits for humanity, beginning with the worship of Allah.

Shaykh ul-Islām Ibn Taymiyyah stated:

الشريعة جاءت لتحصيل المصالح وتكميلها وتحصيل أعظم المصلحتين وتقليلها ، وأنها ترجيح خير الخيرين وشر الشرين ، وتحصيل أعظم المصلحتين وتفويت ادناهما ، وتدفع أعظم المفسدتين باحتمال ادناهما

The Sharee’ah came with obtaining benefits (Masālih) and completing them and averting harms (Mafāsid) and reducing them. (Opting for) the best of two good options and (averting) the most evil of two evils; so as to obtain the better of two benefits and averting the worst of two evils.[7]  

The community should be vigilante and work with all in the community for the benefit of safety, and support for communities which have been countering extremism in London and working with vulnerable youth for nearly two decades should be paramount. These events should serve as a reminder that extremism is rampant and growing even more in the UK.

Brixton Mosque and Islamic Cultural Centre

Friday 24 May 2013 CE/14th Rajab 1434 AH


[1] Sunan Ibn Mājah, vol.2, p.1008, hadeeth no.3029

[2] Sunan an-Nasā’ī, vol.5, p.268, hadeeth no.3057

[3] Saheeh Ibn Khuzaymah, vol.4, p.274, hadeeth no.2867

[4] Saheeh Ibn Hibbān, vol.9, p.183, hadeeth no.3871

[5] Al-Mustadrak, vol.1, p.466

[6] From Shaykh ’Ali Hasan al-Halabī al-Atharī, Su’alāt ’Ali bin Hasan bin ’AbdulHameed al-Halabī al-Atharī li’sh-Shaykhihi Imām al-’Allāmah al-Muhaddith al-Faqeeh Shaykh Muhammad Nāsiruddeen al-Albānī (rahimahullāh). Makkah al-Mukarramah, KSA: Dār ’Abdullāh Bū Bakr Barakāt, 1430 AH/2009 CE, First Edn. Vol.1, pp.389-390.

[7] Ibn Taymiyyah, Majmū’ al-Fatāwā (Tarteeb ’AbdurRahmān bin Qāsim and his son Muhammad, 1398 AH, 2nd Edn.) vol.20, pp.48, 52-53; al-Fatāwā al-Kubrā (ed. Shaykh Ahmad Kan’ān, Dār ul-Arqam bin abi’l-Arqam, 1420 AH/1999 CE), vol.3, p.544.