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The Imam of the Prophet's Mosque of Madinah, H.E. Dr Abdul Mohsin Al Qasim visits ICC and talks on Extremism and Rumours Regarding The Prophet Muhammad's (saw) Grave

The Imam of the Prophet's Mosque of Madinah, H.E. Dr Abdul Mohsin Al Qasim, from the ICC condemned radicalization and urged Muslim leaders to use all of their resources to educate, guide young Muslims and unite the Muslims in the UK.

26th October 2014, ICC London, UK - Muslim leaders, politicians, Imams and scholars gathered at an event at the London Central Mosque & the Islamic Cultural Centre, London where the main speaker was the Imam of the Prophet's Mosque of Madinah, Dr Abdul Mohsen Al Qasim. He reminded the gathering that, leadership carries an immense responsibility and failure to deliver upon these responsibilities equally has detrimental consequences.

The Imam also stressed that radicalisation does not represent the true spirit of Islam and firm steps should be taken to eradicate this. This can only be done through education, guidance and working together. Muslims have to take responsibility to guide their youth to the right path.

He also listed 2 issues as being most important, firstly, that everyone must strive to convey the beautiful message of Islam to the people in the United Kingdom. He reassured the Muslims that no matter how much certain media outlets and individuals try to demonise Islam and Muslims their efforts will be of no avail.

Muslims will remain every strong on their faith as they have done over the centuries. He illustrated this by saying that the final messenger of God, Muhammad (s) and the prophets before him were all ridiculed and mocked by their people, but their resolve and God's divine protection has preserved their teachings till this day. The fact that the Muslims number over 1.5 Billion and Islam is the fastest growing way of life is a clear attestation to the failure of these demonization attempts.

And secondly he stressed and urged all of the leaders, imams, scholars and politicians to use all of their resources and energies to work to nurture unity within the Muslim community in the UK. He reminded everyone that the houses of God (i.e. Mosques) should be gateways through which people enter into this brotherhood and solidarity of the Muslim community and good relation with others. He warned against the usage of the Mosques and other Muslim organisations to create or fuel disunity and discord in the community.

Islam welcomes healthy debate and discussions on issues of difference of opinion but never should these affect the obligation to remain united as Instructed by God.

The Imam concluded by thanking the Director General Dr Ahmad Al-Dubayan, the Director of the ICC for hosting such a blessed gathering and commended him on the efforts and achievements of the ICC in serving the Muslim community.

The Imam of the Prophet's Sacred Mosque of Madinah, H.E. Dr Abdul Mohsin Al Qasim, denies the existence of any plans to remove the Prophet Muhammad's (saw) grave and shrine!

26th October 2014, ICC London, UK - The main Imam of the blessed Prophet's mosque of Madinah, Dr Abdul Mohsen al Qasim spoke to an esteemed gathering of Imams, scholars, Muslim community leaders and politicians at the London Central Mosque Trust & the Islamic Cultural Centre, London, during which he was questioned about the alleged plans for the excavation and removal of the Prophet of Islam Muhammad's (saw) grave and shrine from its location inside the sacred mosque in Madinah. This allegation was published on the internet and through The Independent newspaper every year for the last 5-6 years and has caused much upset amongst Muslims in the UK.

The Imam of the Prophet's mosque, Al-Qasim responded to the question saying that the allegations point to a certain piece of writing by a writer named Dr Ali Al-Shibl, which apparently provided the religious justification for the removal of the prophet's grave.

He clarified that Al-Shibl's writing had nothing to do with this topic; rather, it was a historical account of the original location of the prophet's grave; which was in the house of his wife Ayesha (ra) which at that time was outside of the mosque.

However, as the mosque was expanded during the Umayyad time the house and the grave came within the space of the mosque. This was an academic account of historical facts that all Muslims know about anyway, and it in no way suggests that the grave was to be moved outside of the mosque.

He warned the Muslims of falling for lies and fabrications which are used to create friction between Muslims and to be cautious of the sources from which they take information.

He concluded by refuting the allegation categorically saying "This is a complete fabrication and lie that has no basis whatsoever. The prophet's grave and shrine will remain where it is and has always been. May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him".

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