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His Eminence Dr. Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, Head of the Office of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques - Saudi Arabia visits The Islamic Cultural Centre & The London Central Mosque

Thursday 21 July 2016

written by Dr Mozammel Haque

His Eminence Sheikh Al-Sudais visited the Islamic Cultural Centre in London where a series of meetings had been organised by the Director General, Dr Ahmad Al Dubayan so that the Eminent Sheikh could engage with the Centre's staff followed by a private meeting with members of the House of Lords and Trustees of the Islamic Cultural Centre ending with a community event with religious scholars and community leaders of the Muslim Community of Britain.

During the first meeting Dr. Ahmad al-Dubayan introduced all the staff and also gave a presentation on the background and activities of the Centre and all the services which are provided for the Community.

Meeting with Lords and Baroness

After this meeting, His Eminence Sheikh Al-Sudais met separately with Peers of the House of Lords of the British Parliament and Trustees of The Islamic Cultural Centre.

- Lord Mohammad Altaf Sheikh
- Baroness Paola Uddin
- Mr Yusef Ali Al Khater, Ambassador of the Embassy of the State of Qatar - London
- Dr Abdulaziz Mohammed Alwasil - Deputy Chief of Mission, Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia London and member of the Board of Ministers at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Saudi Arabia
- Mr Khalid Al Jarman - Head of Communications and Research, Embassy of the United Arab Emirates London

Reception at the ICC Conference Hall

There was a reception at the Library hall of the Islamic Cultural Centre, after the meeting with the Lords and Baroness. The reception was attended by chief guest His Eminence Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, President of the Office of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques, Ambassador Yousuf bin Al-Khatir, Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Wassel, Ustaz Khaled al-German from the UAE Embassy, chairman of the Islamic Cultural Centre Trust, besides a large number of community leaders, religious scholars, imams, diplomats and media personalities.

In welcoming Sheikh Al-Sudais to London, the Islamic Cultural Centre put on a community event to bring together many organisations, centres and mosques from across the United Kingdom, to talk about the challenges facing the Muslim community. Sheikh Sudais delivered an invaluable talk on the need for Muslims to put aside their differences and unite during these difficult times.

Here is a summary of the his talk at the centre:

We are in need of gathering and meeting under the banner of Islam, under the teachings of Islam during these hard times when Islam is subjected to attacks and defamation of various levels. Unfortunately, at this time, we have two groups of people from the Muslims; There are those who are extreme in faith, and there are those who neglect the faith. It is important for Muslims to come together and to avoid division which is a big problem for the Muslim community.

Muslims must come together during this hard time to achieve the main objectives of the Shari'ah, even if they follow different schools of thought.

Muslims must come together to tackle and face those extremist groups who kill innocent people and It is the duty of the imams and scholars of this country to come together and to demonstrate the real image of Islam which is vilified by some groups. The real image of Islam should be demonstrated by you, by the scholars and by the imams, to demonstrate that it is not the religion of extremism or neglect, but a religion of moderation.

Islam is the religion of coexistence and cooperation; the religion of co-existence with all people, Muslims, non-Muslims and even those who have no faith. Allah [swt] says in the holy Quran: 'O mankind; we created you from a single, Male and female, and make you into nations and tribes in order to know each other, not to despise each other. Surah Al Hujarat, 49:13

These are the general principles of Islam where we should live together and invite and call other people who have different faiths.

Brothers and sisters here in this country and the scholars, imams and community leaders of mosques, schools and many other organisations make great efforts to serve the Muslim community and to help them as much as they can, such as the Islamic Cultural Centre with its efforts in bringing the Muslim community together and building prosperous ties with the non Muslim community.

Every Muslim needs to make an effort to contribute to society and make the world a better place. Each one of us is an ambassador of Islam and must demonstrate that it is a religion of peace and mercy.

At the end, the Sheikh also thanked the gathering for their coming and listening to him and then the Sheikh concluded his speech with dua and supplication for the community, Muslims in general and convey the message of peace from the people of Makkah and the Madinah.

After this Dr. Ahmed al-Dubayan presented a gift from the Islamic Cultural Centre to the Sheikh Dr. Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais.

Sheikh al-Sudais visited the Islamic Cultural Centre to deliver the Friday sermon on Friday 22 July 2016.

Dr Dubayan welcomed the eminent Sheikh to the Centre where he also met with Trustees of the Centre:
H.E. Syed Ibne Abbas, Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK and
Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the United Kingdom, Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa.
A video of the sermon in arabic and the transcript in English is available below:


Friday Sermon Khutbah delivered by H.E. Sheikh Sudais

Friday 22 July 2016

His Eminence Dr. Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais delivered the Sermon / Khutba, below you can see the video in arabic or read the translation in English.

H.E. Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais
Imam, Al Haram Mosque, Makkah
Friday 22 July 2016
Click Here to Download the Sermon in English

Below are previous Sermons given by H.E Sheikh Sudais on his last visit to The Cultural Centre in 2015

Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, Imam of Al-Haram Mosque - Makkah, visits The Islamic Cultural Centre and Speaks Out Against Violence and Radicalisation   Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, Imam of Al-Haram Mosque Makkah, was received by Dr Ahmad Al Dubayan, Director General, The Islamic Cultural Centre & The London Central Mosque Trust on Friday 5th June 2015.

Sheikh Sudais in his sermon to the congregation stressed the urgent need to address important current issues for the Muslim Community. These included The need to keep good relations with each other no matter what race, creed or culture. He also said as a community we should be supporting, cooperating and holding hands together to face challenges of the present time.

His Eminence confirmed the fact that Muslim's should not follow any form of violence, radicalisation or takfir (declaring someone a non-Muslim or an apostate) because of which Islam is today misunderstood everywhere and also misinterpreted.

Khutba Friday 12th June 2015

Khutba Friday 5th June 2015

The Sheikh quoted verses from the Quran including:

"And We have not sent you, [Muhammad], except as a mercy to the worlds." Quran Verse (21:107) and
"Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good advice.." Quran Verse (16:125)

In his speech Sheikh Sudais explained how 'blood' in Islam is protected, which means killing anybody Muslim or Non-Muslim is one of the biggest sins in the sight of Islam.

He asked Muslims to leave judgement regarding people's faith for Allah (God) & their actions for this life in the hands of the law and authorities.

Sheikh Sudais urged Muslim Communities in UK & everywhere to follow regulations and law of the societies in which they live. He asked everybody to be a messenger of peace anywhere they go or wherever they are.

He also said that one should lead by example, good behaviour and commitment to being righteous in your dealings is the best way to show the real image of Islam through the Quran and the Sayings of the Prophet (pbuh) and the best way to defending your faith against those who misunderstand or those who try to deface Islam. It is also the best way to bring up your children on the right Islamic path.

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