In the Name of Allah, the Most Gra­cious, the Most Mer­ci­ful.

As-salā­mu ‘alaykum wa-rah­mat­ul­lāhi wa-barakā­tuh (Peace, Bless­ings & Mer­cy of Allah be upon You).

This state­ment is being issued on the 07th of April 2016 and super­sedes all pre­vi­ous state­ments on the sub­ject.

Unequivocal support for pluralism & rejection of intimidation and violence:

We begin with stat­ing our gen­er­al agree­ment with the “Posi­tion State­ment” of the Mus­lim Coun­cil of Britain (MCB) issued on their web­site on the 6th of April 2016 and reit­er­ate:

We unequiv­o­cal­ly con­demn the mur­der of Asad Shah and affirm the right of Ahmadis to their free­dom of belief and reject any attacks on their prop­er­ty or per­sons. We sub­scribe to plu­ral­ism and peace­ful coex­is­tence and acknowl­edge the rights of all to believe as they choose with­out coer­cion, fear and intim­i­da­tion.

Rights of Scholars to define the boundaries of Normative Islam & Consensus:

It should be not­ed that sim­i­lar to Chris­tians, fol­low­ers of Judaism and oth­er faith, Mus­lim schol­ars also have the right to define the bound­aries of nor­ma­tive Islam and reached a con­sen­sus on this issue.

Mus­lims have sub­scribed to the creed that Prophet Muham­mad (Peace be upon Him) is the final Mes­sen­ger of God for over 1400 years, unin­ter­rupt­ed. It is also an agreed upon tenet of both Sun­ni and Shia doc­tri­nes.

This glob­al con­sen­sus was recon­firmed by the Mus­lim World League in their April 1974 (Makkah) meet­ing. Mus­lim Schol­ars from all over the world, and all schools of thought, unan­i­mous­ly agreed upon the posi­tion that (due to irrec­on­cil­able dif­fer­ences in creed) “Qadi­a­nees or Ahmadees are out­side the fold of Islam”. This has been sub­se­quent­ly con­firmed in lat­er res­o­lu­tions. This schol­ar­ly con­sen­sus involved detailed research into the the beliefs of the Ahmadiyya and it’s com­pat­i­bil­i­ty with nor­ma­tive Islam.

We (as British Mus­lims) affirm this fun­da­men­tal creed of nor­ma­tive Islam. Alongside this we main­tain respect for the right to have beliefs that dif­fer from our posi­tion.

Thank You


Update: 07th of July 2016

BBC has report­ed the court pro­ceed­ings and con­clud­ed that Mr Asad Shah was not killed for being an Ahmadi.

Advo­cate deputy Iain McSporran, pros­e­cut­ing, said: “The accused’s con­sis­tent and repeat­ed account as to his moti­va­tion for mur­der­ing Asad Shah was that Shah claimed to be a prophet, which so offend­ed his feel­ings and his faith that he had to kill him.”

Thank You