His Eminence Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais
Visits the United Kingdom
Dr. Mozammel Haque
His Eminence Dr. Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, head of the Office of the Presidency of the Grand Mosques of Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah came in the United Kingdom on 15 July 2016. The Sheikh al-Sudais, the Imam of the Grand Mosque of Makkah, who was in the United Kingdom for more than two weeks, was received by His Royal Highness Prince Mohammad bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz, Saudi Ambassador to the United Kingdom and Ireland in the afternoon of 15 July 2016 at his office in the Embassy of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. London.
During the meeting, they exchanged cordial talks, wishing to Sheikh Al-Sudais success in his current visit. At the end of the meeting, souvenir was presented to the imam of the Grand Mosque of Makkah, Sheikh al-Sudais.
Inaugurate the Al-Salam Masjid and Madrasah
Sheikh Al-Sudais went to Preston, Blackburn and inaugurated Al-Salam Masjid and Madrasah on 18th of July, 2016. Next day, on 19th of July 2016, he visited Ibn Baz Mosque at Banbury town.
Inaugurate the Masjid Ali in Birmingham
The Imam of the Masjid al-Haram, Makkah al-Mukarramah, went to Birmingham and inaugurated Masjid Ali on 20th of July, 2016.
Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais
visited Islamic Cultural Centre, London
Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais visited the Islamic Cultural Centre, London & the Regents Park London Central Mosque on Thursday, the 21st of July, 2016. During his visit, His Eminence Sheikh Al-Sudais met with religious scholars and community leaders of the Muslim Community of Britain and the staff of the Islamic Cultural Centre, London. During this meeting, Dr. Ahmad al-Dubayan first of all introduced the religious scholars and community leaders of the Muslim community of the UK as well as the staff of the Islamic Cultural Centre, London and gave a presentation on the background and activities of the Centre and the services provided to the community.
Meeting with Lords and Baroness
After this meeting, His Eminence Sheikh Al-Sudais met separately with Lord Sheikh and Baroness Manzila Uddin, Peers of the House of Lords of the British Parliament and discussed different aspects.
Sheikh also met Mr. Yousef Ali Al-Khater, Ambassador of the State of Qatar in the United Kingdom, Dr. Abdulaziz Mohammed Al-Wasil, Deputy Chief of Mission, Royal Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United Kingdom, Mr. Khalid al-Jarman, Head of Communications and Research, Embassy of the United Arab Emirates, London and the chairman of the Islamic Cultural Centre Trust, besides a large number of community leaders, religious scholars, imams, diplomats and media personalities.
Reception at ICC Conference Hall
There was a reception at the Conference hall of the Islamic Cultural Centre after the meeting with the Lords and Baroness. The reception was attended by His Eminence Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, President of the Office of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques, Ambassador Yousef Ali Al-Khater, Dr. Abdulaziz Mohammed Al-Wasil, Mr. Khalid al-Jarman, chairman of the Islamic Cultural Centre Trust, besides a large number of community leaders, religious scholars, imams, diplomats and media personalities.
While welcoming His Eminence Sheikh al-Sudais to the Islamic Cultural Centre and to the Muslim Communities who were representing many organisations, centres and mosques from different parts of the United Kingdom, Dr. al-Dubayan also introduced the members and chairman of the Board of Trust of the Islamic Cultural Centre & Regents’ Park London Central Mosque. Dr. Al-Dubayan also welcomed them to the Centre. While referring to the trustees, Dr. al-Dubayan mentioned, “They are our trustees. They are welcome to the Islamic Cultural Centre,” and while referring to Sheikh al-Sudais, Dr. al-Dubayan mentioned, “You are welcome to the Muslim communities who are represented today with us from many organisations, mosques and centres.”
The Director General of the Islamic Cultural Centre, Dr. Al-Dubayan, also mentioned, “I know everyone of us is very keen and would like to see His Eminence Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais. I think this is a good occasion, really a good time that we got together.” He expressed his thanks and gratefulness to all those who came from different parts of the country in order to listening to Sheikh Abdul Rahman al-Sudais.
Speech of Sheikh Abdul Rahman at the Reception
His Eminence Sheikh Abdul Rahman al-Sudais, Imam of the Grand Mosque of Makkah addressed the gathering in Arabic and Imam Khalifa Ezzat of the Islamic Cultural Centre, London, translated that into English. He said, Sheikh al-Sudais referred to the following points:
Sheikh al-Sudais expressed his pleasure to be with the Muslim community of the United Kingdom and conveyed the greetings and Salams from the people of Makkah and Madinah.
His Eminence Sheikh al-Sudais said that now-a-days we are in urgent need of unity and cooperation. We are in need to gather and meet under the banner of Islam, under the teachings of Islam at this hard time when Islam is subjected to attacks and defamation at various levels, Sheikh mentioned.
The Imam of the Masjid al-Haram, Makkah al-Mukarramah, Sheikh al-Sudais mentioned, unfortunately, at this time, we have two groups of people from the Muslim community; some groups have the concept of ifrad and tafrid. There are those who are extreme in faith and there are those who neglected the faith, said Sheikh al-Sudais and added, “It is important nowadays for Muslims to come together and to avoid division which is a big problem for the Muslim community today.”
Sheikh Al-Sudais urged Muslims to come together at this hard time to achieve the main objectives of the Shari’ah even if they follow different Madhabs and different schools of thought.
The Imam of the Grand Mosque of Makkah, Sheikh al-Sudais advised Muslims to come together to tackle and face those extremist group who kill innocent people. “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,” said Sheikh al-Sudais.
The Imam of the Masjid al-Haram, Sheikh al-Sudais urged the Muslim community by saying, “The real image of Islam should be demonstrated by you, by the scholars and imams. To demonstrate the religion Islam is not the religion of ifrad and tafrid. But it is the religion of moderation.”
Sheikh Al-Sudais referred to another important point. He said, “Islam is the religion of co-existence and co-operation; the religion of co-existence with all people - Muslims, non-Muslims and even with those who have no faith.” Then he referred to the verse of the Holy Qur’an: ‘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.’” He said this is the general principle of Islam to live together and to invite and call other people who have different faiths.
Referring to the differences and divisions, Sheikh Al-Sudais urged Muslims to come together and avoid differences and divisions.
Referring to the scholars, community leaders and imams of mosques, organisations and centres, the Imam of the Grand Mosque of Makkah al-Mukarramah said, “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 and I saw this myself in many centres, many imams and many scholars do lots of great jobs serving the Muslim community as much as they can.”
Sheikh al-Sudais expressed his thanks to the ambassadors of Saudi Arabia and other Muslim countries that are doing great jobs and efforts to serve the community here in this country.
Then the Sheikh expressed his thanks to the Islamic Cultural Centre and the Dawah Office, London who make great efforts to serve the Muslim community under the supervision of Dr. Ahmed al-Dubayan, Director General of the Centre, and Mr. Abdul Aziz al-Harbi; they do great jobs in this country.
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 Madinah.
After this, Dr. Ahmed al-Dubayan presented gift from the Islamic Cultural Centre to the Sheikh Dr. Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais.
Imam of the Masjid al-Haram led Maghreb Prayer
at London Central Mosque and talk with people
After the Sheikh al-Sudais’s reception with the Muslim leaders, scholars and Imams, the Imam of the Masjid al-Haram, Makkah al-Mukarramah Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais led the Maghreb prayer at the London Central Mosque. After the Maghreb prayer, Sheikh Abdul Rahman al-Sudais addressed the gathering:
Sheikh al-Sudais said we are united by the Word of Allah and we recite the Ayah of Allah. We all came from Allah.
Sheikh Abdul Rahman mentioned the importance of a person in this life; be positive contribute to the society
The Imam of the Masjid al-Haram said, “Muslims in this country are representative or ambassador of Islam. Islam is a moderate religion; not extreme religion. The basic teaching of Islam is based on mercy; it is a religion which is based upon co-existence and cooperation.”
The Imam of the Grand Mosque in Makkah al-Mukarramah, Sheikh al-Sudais, said, “Muslims living in this country, especially those people who are living in the West, they have a great obligation to be united under the Book of Allah, under the teachings of Islam; and on the Traditions and Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and stick and attach to the methodology of Islam.”
Sheikh al-Sudais urged Muslims to seek the beneficial knowledge and call others to Islam with wisdom (Hikma).
At the end, Sheikh Abdul Rahman said, “United you should all be together and you should not be divided.” Then he said he is very happy when he sees this country and the Muslims came from different parts of the country and then he conveyed the greetings and Salams from the people of Makkah and from the people of Madinah. He said, “They (the people of Makkah and the people of Madinah) sent their greetings and their supplications for all the Muslims living in the West.”
Imam of the Masjid al-Haram led
Jumah Prayer at ICC on 22 July, 2016
Imam of the Masjid al-Haram, Makkah al-Mukarramah, visited Islamic Cultural Centre & The Regents Park London Central Mosque on Friday, 22 July 2016 and delivered Khutba (Friday sermon) and led the Jumah prayer (Khutba which was translated into English by Imam Kazi Luthfur Rahman, Imam, London Central Mosque and prepared by Dr. Mozammel Haque) was published earlier.
The Sheikh Abdul Rahman also visited King Fahd Mosque in Scotland.
He left the United Kingdom in the first week of August, 2016.