Imam Sajid Zafar Hussain from the Jamatia Islamic Centre was exposed recently on national television as a promoter of illegal child marriages. In undercover video footage the Muslim religious leader had no qualms about breaking the law of the land to marry a 14-year-old girl against her wishes to somebody she had never even met. The welfare and safety of the girl were of no concern to the imam. Neither did he care that children marrying adult men is paedophilia, something that is rife in Islam.
It doesn’t come as any surprise really that he is now back preaching at the mosque. His alleged suspension was more likely to have been an instance of taqiyya/kitman (permitted lying / deception in Islam) by the mosques management to purposely deceive the general public to the truth hoping the incident gets forgotten about.
‘hey imam, have a couple of weeks holiday. When the media contact about the TV programme asking questions we can say you have been removed from position and no comment. Let the fuss die down out of the spotlight . Come back, then business as usual’
The mosque management claim that an independent board has looked into ITV’s allegations against Imam Sajid Zafar Hussain and claim he is innocent of any wrong doing. That claim of innocence is totally debatable. True no actual crime happened because the marriage never took place. But he did conspire to knowingly marry an under-age child to an adult man in the knowledge that it would result in paedophile sexual relations which is against British law.
Forced child marriages may be allowed under Sharia Law, yet as much as Muslims would like it to be legal here it doesn’t have any authority what so ever. If muslims wish to participate in paedophile marriages and emulate the perfect Muslim Mohammed, then go to Pakistan or Saudi Arabia and do it then please.
Child marriages and paedophilia in the Quran and hadiths including that of Islams founder the paedo prophet Mohammed
CCCLXXXIV: The Tafsir of Surat at-Talaq
Mujahid said that “if you have any doubt” (65:4) means if you do not know whether she menstruates or not. Those who do not longer menstruate and those who have not yet menstruated, their ‘idda is three months.
(39) CHAPTER. Giving one’s young children in marriage (is permissible).By virtue of the Statement of Allah : “…and for those who have no (monthly) courses (i.e. they are still immature).. (V.65:4) And the ‘Idda for the girl before puberty is three months (in the above Verse).
5133. Narrated ‘Aishah; that the Prophet wrote the marriage contract with her when she was six years old and he consummated his marriage when she was nine years old, and then she remained with him for nine years (i.e. till his death).
————————————–“The Translation of the Meanings of Sahih Al-Bukhari”
Al-Bukhari (au.), Muhammad M. Khan (tr.), Dar-us-Salam Publications, vol. 7, book 67, ch. 39, p. 57, ISBN 9960-717-38-0, June 1, 1997.—————————————Chapter 10: It is permissible for the father to give the hand of his daughter in marriage even when she is not fully grown up.—————————————-‘A’isha (Allah be pleased with her) reported that Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) married her when she was seven years old, and he was taken to his house as a bride when she was nine, and her dolls were with her; and when he (the Holy Prophet) died she was eighteen years old.
Protests as ‘child marriage’ imam back at Birmingham mosque
15 Nov 2013 08:10
Sajid Zafar Hussain was suspended from his post at Sparkhill’s Jamatia Islamic Centre after agreeing to arrange the wedding of a 14-year-old girl
Sparkhill imam Sajid Zafar Hussain
An imam caught agreeing to marry off a 14-year-old girl has been welcomed back to his mosque job, despite protests from worshippers.
Sajid Zafar Hussain has spent the past month suspended from his post at the Jamatia Islamic Centre on Woodlands Road, Sparkhill.
He was caught on film agreeing to arrange the wedding ceremony by undercover TV reporters posing as the mother and brother of the schoolgirl.
Mr Hussain was immediately suspended by the mosque but the Mail has discovered he was allowed to return to work last Monday.
Yet the decision has divided worshippers, with one mosque member claiming the ‘unjustifiable’ return had caused bad feeling.
They said: “When the imam entered the mosque to lead prayers a number of members and trustees protested and asked if he would do the decent thing and resign to avoid causing division within the community. The imam refused to comment.
Jamatia Islamic Centre, Sparkhill
“A number of his supporters then objected and began to push members around, there was a disorder which was defused by the trustees and the members walking away from the situation.
“The Management Committee were asked to explain how they concluded the imam’s actions did not amount to gross misconduct. They too refused to comment.”
The ITV Exposure programme visited 56 mosques across the country and asked clerics to perform an Islamic marriage ceremony, known as a nikah.
Mr Hussain and imams at 17 other mosques agreed.
The Mail visited the Jamatia Islamic Centre where its President Noor Hussain and joint treasurer Mohammed Fidah confirmed the imam had been allowed to return following an investigation by an ‘independent committee’.
The President claimed the cleric had agreed in principle to marry off the schoolgirl as a reaction to the ‘emotional state’ of the female reporter posing as her mother, who he described as a ‘desperate woman’.
Asked if they thought Mr Hussain’s offer to marry off the schoolgirl was wrong, Mr Noor Hussain stressed no criminal offence had been committed as no marriage had actually been conducted.
The imam, they said, will not be able to conduct marriage ceremonies at the mosque until further notice, but confirmed the decision could be reversed at any time.
Another senior mosque official, who asked not to be named, said of Sajid Zafar Hussain’s appearance before the committee: ‘‘He said he regretted what happened and apologised and I think that was the reason he came back.”
Asked if he would condemn the imam’s actions, the official said: “We do strongly condemn his actions. She was underage.”
Poll: Should imam Sajid Zafar Hussain have been allowed to return to the Jamatia Islamic Centre?
In a letter to local community leaders, West Midlands Police said officers from its Public Protection Unit had investigated the secret TV recordings at the Jamatia Islamic Centre and at another mosque in the city.
The letter continued: ‘‘Those ceremonies were never conducted and having carefully scrutinised the footage and transcripts of the discussions, detectives from the force’s Public Protection Unit have established that no criminal offences were committed. Detectives have also examined the records at the mosques to establish if other ceremonies have been conducted. Again, no crimes have been identified.
‘‘Officers along with council officials and faith leaders are working closely with the Birmingham mosques mentioned in the programme to remind them of their responsibilities in relation to child protection issues.’’
Yesterday, a spokesman for the force said that two men, aged 27 and 41, were voluntarily interviewed by police in connection with the ITV programme but will face no further action.
The case of Sajid Zafar Hussain was also raised at a city council committee earlier this month.
Meanwhile, Councillor Brigid Jones, Cabinet Member for Children and Family Services, told the Mail: “Forced marriage, and marriage of underage girls, is an appalling crime, and my primary concern is that no young person in our city should live in fear of this.
‘‘I would urge anyone who has concerns to contact our referral and advice officers, or the police as appropriate.”
* Police and their partner agencies have identified 131 forced marriages as having taken place in Birmingham since 2009.
And half of all forced marriages occur on six wards; Bordesley Green, Springfield, Washwood Heath, Sparkbrook, Lozells and East Handsworth and Nechells.
According to an official report, none of the forced marriage victims had been risk assessed and no ‘warning markers’ were present.
Forced marriage protection orders have been in place since 2007, enabling third parties to take civil action to protect victims.
Since April 2010 a total of 17 orders have been issued by Birmingham courts, as a result of police and council intervention. Of the cases taken up by the council, five related to children and four to vulnerable adults.
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