Assalaamu alaykum wa rahmatulLlahi wa barakaatuh
Dear Brothers and sisters,
In light of the abhorrent terror attack targeting our brothers and sisters at Finsbury Park Mosque in London today, Leeds Grand Mosque would like to share with you all some advice provided to us by MEND on staying safe.
We would like to reassure you that, even before this attack, LGM had already begun to take measures to safeguard you all from harm. Given the recent incidents over the past months, your safety both inside and outside of the mosque has become our primary concern.
Be alert, not alarmed!
Our beautiful faith teaches us to both take the necessary precautions within our means and to put our faith in Allah.
Our faith also teaches us to stay positive… Stay positive and remember that Allah has infinite wisdom, and as He SWT says in the Qur’an ‘’and perhaps you may hate something and it is good for you, and perhaps you may love something and it is bad for you, and Allah knows and you do not know’’ [Al-Baqarah, 216]… Stay positive and remember that as our beloved prophet PBUH taught us that the situation of a believer is amazing, for everything that happens to him is good, and this is only for the believer: if something joyous happens to them they thank Allah, and so it becomes good for them; and if some harm befalls them they thank Allah, and so it becomes good for them.
Before we list the advice from MEND, we would like to take this opportunity to remind you all to make a habit out of reading the daily morning and evening supplications for protection.
You are all in our prayers. Stay safe!
1) AVOIDING HARM
The two most vulnerable groups from within the Muslim community are females and our elderly people; especially those in visible Asian/Arab attire and/or beards There are some steps we can take to protect ourselves, our families and members from within our communities:
- Women: travel in pairs or small groups, particularly when it is getting dark. Avoid unlit and quiet areas.
- Men: accompany your female family members outdoors where possible
- Elderly: Please be alert and where possible have someone accompany you when outdoors
- Children and youth: stay together when outdoors and do not bring unnecessary attention to yourselves. Always behave in an exemplary Islamic manner and do not bring unnecessary attention to yourselves
- Stay alert and look confident. Unplug your headphones!
- Let family members know where you are going.
- Mobile phones: before leaving the house, make sure your mobile phone is charged
- De-escalate: do not provoke any kind of hostile reactions and ignore attempts to drag you into a confrontation, remaining, proud, confident and level-headed.
2) DEALING WITH AN INCIDENT
- If someone insults you verbally, abuses you, and uses violent or threatening words you must report this to 999 immediately. Please take any video/picture evidence where possible. Even if you believe the attack to be a verbal insult of a low-level, it is still crucial to report this by calling 101. This should not be undervalued.
- If someone tries to physically attack you, make as much noise as possible and try and make your way to safety. Call 999 immediately and ask for immediate assistance. Witnesses should try and intervene safely to protect the victim, and once safe to do so try and capture video/picture evidence of the perpetrator(s).
- There are other methods to report a hate crime
- Visiting your local police station
- Calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 (if you want to remain anonymous)
- Contact your local third party reporting centre (LGM is aiming to become one in order to make it easier for you to report any incidents)
- Call the Stop Hate UK 24 hour helpline on 0800 138 1625 (you can also download the Stop Hate UK app, which allows you to report and record any incidents in real time
- Contact the MEND Islamophobia Response Unit at mend.org.uk/report
The data of Islamophobic hate crimes reported to MEND is used to raise awareness about Islamophobia; it is used in work with the police and local councils, as well as providing information to policy makers. This brings the fight against Islamophobia to the political and legislative arena. MEND provides an advisory service to those who have suffered religious discrimination on account of being Muslim; whether this is at work, in schools, colleges, universities, airports, or on public transport, our experienced team of volunteers are here to help.
Please be aware that local authorities, including Leeds City Council and West Yorkshire Police, take your safety very seriously. Most the UK population is sensible and caring. Please do continue with all of the fantastic work you do in bringing communities together and showing what Islam is all about. This will help us tackle the growing hate against Muslims and immigrants.
Supplications for protection – to be recited morning and evening…
The supplications for protection, preserved in the Sunnah of our beloved prophet Muhammad PBUH, are a very powerful tool. Make it a habit for yourself and your loved ones to recite them collectively or individually, morning and evening.
We have put together a selection from the compilation of prophetic supplications titled ‘Hisnul Muslim’ – the fortress of the Muslim. The full compilation is very handy and can be purchased in the form of a small booklet, or downloadable as an application for your phone.
- Ayat-ul Kursi (the verse of the throne) [Al-Baqarah, 255] (recited once)
اللّهُ لاَ إِلَـهَ إِلاَّ هُوَ الْحَيُّ الْقَيُّومُ لاَ تَأْخُذُهُ سِنَةٌ وَلاَ نَوْمٌ لَّهُ مَا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَمَا فِي الأَرْضِ مَن ذَا الَّذِي يَشْفَعُ عِنْدَهُ إِلاَّ بِإِذْنِهِ يَعْلَمُ مَا بَيْنَ أَيْدِيهِمْ وَمَا خَلْفَهُمْ وَلاَ يُحِيطُونَ بِشَيْءٍ مِّنْ عِلْمِهِ إِلاَّ بِمَا شَاء وَسِعَ كُرْسِيُّهُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضَ وَلاَ يَؤُودُهُ حِفْظُهُمَا وَهُوَ الْعَلِيُّ الْعَظِيمُ (255)
Allahu laa ilaha illa Huw Al-Hayyul Qayyum, laa ta’khudhuhu sinnatun wala nawm. Lahu mafis samawati wal ard. Man dhal ladhee yashfa’u ‘indahu illa bi ‘idhnihi. Ya’lamu ma bayna aydeehim wa ma khalfahum wa laa yuhi’tuna bishay’in min ‘ilmihi illa bima shaa’. Wasi’a kursiyyuhus samawaati wal alrd. Wa la ya’uduhu hifdhuhuma wa humal ‘aliyyul ‘adheem.
Allah: there is no god but Him, the Ever Living, the Ever Watchful. Neither slumber nor sleep overtakes Him. All that is in the heavens and in the earth belongs to Him. Who is there that can intercede with Him except by His leave? He knows what is before them and what is behind them, but they do not comprehend any of His knowledge except what He wills. His throne extends over the heavens and the earth; it does not weary Him to preserve them both. He is the Most High, the Tremendous.
- Surat-ul Ikhlaas (sincerity/purity of faith), Surat-ul Falaq (daybreak), Surat-un Nas (the people) (three times each)
قُلْ هُوَ اللَّهُ أَحَدٌ (1) اللَّهُ الصَّمَدُ (2) لَمْ يَلِدْ وَلَمْ يُولَدْ (3) وَلَمْ يَكُنْ لَهُ كُفُوًا أَحَدٌ (4) بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ...
BismilLlahi Rahman irRaheem… Qul huwa Allahu ahad; Allahu ssamad; lam yalid wa lam yuwlad; wa lam yakun lahu kufuwan ahad
In the name of Allah the Most Merciful, the Most Gracious… Say, "He is Allah, [who is] One; Allah, the Eternal Refuge; He neither begets [offspring] nor is born; and there is no one is comparable to Him.
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بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ... قُلْ أَعُوذُ بِرَبِّ الْفَلَقِ (1) مِنْ شَرِّ مَا خَلَقَ (2) وَمِنْ شَرِّ غَاسِقٍ إِذَا وَقَبَ (3) وَمِنْ شَرِّ النَّفَّاثَاتِ فِي الْعُقَدِ (4) وَمِنْ شَرِّ حَاسِدٍ إِذَا حَسَدَ (5)
BismilLlahi Rahman irRaheem… Qul a’udhu birabbil falaq; min sharri ma khalaq; wa min sharri ghaasiqin idha waqab; wa min sharrin naffathaati fil ‘uqad.
In the name of Allah the Most Merciful, the Most Gracious… Say, "I seek refuge in the Lord of daybreak; against the harm in what He has created; the harm in the night when darkness gathers; the harm of sorcerers when they blow on knots; and from the harm of the envier when he envies.
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بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ... قُلْ أَعُوذُ بِرَبِّ النَّاسِ (1) مَلِكِ النَّاسِ (2) إِلَهِ النَّاسِ (3) مِنْ شَرِّ الْوَسْوَاسِ الْخَنَّاسِ (4) الَّذِي يُوَسْوِسُ فِي صُدُورِ النَّاسِ (5) مِنَ الْجِنَّةِ وَالنَّاسِ (6)
BismilLlahi Rahman irRaheem… Qul a’udhu biRabbin Naas; Malikin Naas; Ilahin Naas; min sharril waswasil khannas; alladhi yuwaswisu fee sudurin Naas; minal jinnati wan Naas
In the name of Allah the Most Merciful, the Most Gracious… Say, "I seek refuge in the Lord of mankind; The Sovereign of mankind; The God of mankind; From the harm of the retreating whisperer; who whispers into the hearts of people; whether they be jinn or human
- Specific supplications from the sunnah
أصبحنا (أمسينا) وأصبح (و أمسي) الملك لله، والحمد لله، لا إله إلا الله وحده لا شريك له، له الملك وله الحمد وهو على كل شيء قدير، ربِّ أسألك خير ما في هذا اليوم (هذه الليلة) وخير ما بعده وأعوذ بك من شر ما في هذا اليوم (هذه الليلة) وشر ما بعدها ربِّ أعوذ بك من الكسل وسوء الكبر، ربَّ أعوذ بك من عذابٍ في النار وعذاب في القبر
Asbahna (amsayna) wa asbah (amsa) al mulku lilLlah, wal hamdu liLlah, laa ilaaha illAllah wahdahu laa shareeka lah, lahul mulk wa lahul hamd wa huwa ‘ala kulli shay’in qadeer, rabbi as’aluka khayra ma fee hadhal yawm (hadhihil Layla) wa khayra ma ba’daha, wa a’udhu bika min sharri ma fi hadhal yawm (hadhihil Layla) wa sharri ma baa’daha, rabbi a’udhu bika min al kasal wa suu’il kibar, rabbi a’udhu bika min ‘adhabin fin nar wa ‘adhabin fil qabr
We have come to the morning (evening), and all of Allah’s dominion has come to the morning (evening), All praise be to Allah, There is no god except Allah alone, who has no partners, The whole kingdom belongs to him, All praise is to him, and he has power over all things. Oh Allah, I ask you for the good that is in this morning (evening), and the good that is after it, and I seek refuge in you from the evil that is in this morning (evening) and the evil that is after it. Oh my Lord, I seek refuge in you from laziness and from the helplessness of old age, Oh my Lord, I seek refuge in you from the punishment of hellfire and from the punishment of the grave.
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Allahumma inni asbahtu (amsaytu) ush-hiduk, wa ush-hidu hamalata ‘arshika, wa malaa’ikatika wa jamee’a khalqika, annaka anta Allah, laa ilaha illa ant, wahdaka laa shareeka lak, wa anna Muhammadan (PBUH) ‘abduka wa rasuuluk
Oh Allah, I have come to this morning (evening), calling upon you as a witness, and calling upon the bearers of your throne, upon your angels and upon your whole creation as witnesses that there is no god except you alone, with no partners, and that Muhammad is your slave and messenger.
(recited four times)
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بإسم الله الذي لا يضر مع اسمه شيء في الأرض و لا في السماء و هو السميع العليم
BismilLlah illadhi la yadurru ma’ ismihi shay’un fil ‘ardi wa laa fissamaa’i wa huwa as sami’ul ‘aleem
In the name of Allah, with whose name nothing can cause harm in neither the earth nor the heavens, and he is the All hearing, all knowing.
(recited three times)
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اللهم عافني في بدني، اللهم عافني في سمعي، اللهم عافني في بصري، لا إلاه إلا أنت، اللهم إني أعوذ بك من الكفر و الفقر و أعوذ بك من عذاب القبر، لا إلاه إلا أنت
Allahumma ‘aafini fi badani, Allahumma ‘aafini fi sam’ee, Allahumma ‘aafini fi basaree, laa ilaha illa Ant; Allahumma inni a’udhu bika minal kufri wal faqr, wa a’udhu bika min ‘adhabil qabr, laa ilaha illa Ant.
Oh Allah, make me healthy in my body, preserve my hearing, and preserve my sight, there is no god except you. Oh Allah, I seek refuge in you from disbelief and poverty, and I seek refuge in you from the punishment of the grave, There is no god except you.
(recited three times)
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حسبي الله لا إله إلا هو عليه توكلت وهو رب العرش العظيم
Hasbi Allah, laa ilaha illa Huwa, ‘alayhi tawwakalu wa huwa rabbul ‘arshil ‘adheem
Allah is enough for me, There is no god except Him, in him I put all of my trust, and he is the lord of the mighty Throne.
(recited seven times)