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Chief Imam of Islamic Centre of Ireland Condemns Violence Against Pakistani Christian Community

Posted on: August 18th, 2023 by shaykh No Comments


Dublin, Ireland – Today, the Chief Imam of the Islamic Centre of Ireland issued a heartfelt Jummah Khutbah denouncing the recent acts of violence and attacks against the Christian community in Jaranwala, Pakistan. The Chief Imam expressed deep sorrow and outrage over these reprehensible incidents and reiterated that such actions have no place in the teachings of Islam.

In the Jummah Khutbah, the Chief Imam emphasised the core principles of Islam, which include compassion, mercy, and respect for all human beings. He highlighted the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) that underscore the sanctity of human life and the imperative of peaceful coexistence among people of diverse faiths. The attacks on the Christian community in Jaranwala were unequivocally condemned as a violation of these fundamental principles and a distortion of the true message of Islam.

Furthermore, the Chief Imam extended unwavering solidarity to the Christian brothers and sisters who have endured these acts of violence. He asserted that their pain resonates deeply within the hearts of all true believers and underscores the importance of standing united against extremism and violence, irrespective of religious backgrounds. The Chief Imam envisioned a society that upholds the values of tolerance, harmony, and respect, calling upon both Muslims and Christians to work together towards this shared goal.

Addressing the perpetrators of these heinous acts, the Chief Imam categorically stated that their actions not only contradict the teachings of Islam but also cast a negative shadow on Pakistan’s reputation. He reminded them that true Islam condemns such extremism and urges all citizens to reject any form of violence and work towards a peaceful and prosperous Pakistan where every individual, regardless of religious beliefs, can live without fear.

The Chief Imam underscored the strength that lies in unity and calls for Muslims and Christians to come together to rebuild trust, foster understanding, and create a future where all Pakistanis can coexist in an atmosphere of mutual respect and appreciation. He believes that through this collective effort, the darkness of hatred and intolerance can be overcome, paving the way for compassion and harmony to prevail.


Eulogy for Sister Shuhada Sinéad O’Connor

Posted on: August 8th, 2023 by shaykh 52 Comments

Eulogy for Sinéad Shuhada O’Connor
Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri

For Muslims, death denotes a gift greater than the gift of life. While our births deliver us into this ephemeral world, our deaths deliver us into an eternal abode.

Our Prophet, peace be upon him, reminded us to honor the gift of life and not desire death, but to pray for a life abundant in good deeds. But he also reminded us that, “Death is the great gift of a believer.” The Persian poet, Rumi, astutely noted that “We come into the world crying while those around us shout with joy; yet we leave the world with a shout of joy while those around us are crying.”

That first cry foretells of the many tears to be shed that flow from the trials and travails of this earthly abode. As a child grows, a belief in God comes easily, as it did for Sinéad. Yet, as the world reveals itself and a loss of innocence occurs, the accompanying hardships that ensue can result for some in a rejection of God, but not for Sinéad, whose name means, God is Merciful. She chose to remain loyal to the Divine presence and mercy she so intensely felt as a youth.

Sinéad suffered more than her share of hardship and adversity, especially in her formative years, much of it from adults and institutions she revered, and yet she displayed an unflinching and resolute faith in the Divine; her unwavering loyalty to God is a testimony to the deep and abiding love she held for her Creator. The more she sang and spoke about her own pain, as well as about the pervasive sins in society that she witnessed, the more her voice and her words resonated with listeners and touched their hearts. Sinead never stopped her search to know God fully, exemplifying a life marked with a deep communion with God.

Gifted with a voice that moved a generation of young people, she could reduce listeners to tears by her otherworldly resonance. One need only listen to her a cappella version of “O Danny Boy” or the traditional Irish tune “Molly Malone” to know this about her gift. Sinéad’s voice carried with it an undertone of hope, of finding one’s way home. The Irish people have long found solace in song from the sufferings of this lower abode, and Sinéad was no exception, and in sharing that solace, she brought joy to countless people the world over.

I know that peoples of all faiths throughout the world will be praying for this beloved daughter of Ireland, among them will be countless Muslims praying for their sister in faith and humanity. Our Prophet, peace be upon him, said, “If God loves a servant, God casts the love of that servant in the hearts of creation.” We take it as an auspicious sign that our sister was so loved by so many. We are also told that “Whoever loves to meet God, God loves to meet them.” I know that Sinéad had that love of God’s meeting in her heart, and she takes it with her into the next life.
Jesus Christ, peace be upon him, said, “Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.” May God give our pure-hearted sister Sinéad the beatific vision of that infinite face through which the heavens and the earth are lit. May she be granted the STATION of the Muslim name she chose for herself, Shuhada, the martyrs and witnesses of God’s Grace and Beauty. May her light continue to shine and grace the land of Ireland that she loved so dearly, and may she find the peace of God that she sought so earnestly.

May her family and loved ones find solace in the outpouring of love from the corners of this earth for this unique daughter of Ireland who moved so many hearts with her mighty voice and unflinching honesty as an artist, poet, and human being.

Sinéad had a poet’s heart and, I believe, would share with us today the sentiments of the poet, Rumi when he said:

“This place is a dream. Only a sleeper considers it real. Then death comes like dawn, and you wake up laughing at what you thought was your grief.“

On this solemn occasion, I wish to express my heartfelt gratitude to the esteemed family members of our beloved Sister Sinéad O’Connor. It is with profound appreciation that I stand before you, humbled by the privilege you have extended to me, entrusting me with the honor of leading her Muslim funeral prayer. Your remarkable openness, your boundless magnanimity, and your genuine inclusivity have touched the lives of countless souls, uniting us all in this sacred farewell. As I stand here today, I am reminded of your profound wisdom and the profound impact of your inclusive spirit.

Just as Sinéad O’Connor brought diverse souls together through her art, so have you orchestrated a symphony of unity during her final journey. Your noble gesture has transcended boundaries and connected strangers, echoing the very essence of Sinéad’s legacy. In this shared moment of remembrance and prayer, we find ourselves united in a tapestry of love, compassion, and reverence. May this ceremony be a testament to the enduring power of humanity’s collective spirit, as we bid farewell to a remarkable soul who touched us all.

In a manner that seems almost preordained, as we reflect upon Sinéad O’Connor’s rendition of “The Parting Glass,” it becomes evident that she may have foreseen this very moment:

Oh all the comrades e’er I had, they’re sorry for my going away.

And all the sweethearts e’er I had, they’d wished me one more day to stay But since it falls unto my lot, that I should rise and you should not
I gently rise and softly call, Goodnight and joy be with you all.

Sla’n abhaile, Sinéad; Dia leat.


Note: It should be noted that, contrary to some news reports, the eulogy was not given at the funeral. Although Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri intended to deliver it, he was unable to do so.He did lead the Muslim funeral prayers, and the emotional and touching eulogy has been made accessible online for everyone to view.


Request for Salat al-Ghaib for Sister Shuhada Sinéad O’Connor

Posted on: August 7th, 2023 by shaykh No Comments


“The example of believers in their affection, mercy, and compassion for each other is that of a body. When any limb aches, the whole body reacts with sleeplessness and fever.” Prophet Muhammad ﷺ

Open Letter: Request of Salat al-Ghaib, Janaza Prayer in Absentia for Sister Shuhada Sadaqat (Sinéad O’Connor)


Assalamu Alaikum wr wb,

We write to you during a time of shared loss and sorrow. Our Sister in faith, Shuhada Sadaqat, known as Sinéad O’Connor, a beacon of truth and exemplar of Islam’s beautiful guidance, has returned to her Creator. Her conversion to Islam bore witness to the transcendent power of faith, reaching across cultural divides, tearing down walls of misunderstanding and prejudice.

We kindly request you to join us in honouring Sister Shuhada Sinéad’s memory by performing the Janazah prayer in Absentia (Salat al-Ghaib).

Date: Tuesday 8th of August 2023
Time: As close to 11:00am (Irish Standard Time) as possible

This will be concurrent with a private Janaza prayer in Ireland, where she resided and embraced Islam, led by myself as her appointed religious and spiritual guide.

The spirit of unity within the Ummah is a powerful force; by collectively performing Salat al-Ghaib, we can express our respect, love, and solidarity for our departed sister, mirroring the values she tirelessly championed. We urge you to circulate this appeal widely, using your community networks, social media platforms, and the reach of your mosques to transcend borders and differences.

Sister Shuhada’s journey underlined that embracing Islam is not merely a change of name or attire, but a quest for personal truth, acceptance of one’s imperfections, and submission to the Divine. This path, filled with both petals and thorns, is one we must tread with empathy and humility.

Let us pause, reflect, and carry forth her legacy in how we embrace, support, and accommodate both new and longstanding members of our faith, particularly in the face of modern challenges like mental health struggles, loss, and societal pressures. We must remember that success and pain are two sides of the same coin, and our duty is not to shy away but to stand firm, facing these trials with the resilience our faith instils in us.

May God envelope our sister Shuhada in his Loving Mercy, forgive her shortcomings and grant her a place in the highest of heavens. May He comfort her loved ones in this difficult time, and guide us all to live lives reflecting the true essence of Islam. Ameen.


Umar Al-Qadri

Chief Imam, Islamic Centre of Ireland
Chairman, Irish Muslim Peace & Integration Council

Request of Janazah Prayer PDF document