In June 2013 a sermon condemning the sexual grooming of young girls was delivered Friday 28th, at 500 mosques across Britain after a series of trials in which men predominantly of South Asian origin were convicted.
The speech highlighted how the Koran condemns all forms of sexual
indecency and urged Muslims to protect children and vulnerable people
in their communities.
The move follows cases in Oxford, the central English town of Telford,
and Rochdale in northwest England, involving Asian men convicted of
sexually abusing girls, although police chiefs have stressed that
grooming is not restricted to a single ethnic or religious group.
The sermon was organised by the not-for-profit group Together Against
Grooming (TAG) and was read out by imams in around 500 mosques
The group said the sermon was supported by leading Muslim
organisations such as the Muslim Council of Britain, the Mosque and
Imams National Advisory Board and the Islamic Society of Britain.
TAG spokesman Ansar Ali said: “We have been horrified by the details
that have emerged from recent court cases and as Muslims we feel a
natural responsibility to condemn and tackle this crime.”
He said the issue was “much more complicated” than simply blaming Muslim men.
“Sexual grooming and child abuse afflicts all sections of society and is perpetrated by people of all ethnic groups.”
The sermon urges anyone who sees an “evil action” to act or speak out.
It was written by Alyas Karmani, an imam and youth worker in Keighley, West Yorkshire, a town with a large Muslim population.
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