The Rt Rev. the Lord Harries of Pentregarth DD
House of Lords, London, England,
United Kingdom SW1A 0PW
Re: Koran should be read at Prince Charles’ coronation
February 3rd, 2015
In The Name of God, All Compassionate and All Merciful
Dear Lord Harries,
I pray this finds you in the best of health, by the grace of God I am also fine. I wanted to congratulate you for taking a brave stance in suggesting that verses of the Holy Quran also be read at the coronation of His Royal Highness Prince Charles.
I would like to start with a brief introduction of myself. I am a born and raised Canadian Muslim of the Naqshbandi Sufi Order, authorized by the late Grand Shaykh Nazim Adil al-Haqqani (d.2014), who was regarded as the world’s leading recognized authority on Sufism this century. I am a published author and have lectured at several Canadian universities. I have advised Canadian officials on policy related matters since 2005. I was personally called upon by the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, have spoke at conferences alongside the US Vice President Al Gore, some of Canada’s leading intellectuals and was called to testify before the Senate of Canada. I have made over one hundred and ten national media appearances, am mentioned by name in the WikiLeaks Cables, and am cited as an ‘inspirational leader’ in the “Laurier M.A. Journal on Religion And Culture”.
I advocate, faith based radicalization – the catalyst of which is a misinterpretation of faith, is in fact nothing more than a political fallacy and as such, a political alternative must also be offered to at risk groups in addition a faith-based counter-narrative. I hold the political alternative to be monarchy and monarchism, and believe, in the context of Islamist terrorism and radicalization, closer cultural ties between the United Kingdom’s Muslims and the monarchy is key.
Let us not forget the Children of Abraham include both the Children of Israel, and the Children of Ishmael. The Holy Bible and the Holy Quran are the holy books of the Israelites and Ishmaelites. Every citizen of the United Kingdom, and Canada for that matter, has sworn an oath of allegiance and loyalty to Her Majesty the Queen at the time of obtaining their citizenship.
At the roots of our monarchy is the inextricable relation between the monarch and the Church. Keeping in mind the Preface to the 39 Articles of the Church of England which describe the monarch as ‘being by God’s Ordinance, according to Our just Title, Defender of the Faith and … Supreme Governor of the Church of England’ and that our future king, the Prince of Wales, has commented thoughtfully that as monarch he would like to make the role of the Crown in defending that freedom more explicit, and so be called ‘Defender of Faith’, I have compiled as a follow up to your statement in the press twelve relevant translated verses from the Holy Quran which I propose be considered to be read at the coronation followed by prayers from the Holy Quran also to be read aloud for the king.
Additionally, given that there are non-Christian, Muslim subjects of the monarchy who are loyal and have sworn allegiance to the monarch by virtue of citizenship, but cannot relate to the Christian faith, I propose the following measures be taken with cooperation of the Church of England:
- Develop a non-Christian yet Abrahamic faith friendly version of the relevant main Articles of the 39 Articles of the Church of England which could connect willing subjects through a subsidiary non-Christian organization to the spiritual office of our royal family.
- Develop an office under a subsidiary organization for a “Naqeeb al-Ashraaf” and a “Shaykh al-Islam” for British Muslims in recognition of their sworn oath of allegiance to the monarch and loyalty to the royal family.
- The creation of offices of nobility for qualifying Muslim subjects. Arabs and Muslim societies have had monarchies for nearly 1400 years, many of whom had ties to our royal family. An example would be the Asif Jahi dynasty of the former Princely Nizam State of Hyderabad. There are descendants of these dynasties now living in the United Kingdom, who have also sworn allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen and acquired citizenship.
- Calling upon Muslim subjects in the United Kingdom to institutionalize prayers for the well being of the monarch and the royal family after every Friday prayer.
A peaceful co-existence of the Children of Abraham is possible in the West starting with countries under our monarchy. The need to bridge the gap between non-Christian followers of the Abrahamic faiths and our monarchy is not limited to the Arab and Muslim immigrant community. In fact, monarchism must be encouraged and proliferated in the Jewish community in the United Kingdom as well, the vast majority of whom, in my experience, are more loyal to the Jewish State of Israel in the Middle East than they are to both the United Kingdom and our monarchy.
There is room for political re-illumination in both communities and I am told the time is now.
With kind regards.
Proposed Recitation Verses from the Koran for His Royal Highness Prince Charles’ Coronation
Compiled by Sayyid Amiruddin
1:01:01 In The Name of God, All Compassionate, All Merciful
2:30 And [mention], when your Lord said to the Angels: “Indeed, I will make upon the earth a viceroy” they said: Wilt Thou place therein one who will do harm therein and will shed blood, while we, we hymn Thy praise and sanctify Thee? He said: Surely I know that which ye know not
7:11 And We created Adam, then fashioned him, then We told the Angels: Fall ye prostrate before Adam! And they fell prostrate, except for Satan. He was not of those who prostrated
3:33 Verily God did elevate Adam and Noah, the Family of Abraham, and the Family of ‘Imran over the worlds, Offspring, one of the other: And God heareth and knoweth all things
5:12 God made a Covenant of old with the Children of Israel and We raised among them Twelve Chieftains, and God said: Lo! I am with you. If ye establish worship and pay the poor-due, and believe in My Messengers and support them, and lend unto God a kindly loan, surely I shall remit your sins, and surely I shall bring you into Gardens underneath which rivers flow. Whoso among you disbelieveth after this will go astray from a plain road
19:54 Those were some of the Prophets on whom God did bestow His Grace,- of the descendents of Adam, and of those who We carried (in the Ark) with Noah, and of the descendents of Abraham and (also) Israel of those whom We guided and chose. Whenever the Signs of (God) Most Gracious were rehearsed to them, they would fall down in prostrate adoration and in tears
2:248 And their Prophet said to them, “Surely the sign of his kingship is that the Ark, will come up to you; in it (are) a Covenant from your Lord, and a remnant of what the House of Moses, and the House of Aaron left (behind), the Angels carrying it. Surely in that is indeed a sign for you, in case you are believers
2:251 So they routed them by God’s leave and David slew Goliath; and God gave him the kingdom and wisdom, and taught him of that which He willeth. And if God had not repelled some men by others the earth would have been corrupted. But God is a Lord of Kindness to (His) creatures
34:013 Give thanks, O House of David! Few of My bondmen are thankful
38:26 (And it was said unto him): O David! Lo! We have set thee as a viceroy in the earth; therefore judge aright between mankind, and follow not desire that it beguile thee from the way of God. Lo! those who wander from the way of God have an awful doom, for as much as they forgot the Day of Reckoning
27:15 And We verily gave knowledge unto David and Solomon, and they said: Praise be to God, Who hath preferred us above many of His believing slaves!
4:54 But We had already given the Family of Abraham the Book and Wisdom, and conferred upon them a Mighty Kingdom
Prayer for the King
3:26 Say: “O God! The All Possessor of the kingdom, Thou givest the kingdom to whomsoever Thou pleasest and takest away the kingdom from whomsoever Thou pleasest, and Thou exaltest whom Thou pleasest and abasest whom Thou pleasest in Thine hand is the good; surely, Thou hast power over all things
1:01:01-07 In The Name of God, the All Compassionate and All Merciful. All Praise be to God, Lord of all the worlds. The Compassionate, the Merciful. Sovereign of the Day of Recompense. You alone do we worship, and You alone do we ask for help. Guide us on the straight path, the path of those who have received your grace; not the path of those who have brought down wrath, nor of those who wander astray. Amen.