Clerics At British Mosques Marry Off Young Children

Published on 7 August 2023 by Kirsty

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Clerics at 18 mosques are caught agreeing to marry off girls of 14.

Khan Misbahi, agreed to marry off girls as young as 14.

More than a dozen Muslim clerics have been caught agreeing to marry off girls as young as 14.

Undercover reporters, posing as the mother and brother of a 14-year-old, contacted 56 mosques across the country and asked clerics to perform an Islamic marriage ceremony, known as a nika.

The Imams were prepared to arrange the nika despite being told that the ‘bride’ was being forced to move in with a man against her wishes.

One Imam openly mocked English laws while speaking to reporters.

When told the girl did not want to get married, Mohammed Shahid Akhtar, of the Central Jamia Mosque Ghamkol Sharif in Birmingham, replied: ‘She’s 14. By sharia, grace of God, she’s legal to get married.

‘Obviously Islam has made it easy for us. There is nothing against that. We’re doing it because it’s OK through Islam.’

He then revealed his contempt for English laws on marriage, referring to sharia law which allows men to have up to four wives.

‘You’ve got the kaffirs [non-believers], the law, the English people that … you know, you can’t get married twice but, by the grace of god, we can get married four times,’ he said.

Another cleric, Shams-ul-Huda Khan Misbahi, who preaches in Heckmondwike near Leeds, assured reporters that the marriage would be ‘real’.

Despite being told that the girl had only met her future husband once, the cleric claimed ‘everything is jaiz’, meaning lawful.

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