Ismail ibn Musa Menk
Ismail ibn Musa Menk
Menk in 2015
|Awards||KSBEA 2015 Awards for Social Guidance, 2015|
Ismail ibn Musa Menk, also known as Mufti Menk (born 27 June 1975), is a Muslim cleric from Zimbabwe. He is the head of the fatwa department of The Council of Islamic Scholars of Zimbabwe. He is identified as a Salafi.
He has been named one of The 500 Most Influential Muslims in the world by the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought in Jordan in 2013, 2014 and 2017. In 2018 he published a collection of his sayings as a book titled Motivational Moments and in 2019 published the second edition, titled Motivational Moments 2.
Menk was born in Harare, where he undertook his initial studies with his father, memorizing the Quran and learning Arabic, Urdu and Hanafi fiqh. He went to St. John's College (Harare) for senior school.
Menk is known especially in eastern Africa and also teaches internationally.
Menk opposes terrorism and has pledged his aid in curbing religious extremism in the Maldives. On 31 March 2018, he urged Liberian Muslims to avoid Muslim-Christian violence, arguing that Muslims and Christians are brothers and sisters from one father, the prophet Adam. He blames western media for misleading the world that Muslims are generally terrorists. According to Gulf News, Menk said that everyone on this earth is a part of a family and has one maker, therefore, no one has the right to force any belief or faith on another.
Controversy concerning views on homosexuality
The Huffington Post has described Menk as an "openly homophobic Islamic preacher" who has denounced gay people as "filthy". In 2013, he was due to visit six British universities – Oxford, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Cardiff and Glasgow – but the speaking tour was cancelled after student unions and university officials expressed concern about his views. Menk's controversial statement included these words: "How can you engage in acts of immorality with the same sex?... The Qur'an clearly says it is wrong what you are doing... Allah speaks about how filthy this is... With all due respect to the animals, [homosexuals] are worse than animals." In a retraction, Menk has subsequently stated that he based these comments on a "misguided notion" and that he is not at all homophobic.
Ban from Singapore
On 31 October 2017, Singapore banned Menk from its borders because it believes he expresses views incompatible with its multicultural laws and policies. According to the Straits Times, he has asserted that "it is blasphemous for Muslims to greet believers of other faiths during festivals such as Christmas or Deepavali". Singapore's Ministry of Home Affairs said in a statement that its decision to reject Menk's application for a short-term work pass stemmed from his "segregationist and divisive teachings".
The Majlisul Ulama Zimbabwe, Menk's own institution, released a statement to express "regret and dismay" regarding the ban. It said that Menk was an "asset to multi‐cultural, multi‐religious Zimbabwe" and that viewers should "listen to his sermons in full" and not "edited clips of a few minutes" to see the moderate path he has chosen.
Ban from Denmark
In December 2018, the Danish government banned Menk from entering its borders.
Awards and recognition
- Menk was honoured with an Honorary Doctorate of Social Guidance by Aldersgate College, Philippines and its collaborative partner Aldersgate College – Dublin, Ireland on 16 April 2016.
- KSBEA 2015 Awards – Global Leadership Award in Social Guidance was awarded by the Cochin Herald.
- He was listed as one of The 500 Most Influential Muslims in 2014 and, 2017.
- "Peace comes calling a look into the Life of Mufti Menk, Grand Mufti of Zimbabwe". Cochin Herald. 31 August 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
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Ismail Menk, the Grand Mufti of Zimbabwe, the African country's highest Islamic religious authority
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Dr. Muhammad Ali, assistant professor of Religious Studies at UC Riverside, who specializes in Islamic studies, … said that Menk's faith aligns him with the conservative Salafi tradition
- Faris Mokhtar. "Islamic community 'must act to counter growing influence of Salafism'". Today. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
For example, popular televangelist Zakir Naik, jailed radical Muslim preacher Anjem Choudary, and Ismail Menk (the Mufti of Zimbabwe) all belong to the Salafi sect.
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- "Mufti blames western media for misconception on Islam". The Borneo Post. 1 April 2015.
- "Have respect for one another to bring about happiness, Dr Menk says". gulfnews.com. Retrieved 2019-01-02.
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- "Retraction on the issue of LGBT'". Mufti Menk Official Website, 24 January 2017. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
- "Singapore bans Mufti Menk from entering country". Al Jazeera. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
- Tham Yuen-C. "2 foreign Islamic preachers barred from entering Singapore for religious cruise". Straights Times. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
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