It seems as though Daily Mail is at the forefront of bashing any Muslim personalities they can get their hands on using supposedly Muslim journalists. In this particular instance it’s someone named Abul Taher, I couldn’t find much information about him, his social life seems to be very restricted.
Sheikh Suliman Gani has appeared on numerous TV programmes and always available for questioning, however Daily Mail had no attempt to include his thoughts on this matter.
Abul Taher titled the article as provocative as possible as if the whole world held their breath to find out this revelation: Revealed: The NHS imam who opposes organ transplants but has been employed in a hospital for three years.
He then goes onto say:
A hardliner imam who opposes organ transplants and abortions, and believes homosexuality is ‘unnatural’, is being employed by the NHS to work as a Muslim chaplain.
It would be really helpful for the reader if Mr Abul Taher actually explained the reasoning behind calling the Imam (preacher) a hardliner, as there are many Non-Muslim and Muslim alike who oppose organ transplant, abortion and see homosexuality as unnatural and I am sure it’s inappropriate to call of them hardliner.
It is estimated that Imam Gani may have received as much as £50,000 in salary over the past three years.
So the author is saying chaplains (who spend their time providing advices and spiritual guidence) shouldn’t get paid? Also £16k per year salary is ridiculous compared to the amount NHS hands over my tax money to a consultant – £100,000 per year or to the incompetent receptionists who can’t do basic admin work without her superviser guiding her.
A Muslim leader who knows Mr Gani said that it is dangerous for him to be working as a hospital chaplain in an institution that saves lives with organ transplant operations. The Muslim leader, who does not want to be named.
Very convenient, so has anyone seen this Muslim leader or is it just a fragment of the writers imagination?
A spokesman for St George’s Hospital said: ‘Imam Suliman Gani has been working in the chaplaincy at St George’s under a part-time arrangement for three years. In that time we have never received a formal complaint about his behaviour.’
That settles it then. I believe the statement from the hospital spokesperson than some random Muslim leader who conveniently doesn’t want to named or a writer who lacks understanding of his own faith regarding organ transplant.
Here’s some of the positive response from this article readers:
So, the man with an opinion which he DOESN’T impose on others is being attacked because of his views. Why not make a story about everyone else who works on the NHS, as I’m sure there’s a large number of them who do things they don’t entirely agree with. Such a NON-STORY! What’s the need?!! ‘In my hospital work, I am trained to be impartial, to be sensitive and to not impose my views on others. ‘I do support families and mention both valid views on organ transplants to them and let them decide. The leaflet is made available to them to make their own choices.’ Says it all!!
– Asif92, London, United Kingdom, 24/3/2013 1:18
I don’t agree with his views at all but he’s got a point when he says that the RCC tends to oppose the same things that he does so why, precisely, are you targeting this man?
– Jess, UK, 24/3/2013 1:15
so… he’s entitled to his own opinions; the pope is against homosexuality yet i dnt see him getting bashed by dm
– london12, london, 24/3/2013 0:33
Muck raking and trouble stirring DM. I may not agree with this man on many points, but people have a right to religion and may receive great benefit from spiritual counsel by someone of their own religion. Chaplains in the NHS are required to care for those of all faiths and none, and it sounds like Mr Gani is quite prepared to do that. Patients however are not required to leave their faith at the hospital door, and healing outcomes are often enhanced when holistic care is provided, whether that is spiritual support for patient and family, good nutiricious food or properly thought through aftercare. Moreover holistic care is not only good for the patient, but actually saves money in the long run.
– Peter, Dundee, 24/3/2013 1:15
So he sounds like a Christian priest? No damming article about them?
– The boot of Cantona, Steel City, UK, 24/3/2013 1:14