Quran-quoting barrister receives apology from counsel who asked him to stop

Khan: All is forgiven

The barrister who asked a fellow counsel to stop posting quotes from the Quran on LinkedIn has apologised and said they should not have sent the message.

As we reported last week, Tahir Khan, head of Shariah law at Clerksroom, described the message from the barrister – whose identity he has not disclosed – as a “great illustration of unconscious or conscious bias towards my religious beliefs and my law practice”.

He pointed out to the barrister that the Quran formed the framework which governed how he advised his clients.

Mr Khan has now shared a follow-up message from the barrister, which said: “I realise that I should not have sent you the message that I did and profusely apologise for doing so. Please accept my apologies.

“I realise now that your messages have comforted people and some have found them inspirational. It was not appropriate for me to have suggested that your posts were not appropriate and I really did not mean to cause any offence.

“There are very difficult times and we all need to support each other.”

In response, Mr Khan thanked him for the message. “I extend my hand in friendship, my learned friend (virtual of course). No hard feelings, all [is] forgiven.”

Drawing from the Quran, he said “forgiving others improves your physical ability and lightens your heart, which makes it a great source of reward from Allah”.

He shared the exchange with his LinkedIn followers, who welcomed the outcome.

James Pereira QC wrote: “This – what you have done – is what inclusion looks like. We find space to listen; we recognise the ability to learn, to change; we acknowledge our differences and we find connection on common ground; we pause, reflect, move forward, carrying each other together.

“I salute whoever it was who criticised your posts and was then able to reflect and change; and thank you Tahir for modelling the compassion lacking in so much dialogue today.”

    Readers Comments

  • MuslimBarrister LLM (Islamic Law) says:

    Far too many Law firms/Solicitors/Barristers have been claiming to be experts on Shariah and Family Law for some ten years now when they have no formal qualifications at all. Always check before instructing.

    Being born Muslims or dealing with a couple of Muslim clients does not cut it.

    Using a professional career networking site to quote Quranic verses to give credence to expertise, is not something I have ever seen done before and as a Muslim I find it disrespectful to the Holy Quran. It is the holiest book to three billion Muslims around the world and should not be used to propel careers by marketing or advertising to further a professional’s career.

  • Islam says:

    I agree with the above comment. The barrister in question is just quoting random posts from the quran to advertise himself all day long. Really not appropriate for linked in but hey linked in has become like facebook.

    On another note, most people are too afraid to challenge to avoid being disciplined

  • MC Lawyer says:

    The last paragraph is absolute nonsense. It’s quite ridiculous that you would automatically assume bad of his character, claiming that he is posting verses in order to advance his career. As muslims we are obligated to have good assumptions of fellow Muslims and some narrations mention to make 70 excuses for another Muslim.

    Often the verses he quotes are just reminders and something that he links to his personal development/passion and faith. I hope you are as adamant about critiquing others on LinkedIn who post about their passions and interest that are not explicitly related to anything professional.

  • Lwetwe says:

    I find his posts inspirational.
    Maybe you should actually read them before passing judgement.

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