The majority of Muslims in the world, as well as the three million in the United Kingdom, belong to mainstream Traditional Sunni Islam which incorporates Sufism, referred to as the Ahl al-Sunnah wa’l-Jama‘ah. The British Muslim Forum (BMF) is an independent, national representative umbrella body of Mosques, Muslim institutions and community organisations in the UK belonging to the Ahl al-Sunnah wa’l-Jama‘ah. The BMF seeks to promote coordination, engagement, consultation and cooperation regarding matters affecting British Muslims as well as the wider British society.
The BMF was responsible for the issuance of the 2005 landmark religious decree (fatwa) that gained global prominence condemning terrorism and suicide bombings on 18 July 2005, following the July 7 London bombings. The decree was signed by over 500 Imams and Muslim clerics from the United Kingdom.
Inspired by Islamic principles of cooperation and the enjoining of virtue and goodness, the BMF endeavours to build bridges of understanding and cohesion between communities and to contribute towards the ongoing development of the Muslim community as a respectable, positive and effective member of British society.