"I have seen the article in The Times on 10 April 2017. The article mentions me and alleges that I have stated that 'violence in support of Islam constitutes a man's greatest deed'. I challenge anyone to find any statement from me using those words. Such reckless and pejorative reporting has sadly become the raison d'être of many media outlets where Muslims are concerned. Any critic with an iota of integrity will never knowingly seek to mislead their adherents by deliberately misrepresenting others. For the avoidance of any doubt, I was not and have never promoted violence as alleged by The Times, or as erroneously attributed to me by a judge who clearly lacked a meaningful understanding of Islam."
Shakeel Begg grew up in South London. His primary, secondary and further education all took place in South London within the London Borough of Lewisham.
He spent five years studying at the world renowned Islamic University of Madinah. He also obtained an M.A in Islamic Studies from the prestigious Markfield Institute of Higher Education and also has a Diploma in Islamic Jurisprudence, a Diploma in Islamic Finance and a Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy. He is the Chief Imam and Khateeb of the Lewisham Islamic Centre, a position he has now held for more than 20 years.
He was a Muslim Volunteer Chaplain at University Hospital Lewisham and has also been a Volunteer Muslim Chaplain at Goldsmiths University of London. He is an active participant within the community and champions interfaith dialogue and cooperation, particularly with members of the Christian and Jewish faith within the local community in Lewisham and other local authorities in and around London. He has lectured extensively at various Mosques and organisations around the UK.