Tahir Khan vows to defy ‘bias in direction of my non secular beliefs’
A barrister who obtained a criticism about his posting verses from the Quran on LinkedIn has vowed to defy the “bias in direction of my non secular beliefs”.
Tahir Khan, whose work consists of advising on Islamic sharia regulation, says he’ll proceed to showcase his religion on the skilled networking platform regardless of a message from a fellow lawyer questioning whether or not it’s “applicable”.
The Manchester-based barrister says that non secular posts “should not simply the foundations of my life and non secular beliefs, they’re an integral a part of my Sharia regulation observe”.
Khan repeatedly makes use of his LinkedIn web page to submit inspiring snippets from the Quran, in addition to different motivational quotes and messages.
However one fellow barrister apparently took exception. Final week, Khan obtained a message from a member of the bar saying, “I actually take pleasure in your posts about work and the bar. Nonetheless can I please ask you to contemplate whether or not it’s applicable to submit your entire non secular messages on LinkedIn which isn’t meant for that function?”.
Khan described the unsolicited recommendation as a “nice illustration of aware or unconscious bias in direction of my non secular beliefs and my regulation observe from a seasoned barrister”. He didn’t reveal their id, however despatched a well mannered response declaring that when you don’t like somebody’s feed, you don’t have to remain linked to them.
Dozens of his different LinkedIn connections posted supportive feedback. Barrister Alan Robertshaw wrote: “I’m not even vaguely non secular however I like your Quran posts. They’ve good optimistic messages. And in the event that they have been from a kind of administration guru books no-one would bat an eyelid”.
Others condemned the complainer. James Kumar mentioned: “Enormous respect to you for displaying the decorum that they didn’t and censoring their identify — however goes with out saying, this needs to be reported to the BSB!”
Khan’s expertise clearly struck a chord amongst fellow attorneys of religion. The non-public damage skilled additionally obtained a personal message saying: “As a Muslim myself and a younger junior discovering my approach within the discipline, I’ve discovered it very encouraging and galvanizing to see somebody like your self who clearly holds Islam shut, and isn’t shy to indicate this, while additionally being profitable within the authorized discipline”.