To God, we all belong, and to God, we shall all return
This country has had fifteen prime ministers and one head of state in the previous seventy years. Her Majesty the Queen has been a continuous presence in people’s lives, mostly silent, dignified, and above politics. She has served as an example of long-held but often forgotten human characteristics such as responsibility, honour, restraint, dignity, and nobility.
Though born into the highest office in a hierarchical and deferent society, she has exemplified the virtue of servant leadership by being in the service of people for approximately 70 years.
By virtue of the long life and good health God afforded her, she has embodied another, oft-missed human need: the need for constancy.
As she returns to her Lord-the Lord of the Worlds, before whom every human title, honour, and rank fall away, leaving only the soul in its simplicity-we pray that the Will of the Merciful Lord be done, for He is the wisest of Judges.
We offer our deepest condolences to her family and the whole country, bereft of a figure of surpassing dignity and leadership.
The British Board of Scholars & Imams (BBSI)