The originals…

20 years before Colin Kaepernick, NBA star Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf made a similar protest.

How far have we come?

A sincere advice to everyone: If you want to truly lose yourself in something, let it be service. Service to your Creator in prayer, and service to the people, your family first, in charity. There is nothing that softens the heart and brings tranquility to the soul than exerting yourself physically to uplift others. Away from the shallowness of the material world and all it’s noise, that’s where you find fulfillment.

The only words you use in prayer are praise, and the only words you use in service are healing. That’s what you want to meet Allah with on the day of judgment.

World Rohingya Appeal with the ROU

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Friday Khutbah Khateeb Sh. Omar Suleiman (9/22/2017)

Absolutely devastating news. I barely know Usama Canon, but this hurt. I’ve had this in my own family before, and seen it with Steve Gleason in New Orleans a little closer than most observers.

May Allah be with you and your family akhi, and make this a means of purification for your sins. I pray that whatever time you have left on earth is made blessed for you and your family, and that you’re joined together for an even more blessed hereafter.


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Follow the Dead, for the Living is not yet safe to follow

Looking forward to this conference on Saturday. Don’t miss out! ICI is hosting its Annual outreach conference. The theme of this conference is ” Red White Blue & You: Empowering American Muslims”. The goal of this conference is to educate the DFW Muslim community on contemporary issues that results from living in America in 21st century. The conference will focus on topics like, This History of Muslims in America, Navigating living in America, Making Halal Financial and Business Investment, Choosing educational options for our Children, How to avoid and battle addiction, Creating a Healthy Marriage, and a Parenting Workshop on Sunday. There will also be Youth and Sisters Only session. Our main guest speakers will be Suhaib Webb, Joe Bradford, Dunia Shuaib, Omar Suleiman, and Nick Pelletier.

You can purchase tickets for the Benefit Dinner at the following link.

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Heartbroken by the devastation in #Mexico. I hope to join a group of volunteers to participate in the relief effort when that opportunity becomes available.

In the mean time, please donate to an organization of your choice:

At least 217 people died in the Mexico City earthquake. 22 children were killed when this school collapsed.

Isha Khatira: “Oh Allah, I Seek Refuge in You From Being a Coward”


Baton Rouge Arrest White Male For Killing 2 Black Men and Attempted Murder On A Black Family

And there it is.

After letting him go twice, Baton Rouge Police just arrested this man for targeting and killing Black folk across the city and for the attempted murder of someone else.

I will be restarting my class on 40 hadiths on social justice next Tuesday insha’Allah on FB live and at Valley Ranch Islamic Center.

Stay tuned! And in the mean time, catch up with what you’ve missed.

40 Hadiths on Justice Lecture Series

Do you miss the #40onJustice series with Sh Omar Suleiman? Lectures will resume after Eid Al-Adha, inshaAllah. In the meantime, catch up on the first 13 lectures in the series – now available in audio format.

I had the blessing of spending time with Carmelo Anthony yesterday. I was blown away by how thoughtful he is and admire the work he does for the community. Melo is someone who reads thoroughly and is rising to the occasion with his voice on some of the important conversations this country is having right now. We need more athletes who use their platform to empower their communities.

On a side note, I’m not sure that I was successful in pitching the Pelicans as his best next landing spot. I may have convinced him to be on my team for a game of pick up ball in the near future. 🙂

Today Mohamed Soltan’s father got a life sentence in Egypt. Scholars and thinkers in the Middle East are being imprisoned merely for refusing to parrot the lines of dictators and corrupt governments. The times that we are in now require unapologetic truth tellers that will consistently speak against injustice and oppression no matter who the perpetrator is. While these governments shamelessly employ religious messaging to justify the irreligious selling out the Palestinians, bombing of other innocent peoples, etc., it is up to us to say with authentic religious messaging that we will not stand for it no matter what the consequences are.

We are not for chaos and terror, but we believe that war is in fact terror, and quietism actually generates more of it. We must push back against the stifling of productive voices that teach people how to properly channel their righteous anger.

“I’ve had enough of someone else’s propaganda. I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it’s for or against. I’m a human being first and foremost, and as such I am for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.” – Al Hajj Malik Al Shabbaz (Malcolm X)

Ryan Harris, a Muslim Superbowl Champion. But so much more. Ryan is family and one of the best people I know. Hear him talk about what it means to be a #ConfidentMuslim in today’s world.

Ryan Harris built a successful 10 year career as an offensive tackle for the NFL, and became a Super Bowl Champion, while cherishing his identity as a Muslim. At this year’s #ConfidentMuslim session held at ISNA Chicago, Harris spoke about how to stay confident in your faith despite the obstacles and challenges you may face.

Nothing surprising anymore, still disgusting. Cop plants a gun on his murder victim and still gets cleared.

We are fighting for justice for Jordan Edwards here in Dallas and I don’t want you to forget him. We’re tired, but we won’t stop fighting.

Ex-officer cleared in killing of Anthony Lamar Smith

Protests erupt in St Louis after a white former police officer is found not guilty in the fatal shooting of a black man.

The Dark Path of Infidelity – Do Not Approach Zina

When a wronged person comes to you seeking help, don’t just help them, empower them. Show them that their oppressors are cowards that aren’t as invincible as they think. Show them that you will stand with them despite the consequences of doing so.

Whether it’s an abusive family member, corrupt religious figure, or an oppressive political authority, all power only belongs to One. Don’t worry about them, worry about Him.

Our latest publication at Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research is an honest and gripping read addressing the question of Martyrdom in Islam. I’m often asked about the verses in the Quran and Hadiths that praise Martyrdom. This essay tackles the question of Martyrdom beautifully.

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Is Islam a Death Cult? Martyrdom and the American-Muslim Imagination

Sep 11 Download the PDF PDF In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Grantor of Mercy The topic of martyrdom in general, and certainly in Islam, is very sensitive. One can never be too clear about things these days, so before delving into the topic I want to state clearly …

The quality that I’ve come to value most in people: integrity. This is a quality lost in every profession and social context. It’s sad that it’s becoming harder by the day to just find someone who actually won’t lie or betray. My closest friends aren’t those who hold views like I do, but those who I can trust. The scholars I look up to aren’t those who believe as I do on every issue, but those who haven’t been co-opted by governments or corrupted by their lowly desires.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) mentioned the loss of trust as a sign of the end of times. I pray that we not be of those who accept such lowly qualities for ourselves.