January 2016

Le Grand Oral – RTBF

Truly our Prophet (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam) was blessed with the most profound and succinct of speech.

One of my favorite is the following:

“Be conscious of Allah wherever you are, and follow up a bad deed with a good one, and interact with people with the best of manners” [al-Tirmidhi].

Such a beautiful, optimistic, practical advice! Always be spiritually conscious of Allah. And at times you will slip, so when you do, make up for it by doing a good deed. And realize that Islam isn’t just about worship and rituals, but it is also about how you deal and interact with others, so make sure you’re always dealign with your fellow human beings the same way, or better, than how you would like them to deal with you.

My latest 2-min #realitycheck: What do we actually *know* about North Korea and its weird leader?

Reality Check: What do we really know about North Korea?

Mehdi Hasan debunks some of the most viral stories about ‘Hermit Kingdom’ and its leader.

This made me cry…
“Everyone you meet has a part to play in your story. And while some may take a chapter, others a paragraph, and most will be no more than scribbled notes in the margins, someday, you’ll meet someone who will become so integral to your life, you’ll put their name in the title.”
–Beau Taplin // L i f e S t o r i e s

Watch my latest UpFront with Hans Blix who tells me he’s “doubtful” ISIS would exist if the US-led invasion of Iraq hadn’t happened – plus, the second part of my interview with Noam Chomsky in which we discuss the US presidential election and the rise of Islamophobia:

Hans Blix on the threat of nuclear war

We speak to the former UN chief weapons inspector, and ask Noam Chomsky about the US presidential election

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This will be one of those controversial posts again, so be forewarned.

I just heard of the news that a Shi’ite mosque in Saudi Arabia was bombed, during the Friday prayer, by the extremist group known as ISIS. News is still coming out but a few fatalities have already been reported.

While it is comforting that so many Sunni clerics have condemned the bombing, we do need to point out the uncomfortable reality that fiery rhetoric and harsh verdicts that continue to be perpetrated by scholars of one group against another group will eventually lead to violence. Seeing the sectarian warfare and internecine bombings that have engulfed the Muslim world, surely we can all understand that such rhetoric needs to be toned down?

A culture that fluctuates between calling Shi’ites kafir or calling them the primary source of all evil will eventually reap the actions that such talk sows. (And this is a two way street – some Shi’ite clerics as well are guilty of the same type of extreme hatred of Sunnis and always promote sectarianism).

Can we not find a middle and healthy ground? Can we not take into account the very real and tangible differences between Sunnis and Shi’ites, without compromising on our doctrines, even as we let Allah be the final Judge?

I am a Sunni, and I strongly disagree with Shi’ite theology. I believe they are in serious error with regards to some doctrines. In fact, I personally would not feel comfortable praying in a mosque where I know that Abu Bakr and Umar and Aisha (radi Allay anhum) are spoken against from the pulpit.

But can I not hold these beliefs without constantly preaching hatred against Shi’ites? Can I not disagree, even with passion, yet as a scholar use a language and rhetoric that will not rile up the masses and make them foment against the other sect, blaming them for all the woes of the Ummah? Can I not teach my group that the crimes of some Shi’ites in Syria cannot be extrapolated to all Shi’ites across the world (just as the crime of some Sunnis does not incriminate all of Sunnism?).

Can we not agree to let each other live in this world in peace, even as we strongly disagree with each other’s theologies?!

For those rational and sane-minded Muslims who believe that bombing mosques (during Friday prayer at that!!) goes against the most basic teachings of Islam, I ask you to think about this: that its not just the person who pulled the trigger who was guilty, but rather also clerics and political leaders who, for personal and political reasons, revel in riling up the masses against one another even as their demagoguery boosts their own prestige amongst their cultish followers.

Sunnis and Shi’ites have historically had different mosques, different clergies, different seminaries. There’s always been some tension and awkwardness between them. That’s fine, and frankly I personally don’t see the need to change that.

But surely we can all agree that we needn’t be killing and bombing one another?! Tone down the rhetoric, and you will tone down the violence.

Round one tonight insha’Allah! Cant wait 🙂 Story Night: The Messiah by Sh.Omar Suleimn coming soon to UK & Ireland
For two thirds of the world’s population, the Messiah, the son of Mary, is the awaited savior. His place among God’s Messengers is unique because it isn’t just his incredible past that is a source of inspiration for the faithful, but also his future. Join us for an evening of insights and discovery into his amazing legacy and an in depth look at what his anticipated second coming will look like.

Instructor: Sh.Omar Suleiman


Friday, January 29 | 7PM – 10:30PM
Edmonton Islamic Centre, 20-34 Raynham Rd, Upper Edmonton London, N18 2SJ
Register here: https://bayyinah.clickfunnels.com/rotm01292015
Tuition: £20

Saturday, January 30 | 7PM – 10:30PM
European Islamic Centre, 79 Manchester Rd, Oldham, Greater Manchester, OL8 4LN
Register here: https://bayyinah.clickfunnels.com/rotm01302015
Tuition: £20

Sunday, January 31 | 6PM – 10PM
Royal Dublin Society, Merrion Road, Ballsbridge,Dublin 4, Ireland
Register here: https://bayyinah.clickfunnels.com/rotm01312015
Tuition: €20

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The Lives of the Sahaba Series

Umar b. al-Khattab Part 8 His Rule and His Death ~ Dr. Yasir Qadhi


In this video, Shaykh Dr. Yasir Qadhi covers the controversial yet necessary part of Umar Ibn Al-Khkattab’s life [r], the famous ‘ash-shurut Umariyah’ (The ‘Umari Conditions’), which are the conditions he placed on the Ahle-Kitab.

Also covered in this video is the death of Umar [r].

In this video, Shaykh Dr. Yasir Qadhi covers the controversial yet necessary part of Umar Ibn Al-Khkattab [r], Ash-shurut Umariyah, (Umari Conditions) the co…