June 2017


My new #realitycheck video on anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism and dangerous, conflating rhetoric by Israel’s leaders, past and present:

Reality Check: Mehdi Hasan explains how it’s wrong to conflate all Jewish people with Israel, even when it’s Israel’s leaders doing it.

Many of you are aware that I had a dialogue with James White, a Reformed Baptist minister who has achieved a solid reputation amongst many conservative Christians. (You can find the videos of the debates in the first comment).

What most of you are probably not aware is the severe online character assassination and smear campaigns that Mr White has had to endure from some of his fellow Christians, albeit of the Far Right sector of this country.

Why would any believing Christian be irritated at Minister White, who was allowed into our mosque, and who was very frank about his beliefs regarding Jesus, the Redemption, the Trinity and even the fact that he believes all of us are going to Hell!? (Listen to the entire two-part lecture to get the whole picture, and my response).

Well, apparently, these Far Right individuals truly believe that Muslims are so dangerous, so evil, so deadly, that the mere fact that Mr. White can sit with us, and essentially humanize us as people who believe in our faith, entails that Mr. White is in fact helping and abetting the Muslim Brotherhood, Salafis, Al-Qaeda and other groups (albeit indirectly – he is, according to the analysis of such discerning self-professed intellectuals as Robert Spencer, a ‘useful idiot’).

A few points to make:

1 – For the record, I did not personally receive any negative comments from any Muslim for inviting Mr. White into our masjid (although I’m sure some Muslims online and in other parts of the world might object). From our side, we all understood the need to have a frank dialogue, and that I speak at a Church where most people had never met a Muslim, and Mr. White speak at our mosque in return.

2 – I cannot deny that one of the reasons any Muslim would talk about Islam in front of a non-Muslim audience is to demonstrate the beauty of Islam, and hope that some amongst them find in it the true message that Jesus himself preached. And I know full well that Mr. White’s intentions, which he has expressed explicitly, was to hope that some Muslims convert as they listen to him explain Christianity.

3- However, one of my overriding reasons to wish to speak at a conservative Church was quite simply to dispel the utterly nonsensical notion that the majority of Muslims somehow wish to overthrow the government and install Sharia law in America. The truly terrifying reality for all of us Muslims is the evil nature of the hatred that people like Spencer and people of his ilk perpetrate. That hatred, compounded with the fear-mongering of politicians and the false patriotism of a disgruntled group, whips up the popular support needed to pass such dastardly measures as the recent ban on Muslim immigrants from seven countries. If things persist and the situation deteriorates, that hatred will eventually be used to inflict violence and persecute our women and children and us, as the Japanese were here in America, and as other races and religions were at times of persecution in other lands.
I would be happy if any Christian who listened to my lecture converted. But if they choose not to convert, that’s their business to decide, and Allah’s to judge. It is not my duty to do anything more than speak.
Islamophobic bigots like Spencer have fabricated this myth of us Muslims (less than 1 % of this land!) having desires to subjugate the rest of the 99 % to our laws and religion. Sadly, many innocent Christians believe these lies, and Spencer continues to profit from that fear (See: http://www.thedailybeast.com/muslim-bashing-can-be-very-lucrative).

4- So, essentially, what terrifies Spencer and the Far Right bigots who falsely invoke the noble Prophet Jesus’ name as they spey hatred is to actually see two very committed people, a Baptist Minister and a Shaykh, agree to disagree, even as they harshly dismiss each other’s faiths and theologies, and argue exclusive salvation for their own faiths. That simple civility – the act of agreeing to disagree – is something that these individuals, wallowing in hate and lies and wanting the rest of us to do the same, simply cannot tolerate.

Hence, the vicious attack on Mr. White.

James, if you’re reading this, know that I strongly disagree with your views on Islam, and that it pains me deeply, because I genuinely care about you and like you, that you have such negative (and in my opinion incorrect) views about the Quran, and about our Prophet. Yet, that disagreement doesn’t stop me from having a genuine respect for your commitment and sincerity. And that is why I will defend you against your fellow Christians as they smear your name and accuse you of all types of falsehoods.

The real idiots are those who wish to provoke fear and whip up hatred between the two largest religions of the world. Disagree all you want, but live and let live. And if you claim to be a follower of Jesus, then as a Muslim let me tell you: you might want to start by practicing what he preached.


“I honestly feel that if this was a white person attacked by an Asian…it’d be all over the news.”

“I honestly feel that if this was a white person attacked by an Asian…it’d be all over the news.”

Jameel Muhktar and his cousin had acid thrown in their car eight days ago – he told Assed Baig the shocking story of the incident and its aftermath.


Live #dawah lesson from iERA right now.

The #iERAShow is back for our FINAL SESSION!
Today, join Imran Hussein and Subboor Ahmad to learn how to talk about #Prophethood and how to take care of #NewMuslims! Please SHARE and leave your comments below:


The iera boys are back!

The #iERAShow is back for our FINAL SESSION!
Today, join Imran Hussein and Subboor Ahmad to learn how to talk about #Prophethood and how to take care of #NewMuslims! Please SHARE and leave your comments below:


Humanity Before Religiosity
Episode 28: Announce Your Love!

بيان مفهوم الحب وأنه عماد الدين وعماد الإنسانية، وما هو ميزان الحب في الله والبغض في الله؟ والتحذير من انتشار نطاق الكراهية والحسد والبغضاء، وحاجتنا الكبيرة …


Q: My parents want me to take off my hijab because they are worried about my job & safety, what should I do?

We live in a world where we as Muslims are being constantly targeted due to the actions of certain extremists. Parents living in the West begin to worry for their children. Some parents go to the extent of telling their daughters to remove their hijab to avoid any controversy or risk losing their job. How should a person in such a situation respond?

Ustadha Yasmin Mogahed explains.

Q: My parents want me to take off my hijab because they are worried about my job & safety, what should I do?

We live in a world where we as Muslims are being constantly targeted due to the actions of certain extremists. Parents living in the West begin to worry for their children. Some parents go to the extent of telling their daughters to remove their hijab to avoid any controversy or risk losing their job. How should a person in such a situation respond?

Ustadha Yasmin Mogahed explains.


Wow eid democrazy — #moonfighting – place your votes now!!!

Unbelievable footage of a Molvie doing an auction on Eid whether to do on Sunday or Monday. This type of action is against Islamic jurisprudence, which needs to be addressed.