Events

The recent events in Charlottesville, and the blatant hatred and supremacist tendencies shown by Trump and other hate leaders should remind us of the true nature of these people.

As Allah says, regarding a similar group, “Truly, hatred has now appeared on their tongues. But what their hearts hide is even worse!!” [Q. 3:118].

America has never been closer to a potential civil war since the last century. If, God-forbid, a few disasters were to take place (either economic, or political, or terrorist-related), the ingredients are already in place to spark a massacre and bloodshed that will make future generations shudder.

We, the Muslim community, needs to understand that we are at the forefront in this battle, and we are being targeted for who we are, and for what we believe. We cannot waver, and need to face this challenge.

With Allah’s help, and then with the help of sensible people of all backgrounds, we can and will overcome insha Allah.

I was attacked by right-wingers for writing this piece in May, on the threat posed by far-right domestic terrorists, but sadly events in Charlottesville earlier today have sadly made it more prescient than I’d have liked:

The Numbers Don’t Lie: White Far-Right Terrorists Pose a Clear Danger to Us All

Donald Trump and other Republicans decry Islamist terror attacks in the U.S. but pay scant attention to attacks by white nationalists, such as in Portland.

So often we think it is the grand gestures that make or break relationships. We presume it is the fights that break it and the grand gifts or trips that make it. But experts find otherwise.

They find that it is actually the micro interactions that happen in between the grand stuff, that matter most. It is the small, everyday displays of appreciation, compassion, consideration, or respect that make a relationship. It isn’t the grand events. It’s the seemingly insignificant ones: the thank you, the compliment, the smile. The putting down ypur phone to give undivided attention, even to a seemingly ‘insignificant’ remark.

And it is the small, habitual inconsideration, lack of appreciation, neglect, and disrespect that breaks a relationship. Not even the grand arguments. It’s the perpetual eyerolls, mocking tones, wandering glances, inattention, or rudeness which eat at our bonds over time, like termites.

Ironically, it’s the consistent tiny gestures, which we deem insignificant, that build–or break–the things we value most.

I am embarking on my historical tour of Andalus today. Some people have suggested that I post ‘live’ Facebook videos and introduce my online audience to some of the glories and historical sites of Muslim Spain.

This is my first time experiments with Facebook Live, so let’s see how this goes. Due to the hectic nature of the trip, unfortunately I can’t post scheduled, timed, events, but instead I will broadcast whenever possible. I’ll try to do at least one video a day starting from tomorrow, and it will be on Facebook for you to see whenever you get a chance insha Allah

I pray that the brief lectures/videos will be of benefit to you, and will make you appreciate the glorious legacy that was Andalus.

Let the games begin… 😀

PS I did something similar on Snapchat last time I went, but I personally didn’t like Snapchat because, firstly, the video is temporary, and secondly, I have to break every point into ten-second clips. And if you know me, I can’t speak in 10 seconds!!!

Dallas should be focused on moving forward, not being steeped in its ugly past. The idols of white supremacy need to go.

New Orleans did us proud, now it’s time for Dallas to do the same. This is an open letter from scholars and faith leaders across the city demanding the removal of confederate statues. Please circulate widely and support our efforts. We plan on expanding this effort nationally.

Here is how you can get involved:

Circulate the letter: http://bit.ly/bringthemdowndallas

Attend the rally to remove them: https://www.facebook.com/events/315156162228508/

Contact every Dallas city council-member and make sure they know that you want these relics gone: http://dallascityhall.com/government/Pages/contact_mcc.aspx

Open Letter to the people of Dallas, Members of the Dallas City Council, and Trustees of the Dallas School Board from Scholars and Faith Leaders:

“Mundane as they may appear, ubiquitous as they may be, public monuments constitute serious cultural authority. They are important precisely because, by their mere presence and their obvious expense, they impose a memory of an event or individual on the public landscape that orders our lives. These…

A Statement on Events in Jerusalem Yesterday and Today

1. For the first time since 1969, performance of the Friday prayer in Al-Aqsa mosque was prohibited. The mosque must be reopened immediately.

2. Occupation is the root of the problem. Everything else results from it, whatever the events are.

3. Arresting the Grand Mufti of Palestine and Jerusalem because he performed the Friday prayer at the door to the Al-Aqsa compound (after being prevented from entering) was a reprehensible act on the part of the Occupation.

4. Resisting the occupation is a legal right. It is a moral and religious obligation that the community has failed in fulfilling.

5. Hostility towards Al-Aqsa and the people who worship therein is a repeated act of criminality carried out by the Occupation. It must stop.

6. Al-Aqsa must not be subject to any type of action or operation that will give the Occupier an excuse and pretext to further consolidate their effort to divide it.

7. The Palestinian cause must no longer be exploited by any side for political ends and internal wrangling.

8. The insistence of any party on exploiting the Palestinian cause and the issue of Al-Aqsa for their own political ends is another tool that aides the intent of those who want Al-Aqsa demolished.

9. Muslims must visit Al-Aqsa in droves and ensure their visits adhere to the instructions of a ‘principled visitation’ as outlined by the Grand Mufti of Palestine and Jerusalem. The grounds of Al-Aqsa should be overflowing with visitors and worshippers throughout the year just as the holy precincts of Makka and Madina are. Sections of our community who continue to adhere to the opinion that visiting Al-Aqsa is tantamount to ‘normalisation’ with the Occupier have to stop playing their game; neglecting Al-Aqsa and leaving it for those who wish harm towards it is the biggest form of ‘normalisation’.

10. If Al-Aqsa is divided up and visitation rights are changed, it is inevitable that we will see attacks targeting the Occupying Entity, the governments that support it, and even those of our own governments who have signed treaties with it. At such a time any talk from them of respecting laws and rights will prove pointless simply because laws and rights were violated when the status-quo was allowed to change under their watch. This despite our unshakeable belief that adherance to laws, honouring rights and preserving the dignity of human beings is unquestionable and violating them is inexcusable.

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Starting in a little over an hour at Thanks-Giving Square. Let’s come together Dallas. #DallasStrong On Friday, July 7th our community will pause to remember the tragic events that took place in Dallas one year ago with great loss of life. The world was watching as we came together in thoughtful prayer to make our community whole again.

Please join us at 10:00 am at Thanks-Giving Square to remember, reflect and pray together for those individual lives and for our community that will never be the same. During this last year Faith Forward Dallas has been addressing some of the elements that contribute to re-building the soul and strength of the community. They have done this through marches, vigils, cross cultural dialogues, and bridge building initiatives.

The program will include reflections from faith leaders, city officials, police, families of the fallen, and community members.

http://www.thanksgiving.org/home/event-calendar/upcoming-events/

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It’s been 1 year since this happened and this weekend will be filled with memorials and tributes. These were my thoughts immediately after the shooting but I’m not sure they were fully developed then. Truthfully, I was numb. I will never forget the gunshots and the sights of that night. But we have to remain committed to ending the violence and injustices that keep robbing families of their loved ones.


Minutes before the shooting. Still trying to process what happened in #Dallas last night. I’m grateful for my life as I’ve never experienced before last night what it’s like to run for your life as gunshots are constantly being rattled off. I’ve never experienced being holed up in a hotel lobby while people pray that a gunman doesn’t walk in which is exactly what happened minutes after. I’m deeply saddened by the loss of innocent police lives that were there to protect this peaceful demonstration against police brutality. Those people killed had nothing to do with the actions of those who wore the same uniform as them as they took innocent lives, just like the murderers last night have nothing to do with the thousands of peaceful protestors marching. I went last night to show solidarity. I listened to mothers who lost their children to police brutality speak of their pain. I listened to the father of the young girl in McKinney who was brutalized by an officer on video last year speak of his pain. I listened to my colleague and friend from Faith Forward Dallas, Dr. Michael Waters, remind people of how to channel that pain. I was reminded once again of the despair that so many of our black brothers and sisters have in a broken system that has failed them for so long. I’ve been to many of these events in the past, but yesterday was different. We marched and chanted #BlackLivesMatter because the world needs to hear it. For too long, they have not in this country and in many parts of the world. But violence is never the answer. Violence breeds more violence. Clearly these attackers coordinated this before the protest, and carried out their attacks just as the protest ended. They have nothing to do with us. We marched for peace and for the end of senselessness that deprives children of their parents, not to deprive the children of those innocent officers killed last night of their own.


So who’s coming to my Crescent Institute public events/speeches on ‘defeating extremism’ in Sydney and Melbourne next week? Tickets still available to purchase at the link below…

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) | Tuesday 11th July
Western Sydney University | Thursday 13th July

Due to unprecedented ticket demand, we have managed to secure larger rooms! A final (but limited) release of General Admission tickets is now available in both states.

Melbourne tickets: http://bit.ly/2qwwnaK
Sydney tickets: http://bit.ly/2r1JEfb

We are proud to have the support of GetUp! and Western Sydney University

One year from Friday, our city of Dallas was forever changed. We’re asking the entire community to come out for a day of remembrance. Please share and be present. Thank you On Friday, July 7th our community will pause to remember the tragic events that took place in Dallas one year ago with great loss of life. The world was watching as we came together in thoughtful prayer to make our community whole again.

Please join us at 10:00 am at Thanks-Giving Square to remember, reflect and pray together for those individual lives and for our community that will never be the same. During this last year Faith Forward Dallas has been addressing some of the elements that contribute to re-building the soul and strength of the community. They have done this through marches, vigils, cross cultural dialogues, and bridge building initiatives.

The program will include reflections from faith leaders, city officials, police, families of the fallen, and community members.

http://www.thanksgiving.org/home/event-calendar/upcoming-events/

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The Reality of Trials

Trials in reality do not lie in the events themselves, but in the effects that these events have on you.

A trial really is your enduring the difficulty of being firm upon what you believe, despite the temptations and threats that besiege you in your endeavor.

May Allah make us firm upon the truth in what we say, do and believe.

O Allah, we are merely the sprouts that come forth from Your blessings, so do not make us the harvest of Your affliction; adorn us with pardon and well-being, shower our hearts with tranquility, and bestow our souls with the coolness of Your pleasure, O Most Sublime Who is mentioned, Ya Haqq, Ya Shakūr.

A young Muslim teenager killed in the States. A Muslim killed in the U.K. and many have been seriously injured… So sad. Yet there are three main teachings we can draw out of these horrific events. First we are all equally exposed to violence and terrorist attacks and because we are all potential victims, we should avoid playing the victims one “civilisation” or religion against the other. Second, murderers are murderers before being Muslim, White, Black, Jew or Christian. We should avoid equating their acts with their origin, colour or religion. Third, we need to come together and be as brave as this iman who protected the murderer from hatred and delivered him to justice. This is where we need to stand together : while we hate terrorism we need to master our emotions and remain wise and true to our principles. We will prevail with our ethical stances not with arrogant power and blind retaliation.

Université d’été CILE – CIMEF Côte d’Ivoire du 11 août au 16 août 2017

Thème : l’Islam face aux Défis Contemporains – Comment rester fidèle à la Voie.

Malheureusement le quota est atteint pour les résidents africains, mais bonne nouvelle: il reste quelques places pour les résidents hors Afrique!

Pour plus d’information et vous inscrire:
http://tariqramadan.com/events/universite-dete-cile-cimef-cote-divoire-du-11-aout-au-16-aout-2017/

Université d’été CILE – CIMEF Côte d’Ivoire du 11 août au 16 août 2017

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Université d’été CILE – CIMEF Côte d’Ivoire du 11 août au 16 août 2017

Thème : l’Islam face aux Défis Contemporains – Comment rester fidèle à la Voie.

Malheureusement le quota est atteint pour les résidents africains, mais bonne nouvelle: il reste quelques places pour les résidents hors Afrique!

Pour plus d’information et vous inscrire:
http://tariqramadan.com/events/universite-dete-cile-cimef-cote-divoire-du-11-aout-au-16-aout-2017/

Université d’été CILE – CIMEF Côte d’Ivoire du 11 août au 16 août 2017

CIMEF : l’Islam face aux Défis Contemporains – Comment rester fidèle à la Voie.

Malheureusement le quota est atteint pour les résidents africains, mais bonne nouvelle: il reste quelques places pour les résidents hors Afrique !

Pour plus d’information et vous inscrire:
http://tariqramadan.com/events/universite-dete-cile-cimef-cote-divoire-du-11-aout-au-16-aout-2017/

Université d’été CILE – CIMEF Côte d’Ivoire du 11 août au 16 août 2017


Dear South Africa,
This July I will be doing an exclusive tour of Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban inshaAllah! Tickets to my events can only be found here, as unfortunately I will not be able to attend any other conferences:
http://www.alburujpress.com


Dear South Africa,
This July I will be doing an exclusive tour of Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban inshaAllah! Tickets to my events can only be found here, as unfortunately I will not be able to attend any other conferences:
http://www.alburujpress.com

Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ‎‎) former Newcastle footballer passes away after a heart attack at such a young age may Allah make it easy for his friends and family and grant him the highest station in jannah Ameen, like many of us, his Lord made this his last Ramadan – all we take with us to the grave are our deeds, help yourself and me a little with a struggling little centre trying its best to change hearts and minds with the events happening in the world.

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Cheick Tiote: Former Newcastle United midfielder dies after collapsing in training

Ivory Coast and former Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote dies aged 30 after collapsing while training in China.


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Yesterday’s City retreat Iftar function was a blessed function. Alhamdulillah.

To support lots more engagement and events-support us now. Today’s target £1000. 10 ppl to give £100 each? Yesterday someone gave £1000 May Allah bless them with jannahtal firdaus – the top part of paradise. Ameen.

Donate here:-
http://bit.ly/2ry1wwy

Please be aware that for speaking events that I am participating in, you will only receive emails from web@tariqramadan.com; or an official University of Oxford email address ending in @sant.ox.ac.uk

Other communication such as through my facebook pages directly to you from me or from someone acting on my behalf are not legitimate.

Il reste très peu de places…dernière chance pour vous inscrire.
CIMEF : l’Islam face aux Défis Contemporains – Comment rester fidèle à la Voie.

Pour vous inscrire: https://www.inscription-facile.com/form/3ow4PIEPW8dfG5qS7s4S

Pour plus d’informations:http://tariqramadan.com/events/universite-dete-cile-cimef-cote-divoire-du-11-aout-au-16-aout-2017/

Université d’été CILE – CIMEF Côte d’Ivoire du 11 août au 16 août 2017

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