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Looking forward to this gala on Saturday in McKinney insha’Allah. Assalamu Alaykum,

Join us for the Montessori School of Excellence’s (MSE) First Annual Gala, as we celebrate MSE’s many accomplishments, take a look at how MSE is rethinking the way Islamic School’s operate and as we introduce the vision for the future home of our school! We are excited to have Sh. Omar Suleiman to inspire us as our keynote speaker and world-renowned artist, Dawud Wharnsby, to serenade us with his beautiful nasheeds.

In addition to an exciting and memorable program for the adults, we have also planned for a fun evening for our young VIP guests (0-11 years), which will include games, crafts, activities and a presentation by Mad Science DFW (ages 7-11)!

Tickets are limited and expected to sell out, so please purchase your space right away.

Purchase tickets at msegala.org

Tickets: Early Bird Special – $45 ($50 after Feb. 10) | Full Table (seats 10) – $405 | Kid’s Program – $18

*Kid’s program presented by Black Tie Babysitting and Mad Science DFW

If you are interested in donating or sponsoring this event please email Fundraising@theeagleinstitute.org for more information.

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I’m on the way to the Edmonton Islamic Centre for tonight’s Story Night. Really excited to be in London and share the lessons I’ve learned regarding the story of Musa AS.

Remember, tonight’s event is part of a 10 city European tour. You can see if I’m coming to a see near you by checking this link: http://events.bayyinah.com/storynight

Story Night – Miracles

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In 1953, the CIA overthrew the democratically-elected government of Iran in a coup and brought back the despotic Shah, which set off a chain of events that led directly to the Islamic Revolution of 1979 and the rise of the ayatollahs. Talk about unintended consequences, eh?

Watch episode 3 of my new #blowback series of short videos for The Intercept:

Iran had a secular, democratic government but the U.S. helped get rid of that government and paved the way for the ayatollahs and the Islamic Revolution. https://interc.pt/2E5BG8A

As part of my preparation for this tour, I’m studying some very interesting research on the miracles that were given to Musa AS, which the Quran refers to as “nine clear signs”. The Qurans depiction of these miraculous events is different from what is described in the Bible in many ways and the comparison and contrast is fascinating. Someone once asked me how it’s of any practical benefit to us knowing about these things that happened thousands of years ago. It’s not like we are experiencing them, right? That’s one of the questions I hope to explore in my tour.

On another note the deeper I dive into this story, the more I realize how timelessly relevant each of its details are. I’m eager to share lessons I’ve learned with you when I see many of you at story Night events in the UK and across Europe إن شاء الله. In the meantime I’d love to hear your insights and favorite snippets from the story of Musa AS. Those of you who don’t know about the events, maybe one of them is near you and you might be able to attend. Check this link: events.bayyinah.com/storynight

Story Night – Miracles

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This is my last Story Night dedicated to one of the Quran’s most inspirational prophets, Musa (AS). Being the most mentioned prophet, his story served as guidance to our own Messenger (SAW) and it even extends to us all today. Join me this month as I go on a tour across Europe for Story Night: Miracles! I’m excited about sharing some amazing things about the climactic final chapters of Musa’s (AS) remarkable life as it’s told by Allah in the Quran. I’m looking forwarding to meeting you and getting a chance to talk with you very soon inshaAllah. To attend Story Night in a city near you, check out http://events.bayyinah.com/storynight

Story Night – Miracles

Assalamu Alaikum.
Alhamdulillah I feel really blessed and honored that I’m getting a chance to embark on a Europe tour starting in a little over a week. I’m really looking forward to meeting many of you in person and learning from your questions and insights. I’m going to be conducting a program called Miracles, which is part of the Story Night series. I’m eager to share this incredible Quranic story with you all and I’d urge you to invite family, friends, Muslim or non Muslim to come and attend. I’ve designed this program to not feel like a class or lecture. Let’s just immerse ourselves in a captivating story as told by Allah Himself.

You can get details and sign up at http://events.bayyinah.com/storynight

If you want to help stop the genocide against the Rohingya in Burma, and you live in the DC metro area, do please consider coming along to this event next weekend that me and a few others are speaking and fundraising at… A humanitarian catastrophe is unfolding in Burma and we need your support to help us tell Congress and the White House that enough is enough!

Already persecuted and stripped of their citizenship by the Burmese government, the Rohingya are now being ethnically cleansed from their ancestral land and villages. The Burmese military has systematically killed, raped, and driven out approximately half of the one million Rohingya who live in Burma into neighboring Bangladesh and the fate of the remaining 500,000 is in peril if the international community does not act soon.

Congress is now considering House and Senate bills to put pressure on the Burmese military, provide humanitarian assistance, and hold perpetrators accountable. The Burma Human Rights and Freedom Act (S.2060) and The Burma Unified Through Rigorous Military Accountability Act (H.R.4223) would:

– Mandate the U.S. government to take steps to help end the repression of the Rohingya and other ethnic minorities in Burma.
– Facilitate continued U.S. humanitarian assistance to affected communities.
– Implement targeted sanctions against Burmese military officials responsible for the atrocities.
– Effectively prohibit U.S. military-to-military cooperation with the Burmese military.

For further information and sponsorship packages, please contact Hebah at hkassem@emgageaction.org.

Emgage Action is partnering with other organizations in calling on Congress and the Trump Administration to reinstate sanctions against the Burmese military as a clear signal that business cannot continue as usual as long as civilians are being killed or persecuted. Join the effort, join us at the event and contact Congress today: https://secure.everyaction.com/GpwjY_yto06rS0RkzWcSzA2

Purchase Tickets: https://secure.everyaction.com/ABwS4s-NTki_y8oLWE4Y9w2

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I know I’d be nothing without the love and support of my mother (may Allah have mercy on her) and my wife (may Allah preserve her).

I’ve been running around for the last 4 days to no less than 10 MLK events and city functions, and I haven’t once heard a mention of his wife. This isn’t to criticize the phenomenal speakers at all of these events, but to remind everyone of these important women. This image below is one of my favorite. Having been blessed to interact with the daughters of El Hajj Malik El Shabazz Malcolm X, I have heard as much about Dr. Betty as I have about Malcolm (may Allah have mercy on them both).

“As you honor my father today, please remember and honor my mother, as well. She was the architect of the King Legacy and founder of @TheKingCenter, which she founded two months after Daddy died. Without #CorettaScottKing, there would be no #MLKDay.” – @Bernice King (Be A King

From left to right: Betty Shabazz (the wife of Malcolm X), Coretta Scott King (the wife of MLK), and Myrlie Evers (the wife of Medgar Evers).

An important event supporting the DREAMers with Congressman Ellison tomorrow. The University Democrats at UTA are excited to announce we are hosting a rally with DNC Deputy Chair Congressman Keith Ellison! It’s time to get energized to organize for 2018 and take Congress back! More speakers will be announced! Open and free to the public!

More info:

Location- Lonestar Auditorium at UT Arlington (Located inside Maverick Activities Center)

Doors open at 6:00pm

Send questions to: utacollegedemocrats@gmail.com

Don’t miss this opportunity! We’ll see you there!

Park Here at UT Arlington: West Campus Parking Garage, Lot S35, Lot S34, Lot S30, Trinity West Lot.

You must register your vehicle with this link: https://uta.nupark.com/events/Events/Register/efeaa106-969d-4d4a-a4da-6ce91d19e87b

Map of Campus: https://www.uta.edu/maps/

388 people interested

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*How much do you know about one of the most influential men in history?*

_For one day only…_

Bring your friends and come check out this free exhibition opposite Euston Station at the aptly named Friends House.

Oh… since it’s freezing outside,why not warm up by dropping in for a spot of lunch on the house. Go on, we’ll even throw in a free cuppa!

Take some time today and swing by Euston to find out more about this historic personality and the timeless message he left for humanity.

_So that’s a free exhibition, free food and free drinks… see you soon._

P.S. Sunday 10th only so don’t miss out!

Friends House
Sunday 10th December 2017
9:00am – 4:30pm
(Lunch available from 12:00pm)
173-177 Euston Road,
London,
NW1 2BJ

Dallas folks! Our event is in 2 days and we have just over 100 seats left! Purchase your tickets at legacies.yaqeeninstitute.org and spread the word! Few people stand for truth as resolutely as Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X did. Their legacies are an inspiration for Muslims to be confident and firm in their convictions and to contribute to the world at large. Muhammad Ali and Malcom X planted themselves as the seeds of greatness our society needed. On December 2nd, Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research will honor their contributions by launching a scholarship fund in the name of Malcolm and awarding our first annual Muhammad Ali Confident Muslim Award. Save the date and join us as we hand over the proverbial torch to all the new Muhammad Alis and Malcolm Xs of our community and continue to build on the platform of inspiring contribution through conviction.

Timing: 6:30-9:30 CST

Speakers-
Sh. Omar Suleiman
Ambassador Atallah Shabbaz (confirmed)
Rasheeda Ali Walsh (confirmed)
Rev. Dr. Michael Waters (confirmed)
Husain Abdullah (confirmed)
….and more!

Venue:
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dallas
4099 Valley View Lane, Dallas, Texas, 75244

Interested in Sponsoring?
Contact Yaqeen Institute via e-mail at events@yaqeeninstitute.org

On-Site Baby Care Facilities:
Babysitting will be provided at $15 per child.

For more information, please go to https://legacies.yaqeeninstitute.org

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Just arrived in Chicago for another emergency fundraiser for the #Rohingya. Please keep paying attention. Raise awareness, donate, and pray.

Event Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1535877963141760/?ref=br_rs&acontext=%7B%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D

The Rohingya crisis is far from over. Thousands more have fled violence and hunger in Myanmar this week. This footage shows the seemingly never-ending line of Rohingya attempting to reach Bangladesh.

Could have been written just today!

“[The trend of] speakers being young men who enhance their attire and physical appearance for women, whose speeches are full of poetry, hand gestures, and physical movement, and whose events are attended by women – it is a blameworthy practice that must be prohibited, because it contains more harm than good, which is obvious by the things that are generally associated with [such events]. In fact, only those should be allowed to give talks whose behavior manifests scrupulousness, who carry themselves with composure and dignity, and who clothe themselves in the attire of righteous people. Otherwise, they will only increase people in misguidance.” – Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (d. 1111 CE)

ومهما كان الواعظ شاباً متزيناً للنساء في ثيابه وهيئته كثير الأشعار والإشارات والحركات وقد حضر مجلسه النساء فهذا منكر يجب المنع منه فإن الفساد فيه أكثر من الصلاح ويتبين ذلك منه بقرائن أحواله بل لا ينبغي أن يسلم الوعظ إلا لمن ظاهره الورع وهيئته السكينة والوقار وزيه زي الصالحين وإلا فلا يزداد الناس به إلا تمادياً في الضلال.
(إحياء علوم الدين – كتاب الأمر بالمعروف والنهي عن المنكر ، الباب الثالث في المنكرات المألوفة في العادات ، في فصل منكرات المساجد)

InshaAllah I’ll be participating in 3 emergency appeals for the #Rohingya over the next 2 weeks. Please give what you can through a trusted organization of your choice.

October 20 in Chicago: https://www.facebook.com/events/124262294902046/?ref=br_rs

October 21 in Plano:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1535877963141760/?ref=br_rs&acontext=%7B%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D

October 28 in Irving:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1392392960856072/?ref=br_rs&acontext=%7B%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D www.hhrd.org/burma

Deserted: Living without a Home
Rohingya Crisis Appeal

Date: Saturday October 28th
Time: 7pm

Speakers: Imam Siraj Wahhaj
Sh. Yaser Birjas
Sh. Omer Suleiman

Venue: Four Points by Sheraton
DFW North
1580 Point West Blvd. Coppell TX 75019

Ticket: $25/person, $75/family (family of 5- any additional member to buy individual ticket)

* free babysitting

Tickets can be purchased online at

https://hhrd.org/buyTickets?eventid=152

Contact:
Koukab Saba: 951-275-7006
Kenneth Misurella: 817-939-6291
Rehan Ahmed: 914-621-2000

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If you’re in DC, do pls come along to the Politics and Prose bookshop at 7pm tonight, where I’ll be talking, on a panel, about how you explain Trump to your kids and about the chapter I wrote for a new book on that issue. Details:

Mehdi Hasan, Ava Siegler, and Ben Wofford – How Do I Explain This to My Kids?: Parenting in the Age of Trump — in conversation with Jonathan Weisman | Politics and Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse

D.C.’s premier cultural hub with a steady lineup of author events, classes, and trips. Shop for books online—we ship!

Response to HJS slur against Muslim Speakers reputation.

A Response to “Extreme Speakers and Events” Report by Student Rights | iERA – Conveying The Call

Student Rights, a project of the Henry Jackson Society, recently published a report entitled Extreme Speakers and Events: In the 2016-17 Academic Year. According to the report, iERA speakers are the most prolific on UK campuses. In response to the report, iERA would like to make the following points…

Of the many pictures from the event tonight, this one really touched me. Dr. Michael W. Waters and I spent the day organizing the event which brought together faith leaders, city officials, advocacy groups, and families who lost loved ones to gun violence. At the end of it, the Muslims gathered to pray our Maghrib prayer. I wasn’t aware until seeing this picture from the event page that Michael was watching our backs.

I spend a lot of time with this man, as does my wife with his wife, and my kids with his kids. Every time I need to pray, he watches my back. Every time we’re leaving a rally, he insists that I not walk to my car alone. Every time someone suspicious approaches, he steps up in front of him. I wanted to take the moment to just appreciate you publicly bro. Thank you for all that you do for me, my family, the community, and the city of Dallas.

#FaithForwardDallas

An awful day in American history. The madness must stop. #LasVegas

I will be working with other leaders in Dallas to organize something for tonight. For those of you who are here, please stay tuned. For those of you in other cities, please partake in events of unity calling for an end to gun violence.

Las Vegas Shooting Near Mandalay Bay Casino Kills More Than 50

The police said they killed a gunman in the hotel who had fired on concertgoers outside, wounding at least 200. A woman was being sought for questioning.

*JOB ALERT*

Closing Date Thursday 5th October @ Midnight

Full time or Part Time – Centre Manager

Good Rate of Pay based on experience.

We are looking for an energetic, enthusiastic and competent individual to work within a community organisation in Leicester City centre.

Experience in playing a lead or management role within an organisation is must.

You will play a lead role in delivering a number of services and events to a multitude and multi cultural group of people from all faith backgrounds.

The role will also include writing bids and applying for funding from different private and public bodies.

We want someone who:

– can engage with people from all walks of life
– has great written and verbal communication
– is highly organised
– knows how to lead and draw a crowd
– works as a team
– is self motivated
– has a caring personality and enjoys interacting with people
– can work with Muslim and non Muslim groups of people and know how to get the best from people.

Hours of work may differ but ability to work Monday -Friday 11-5pm is essential with some flexibility available. Cover is also required at weekend and at other times based on demands.

Please ensure you read the job description which is available at http://cityretreat.org/jobs/ Before you apply. Only applicants with relevant experience and passion need apply.

Send your CV and covering letter stating why you are interested in joining the City Retreat, why your experience is relevant and what your key strengths are to m.vhora@cityretreat.org. Please put ‘Centre Manager Job Application’ on the subject title.

Applications deadline is Thursday the 5th of October.

Please share with your groups.

Jobs – The City Retreat

Accountable for: Centre staff, Centre and Sub groups, Development & marketing, promotion and general office duties relating to the work of the Centre and undertaking any other duties consistent with this role as reasonably directed by the board.

Come and see me tommorow with Naveed Ahmed

OPEN MIC IS BACK with special guest featured on Channel 4’s Extremely British Musllms hosted by me!

Come and join us for a creative and thought provoking evening

£3 Entrance fee ( proceeds to Charity)- First come first serve

Food, Drinks and Snacks will be available

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الحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله

السلام عليكم

I want to first thank those persons who have seen through the falseness of these allegations. Some individuals, unfortunately, have taken it upon themselves to pull matters out of my personal life, take them out of context, manipulate the facts and present a narrative using these distortions to fulfill their own agenda. It left a lot to the imagination so let me first state that I testify without hesitation or doubt that I have never used my public platform as a means to take advantage of anyone.

They also use the generic words ‘inappropriate interactions’ leading the imagination of a reader down the worst possible path. This itself is a grievous sin. The word used for slander is (ramy) in the Qur’an. It literally means to cast a stone. The crime isn’t that you come outright explicitly and say against someone that they’ve committed inappropriate acts. The crime is that you cast something in that direction and let the ripples carry their effect. This is what these people have done.

I have been speaking about the Book of Allah for nearly 20 years for one single motivation; I love this book and I love sharing what I learn about it. I have interacted with hundreds of thousands of individuals, men and women, young and old, around the world in person and done so with dignity. I would hope and pray that the countless people I did interact with in person of either gender will testify to the way I conducted myself with them, hoping for nothing more but a chance to earn their prayers. That’s where I have the most meaningful exchanges with the community. That is when people share their concerns and questions with me and there isn’t anything inappropriate about it. I’m sure the countless people that have been part of these exchanges will testify to that fact. I’d like to add that I’ve had female students at my own campus for years and no student ever has or ever will claim that I’ve been inappropriate in the least bit.

We all have things we have to repent for. I’m not a counselor and I’ve never claimed to be. I’m not an Imam and I’ve never claimed to be. I’m an avid and passionate student, teacher and lecturer with a focus on Allah’s book. I find it demeaning to have to speak about my personal life. I feel at some level though I don’t have a choice. I have been divorced for nearly two years. The circumstances of my divorce are one of the most difficult and painful experiences of my life. Many rumors surrounded that event and I chose to remain silent to protect my children more than anyone else. After the passage of some time I did in fact pursue remarriage with the help of my family. Along that process I communicated with a few prospects with my family’s knowledge and consent and that has been used, distorted and manipulated way out of proportion and turned into something it isn’t. All such communications took place between consenting adults and there was nothing malicious or predatory about them. I fail to see how such interaction can render anyone a victim. These communications took place for a dignified purpose. Yet these are the communications that are being alleged as predatory.

But when some individuals try to make it sound like one has to repent before Allah in a way that satisfies their delusional sense of self-righteousness, there’s a problem. Your taubah, for anything you may have done is between you and your Maker. As many in the community have said, if my actions are in fact a threat to the community, show evidence of that.

Lies are best told with a grain of truth. The people who accused me are not interested in clarification nor in rectifying the matter. They came to me with their minds made up. Their allegations as they have now themselves outlined, I explicitly reject and deny. I have been blackmailed, threatened, harassed and warned that if I was to give a single sermon, talk about a single ayah, post a single new video about the Qur’an or Islam, that they will go on a campaign to ensure I am painted as some sort of threat to the Muslim community.

My mission and sacrifice for two decades has been to help spread a better understanding of the Qur’an. With these threats, I was terrified at first that those years of service will be brought to ruin even if later these claims are proven false. Everyone’s attention will be on this non-sense and not the work and contribution that actually matters.

I deliberately avoided any public engagement for months thought their demands were that it stay the case for years. But recently evidence was discovered, only and only by the grace of Allah, that this was all part of a scheme. My employees discovered loads of explicit illegal activity that some of these individuals were involved in knowingly and others were just along for the ride at the expense of myself and my company. I decided to get legal help and protect my family, my employees, myself, and my work from them. I found evidence of explicit lying and deliberate exaggerations.

Some of these individuals have used the word ‘verified’ to give credibility to their claims. Just because a number of people are ‘verifying’ something, doesn’t make it true. If that was the case, the accusation against our mother Aisha (RA) was circling the entire city of Madinah.

As for the ‘agreement’ that these individuals speak of that I’m no longer abiding by, perhaps I can offer some context. I tried to convince this group to allow for senior scholars and leaders from across the country to hear both sides and assist in civil fashion. They knew the presence of neutral parties would compromise their agenda so they threatened to not meet at all if anyone from the outside was allowed.

Deeply concerned that my whole life work will come to ruin, I was abiding by their demand to not speak in public or teach, I discovered that they continued to disparage me in the most vile of ways. While I was in Mecca for Umrah, they held public gatherings attempting to rip my character to shreds allowing me no opportunity to even defend myself. These people stand up for the rights of the community and want to protect the ummah? Where is Islam in the way they are conducting themselves in this case? I even met members of the community that attended and were disgusted by these gatherings.

They furthermore explicitly lied in writing to heads of organizations saying that I’ve been banned from speaking at major conventions. I spoke to the heads of those conventions asking them if that was the case and their lies were laid bare. One of this accusing group admitted to me multiple times and even in the presence of others that he was blackmailed to take part in this witch hunt. That if he didn’t they’d accuse him of colluding with me in some way.

The individual who posted these claims against me posed himself as a mediator and unfortunately he was anything but. He claims I’ve known him for twenty years. I’ve spoken to him in friendly ways no more than a couple of dozen times in that entire span. We don’t live in the same city. I’m cordial with him and until this disappointing turn of events, I know little to nothing about his family and he knows virtually nothing about mine. To claim he’s my friend of 20 years to insinuate that he knows my personal life is really far from the truth. A mediator isn’t supposed to be an instigator. Unfortunately in this post, I see nothing more than an attempt to seek the limelight through scandal. There have been sincere efforts by elders in the community and neutral parties to resolve these claims in a dignified fashion and his irresponsible and grossly inaccurate post did nothing more than to try and derail that process.

I appreciate the outpouring of support. You cannot imagine the pain and humiliation this has caused me and my family. I have sons and daughters, I have sisters and nieces. This public stunt could potentially traumatize them for the rest of their lives. Produce witnesses of explicit haram that one has committed and if not, then
فأولآءك عند الله هم الكاذبون
they, as far as Allah is concerned, are the liars.

Dignity is in the hands of Allah. I cannot control what anyone will think of me. The most noble people of the past had to face some of the worst humiliations imaginable. My mistakes, and Allah knows them just as He knows yours, I make taubah for as I have been.
To those that have chosen to try to tear my character to shreds before the eyes of millions, I suppose I’ll be thanking you on judgment day for taking the burden of my sins from me. What you have done is far worse in our religion than anything you could possibly have accused me of.
To my audience, I simply say this. I am a public figure and I have a personal life. I am imperfect. Like anyone, my personal life and its struggles are mine to bear. I don’t post daily updates of what I do with my kids or what dua my mom made for me or where I prayed fajr. I don’t need to prove that I’m a great dad or son or anything else. That is my personal life. I’ve never made it the stuff of social media except if I wanted to share some insight. My public life has to do with teaching Allah’s book. Sharing what inspires me, I will continue to do that. My solemn promise to you is that whether online or at some location that you might find me speaking, I will carry myself with the same dignity I always have and I will do my best to live these few breaths I have left on this earth trying to serve the book of Allah in a way that He may find pleasing.

I know why I do this and I know why Allah put a love in the hearts of people for my work. Its not because I’m a great speaker or scholar (I’m not a scholar and have never claimed to be), but its always been one thing; sincerity. If I’ve lost that I’ve lost everything. I’m going to continue to be who I am and will no longer entertain these claims and allegations because I have more important things to do with my life. I’m done being bullied and harassed.

Lastly to Allah, I declare that I am your imperfect slave who seeks forgiveness for sins known and unknown to myself and others. I know that You have honored me in this life in great part because of the du’as of my parents, those that I have sincerely tried to do good towards and benefit, my students and audience, and because I have tried to serve Your book. Your promise is that
ولن تجد من دونه ملتحدا

“You will not find a refuge besides It (the book).” So I turn to You as your beaten, humbled slave and beg You. Allow me to serve Your book and make that service a source of protection for me and any who come to it with genuine hearts. If I have Your protection YaRabb, I need nothing else.
I have not taken the sacred platform to teach the Qur’an and used it for lowly aims. Allah knows who I am and I am grateful to Him and to you for your du’as and support in this difficult time. I don’t wish this kind of onslaught on anyone, not even against those that are responsible for it against me.

I would rather not speak about this again as it is a distraction from Allah’s book that is much more worthy of being spoken about.

Thanks for reading.
Your fellow believer,
Nouman Ali Khan