Extremism

Still, today, we have hearts that are unable to let go of sectarianism and cannot but drift behind the very people who ignite it.

Sectarianism is a tribulation that is triggered by blind-sighted extremists from all sects.

Politicians from across the political spectrum play this ugly game and yet they have no loyalty nor any sincere affiliation to any one sect. They employ sectarian rhetoric to fulfill their own political ends.

God, guide my people, for they do not know.

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Stephen McGown opens up about six years as al-Qaeda hostage and how he converted to Islam

A Briton held captive by al-Qaeda for six years has described how his conversion to Islam saved his life and insisted that he would retain his Muslim faith.

Stephen McGown, 42, who also holds South African citizenship, was kidnapped at gunpoint by extremists in Mali in 2011, with two tourists, from Sweden and the Netherlands.

McGown said although he had been well treated, he was distraught to have not be freed before his mother died.

ISIS fighters know nothing about Islam. Study after study shows religion to not be the main recruiting tool for this group and others like it.

Isis: UN study finds foreign fighters in Syria ‘lack basic understanding of Islam’

NewsUKHome News Isis: UN study finds foreign fighters in Syria ‘lack basic understanding of Islam’ Research shows economic factors and ‘lack of meaning’ in life makes warzone attractive Lizzie Dearden Home Affairs Correspondent Friday 4 August 2017 More than 850 people have left the UK to join Isis…

Looking forward to teaching this course at SMU for the first time this Fall. The Next SMU Course in Islamic Studies – Now Available:
The Islamic Seminary of America is pleased to announce our continuing collaboration with SMU, and the next course in Islamic Studies to be offered at the SMU Main Dallas Campus in the Fall of 2017:

Islam and the American Civil Rights Movement
Instructor: @[219543788065670:274:Omar Suleiman]
SMU Main Dallas Campus
3 Master’s Credit Hours

Examines Islam and important Muslim figures that helped shape the Civil Rights Movement to include orthodox Islam, the Nation of Islam, Malcolm X, H. Rap Brown and other Muslims that played an important role in crafting both the theory and practice of black activism. Students will also explore the current role of Islam and Muslims in the discussion of black empowerment. This course may be applied to the following curricular field concentrations: human rights and social justice; humanities; American studies.

Click Here to Download Syllabus: https://www.islamicseminary.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/SOSC-7383-Islam-and-the-American-Civil-Rights-Movement_Fall-2017_Omar-Suleiman-1.docx

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Examples of Additional Courses Offered in Upcoming Semesters:

The Islamic Civilization
Islamic Textual Criticism
Major Themes in Islamic Law
Human Rights in Islam
Terrorism, Torture, and International Law
The Impact of the Arab Spring on Israel and the Middle East
Islam, State and Society

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Please do find out more about the case of these forgotten soldiers that fought for a cause that was none of their making!





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Regardless of one’s views about the #politics of #war, we should honour their unknown #sacrifice too.

But more relevant to today, with growing #xenophobia against #minorities and #refugees, and ‘#religious’ and far-right #extremism dividing #communities, it’s time to recognise the #diversity, and shared #heritage, in the #history of #Europe, to challenge those who seek to divide us.

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Over the last few years the problem of Muslim fuelled terrorist ideologies has brought terror and strife to our communities and countries. The community of Islamic religious scholars and leaders stood up to this terror. Hundreds have survived assassination attempts, been placed on target lists, and paid the highest price to confront, challenge and reject the claims of these ideologies.

Just as we confronted the extremists within our midst, we ask the governments and religious leaders of the world to face up to another form of terrorist ideology. The problem of Zionist ideology is real and can no longer be ignored. We risk doing so at our own peril.

#StopZionistTerror


I’ll be discussing Islam, ISIS, blasphemy laws and Pakistani politics with Shaykh Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri on this week’s UpFront. Check out the preview clip.

Does the ISIL ideology have anything to do with Islam?

“They are enemies of humankind. They are enemies of Islam,” prominent Islamic scholar Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri tells Mehdi Hasan.

Full episode Friday, July 21 at 1930GMT.

We cannot ignore the atrocities of the Iraqi army and death militias. ISIS is not the only terrorist group in Iraq. A country with no infrastructure, bombed to the stone ages by imperial powers, is always ripe for this carnage.

Stream of floating bodies near Mosul raises fears of reprisals by Iraqi militias

Unidentified corpses are being fished out of the Tigris river, with human rights observers suggesting government forces are behind the deaths


Watch a short clip of me speaking in Sydney, Australia last week, at the Crescent Institute,on the subject of extremism and the importance of unity, of Muslims and non-Muslims sticking together in these dark times.

“If we want to defeat extremism of all types then we have to stick together. We have to stand together, be united and focus on what unites us, not sets us apart.”

For a chance to join Monday night’s live Q&A audience with Mehdi Hasan simply share this video with the hashtag #MehdiAtCI and like us on Facebook!

Hey Sydney folks, last chance to buy tickets for tonight’s speech and Q&A with me on ‘defeating extremism’:

Mehdi Hasan | Sydney

Defeating Extremism. Whether it’s religious extremism or extremism of the far right – what can we in the West do to halt the seemingly unstoppable wave of populism and violence sweeping the globe? Making the case for moderation and solidarity in an age of intolerance and disorder, and debunking plen…


Our sister Linda Sarsour is once again under attack by the Far Right. Apparently, her ‘crime’ is that she used the word ‘jihad’ at the ISNA convention.

Well, if its any help, may I suggest the Far Right take a look at my lecture at ISNA last year, where I publicly called for a ‘struggle’ as well, and used the Arabic term, and even asked for a loud takbīr at the end of it all!

I even asked the Far Right to go ahead and distort my speech, as they typically do, and told Fox News to take that 5-seconds out of context.

Sadly, looks like they took my requests, but applied it to our Sr. Linda’s speech instead!!

Distortion and hatred is what is to be expected from such bigots. In the end, Allah will protect the sincere and righteous – may Allah make us amongst them!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHKUSHA-_5U&t=53m

In this video Shaykh Dr Yasir Qadhi speaks about the rise and potential fall of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, the war on terrorism, and the plight of…


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

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.


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.

This is the most in-depth interview about my personal life that I’ve ever done. I typically shy away but Zac Crain is an incredible writer who I was sure wouldn’t throw any curveballs. I’m super indebted to him and and to the D Magazine and hope you guys can leave him a nice comment on the piece as well as tweet him @zaccrain

The Preacher – D Magazine

Imam Omar Suleiman, with his charismatic sermons and message of inclusiveness, has gained a national following. That’s why ISIS wants to shut him up.

Eid Mubarak from Memphis!

We had over 5000 people attend.

Where are you celebrating Eid? And how many people came? Share in the comments and post pics if you have them.


Eid Mubarak!
Sh Yasir Qadhi addressed a large crowd of Memphis Muslims during Eid sermon this morning. Over 5000 gathered to attend the service and hear his words where they were reminded of God’s blessings and gifts and to remember those who are less fortunate and in dire situations in Syria, Burma, Palestine, and all over the world. He also stressed Muslims role in combating extremism, whether it is within Islam or Islamophobic rhetoric. Muslims should always remain proud of their heritage, creed, morales and ethics which stand firmly against and transgressions and always for mercy, forgiveness, fairness, and justice.


Today’s UpFront is a special on the future of ISIS, featuring experts from across the region and the world. Preview:

ISIL is losing territory fast, so are we witnessing the beginning of the end for the brutal group? Mehdi Hasan hosts an international panel to debate.

Full episode coming up at 1930GMT.


I’ll be speaking about extremism and Islamophobia, and how we tackle both, in Sydney and Melbourne in July…book your tickets now….preview clip:

Defeating Extremism with Mehdi Hasan.

Joined in Sydney by Stan Grant and a special guest in Melbourne soon to be announced!

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) | 11th July | http://bit.ly/2rWAf9V

Western Sydney University | 13th July | Tickets | http://bit.ly/2sg6rSN

#MehdiAtCi

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.

Rappelez-vous… il y a deux ans…et déjà nous savons davantage…

Tariq Ramadan (official)

Un jour nous saurons …

Un jour nous saurons combien les Etats-Unis et les pays européens ont aidé la montée de ISIS et de DAESH et des groupes similaires.
Un jour nous saurons combien ils ont poussé leurs alliés, et en particulier les Etats du Golf, à soutenir ces groupes et ces organisations.
Un jour nous saurons que – comme un conseiller au Département d’Etat américain me l’a dit jour – les trois seules choses qui comptent dans la région sont «la sécurité, le pétrole et Israël”.
Un jour nous saurons comment l’insécurité régionale a été la meilleure façon de sécuriser à la fois un accès plus facile au pétrole et la mortelle et silencieuse colonisation israélienne en cours.
Un jour, nous saurons et demanderons des comptes. Si ce n’est pas nous, ce sera nos enfants … si ce ne sont pas nos enfants, ce sera l’Histoire … si ce n’est pas l’Histoire, alors ce sera l’Unique … “In God we trust” … c’est notre cas… pas vous?