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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.

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…

The most important publication for our future in Europe. THE BOOK THAT CAN CHANGE HEARTS?

It’s Friday. It’s a game changer. It’s our history and it can cause millions to want to draw closer to our faith. I am looking for £50,000 or 100 amazing individuals to either LOAN, DONATE OR INVEST £500 each to print this ground breaking ‘counter narrative building’ publication in answer to the growing islamaphobic community in this world. We have no choice! We must reveal the truth about MUSLIMS in WW1. Now. Criminal voices are shouting louder then us. Enough is enough. Please read, donate & Share.

To invest or loan money with a return ROI mail info@muslimsinww1.com or dm me.

You can give on the following link:- #masjid” target=”_blank”>https://mobile.paypal.com/uk/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_express-checkout-mobile&useraction=commit&token=EC-9GF35040UE9907442 #masjid #allahuakbar #islam #islamaphobia

THE BOOK THAT CAN CHANGE HEARTS?

It’s Friday. It’s a game changer. It’s our history and it can cause millions to want to draw closer to our faith. I am looking for 100 amazing individuals to either LOAN, DONATE OR INVEST £500 each to print this ground breaking ‘counter narrative building’ publication in answer to the growing islamaphobic voice in this world. We have no choice! We must reveal the truth about MUSLIMS in WW1. Now. Criminal voices are shouting louder then us. Enough is enough. Please read, donate & Share.

To invest or loan money with a return ROI mail info@muslimsinww1.com or dm me.

You can give on the following link:- #m” target=”_blank”>https://mobile.paypal.com/uk/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_express-checkout-mobile&useraction=commit&token=EC-9GF35040UE9907442 #m

THE BOOK THAT CAN CHANGE HEARTS?

It’s Friday. It’s a game changer. It’s our history and it can cause millions to want to draw closer to our faith. I am looking for 100 amazing individuals to either LOAN, DONATE OR INVEST £500 each to print this ground breaking ‘counter narrative building’ publication in answer to the growing islamaphobic community in this world. We have no choice! We must reveal the truth about MUSLIMS in WW1. Now. Criminal voices are shouting louder then us. Enough is enough. Please read, donate & Share.

To invest or loan money with a return ROI mail info@muslimsinww1.com or dm me.

You can give on the following link:- #m” target=”_blank”>https://mobile.paypal.com/uk/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_express-checkout-mobile&useraction=commit&token=EC-9GF35040UE9907442 #m

Click here to support Protect the legacy of “The Fallen” organised by Muslims In WW1

CALL TO ACTION!

Help us publish our book: “The Fallen”

We’re #fundraising to publish 5000 prints of our unique coffee table book: “The Fallen” to showcase over 200 images and documents in memory of the #Muslim soldiers of #WW1, documenting their contribution and sacrifice.

Visit, share and donate at: https://www.gofundme.com/the-fallen-book

Our book will be the first published record to showcase our findings, which can be used as an authentic reference to challenge #racism and #xenophobia against #minorities, #refugees, #Muslims and #Islam, and will begin the conversation about correcting historical information about what we know now, and what #children are subsequently taught in #school.

But we need your help!

We need to raise the money as soon as possible to complete the development of the design concept and to cover publishing costs, ready for distribution in December 2017.

Please like, share and #donate today!

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This is HUGE! I am so proud of what our team at Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research has been able to accomplish by the help of Allah and your support.

We will continue to systematically combat dangerous misinformation about our faith online.

US Muslim groups welcome changes to Google results

‘Direct connection’ between misleading information about Islam, uptick in Islamophobic attacks, says Imam Omar Suleiman – Anadolu Agency

There is just so much happening in the world, and in our personal lives, that at times it’s almost impossible not to get our spirits down. The craziness, bloodshed, hatred, and chaos of the world, coupled with our own personal problems related to family, wealth and health, are at times overwhelming.

That’s why we constantly need the One Being who will always bring hope to us. The One connection that we can always depend on. The One entity from whom all good is sought, and who is the refuge of all evil.

Our Prophet (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said, “Worshipping Allah during times of trial and bloodshed is similar to emigrating to me [in Madinah]’ (Sahih Muslim).

Meaning: when all else is chaos and bloodshed, turning to Allah, and worshipping Him, will bring the peace, comfort and security that the beautiful city of Madinah had during the blessed time of the Prophet (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam).

Never be lazy in your prayer. Always make du’a. Keep your tongue busy in praising Allah morning and evening. Practice ihsan and perfect your adab with your family and friends.

And remember that no matter how difficult life gets, our goal is ahead of us, the life Hereafter, and it is there, and only there, where ultimate peace and happiness will be found. May Allah make us amongst those who are blessed with it!!

Sanitizing figures after their death often means erasure of their political philosophies. In the case of Muhammad Ali, it’s erasing his Islam.

Muhammad Ali’s Muslim Faith Is Being Scrubbed From His Legacy (BuzzFeed News)

“The Greatest” was one of America’s most famous Muslims, but you wouldn’t know that from his social media — and that’s a problem. “To ignore Muhammad Ali as a Muslim is to ignore Muhammad Ali as a man.”

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.

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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Looking forward to teaching in Malaysia insha’Allah in a few weeks! This is the story of one man’s struggle to find the truth. From a Zoroastrian priest, to a dedicated Christian, and finally as the Companion of Rasulullah (saw).

Imam Omar Suleiman is BACK in Kuala Lumpur for an exclusive IlmNight, ‘Through the Fire: The Journey of Salman Al-Farisi (ra)’ with AlMaghrib Institute.

RSVP online: http://almaghrib.my/ilmnight/

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★ STRUGGLES IN SEEKING TRUTH

Every path to truth is met with obstacles. Most experience just one or two, whereas Salman (ra) has encountered them all. He brought with him insight and experience strange to the Arabs of the time:

~ Intimate view of the Persian and Roman empires of the time
~ Time spent in Persia as a Zoroastrian fire keeper
~ Experience with the dying strands of early Christianity
~ Entered Madinah recognizing it as prophesied city of the Prophet
~ Powerful moment of meeting the Prophet ﷺ for the very first time!

These are lessons for anyone with:
~ An inquisitive mind
~ A friend asking critical questions about Islam
~ A family member coming back to religion
~ A convert community trying to transition
~ And anyone struggling with the truth

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★ SPEAKER

Omar Suleiman is the President of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research and a lecturer of Islamic Studies at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX. He is also the resident scholar of the Valley Ranch Islamic Center, and Co-Chair of Faith Forward Dallas at Thanks-Giving Square, a multi-faith alliance for peace and justice.

Omar has taught Islamic Studies at the university level since 2008 with Mishkah University and the Islamic Seminary of America. As a valued AlMaghrib Institute’s speaker, Omar developed one of the most successful seminars “Behind the Scenes: An In-Depth Study of the Spiritual Practices of the Best Generations”. He also is one of the main features at our annual conferences and retreats: IlmFest and IlmSummit.

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★ THE VENUE

Multipurpose Hall,
Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan,
Jalan Duta, 50480 Kuala Lumpur

Waze / Google Maps: Masjid Wilayah
Nearest Train Station: KTM Komuter Segambut (3.2 km away)

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★ TIME

SATURDAY
22 JULY 2017
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

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★ ENTRANCE FEE:

EARLY BIRD
RM90/person
Until Friday, 21 July 2017

NORMAL / ONSITE
RM100/person
Saturday, 22 April 2016

FREE
1) Children age 10 years and below
2) Guests of other faiths

Book online @ http://almaghrib.my/ilmnight/

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Call (office hours) – 013.399.8837 or 03.7772.3156

Email – malaysia@almaghrib.org

Website – http://almaghrib.my/ilmnight/

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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.


The End of the Journey of Faith. This is the last episode of The Faith Revival Series. Jazakum’Allah Khair for tuning in.

Let Islam be your ending, and ask Allah to make the last of your actions the best of your actions. Eid Mubarak!

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Yaqeen is Full Faith. Episode 29 of The Faith Revival Series

Ask Allah for everlasting faith to obtain your biggest fulfillment in this life.

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The Ultimate Gift. Episode 28 of The Faith Revival Series

View your Iman as a personal gift from Allah. What are you doing to guard that precious gift that symbolizes Allah’s love towards you?

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Bend Don’t Break. Episode 27 of The Faith Revival Series

The “tree of faith” is like a palm tree – deep firm roots, branches high in the sky, and constantly producing fruit.

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The 27th Night Of Ramadan. It is one of the strongest candidates for Laylatul Qadr. Anything one does on Laylatul Qadr is equivalent to more than 1000 months. It is without a doubt an opportunity one must take full advantage of.

A month ago, AlMaghrib Institute launched a new da’wah project, Faith IQ. I myself have been answering some of the top questions asked about Ramadan. We plan to keep Faith IQ running throughout the entire year and to continue releasing one video every single day.

On this blessed 27th night of Ramadan, I am calling you to be a part of this great cause that will help Muslims all around the globe. Donating to this project will ensure the release of a video every single day of the year and will keep it completely FREE.

Donate and support this project: https://www.launchgood.com/project/faith_iq#/


Friends of Faith. Episode 26 of The Faith Revival Series

A person is not given a gift, after Islam, better than a righteous brother or a righteous sister. Be in the company of those that will remind you why you believe.

Yaqeen is Zakat eligible. Donate to Yaqeen these last 10 days of Ramadan at https://yaqeeninstitute.org/ramadan

To watch other episodes of The Faith Revival Series visit https://yaqeeninstitute.org