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Tariq Ramadan is someone whom I have had the opportunity to benefit from, meet with many times, and consider as a friend.

While I am greatly saddened by the allegations that have been made against him, and I sincerely pray that those allegations are completely false (and of late there have been many disturbing inconsistencies in those allegations, and blatant disregard for police protocol that needs to be answered), the purpose of this post has absolutely nothing to do with those allegations, and everything to do with the clear hatred and bigotry that the French authorities, politicians, justice system and media are treating him with.

Regardless of whether those allegations are true or not (and I pray that the truth comes to light and that justice is served), here are the issues that I and many others see as clear violations of protocol:

– he was arrested by the police after he VOLUNTARILY went to the police station for questioning. Typically arrests are not done in similar cases.

– he has been held in SOLITARY CONFINEMENT, in a MAXIMUM SECURITY lockdown, when that is never done for such cases. He does not present a threat to anyone else, and certainly doesn’t warrant such harsh measures as a prisoner.

– he has been DENIED FAMILY VISITATION RIGHTS, and his wife and children have still not seen him after more than two weeks. Again, this is simply unheard of in any other similar situation.

– two days ago, a French judge DENIED him medical release from prison despite the fact that it was deemed medically unsuitable as the prison could not cater to his deteriorating medical situation.

– yesterday, his medical condition (he suffers from multiple sclerosis) became so severe that he needed to be taken to the hospital, where, again, he was denied even basic visitation rights. Still, the judge refused to release him on humanitarian grounds.

It is truly sad that some of our brothers and sisters, in their having been caught up with so many scandals and harassment claims around the world (many or most of which are true) are blinded by their hurt and anger to not see these double standards for which so many of us are complaining.

Once again, THIS IS NOT ABOUT WHETHER DR RAMADAN IS GUILTY OR NOT. (Still, I know in the comments below so many people will bring in that issue). This is about the clear animosity that is being shown to him by the entire French judicial system, and the inhumane treatment that is being meted out to him, merely because of who he is and what he represents. If he is guilty, he should be treated like any other French person charged with the same types of insinuations, not the current way that he is being treated.

Here are the action items for those who want to do something:
1. Please SIGN the online petition,
https://www.change.org/p/lib%C3%A9reztariq-ramadan-free-tariq-ramadan

2. Tweet at various politicians and the French Embassies and Consuls with the hashtag #FreeTariqRamadan

3. Raise awareness of these issues on your social media.

4. Write a note to his family that he, and they, are in your duas. https://www.freetariqramadan.com/contact

May Allah help all those who are unjustly targeted and protect them and their families!

Today we protested for a Clean Dream Act in front of the Omni where Mike Pence is speaking. This little girl and her mother are DACA recipients. Is she really a threat to our security? Will “pro-family” advocates stand by and let her family be torn apart?

Don’t be silent.
Don’t be complacent.

Call your congressman, support the advocacy groups in your community, open your places of worship, and let the dreamers know that your American Dream includes them.

(Shoutout to Imam Khalid Shahid for coming out today)


**My Official Announcement**

The First *All-In-One Learning Hub *Essential to Every Muslim

I joined Shaykh Waleed Basyouni, Shaykh Abu Eesa, Shaykh Omar Suleiman, Ustadha Yasmin Mogahed, Ustadha Taimiyyah Zubair and other instructors at AlMaghrib Institute to design and deliver the most comprehensive Islamic Learning Hub for you.

We fittingly called it Faith Essentials.

What will this cover?

-Fiqh of Worship – Purification, Salah, Zakah, Fasting, Hajj
-Fiqh of Food, Drink, Fashion
-Fiqh of Dua & Dhikr
-Marriage, Family, Parenthood
-The Unseen
-Quran
-Islamic Etiquette and Ethics
-Gender Relations, Social Media
-Spirituality
We are in our beta stage of releasing the program. We plan to give access to the first set of users within one-month inshaAllah.

Read more about this project here: almaghrib.org/fe

Last night was a truly unique experience. I requested my hosts in Berlin to take me and my sisters to the neighborhood we were born in. We went to the apartment building my parents lived in and where they raised me till the age of six. It was surreal. I haven’t seen this place except in fragmented images retained in my childhood memory for nearly 34 years (yup nearly 40. I’m old). That pic is the entry to the building. I remember being too short to reach those buttons. I wanted to press all of them. (Even now).

We FaceTimed my mom from the park in front of our apartment building.
“Mom guess where we are”. I thought I’d have to explain myself and tell her so it would jog her memory. Silly me. My mother in an instant transported back 35 years and gave me a complete walkthrough of where I was standing. Where she used to sit when I splashed in the water park. Directions to the grocery store (they’ve expanded since, good for them). I turned the camera to the outside of our once 2nd floor apartment. She said, “that’s my balcony, that’s my kitchen window, that’s my bedroom window!”

I could hear the intensity of emotion she was experiencing in her voice. I could tell the memory of her father passing around the same time she was too late in her pregnancy to travel with me in her womb and my dad being sick to the point of hospitalization himself was flashing through her mind.

The rest of that evening I spent contemplating this experience and what it was making me feel.

I want to dedicate this post to my parents and all the parents out there who left their homeland and raised their kids in a society alien to their own culture. May be what I write below resonates with you and may be it doesn’t. I will dedicate another post to children of abusive parents because that is an under addressed issue in our communities and cultures. But this one is for my parents who I can never thank Allah enough for.

You worked hard. You withstood feeling like an outsider and often being made to feel like one, many times the object of ridicule, missing your friends, family, laughs and comforts. You compromised your lives for us. You took your life savings and dedicated them to our living, our education and our happiness. You gave us love when you felt none from the outside world. You were our shelter when you felt exposed and vulnerable yourselves. You taught us the value of hard work. You cried in silence when your loved ones passed and you couldn’t go back home to see them. You sheltered us even from your own pain. You were our pillars even as you crumbled inside.

My siblings and I never really got to call a single country our homeland. Germany was home until it wasn’t. Pakistan was home for 6 months and we left for Saudi. That was home until the first gulf war. Pakistan was home again for nothing more than a year. America has been home since. But all this time growing up we knew as your kids that we had to pack our bags and leave some day. No place was home for life. But you, you became our homeland. You are now retired, past your prime, and though us adult kids of yours might live under the delusion that we now take care of you, the truth is that your heartfelt prayers take care of us. You live in a land now where you’re the one with the foreign accents and we your kids speak the local language better than you. But we won’t forget that if not for you, we wouldn’t be able to say a single word. For those of you out there that have had the blessing of parents who have provided for you and have cared for you, just know that all of their imperfections combined aren’t even an ounce compared to the mountains you owe them.

We are nothing without you and we can’t ever pay you back for what you’ve done for us. We are sorry for the times we raised our voice, when we made you angry and sad. For all the times we made you feel less important, dismissed and disrespected. We love you, we honor you and we hope we do right by you so long as we live. In Islam, the highest level of excellence anyone can attain is called Ihsan. The best prayer is a prayer with ihsan. The best hajj is a hajj with ihsan. The best charity is a charity with ihsan. Yet when it comes to you, Allah honored you by making Ihsan not the highest, but the minimum standard of conduct. The least we better show you is Ihsan! We pray you forgive us and that we earn your life long prayers with our ihsan dedicated to you. Love you Mama and Papa.

Ok bye.


This gifted young man (14yrs old)passed away in a tragic car accident just recently. His mother has requested we all listen to his amazing recitation and share it with others. Alhamdulillah, his actions (Alam Salihat) live after him, May Allah reward his family for teaching him the Quran Ameen.

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We must never forget #ourthreewinners or their families. Thank you Moni Basu for doing this story, and thank you to the Barakat and Abu Salha families for letting me be a part of your lives, even if in a very small way.

A gunman killed his brother. Now Farris Barakat is on an American journey.

Three years ago, tragedy struck North Carolina. I spent time in the Raleigh area to find out how the community is healing. Thank you, Farris, Layla, Wilson and Hanadi, for sharing your lives with me.


For those of you not in London, I want to specially invite you to tune in, tonight on Facebook around 12am UK time, 7pm EST time, where I’ll be live talking about and answering some of the questions you guys have asked me.

I hope to catch you then. Make sure you share with your family and friends.


Have you ever seen people speak of death the way these people do? Listen to them tell stories of their families massacred in front of their eyes, and their willingness to escape existence in this cruel world. Don’t let this silent genocide continue without raising your voice.

Support the Burma Task Force in their policy actions: https://www.burmataskforce.org/congressional-campaign

Donate to a reputable organization to support them:
www.irusa.org/burma-myanmar
www.hhrd.org/burmaSome Bangladeshis want the 700,000 people who fled Myanmar and are stranded in refugee camps in their country to leave. For now, the refugees have nowhere else to go. Video/Photo: Karan Deep Singh/The Wall Street Journal


I’ve got some great news to share with you.
I will be going live exclusively on Facebook tonight, around 10 pm UK time, 5pm EST time, to talk about the gems and guidance found in Surah An-Nas and Surah Al-Falaq. So make sure you tune in tonight.
Don’t forget to let your family and friends know too.


Hadith 28 – The Rights of your Aunts, Uncles, In-laws, and Extended Family. #40onJustice

Don’t forget to tune in tonight immediately at halftime for a hangout session with Ryan Harris and Hamza & Husain Abdullah! We’ll talk about what it’s like being Muslim in the NFL, have a little fun, and get some advice on balancing faith, family, and football. Even if you aren’t watching the Superbowl tonight, don’t miss this!

Yaqeen Superbowl LII Halftime Show

With Muslims having Superbowl watch parties in masjids and many other places, we want to offer a halal meaningful intervention at the half. Instead of watching Justin Timberlake and other performers, they get to hear some insider jokes from former NFL players, as well as some meaningful casual advic…

Join us tomorrow evening at halftime even if you’re not watching the Superbowl 🙂

Yaqeen Superbowl LII Halftime Show

Instead of watching Justin Timberlake and other performers, take a break at your SB watch party or with your family to tune in and hear some insider jokes from former NFL players, as well as some meaningful casual advice on how to balance faith, family, and football.

RSVP: yaqeeninstitute.org/halftime and spread the word!

Instead of watching Justin Timberlake and other performers, take a break at your SB watch party or with your family to tune in and hear some insider jokes from former NFL players, as well as some meaningful casual advice on how to balance faith, family, and football.

RSVP: yaqeeninstitute.org/halftime and spread the word!

Yaqeen Superbowl LII Halftime Show

With Muslims having Superbowl watch parties in masjids and many other places, we want to offer a halal meaningful intervention at the half. Instead of watching Justin Timberlake and other performers, they get to hear some insider jokes from former NFL players, as well as some meaningful casual advic…

**Attention victims of domestic abuse**
While I was in the UK, I met two women who were working for an organization called Staying Put. And I was so impressed by their model which I’ve never seen before. Most domestic violence support offers a shelter for the abused women and children to go to. This is amazing work, but unfortunately, it forces the victims and their families to be uprooted. What impressed me so much about this organization is that it works with the law, police and attorneys to remove the *abuser* from the home, rather than uprooting the victims. Since its inception, Staying Put has helped to change 50,000 lives. The service supports women and children who are fleeing domestic violence, yet allows them to remain in their own homes. If you know of a similar service in your country, please put the contact information below. If not, can we work towards getting similar initiatives in the US and other parts of the world.

For more information about Staying Put, visit stayingput.uk.netor or call 01274 667104.

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Refugees deserve warmth too.


We would like to say that all the families in places like #Syria, #Yemen, and #Afghanistan are being kept warm in this frigid #winter, but the truth is time is running out to assist them. IRUSA’s winterization projects provide support with critical supplies to ensure that people don’t have to face this winter alone.

We all want to be able to find refuge from the #cold. They do too.

Please help keep someone #warm. #Donate #today – http://bit.ly/2CjzBs4

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


It may seem almost impossible to handle one’s finances today without having to deal with the issue of interest – whether it’s investing our hard earned money or taking a mortgage for our family home. However, the Halal investment field is gaining ground in several countries and expanding all the time.

To help you get a grasp of what can and can’t be done when it comes to investments, Wahed’s Halal Investing has created an Educational Series with Sheikh Dr. Yasir Qadhi, Ethical Advisor to the investment group.

In the first episode, Sheikh Dr. Yasir explains what wealth is and in the coming episodes he’ll discuss halal investing, and talk about its importance.


Please support

Aymen Derbali saved the lives of many on January 29, 2017, when he took several bullets during the shooting at a Quebec City mosque. Aymen spent 2 months in a coma and will never walk again. He is only able to spend one day a week with his family because his home is inaccessible. Let’s support Aymen by providing him with a safe and accessible home! launchgood.com/aymen


This broke me. Our immigration system is broken. It was before Trump, and now even worse.

The long fight to keep the Garcia family together ended early this morning at Detroit Metro Airport. Jorge kissed his wife and children goodbye before boarding a plane to Mexico. Although he was brought to Michigan when he was just 10, Jorge was 2 years too old to take advantage of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that protects many other undocumented immigrants in his position. Rather than wait to see what reforms are made, Immigration officials came into work on a national holiday to take Jorge away from his family.

Cindy, his wife, has sworn to keep fighting to reunite the family as soon as possible.

It has been a long time since I’ve taught this course on Salman the Persian, and there is no better place to teach it again than in Boston!

Looking forward to seeing you all on Friday inshaAllah. Register at https://www.almaghrib.org/boston Would you seek the truth……despite the cost?

Imprisoned by his father, betrayed by scholarly authority and enslaved in a strange land: All obstacles on the arduous Journey of Salman the Persian.

This is the story of one man’s struggle to find the truth.

Relive the journey as Salman journeys from Persia to Syria to Arabia…as a Zoroastrian priest, a dedicated Christian, and finally a Companion of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.

The Unique Vantage Point in a World Awaiting Muhammad ﷺ

Islam came to the Arabs, whereas Salman traversed from outside the Arab world searching high and low. 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
-Study in Nestorian churches of each town he visited
-Entering Madinah recognizing it as the prophesied city of the Prophet
-Powerful moment of meeting the Prophet ﷺ for the very first time

Overcome Your Own Struggles With Seeking the Truth. Every path to truth is met with obstacles. Most experience just one or two, whereas Salman encountered them all.

-Non-practicing and/or adversarial parents
-Corrupted teachers and scholarly leadership
-Lack of resources
-Face of doubt and insecurities
-Alienation and isolation upon accepting the truth
-Classical sources in foreign languages

How the Prophet ﷺ Treated Salman

Not only are there lessons for every truth seeker…

…learn how the Prophet ﷺ cared, integrated, welcomed and learned from Salman the Persian.

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
-anyone struggling with the truth

The Prophet ﷺ placed his hand upon Salman’s and said,
“By the One in whose Hand is my soul! If faith were on Pleiades (the stars) then men among these people would reach it.” [Tirmidhi]

This IlmNight, transform your relationship with your own personal path to the truth.

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