Dear Muslim community, please pay attention as this is important:

I routinely have posted about fake FB accounts using my name, and other public figures, to scam people. But this is far more nefarious. With the Mueller report naming specific “Islamic” and “Muslim” organizations that were really Russian bots organizing Islamophobic protests here in Texas and elsewhere, we really need to pay attention to this.

Pay attention to the fake accounts peddling discord in the community all the time. Using Muslim names and pages, these accounts have infiltrated the Muslim twittersphere and the comments sections of Muslim facebook public figures and organizations. People hiding behind fake accounts or pages can’t be taken seriously on anything and should actively be banned and ignored.

I’m asking you to pay closer attention to this, share widely, and remind others when bots and trolls start peddling stuff in or against the community.

Anti-Muslim online surges driven by fake accounts

Social media bots and image manipulation are spreading Islamophobia, analysis reveals

Cruz would often wear a Trump cap, hyper-patriotic t-shirts that “seemed really extreme, like hating on Islam,” and also known for deriding Muslims as “terrorists and bombers”.

America’s new nightmare: The deadly alliance of Islamophobia and gun culture

The Valentine’s Day school massacre has all the hallmarks of a new type of killer, with a love of guns, and motivated by the ideology of white supremacy and hatred of Muslims

If you’re in the DC area tonight and want to come to a pretty amazing panel discussion on Muslims, the media, Trump, Islamophobia, etc, with me, Ayman Mohyeldin, Wajahat Ali, Rula Jebreal, Malika Bilal and Julia Ioffe, the ticket and venue details are here:

The M Word: Muslim Americans on the State of News Media – Sixth & I

Journalist Wajahat Ali moderates a conversation with fellow journalists about the role Muslim-American writers play in the news media, the extent of biased reporting about Muslims, and the rise of fake news and sensationalism.

Check out our latest infographic on Islamophobia’s favorite word: TAQIYYA! The idea that all Muslims are lying to secretly advance a take-over agenda isn’t new to our community. In fact, it’s been done to many others, just under different labels. Read the article below and share the video!

For centuries, fear-mongering has been used to create distrust and justify discrimination towards certain groups. Today, the Islamophobic industry is spouting the same hateful rhetoric about 1.6 billion Muslims.

It’s time to debunk the myths ❌

Like our page for more content like this, and read “Playing the Taqiyya Card: Evading Intelligent Debate by Calling all Muslims Liars” by Sh. Omar Suleiman and Dr. Nazir Khan for more on this topic:

Distress : Stigma, Shame, Barriers – Mental Health event tommorow organised by University of Leicester Islamic Society (ULISoc) at 4pm please like and share The City Retreat please like and share : )

According to the world health organisation 1 in 4 people experience mental health problems and muslims are no exception.
The rise of radicalisation and demonisation of muslims by segments of the media and the immigration crisis have all contributed and colluded to heightened levels of islamophobia which in and it self is associated with psychological distress in muslims.
We invite you to attend this workshop tomorrow from 4pm-6pm that explores and highlights these important issues, delivered by Dr. Ahmed Hankir✨✨

A powerful webinar hosted by Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research for sisters by sisters, featuring Dalia Mogahed, Hosai Mojaddidi, Amina Darwish, and Ieasha Prime. This will be moderated by Yaqeen fellows Tesneem AlKiek, and Nour Soubani.

This is a must attend! Sign up at What exactly is hijab and why do Muslim women wear it? Is it culturally relevant? What do Islamic texts really say about it? How do we respond to attacks on hijab? Does it make me less of a Muslim if I don’t wear hijab? I’m not perfect and I feel like I misrepresent Islam when I wear hijab. Should I take it off?

We don’t get hijab, and that’s okay. It’s a hard thing for people to wrap (no pun intended) their minds around in this day and age. Our present religious, political, social, and cultural situation brings a lot of good to the conversation of hijab, but it also brings a lot of challenges with it that can be confusing and hard to navigate.

It also brings a significant burden of representation on any Muslim woman who wears the hijab. Being at the intersection of Islamophobia, xenophobia, misogyny, commodification of hijab, and policing of women’s bodies, choosing to wear hijab has become more than just a personal or spiritual choice…it’s now a heavily politicized act.

It’s like being stuck between a rock and a hard place. With this webinar, our goal is not only to create a safe space for women to voice their concerns and questions regarding hijab, but also to provide answers and perspective on a holistic level relevant to our society today.


Dalia Mogahed
– Director of Research, the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding
– Board of Advisors, Yaqeen Institute

Hosai Mojaddidi
– Co-founder, MentalHealth4Muslims

Su’ad Abdul Khabeer
– Scholar, Artist, Activist

Amina Darwish
– Muslim chaplain, University of Cincinnati

Ieasha Prime
-Executive Director of Barakah, Inc.


Tesneem AlKiek
– Fellow, Yaqeen Institute

Nour Soubani
– Fellow, Yaqeen Institute

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Wake up call.

The first step a Muslim minority takes towards its self perpetuated alienation is to retreat to the ghetto with an entrenched blinkered view of Islam. In the process they chase away plurality of faith, culture and education leading to a breakdown of inter community understanding. This can lead to Islamaphobia, hate crimes, or worse still atrocities committed against them.

It’s much easier to scapegoat people than to come up with real solutions to real problems – part 2 of my recent interview in Australia on Islamophobia and the politics of fear. Do pls watch and share…

Mehdi Hasan on why fear sells in times of uncertainty.

‘There has always been a concerted media effort to go after Muslims in public life’ – a short excerpt of a recent interview I did in Australia, on Islamophobia and Muslim representation. Pls do watch and share.

The Crescent Institute hosted award-winning journalist Mehdi Hasan on an Australian speaking tour. We spoke to Mehdi about the challenges of being a ‘public Muslim’.

“This terrible silence from the Grown-Ups in the Trump administration can only be described as acquiescence in Trump’s awfulness; their ongoing presence in the White House, at the Pentagon or the state department is complicity in Trump’s high crimes and misdemeanours.

The longer they stay at Trump’s side, however, the quicker their reputations will turn to mud. History will judge these alleged Grown-Ups as cowards, maybe as opportunists too; above all else, as enablers of a president who openly incited Islamophobia and transphobia and failed to denounce unequivocally anti-Semitism and neo-Nazis.”

– from my latest column on Trump for NewStatesman. Pls do read and share.

The “grown-ups” in Trump’s White House have been exposed as cowards

Their ongoing presence is complicity in the president’s high crimes and misdemeanours.

A masjid and Islamic school has been targeted with an explosive device in Minnesota, while the Shaykh and community were in prayer.

Alhamdulillah the Shaykh was not in his office at the time of the blast, and no one was injured.

I was at that masjid earlier this year, visiting one of the gentlest and kindest and erudite scholars who lives in this land, and someone whom I consider a teacher (and who graciously granted me ijaazahs in Hadith): Sh Waleed al-Minneesi.

We need to be cognizant that the America many of us grew up in and used to live in is no longer the America of today. The rise of Islamophobia, and the phenomenon of Donald Trump, are symptoms of a far greater problem that always existed but is only now rearing its ugly face to the Muslim community. That problem is the problem of xenophobia; a feeling that ‘we’ (in this case, a large demographics of this land, predominantly white, nominally Christian, typically middle and lower middle class) are better than ‘you’ (that’s anyone other than the majority : Latinos, immigrants, Muslims). That, coupled with the fear and lies being maliciously spread against Islam, makes it possible for people to bomb houses of worship believing that they are somehow doing a good deed.

We have no choice but to rise to this challenge. We need to do what we can to protect ourselves and our families, and to fight this bigotry and hatred with education and the best of manners.

And Allah is the only source of protection, and in Him we put our trust.

FBI Investigating Explosion At Bloomington Islamic Center

Federal investigators are in Bloomington Saturday after a reported explosion at an Muslim community center.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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On Australia’s Q&A show this week, I was challenged by an elderly audience member who claimed Muslims were taking over Australia, Sunnis and Shias were “at each other’s throats” and described himself as “not Islamophobic” but “sharia-law phobic”. Watch my brief response to him and do share it if you enjoy it 🙂


In view of the fact that in Australia Muslim couples have a much higher birth rate than the rest of us, is it not possible that in a couple of generations Australia could have a Muslim majority who vote in Sharia law? Further, if so, is it not possible that sects could develop- sects Sunnis and Shi’ites – who begin shooting and bombing each other, and turning currently the best country in the world like another war-torn Middle Eastern country? This is not Islamophobia this is “sharia-law-phobia”.

What do you think?

Correction: the original post included statistics that Roger French did not include in his final question.

According to Gallup, “the American public is largely unconvinced most Muslims believe in gender equality — 81% of respondents disagree that most Muslims around the world think both sexes should have equal rights and 16% agree.”

This is of course largely augmented by degrading media portrayals of Muslim women in the United States. In a pre-9/11 survey of Muslims in American press, 73 % of the images of Muslim women depicted them in “passive” capacities. Muslim women were also six times more likely to be portrayed as victims than were Muslim men in movie scripts.

Read more here:

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 |

Western Sydney University | 13th July | Tickets |


There are more than 150 million men and boys in the world named Muhammad. What exactly is this supposed to achieve?

Islamophobia makes people super irrational. This comes at the same time as the ban on kosher and halal meat in Belgium.

China bans Islamic baby names in Muslim majority Xinjiang province

Chinese government authorities in the northwestern Muslim-majority region of Xinjiang have banned parents from giving their children dozens of ‘extreme’ Islamic names, as part of an ongoing crackdown on alleged ‘extremism’ in the area.

So Belgium just decided to ban Muslims and Jews from slaughtering animals according to their religious rituals. This comes only a few years after the House of Parliament voted to ban Muslim women from wearing the face-veil.

It is estimated that 1 out of 4 people in Brussels are Muslim. The total percentage of Muslims in the country is under 10 %. (It is estimated that Jews are less than 0.01 % of that country.)

Such legislation is merely another symptom of the internal fear, and even hatred, that many Europeans have of Islam. It is an attempt to make ‘the other’ (in this case, the Muslim) feel marginalized and uncomfortable. It is a chest-thumping demonstration of who is in charge, and who gets to make the rules, and who has to follow those rules.

With such large percentages of Muslims across Europe, it is simply not wise for these simmering tensions to be intentionally provoked. It is not a coincidence that, on the one hand, Muslims in Belgium suffer from some of the worst effects of Islamophobia in Europe (from educational opportunies, to the difficulty in obtaining jobs, to physical harrasment, and now, to a ban on halal meat), and on the other hand, Belgium has the highest number of fighters who join ISIS (as a percentage of population).

While one does not justify the other, it is obvious that where Muslims are being made to feel like ‘the other’, some amongst them actually become ‘the other’. Leaders on both sides need to work to form better relations, otherwise it appears we would not have learned from the lessons of Serbia and Bosnia barely two decades ago.

It is sad that this ban has been enacted – I hope that the Muslim and Jewish communities can work together to overturn this ban.

Belgium just banned kosher and halal slaughter in its biggest territory

Belgium’s Wallooon region has voted to ban kosher and halal meats by outlawing the slaughter of unstunned animals. The environment committee of southern Belgium’s Walloon Parliament voted unanimously for the ban, which will take effect on 1 September, 2019.

Dear UK folks, I’ll be back in the UK and giving my first speech there for more than two years on May 20th (less than two weeks time!), at a charity fundraiser for Iraqi orphans in London. You can buy tickets at the link in the poster below. I’ll be talking current affairs – Brexit, Trump, Islamophobia, the Middle East – and also taking questions from the audience. Hope to see you there!

Don’t be bullied. Stand up to bigotry.

A friend of mine (who wishes to remain anonymous) just sent this to me. I’ve confirmed that it’s real. This happened today at the Trader Joe’s in Reston, VA. This woman was in a hurry so my friend (who is a Muslim woman) offered to let her go in front of her in line. That’s when she started talking bad about a different Muslim woman in the store (who was wearing niqab) and asking my friend why she didn’t cover as well. My friend replied it was a choice and the woman didn’t believe her and started talking about FGM and telling her “I wish they didn’t let you in the country.” That’s when my friend started filming.

Enjoy. Let’s make this lady famous.

(MEDIA: My friend is still deciding whether to give an interview. Until then, she says you may air the video as long as you give credit and ID her only as a friend of mine.)