Last year we had some traction around the discussion of Mosques joining the sanctuary movement. It’s time to renew that discussion. If the government keeps failing to protect the undocumented, our places of worship need to step up to the plate. Hundreds of Churches and Synagogues have already offered their places as sanctuary. I pray that more will come on board with hundreds of Mosques joining alongside them.

Why Mosques Could Become the Next American Sanctuary, Thanks to This Man

Imam Omar Suleiman is trying to convince mosques to offer sanctuary to illegal immigrants under the new administration.

Should Western Muslims who have political access to Jerusalem visit Masjid al-Aqsa? This is a very emotionally charged issue that has legal, social, ethical and political ramifications. Some scholars have given fatwas that prohibit Muslims from visiting al-Aqsa, and while I fully understand and respect that opinion, I very firmly agree with the other group of scholars who allow visiting Masjid al-Aqsa. In fact, I view it as fard kifaayah and a part of our collective obligation to that Holy Land.

In this talk, I summarize the main arguments that some scholars use to prohibit visiting al-Aqsa, and respond to them one by one.

Watch the video here >>

(Note: due to technical difficulties in our masjid – there was a major winter storm the night before – the video system was damaged and this lecture is mainly audio; apologies in advance).

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…

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: 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…

Something amazing about the life of Bilal b. Rabah, the first mu’adhin of Islam:

Allah chose Bilal, an Abyssinian slave who had been tortured almost to death yet always raised his voice with call of tawhid, to be the first person to give adhan in history, and he gave that adhan in the masjid of the Prophet (SAW) when the adhan was legislated in the first year of the hijrah. Then, when Makkah was conquered in 8 AH and the Prophet (SAW) forgave the Quraysh, he asked Bilal to climb the Ka’bah and give the adhan. Five years later, when Jerusalem was conquered, Umar b. al-Khattab (r) came in person to accept the keys of the city, and when the time for prayer came, he asked Bilal – who had stopped given adhans after the death of the Prophet (SAW) – to give the adhan in that city.

Hence, the voice that refused to venerate shirk and insisted on proclaiming the unity of Allah became the voice chosen by Allah to be the first to call adhan in all three holiest cities on earth: the Masjid al-Haram in Makkah, and the Masjid al-Nabi in Madinah, and Masjid al-Aqsa in Jerusalem.

May Allah have mercy on Bilal, and unite us with him in Jannah!

Islam has been in China for a longtime. See this 700 year old Masjid in the city of
Xian , Province of Shanxi China. The Entire Qur’an is written on the wall of the Masjid. The Masjid was constructed by the Ming Dynasty. Absolutely beautiful architecture a historical master piece! Allah bless out Chinese brothers and sister and ease their path. Ameen.


Alhamdulillah! Truly Allah guides whom He wills!

The AfD party in Germany (‘Alternative for Germany’) is an extremist, Far-Right, anti-Muslim party whose platform calls for the banning of all Muslim immigrants, stopping a construction of mosques, preventing women to wear the niqab, and continuously warning of the ‘dangers of Islam’ in Germany. Their website explicitly states, “Islam does not belong to Germany for us. We see the ideology of multiculturalism as a serious threat to social peace and cultural unity.”

Well, they might claim that Islam doesn’t belong in Germany, but that won’t stop the spread of Islam even in their own ranks!

Arthur Wagner, who was a member of the AfD, and an elected politician, resigned from the party leadership and from his post, after converting to Islam.

May Allah make him a shining example for the members of his now ex-party!!

May Allah have mercy on him 🙁

Loss of a Dear Brother, Friend, and Student, and what I’m learning from it.

On Thursday morning around 8:30am Najib’s father called to let me know that I needed to get to the hospital because Najib had a stroke and didn’t have long to live. My initial reaction was of shock, as expected, how could this happen! Then I felt a sense of relief because something in my head told me he’s a father he’s probably just exaggerating. Then I felt horror that what if this really is the last time I get to see him. This was within a span of about 4 seconds. I grabbed the first piece of clothing I could find and ran out the door. Not being able to remember directions to the hospital, fumbling my phone as I tried to put in the address, calling my friends to let them know, all while speeding and trying not to get pulled over by the cops during morning rush hour traffic. What a mess I was and the most difficult parts hadn’t even come yet.

Najib Rahuma – May Allah have mercy upon him- first started attending my halaqas around 2014. I remember the first time I saw him and I was like this guy seems really out of place. He was a big jolly guy, who was Arab by decent, but completely gora 🙂 . After attending for a few weeks I thought I should take the time to get to know this guy because to find someone committed to knowledge is extremely rare. From the public classes he become so consistent that he even joined the private mentoring classes that I hold. For about 3 and half years we would meet at least once a week and study together.

During the time of getting to know him I found him to be genuine, always shared what he was feeling. He was generous, always wanted to give of his wealth and time. He was full of life, constantly making people laugh and filled with joy. He was dedicated to the truth and always tried his best to follow it.

On Wednesday afternoon he wasn’t feeling too well but decided to go into work anyways. He arrives and passes out right away in the parking lot. He had a stroke. A clot that started from his legs, went to his lungs, and eventually went to the brain. From the very first consult I attended with the doctors it was known that it would be next to impossible to survive.

Najib was 30 years young. They say no parent should ever have to be at the funeral of their child but this was so much more intense. He was recently married less than a year but was not yet able to live with his wife because she was in a different country. It all happened so suddenly that everyone was left needing closure. This post is an attempt at me getting some and honoring his legacy of kindness and love.

1- He was dedicated to seeking knowledge and went out of his way to facilitate it for others. Whether it be telling people about it or picking them up to take them.

2- He loved his faith and Allah. Since I have known him he has gone for hajj, was known to pray his prayers often in the masjid, and every Ramadan would make itikaf in the masjid.

3- He was generous. He would donate to any good cause he came across but most importantly he was generous with his time. I remember every time I needed a ride to or from the airport he would go out of his way. In fact he would even ask if I needed a ride.

4- He left a huge impact on a lot of people’s lives. Muslim and non-Muslim. Everyone remembers him to be the life of the party, and always wanting to bring happiness to the lives of others.

Now for things more personal to me.

1- I have never experienced the death of someone so close to me. It is the type of death that shakes you to your core because of how close you are and how suddenly it happens. It is almost paralyzing. Nothing has gotten me out of an utter state of catastrophe other than my faith and the company of righteous friends. I was truly amazed at how fully grown men are able to cry like babies. Everyone is fragile deep down inside. My deepest heart felt condolences to his parents and wife, I can only imagine what they are going through. May Allah grant them patience and ease.

2- Our most recent study has been of the book of Zuhd and War’ from Buloogh al-Maram. In it we were discussing how a lot of us have not washed the body of a deceased or gone to a cemetery recently to soften our hearts. While discussing this no one would have thought that the first body we ever washed would be of such a close friend. No one thought that a week after the discussion we would be at the cemetery burying him. Washing his body was a surreal experience. I kept thinking, almost hoping, that at anytime Allah will bring him back to life and things will go back to normal. The shivers in my spine I can still feel from touching a lifeless body that was once filled with so much life. He was beautiful in life and even after death.

3- We assume people will always be there and we can always appreciate them later. What if that later never comes? This is how I feel right now. I want him to know how much his friendship and brotherhood meant to me but it is something I am not able to do. This is a constant reminder of how humans always take things for granted and we need to be reminded to be grateful and share those feelings before it is too late. I pray the charity projects we do in his name are shown to him and felt by him in the afterlife, insha Allah.

I thought I would feel better writing this but I only feel more numb inside. I’m going to miss you my friend. May you be in the company of angels, eternal bliss, happiness, and light. The silver lining is that I have a meeting I am really looking forward to, may it be together in Al-Firdaws. Ameen.

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THIS HAS TO STOP! Masajid are for everyone, all people, both genders and all faiths. No space for women.
These days, I am heartsick about visiting mosques. Sometimes I take my daughter for the experience. Then she asks me why the men always talk and the women always listen. She doesn’t get why the women are hidden away in separate rooms. So I said today, let’s go to a nearby Chicago city mosque for primarily European immigrants because, as I assumed, who knows, they might be more accommodating to women compared to some of the others.

My husband and I showed up, he quickly disappeared into the men’s musalla, which was slightly overflowing by this point. I looked around and saw no sign of women or any sign of another musalla. I wandered the hallways. Nothing. I went up to the men and whispered, “Where are the women?” A man made a vague gesture to the back of the building. I wandered back. Nothing. I returned and asked a younger man (American-raised? He might be more comfortable talking to me?). “Where are the women?” He got up and accompanied me, wandering likewise, but then he said, “They don’t usually come. Oh, here’s a classroom. You could just pray here. No, there isn’t a women’s area.“

I sat in the classroom and listened to the khutba. It’s a nice mosque–clean, warm, with a nice classroom and kitchen. So they have everything.


When the imam made noises to get up and pray, I said “forget this, I’m not going to pray alone here in the dark.” So I wandered out again. By this time the men’s overflow was out by the shoes, close to the exit. So I stood there and prayed, alone in my own row, behind a crowded musalla full of men.

When I got out, I waited for my husband. Men streamed out, quickly reaching for cigarettes, younger guys stopping to chat with each other, and I stood there alone.

“That was disappointing,” my husband said.

Yeah. I MADE myself go, after months of heartache. And this. So I don’t have a great picture for you. I was sitting behind the last row of guys. You can see his feet. It’s all I saw too.

“Should I complain?” I asked. “Yeah, post it on Side Entrance.”

“I mean, I guess it’s a smaller mosque. [Though they have room for a kitchen, classroom, and other stuff]. And I suppose the women would say to themselves, ‘I’ll stay home and not go to the mosque. After all, I don’t have the physical equipment necessary for me to merit space in a mosque.’” -Dr. Shabana Mir
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Let’s count the homeless. I need 500 volunteers to sign up for this in Dallas. Please organize your youth group, Masjid, MSA, etc. and join this effort! Sign up below!

Why we’re going to count the homeless.

A conversation with David Gruber from the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance on how to make homelessness rare, brief, and non recurring.

If you want to do this in Dallas, join us on January 25 from 7 pm – midnight.

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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!

Our leaders can be an external manifestation of what *we* are inside. Sometimes a nation has a racist president because there is deep, hidden racism in the hearts of many people.

And sometimes we are ruled by pharonic tyrants because we have yet to tame the Pharoah within. We may not be Pharaohs to a nation, but are we pharaohs in our homes, our workplaces, our mosques?

Remember God says, “Indeed Allah does not change the condition of a people until they change what is inside themselves.” (Quran 13:11)

Celebrating tonight? Stop, think and reflect.

Salahuddin Ayyubi was once asked why he hardly ever smiled even though this was a sunnah of the Prophet ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him). He replied, “How can I smile when I know that Masjid Al Aqsa is being defiled and the Muslims are suffering?!” That attitude, dear brothers and sisters, is why he achieved what he did and why we’re still debating on whether or not it is acceptable to send “Happy New Year” messages. Today they are suffering more than ever and yet some of us are preparing to celebrate the year gone. A year when unbelievable suffering has occurred in Palestine, Burma, Syria, Iraq & all over the Muslim world. ALLAH FORGIVE US FOR NOT RUNNING TO THEIR AID! Ameen.

A woman wanted to go and attend an Islamic talk at the women’s centre but she had no one to take her there. So she phoned a taxi company, a young man came driving the taxi and took her to the centre.
“As she was leaving the taxi, She gave him 15 Riyals for the fare, however he refused to take it.
He said that: “I have sworn that whoever I take to an Islamic centre for learning Qur’an or to attend the Masjid or to the Hospital, I vowed not to charge them for the journey, all I would like is for you to pray for my deceased mother who passed away three years ago, her name is Noorah.”

“After the sister entered the center, she told everyone in the talk about the story of this young man and I asked them to pray for his mother. All had tremendous sympathy and admiration for the young man, they collected donations among themselves so they could dig a water well for the sake of his mother.”
Subhana Allah, all this goodness came because of this young man’s obedience to his mother.
Whenever She attends any islamic talks, She mentions this story to the attendees and they would pray for the young man’s mother.

Look at the goodness of this young man’s obedience to his mother, this remindes us of The Prophet (saw) when he said: “When the human being dies, all his deeds come to an end except for three: ongoing charity, beneficial knowledge, or a righteous child who prays for him.”

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Live amazing scenes of the Athaan of Maghrib from the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. Al Masjid Al Nabawi.

Live Session from the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, Saudi Arabia.
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Jabir Ibn Abdullah was amongst one of the most famous Sahabas. He is originally from a tribe called ‘Banu Salama’. This tribe is famous for various reasons. Of them, there’s a hadith in Sahih Bukhari which is one of their famous blessings, the Banu Salaam was a tribe that used to live around Masjid Qiblatayn, a well-known Masjid in Madinah.

They would travel to the Prophet’s Masjid every single day for as many prayers as they could, which was approximately a 45 mins walk. They would go there so frequently that they decided to sell their properties, and use the money to purchase houses close the Prophet’s(S) Masjid. When the Prophet(S) heard the news, he advised them not to move closer as Allah will bless them for their footsteps and effort for coming to the Masjid.

The father of Jabir Ibn Abdullah is one of the most famous from the Ansaar. We know very little about him, though this little of information is precious. His name was Abdullah Ibn Haram and was one of the first converts of Madinah. He was one of the original twelve people who gave the first covenant of Aqabah.

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A moment within the Masjidul Haraam in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. The Grand Mosque.