Shariah

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
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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.

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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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Ever wonder what rights were supposed to be granted to religious minorities under Islamic law? Check out the full infographic and publication here: https://yaqeeninstitute.org/en/tesneem-alkiek/infographic-religious-minorities/


Contrary to the common misconception, non-Muslims living under Muslim rule were free to practice their own religions.

Read more in “Religious Minorities Under Muslim Rule” by Tesneem AlKiek here: http://bit.ly/2qjyrmG


Thanks The Muslim Vibe for sharing the video of my answer on Australian TV to a question about “Muslims taking over”, sharia law and Sunnis and Shias “at each others throats” – now at 1.4 million views (!)

Watch Mehdi Hasan’s EPIC response to this Islamophobic question!


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 🙂

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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.

The latest publication out of Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research covers the past, present, and future of the subject of apostasy in Islam.

The Issue of Apostasy in Islam

Jul 05 Download the PDF PDF The Shariah consists of some laws that remain the same regardless of changing circumstances and others that change with them. Most of the Shariah is up to individual Muslims to follow in their own lives. Some are for judges to implement in courts. Finally, a third set…

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.

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After Cordoba yesterday, Sheikh Chauki Lazhar, CILE Deputy Director, starts the 1st day of our Summer School setting up the objectives and the terminology. Theme of this week: “Maqasid ash-Shariah”


After Cordoba yesterday, Sheikh Chauki Lazhar, CILE Deputy Director, starts the 1st day of our Summer School setting up the objectives and the terminology. Theme of this week: “Maqasid ash-Shariah”

Facebook is not the ideal medium to go into detailed fiqh rulings – nonetheless my last post generated questions regarding maḥram rulings for children that are taken care of by other than their parents. So let me clarify.

Before I begin this brief post, please realize that I won’t be entertaining questions in the comments. Feel free to ask your local Shaykhs and Imams whom you trust.

1) If the child is below two years of age, there are a number of options that would establish permanent maḥram relationship for the family. The mother, or her sister or aunt, may feed the child via lactation (and it is allowed to artificially induce this milk by taking specific medicine for that). Islamic law requires five full feedings. This position is mainstream.

2) If the child is above two, some scholars and Fiqh councils have suggested an alternative (and whether you choose to follow this or not depends on the legal school you follow – from my side I don’t see a problem with this opinion, and consider this position to be valid, based on the famous hadith on this topic). This alternative is that an exception can be made in such circumstances, and that the child, even if above two, is given the mother’s (or sister’s or aunt’s) milk (even if it needs to be expressed into a cup and not directly). This position is not mainstream; some scholars support it, and others don’t.

3) If neither of these options are availed to, technically the child will be a non-maḥram.

However, I will say something that I know will cause some of you great problems, yet needs to be said.
THE DIFFICULTIES OF A CHILD BEING NON-MAḤRAM SHOULD NOT PREVENT A LOVING FAMILY FROM TAKING CARE OF AN ORPHAN OR FOSTERING A CHILD!!

Even if some of the rules cannot be observed perfectly once the child grows older, let this not be an impediment. Allah is forgiving, and ‘…fear Allah as much as you can.’

Here’s the point: what is the lesser of the two harms? That an innocent, vulnerable child is left abandoned in an orphanage, and neglected for most of those previous growing years, or that such a child is taken in by a loving family, and raised, and given an education, and then perhaps the rules of ḥijāb are not fully enforced in the house 20 years down the line?!

This is a no-brainer. Those of you who are able to should take in a child into their homes, and if you can’t avail yourself to either of the first two options, Allah will find a way to deal with the third, and the overall good that will come will be far greater than any small inconveniences or slips.

Our latest article for the Huffington Post: TAQIYYA! Are all Muslims liars?

Playing the Taqiyya card – Evading intelligent debate by calling all Muslims liars

“Islamophobes claim that there is a doctrine in Islam that teaches Muslims that they must lie to non-Muslims. This doctrine is called taqiyya. The presence of an Arabic word is guaranteed to dupe people and send chills down the spines of well-meaning but woefully misinformed patriotic Americans wary of those turban-wearing bearded foreigners, right? What could possibly go wrong?”

Read Sh. Omar Suleiman and Dr. Nazir Khan’s latest HuffPost article.

UPDATE TWO: Based on two reliable outlets, I had mentioned Abu Izzadeen, but in light of recent comments, I will withdraw his name and picture and leave the message.
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It is clear that this isolated incident against the British Parliament was done by someone who clearly had personal and mental problems, and a very skewed and fringe understanding of Islam,and will be utilized by Far Right politicians across the world to further their agendas to marginalize, and even criminalize, mainstream Muslims and their practices.

The sheer irony of these terrorist attacks that are done with the outward goal of ‘defending’ Islam is that they always, inevitably, directly and indirectly, end up harming Islam and inflicting more pain and suffering on the Umma.

This has been my consistent message for the last decade: even as we are opposed to Western attacks (my very last post, from a few hours ago, shows my harsh condemnation of American bombs dropped in Syria this last week), we are also completely and totally opposed to killing or harming people living in Western lands, in the name of ‘revenge’ for what their governments have done, or in the name of ‘helping’ Muslims who are oppressed.

When will our internet warriors and keyboard jihadist learn? What has all of this violence and bloodshed gained the Muslims for the last decade and half now?

The wise words of my Shaykh Salman al-Oadah that he wrote to Usamah bin Laden before his death should be read again and again:

http://en.islamtoday.net/artshow-417-3012.htm

Those same words and wisdom that the Shaykh wrote to Bin Laden also apply to his followers, and al-Awlaki, and all those who preached that killing people in this part of the world would somehow help people elsewhere in the world.

The people who will benefit most from this attack are Donald Trump, Marie Le Penn, Geert Wilders, and their ilk. And the people who will be harmed the most are innocent Muslims around the world: here, there and everywhere.

Sallim, Allahumma sallim…

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Latest publication with Yaqeen: Where does Islam stand on abortion and the pro-choice/pro-life debate?

This paper went through some of the foremost Islamic jurisprudence experts in this space, primarily Dr. Hatem Al Haj, and also compares and contrasts with other religious groups. It’s a subject that requires much nuance and cannot be summarized in a paragraph. I pray that this helps us develop a language on the subject that’s true to our theology and relevant to current debates. I’ll be doing a live Q & A on this within a few weeks insha’Allah. In the meantime, questions and feedback are welcomed.

Islam and the Abortion Debate

Is Islam pro-life, pro-choice, or both depending on the circumstances? And what implications does the answer to this question have for current political discourse? This essay seeks to offer a comprehensive look at how classical and contemporary Muslim jurists have dealt with the subject in accordan…

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Saying “Merry Christmas”

I remind my brothers from among the students of sacred knowledge that the scholars who forbid congratulating non-Muslims on their religious celebrations tied their judgement to the assumption that congratulating affirms certain tenets of belief (held by non-Muslims) that are diametrically opposed to Islam. They anchored their judgement on a widespread understanding and custom particular to their time that congratulating others on their religious occasions is considered an affirmation of their beliefs, hence their edicts made mention of proofs regarding the impermissibility of affirming and esteeming false tenets of belief and not clear and unambiguous proofs that forbid congratulating in and of itself.

Today we can not imagine that congratulating others on their religious occasions affirms their tenets of belief. Islam is well established and knowledge of its core aspects of belief are known as well as the points of divergence with other religions. Human beings in general have also matured enough to accommodate co-existence that respects the boundaries of each others’ faiths. A Muslim who congratulates Christians on Christmas does not come close to thinking that this affirms the divinity of Christ or that he is the son of God. Likewise, a Christian who receives the season’s greetings from a Muslim will not be mislead to think that this Muslim has affirmed Christian theology. Similarly, a Christian who congratulates a Muslim neighbour on Eid, or Ramadan or the birth of the Prophet Muhammad knows well that this does not mean he is affirming Islamic belief, nor does a Muslim think that about a Christian who congratulates him/her.

Contemporary custom surrounding the Christmas season no longer links congratulating one (by saying ‘merry Christmas’ for example) with an affirmation of the belief that Jesus is the son of God. Rather, it is considered a general custom that indicates good inter-human dealing.

A legal principle (qa’ida fiqhiyya) states: “A judgement depends on its cause” (al-hukmu yaduru ma’a ‘ilatihi wujudan wa ‘adaman). The cause which led to some scholars forbidding congratulating (the cause was affirmation of the others’ religious beliefs) no longer remains and thus the impermissibility of congratulating also no longer remains.

It is important to note here too that Ibn al-Qayyim’s position that the scholars were in agreement over the impermissibility of congratulating others on their religious occasions is not accurate. Shaykh Abdullah bin Bayyah has mentioned that Imam Ahmad had three opinions on this issue: impermissible, disliked, and permissible. Ibn Taymiyyah adopted its permissibility as was related by Ibn al-Mardawi in ‘Al-Insaf.’ (1)

It is the right of one who does not wish to congratulate others on their religious occasions to not do it, but wrong for them to impose their view upon others as though it is obligatory. To condemn those who do it and doubt their belief (iman) is to reduce the sharia’s greatness and play frivolously with the religion! I urge you: please stop your misuse of this great religion!
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(1) For the full Arabic text of Shaykh Abdullah Bin Bayyah’s fatwa please refer to: http://www.binbayyah.net/portal/fatawa/1393

“Perhaps these stringent laws, which God’s mercy has made almost impossible to apply, exist primarily to remind people of the enormity of the sins that they usually get away with.”

Our latest publication at Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research by Dr. Jonathan Brown is a pioneering work which builds a foundational understanding of the concept of penal laws in Islam. This was an amazing piece to watch in development.

Stoning and Hand Cutting—Understanding the Hudud and the Shariah in Islam

Often the only things people in the West associate with Islam are stoning and hand chopping. Stoning and hand chopping do feature in the Shariah, but their actual function can only be understood by stepping back and examining how the Shariah conceives of law overall. Only then can we make sense of i…

To Allah we belong and unto Him we shall return.

The Khawarij of our time, those who are known as Daesh/ISIS, murdered the great Shaykh of the Sinai, Sulayman Abu Haraz al-Sawarki. He was a scholar of the Shafi’i school of Islamic law and a teacher and educator of the Shadhili path of spirituality.

This was a shaykh that all the people of Sinai and its tribes had recognised for his piety and righteousness. They had immense love and respect for him, esteemed him, and accepted his counsel and advice.

He was over 100 years old.

The Khawarij had no regard for his age nor the rights that the elderly have and deserve in our religion. He was also blind. Yet they killed him by cutting off his head because he refused to succumb to the corrupt and fraudulent ways of this group. They justified the spilling of his blood by alleging that he had committed shirk, polytheism, and accusing him of kufr, disbelief. They also said he was a ‘priest’.

How are these people any different to their predecessors, the early Khawarij, who killed even the companions of the Prophet ﷺ?

May Allah have mercy upon Shaykh Sulayman and increase his rank in the Garden and grant him the highest dwelling therein. May he be written from among the martyrs and may he be succeeded by righteous successors.

May Allah lift the tribulation of takfir and its proponents from this umma.

My sincere condolences to the family of the Shaykh, the Sawarka tribe, his students, the umma of the Prophet and humanity at large for this great loss.



Some words of wisdom from Dr. Elmasry differentiating classical Sufism from modern Sufism. I personally have read the works of many Sufi giants like al-Muhasibi and Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani, and if that is Sufism, then count me in. Problem is that many later people who claim to be Sufis are doing things that the classical folks of tasawwuf would never have done.

Nonetheless, as I have said many times, there are good people in all strands of mainstream Islam, and Allah will judge people by their personal beliefs and actions, and not the label they put on themselves.

Let’s not start a sectarian war in the comments please. Keep it civil 🙂

Dr. Shadee Elmasry

In everything, there is always a quest for authenticity. Of course things develop, but in most cases—religion for sure—you need to go back to the original model every once in a while in order to be authentic. What was the first generation like? If we go back to the original Sufis, we get a very different picture than what’s visible (mostly) today. I think it’s time we revisit that. Here are five features of the original Sufis which we would all benefit from applying today…

-Zuhd & Wara, asceticism and scrupulousness. The original Sufis observed inner *and* outer asceticism. They would leave off nine tenths of the halal out of fear of falling into the haram. Uways al-Qarni and Ibrahim ibn Adham were models of this. They weren’t afraid of the word “haram.” The more you stayed away from the haram, the closer you got to sanctity.
Worldliness is a big distraction too. At the worst, it completely corrupts you. I have literally seen shaykhs with orders who—not joking—their murids keep a gold-leafed sofa chair on hand. A throne in case he wants to sit down. Apologists say, “The shaykh doesn’t want that, the murids force it.” I’m sorry but that’s not an excuse. He can’t say stop? Is he an adult? He has to end it.
Asceticism and scrupulousness are siblings. The link between the Sufis and those who indulge in dunya and are lax in deen probably has to do with the next element that needs revival…speaking up.

-Forbidding wrong. Among the chiefs of the Sufis is Sh Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani. But have you read his books? His relentless attacks on sinners, innovators and hypocrites? I always think…If he was alive today people would think he was a mean extremist because of his sternness and cutting critiques of our laziness and weak commitment. The titles sound so starry and mystical (The Secret of the Secrets or The Unseen Openings), but the content is hard hitting and decisive.

-Hatred of Fame. This is a big one. Ibn Ata says, (paraphrasing) ‘You will never grow if you never get buried. No seed sprouts unless it is buried deep in the ground.’ While dawa is a duty, it has to be done carefully. In many cases the line is blurred between the shaykh as teacher and the shaykh as celebrity. There were two men from whom I took knowledge for a period of time. They were so good at what they did that the conference and media invitations kept coming and it made me very nervous. As I expected and feared, they never said no to these, or even limited them, until in the end, they stopped teaching altogether. Teaching five students must have become boring in comparison to appearing on shows or on a stage in front of 10,000 people. Today they have no more students. They just have followers and fan-boys; people who only know them as celebrities. Their new life as celebrity imams has changed them (I always wonder how they have any family life or raise their kids.) I had another teacher who balances it well, May Allah preserve him. And a third who turns down all these invitations out of fear for what it would do to him. This latter one, his circle is a lot more genuine because there is no thrill of being around somebody famous. People there just want to become better.

-Avoiding rulers (let alone jabaabira, tyrants). Something bizarre and unprecedented has happened over the past century. You can hardly find a tyrant except that he has a pet shaykh, and nine times out of ten, it’s one who claims to be a Sufi. This isn’t a Sufi, this is a fraud.
What happened? Some say it originated with the established orders of colonial times when the shaykhs had a lot to lose and would join the colonizers over the rebels. Sufism then became the way of the oppressive establishment while Salafiyya became the people’s way, the way of the anti-establishment. The rebellion of Emir Abdul Qadir in Algeria was opposed by many different Sufi shaykhs; they didn’t want to lose what they had. This is documented. Customarily, murids will justify this through unseen knowledge: the shaykh knows something we don’t. In contrast, every Sufi manual from the beginning of time tells us that our actions must be determined by Sharia not miracles or kashf or unseen sources. It’s really frustrating and disheartening when there’s a great shaykh, but he takes an inexcusable political position. You can make excuses for him, and you know he has more knowledge, but you still can’t ever stomach that position.

-Ilm. Aqida and fiqh. There’s a line in Ibn Arabi’s biography that I love. He says: We were in a gathering and in it was so-and-so. However, I kept away from him because the purity of his creed was suspect. A visitor said, ‘He believes in the oneness of God.’ I replied, ‘It is not that which I doubt; it is his other doctrines.’
Wow. Ibn Arabi said the words “purity of creed.” Tweet that to the perrenialists and the laundry list of other groups who imagine that the way of the spirit has no theological boundaries.
Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani was a Hanbali and taught the great Ibn Qudama. Just go back a few decades and you will see all the shaykhs were also theologians and jurists. In Egypt you couldn’t be a Sufi shaykh unless you were an Azhari scholar. The British saw that and dropped that requirement as a way to weaken the power of the orders. They became headed by ignorant leaders.

A shaykh was once asked, “Are you a Sufi?” He replied, “No. Because I doubt that I can ever reach that lofty station.” I think a lot of us have forgotten where the bar used to be. And these are things, if we all followed them even a little bit we would immediately start seeing results reflected in our deen and iman. May Allah show us the truth as it is and give us tawfiq to follow it, and show us misguidance for what it is and give is tawfiq to avoid it. Ameen.


Can Muslims abide by Shariah living in the states? Are Muslims secretly trying to overthrow the Government? In Part 5 of the interview, I and Pastor Baughman speak openly about the Anti-Shariah hysteria.

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Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research will be dedicated to answering these questions in depth and will be launching in October insha’Allah!

An engaging conversation between a Christian Pastor and a Muslim Imam, “Out of Context” is a 14 part Interview series answers pressing questions about Islam …

It is narrated in some traditions that of the signs of Judgment Day is that people will consider evil to be morally upright, and good to be morally evil.

Regardless of the veracity of that particular tradition, it does appear that we are currently witnessing such a time. I just spoke with a sister who resigned from her position as the president of a campus Muslim Student Association (MSA) because her MSA insisted on sponsoring specific events related to ‘Queer Muslims’. The president (or, to be more precise, the now ex-president) felt that for an MSA to be sponsoring events in which such an alternative lifestyle is essentially normalized and legitimized would not be in accordance with the teachings of Islam. She explained to me that the events were specifically designed and intended to be non-judgmental, and to showcase Muslim speakers, artists and students who embrace an alternative sexuality, without discussing an Islamic verdict on such acts. She also said that much of the material that was being planned was simply not in accordance with Islamic values of decency and modesty.

When more than 90 % of the MSA Board insisted on going forward with the events, she felt she had no choice but to resign.

We need to be very clear about our religion’s stance on such issues: there is simply no difference of opinion, in the entire spectrum of Islam, in any madhhab, or sect, regarding the prohibition of pre-marital, extra-marital, or same-sex acts. These acts are viewed as sinful and morally harmful.

True, we understand that all of us are sinners, and if a Muslim engages in any sin, s/he will always be welcome to the masjid and to our events, as long as the sin is not advertised or normalized or displayed. And we firmly understand that an individual physically or verbally abusing a sinner is something that contravenes Islamic law and etiquette. No one is calling for violence here, much less discrimination!

Yet still, how can any sincere Muslim not differentiate between treating all Muslims with sincerity and compassion, versus holding events in which drugs, or alcohol, or promiscuity, are essentially normalized and considered morally neutral?! Worse still, how can an MSA, which is an entity that it supposed to represent the religion of Islam, itself be involved in calling others to values that contradict our religion?

The sister was accused of being non-inclusive and non-accepting. She felt so much pressure that she felt it was best to resign As I have said many times before, those ‘progressives’ that champion values of ‘tolerance’ and ‘acceptance’ many times turn out to be the most intolerant and un-accepting of views that contradict their own. Typically, they will tolerate *any* view except the mainstream, traditional, Quranicly explicit, unanimously agreed upon view of the religion of Islam!

Truly, what a sad era we are living in when righteousness is deemed to be backwardness and unrighteousness is deemed to be a virtue.

Ethical values are not decided by a majority vote in Islam, and Islamic virtues are not subject to the ever-changing whims of political correctness. “Say: The pure and the impure will never be the same, even if the preponderance of the impure overwhelms you” [al-Maida:100].

Every few months, something happens that demonstrates the inherent hypocrisy and double-standards of liberalism’s accusations against Islam. Of them is the claim that Muslims don’t believe in ‘freedom of speech’ since we don’t accept people making fun of our sacred symbols.

Yet, as I have argued in many lectures, each and every society has its self-imposed taboos in speech that it does not transgress. And when it does, there are actual ramifications and repercussions, whether legal or societal.

Recently, a small unknown mattress company in Texas released an ad in which they advertised a 9/11 sale as a ‘Twin Towers’ sale, in which two employees fell over and caused two stacks of mattresses to collapse, and a lady says as the mattresses are falling, ‘We will never forget’.

It was a cheap, foolish, tacky ad. The actors and ad consultant obviously lacked intelligence, but clearly they didn’t intend to insult anyone.

Yet, the ad caused a national backlash. The small store had to shut down its business; its owners received death threats (along with thousands of abusive and foul-language messages); the parent company has unconditionally apologized and, to show how ‘sorry’ they are, will donate a large sum of money to some 9/11 cause.

One thing you will not find in all of this debacle is people championing the ‘freedom of speech’ card for this tacky ad. For some strange reason, all of a sudden this ‘fundamental value’ of Western liberalism to insult and to speak freely seems to be overlooked when it comes to specific issues.

If a tacky 9/11 ad provoked such a furious reaction and caused a business to shut down, is it really that difficult to understand that Muslims will indeed be even more angry when their Creator, or prophet, or book, are *intentionally* insulted and sacrilegiously denigrated?

True, such provocation should not result in physical harm, but the anger is fully expected and, indeed, a natural and logical reaction to a crude insult of an icon or symbol that is so revered and beloved by a people.

Again, the point of this post was to demonstrate that there is no such thing as ultimate free speech, anywhere in the world. Yes, there are differences to the Shariah’s understanding and a liberal understanding, but both draw lines, and both have limits.

Here more on the story:
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-37320239

Our dear Sh. Yaser Birjas is teaching this class this weekend here in Dallas! Can’t think of a better person to teach the subject. Please join us for Protect This House with Shaykh Yaser Birjas for an amazing experience in personal and spiritual development!

DATES & TIMES:
FREE Friday: Aug 26 (7- 10 PM)
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– Please stay tuned for details
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CONSIDER YOUR HOUSE. On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate the peace and serenity, the closeness and connection, the love and sacrifice?

CONSIDER YOUR EXTENDED FAMILY. Do you recall the last time you spoke with that distant cousin, uncle or grandfather? Are you able to name all your cousins (or their children) with ease and fond memories? On both sides of the family?

So would you perhaps, if you turned away, cause corruption on earth and sever your [ties of] relationship?
Those are the ones that Allah has cursed, so He deafened them and blinded their vision.
{Surat Muhammad: 22-23}

You want to change the world; then begin with its cornerstone. IT’S TIME WE PROTECT THIS HOUSE.

AlMaghrib Institute presents a single weekend seminar on the crucial yet oft-neglected topic:

“Kinship (rahim) is derived from Allah (Ar-Rahmaan). If anyone maintains ties of kinship, Allah maintains
ties with him. If anyone cuts them off, Allah cuts him off.”
The Prophet (salla Allahu alayhi wassalam)
[al-Adab al-Mufrad]

Family conflict. Sibling rivalry. Spousal misunderstanding. Parenting clashes. And then some.

It all comes with the package. Family is a compilation of different personalities, interests and motivations – sometimes conflicting. You’re not the only one with a funny-looking family.

You probably fit in at least one of these categories:

Have a brother or sister who just won’t take your advice
A parent that doesn’t understand your goals in life
A cousin or uncle you want to connect with but have nothing in common
A child that finds you outdated and boring
Or a spouse you wish you could be more open with
And if you’re one of the few that’s got it all going on, then imagine the added blessings of bringing your whole family to Protect this House.

In this seminar, you’ll learn the:

Secrets to gaining your parents pleasure
Tips & tricks to appeasing your siblings
Blueprint to understanding your extended family
Golden rules for winning the hearts of your spouse and in-laws
Clues to children’s behaviour & upbringing
Step-by-step plan to protecting your home

So give the relative his right, as well as the needy and the traveler. That is best for those who desire the
pleasure of Allah , and it is they who will be the successful.
{Surat Ar-Rum: 38}

Everyone’s Got a Strange Cousin

It’s true. Somewhere in the family tree, there’s that one dude you don’t even know how to begin. But even that guy has a right upon you.

Here are a few things you’ll finally clear up:

Just who is your extended family?
Is a 2nd cousin twice removed actually family?
What is the order of priority in obedience and kindness?
Where do my in-laws fit in this list of priority?
What exactly is the right of the extended family upon me?
The Fiqh of Relations & Challenges with respect to them.
You Try but They Push Away

So what’s the point of even trying?

“The one who maintains ties of kinship is not the one who reciprocates. The one who maintains ties of kinship
is the one who, when his relatives cut him off, maintains ties of kinship.”
The Prophet (salla Allahu alayhi wassalam)
[al-Adab al-Mufrad]

But there are ways to keep trying without being an annoying nag. So let Shaykh Yaser Birjas’s huge experience and knowledge show you how…

“Shaykh Yaser Birjas is an amazing Instructor, his vast knowledge and method of teaching amaze me each time I take one of his classes. His ways of stimulating the brain, to wonder and see ideas and scenarios never dream of before, are commendable.” ~ Chema Jamel Oh, Seattle

Al-Adab Al-Mufrad

Al-Adab Al-Mufrad is a gold-mine collection of 1300 Hadiths by Imam Al-Bukhari shining a very bright spotlight on Prophetic etiquettes and moral conduct.

This masterpiece collection is considered by scholars to be the code of conduct for everyday living. It is a book devoted to the pearls of wisdom straight from the blessed tongue of our Prophet (salla Allahu alayhi wassalam) and his most perfect behaviour.

The section chosen by Imam al-Bukhari for the family is full of gems of wisdom and guidance. With Shaykh Yaser Birjas’s extensive experience of marriage and family counselling, combined with his Islamic expertise and the blueprint offered in al-Adab al-Mufrad, Protect this House is an intensive single weekend seminar that you cannot afford to miss if you want to save your family and achieve peace of mind in this life and the next.

“Sheikh Birjas has a superior command on this subject matter from an Islamic perspective as well as a human and psychological standpoint. He is a very charismatic instructor and I felt engaged throughout the weekend.”
– Meena Khaliq, Washington, DC

SHAYKH YASER BIRJAS

Shaykh Yaser Birjas is the Head of our Islamic Law and Theory Department. Often described as the fatherly figure by students, Shaykh Yaser exudes a calm, gentle and caring demeanour that welcomes students to ask questions with awe and respect.

Shaykh Yaser started his career in Electronic Engineering in the UAE, then in Madinah where he graduated as class Valedictorian with the highest honors from The Islamic University of Madinah’s College of Shari’ah (Fiqh and Usul) in 1996. He learned from various highly respected scholars such as Sheikh Mohammed Amin Al-Shanqiti and Sheikh Al-‘Uthaymin.

In 1997, he went to work as a relief program aide to rebuild the war-torn Bosnia. In 2000, he immigrated to the U.S. where he served as an Imam at The Islamic Center in El Paso, Texas and a director of English programs in Da’wah and outreach for the Orland Park Prayer Center. He is currently serving as Imam of the renowned Valley Ranch Islamic Centre in Irving, Texas, rapidly establishing himself as an invaluable leader of the Texan Muslim Community.

His speciality in the subject of marriage and relations made him a highly sought marriage counsellor for the Muslim community, and with four children and much experience, his parenting classes are equally popular. With his superb all-round grasp on the Islamic sciences, Shaykh Yaser is welcomed eagerly in every city he teaches whether it is his Usul, or Fiqh, or Financial Literacy or Relationship classes. It is no wonder that he has taught more students than any other of our instructors at AlMaghrib!

TESTIMONIALS

“Alhamdulilah I have to say for me personally this has been one of the best AlMaghrib seminars I have attended…it was something I had been thinking about for a very long time, and had been striving to gain knowledge in this area. This seminar is an excellent guide on how to live your family life according to the correct and Islamic way. Where to some extent we all might have the knowledge of the Islamic way but by being caught up in this duniya we might tend to forget what that really is and not really live family life as it should be lived. This seminar is a great reminder of that and brings you back to reality and allows one to refocus on what is really important, and that is to make our akhirah by consciously leading an Islamic way of life in all family matters. The seminar which is about family is universal to all ages and anyone can gain immensely benefit from this whether you are a child, a young adult, single, married, parents, you name it, and if given the opportunity to attend this seminar, I highly recommend it. No. It is a MUST! I couldn’t be more grateful to Allah SWT for allowing me the opportunity to attend this seminar and may Allah SWT give immense reward to the creators of this seminar. Ameen.”

– Saniya Haroom, Stockholm

“I learned to appreciate my mother more, when is best to have more kids, don’t use the Quran and sunnah against anyone in getting your rights specially with your spouse because that’s a red flag to your relationship, what school to send your kids private vs public and how to make them memorize the Quran. I totally recommend this course for parents and single people the future parents.”

– Mastooreh Naseri, Winnipeg

“Alhamdulilah this is by far the most practical course I have taken thus far! I cannot stress enough to everyone I know, that if you have children or are planning to “start” having children you must take this course – it will greatly benefit you insha’Allah. It teaches you how to raise your children in the recommended way of our Prophet (saw), the Companions, and Righteous Predecessors. Masha’Allah, the shaykh is very knowledgeable and passionate about the subject as if he taught it for years… the class time went by so fast because of how amazing the class was! MUST TAKE!”

– Baker Assaf, Toronto

“Ever since I’ve taken this class, I’ve been saying this to everyone: ” This class should be made mandatory upon every Muslim”. The subject matter is so relevant to everyone regardless of age,gender,relationship status or level of religious practice or understanding of Islam. The course content is pragmatic. This course will be particularly helpful if you have a dysfunctional family or estranged family members whether immediate,extended or in laws! It will equip you with a better understanding of where to draw the line,bend over backwards or extend a hand that will benefit yourself in this world and the hereafter. If you have recently discovered Islam and grew up in a family that wasn’t necessarily religious or involved in your life and tarbiyah, this class will teach you what your family may not have thus giving you a fresh start to reprogram yourself and your relationship with them. You will understand how to make better decisions according to your particular circumstances in regards to current and future relationships. I have seen those who need help the most avoid coming to these classes because they’re afraid of getting hurt,guilty,feeling burdened or even unworthy after listening to what “Islam” has to say about them.”

– Maha Siddique, Calgary

“Protect This House was mind blowing!! Incredible amount of practical benefits from this class. From dealing with family, to marital advice, to raising children to parenting. After taking this class, I feel much more prepared for the challenges of marriage, family and parenting, alhamdulilah. My favourite AlMaghrib class!”

– Nabeel Nasir, Toronto

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With the blessings of Allah, Most High, AlMaghrib is now the leading Institute teaching premiere Islamic education in the West with the largest on-site student body. Year by year, we’ve set the standard and launched exciting new projects, inspired so many more to do great work in their communities, and raised the bar on how knowledge is not only sought…but loved!

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IL Y A VINGT ET UN ANS (4 août 1995)… MON PERE S’EN VA…
ET IL EST TOUJOURS LA. DES PRIERES, VOS PRIERES S’IL VOUS PLAIT.
J’ai l’intime souvenir de sa présence, de ses mots, de ses silences. De longs silences parfois, noyés dans la mémoire, les pensées, et l’amertume… bien souvent. Il avait l’œil vif, le regard pénétrant et profond qui tantôt portaient sa chaleur, sa douceur, ses larmes ; tantôt armaient sa détermination, son engagement et ses colères. Que de fois il me fut difficile de croiser l’expression de ses yeux grands ouverts, puissants, suggestifs, interpellateurs qui accompagnaient ses mots jusqu’à mon cœur, qu’ils éveillaient, troublaient ou ébranlaient. Tous ceux qui l’ont rencontré ont été emportés par ce trouble, ce tremblement intérieur : il avait appris l’essentiel, il appelait à l’essentiel, sans détour. Avec cœur, toujours ; et tellement d’intelligence. Il craignait tant de faire mal, de blesser, d’écorcher : sa gentillesse provoquait ses hésitations, et parfois ses maladresses.
A ses côtés, très tôt, j’ai appris combien le monde se nourrit de mensonges, de rumeurs et de médisances. Les hommes, quand ils perdent la morale, trouvent la jungle, et deviennent des loups. Ils furent nombreux autour de lui de cette espèce : ceux qui l’ont combattu et sali par intérêt politique, ceux qui l’ont oublié par intérêt professionnel, ceux qui l’ont trahi par intérêt financier. On a tant dit, tant écrit, tant menti : qui l’avait rencontré qu’il n’avait vu, qui lui avait parlé qu’il n’entendit jamais, qui était dans le secret des complots qu’il n’avait pas même rêvé… En ma mémoire résonnent les mots d’un de ses frères de route : « Il aurait pu être millionnaire, non pas en flattant les rois, mais en acceptant simplement de se taire et de faire silence sur ce qui est : il a refusé, il a dit et redit la vérité, devant Dieu, sans crainte de tout perdre ». Et cette histoire, mille fois répétée par mon frère aîné Aymen, et qui lui fit verser tant de larmes : il avait quinze ans quand il l’entendit dire, lors d’un voyage qui les mit en présence de princes fortunés : « L’argent que vous voulez me donner se dépose sur la paume de ma main ; quant à moi, par ordre de Dieu, je ne travaille que pour ce qui se dépose et pénètre dans les cœurs »… mon frère avait quinze ans quand il le vit, malgré toutes ses difficultés matérielles, refuser des montants exorbitants au nom de sa foi en Dieu, de son exigence de vérité et de son amour pour la justice. Aymen n’a jamais oublié la leçon ; elle l’a façonné, il l’a transmise.
Il avait tout appris d’un homme, qui lui avait tant donné, tant offert et qui, très tôt, l’avait formé et protégé. A son sujet, il était intarissable : Hassan al-Banna, par son total dévouement à Dieu et à ses enseignements, avait mis la lumière en son cœur et tracé le chemin de son engagement. A tous ceux qui le critiquaient, qui parlaient sans l’avoir même rencontré, ou entendu, ou seulement lu, il rappelait combien, à ses côtés, il avait appris la spiritualité, l’amour, la fraternité et l’humilité. Des heures durant, il faisait naître de sa mémoire les événements et les instants qui l’avaient marqués alors qu’il était comme son fils et qu’on l’appelait respectueusement, dans toute l’Egypte, « le petit Hassan al-Banna» ou le « petit Guide ». La foi profonde de son maître, sa dévotion, son intelligence, sa science, son ouverture d’esprit, sa bonté et sa douceur étaient les qualités qui émanaient de façon permanente de ses descriptions. Souvent, il parlait de sa détermination dans son engagement de tous les instants contre le colonialisme, contre l’injustice, pour l’islam : cette détermination n’a jamais été une caution à la violence qu’il refusait, comme il refusait l’idée dune « révolution islamique ». La seule exception concernait la Palestine : le message d’ al-Banna était clair ; la résistance armée s’impose face aux desseins des terroristes de l’Irgoun ou de l’ensemble des colons sionistes. Il avait appris de Hassan al-Banna, comme il le dit un jour, « à poser le front à terre » : le vrai sens de la prière donnant force, dans l’humilité, au sens d’une vie entière. Il avait appris encore l’amour en Dieu, la patience, l’importance du travail en profondeur, l’éducation et la solidarité. Il avait appris enfin à tout donner : après l’assassinat de son maître, en 1949, il retint la leçon et sacrifia tout pour faire entendre le message libérateur de l’islam. L’histoire est écrite par les puissants ; les pires calomnies avaient été dites à propos de l’imâm Hassan al-Banna : il n’eut de cesse d’écrire et de dire les vérités dont il s’était nourri. Mais l’amour du pouvoir des despotes a causé la mort et répandu le sang, beaucoup de sang ; et tellement de tortures.
Déjà, alors qu’il avait à peine vingt ans, al-Banna lui avait confié la direction de son journal al-Shihâb ; il avait ensuite été volontaire en Palestine, à l’âge de 21 ans, participant à la défense de Jérusalem. En 1948, à 22 ans, il se rendit au Pakistan où il fut pressenti pour le poste de Secrétaire général du Congrès islamique mondial : sa détermination effraya les « diplomates ». Il resta de nombreux mois au Pakistan : il prit part aux débats sur la question constitutionnelle et anima une émission de radio hebdomadaire sur l’islam et le monde musulman qui le rendit très populaire auprès des jeunes et des intellectuels. De retour en Egypte, il s’engagea dans la mobilisation pour la réforme sociale et politique. Il parcourait le pays, donnait des conférences, animait des rencontres. En 1952, il lança, sur le modèle d’al-Shihâb, un journal mensuel al-Muslimûn dans lequel allaient écrire les plus grands savants musulmans et qui allait être diffusé du Maroc à l’Indonésie en langue arabe et anglaise. Mais Hassan al-Banna, bien avant son assassinat, les avait avertis : la route serait longue, jalonnée de douleur, de tristesse et d’adversité… Il savait, lui et tous ceux qui l’accompagnaient, qu’ils auraient à subir le mensonge, l’humiliation, la torture, l’exil ou la mort.
L’exil. Nasser les avait trompés, les avait emprisonnés ou tués… Il dut quitter son pays en 1954, il n’y est plus revenu qu’en ce 8 août 1995, dans son cercueil… Quarante et un an d’exil, de souffrances, d’engagement et de sacrifices. Pour Dieu, pour la justice, contre toutes les dictatures et les hypocrisies. L’exil, exigence de la foi. Le long de cette route, les difficultés et les peines furent nombreuses et continuelles. En Palestine, d’abord, où il fut désigné Secrétaire général du Congrès islamique mondial de Jérusalem avant d’être banni de la ville par Glob Pascha soumis aux ordres américains. A Damas ensuite, où il reprit la diffusion d’al-Muslimûn avec Mustapha a’-Sibâ’i ; puis au Liban, avant d’arriver à Genève en 1958. Il obtint son doctorat à Cologne en 1959 : il publia sa thèse sous le titre Islamic Law, Its Scope and Equity dans laquelle il présenta la synthèse des positions fondamentales de Hassan al-Banna en matière de sharî’a, de juridiction, d’organisation politique et de pluralisme religieux. Ouvrage essentiel, le premier sans doute en langue occidentale, sur la question de la référence islamique globale : on y trouve de la conviction, de la détermination en même temps qu’une ouverture d’esprit manifeste et permanente ; jamais la moindre caution à la violence.
Il fonda le Centre Islamique de Genève en 1961 avec le soutien et la participation de Muhammad Natsir, de Muhammad Assad, de Muhammad Hamidullah, de Zafar Ahmad al-Ansâri et Abu al-Hassan a’-Nadawi. Figures emblématiques, frères fidèles de la même lutte. Ce Centre Islamique devait servir de modèle pour la création d’autres lieux à Munich, à Londres, à Washington et de façon général en Occident : l’objectif était de permettre aux musulmans émigrant en Europe ou aux Etats-Unis, de garder un lien avec leur religion, de trouver un lieu d’accueil et de réflexion. Il s’agissait également de produire une activité absolument indépendante afin de présenter l’islam, d’effectuer un travail de publication libre, d’analyser les questions du moment sans contrainte. De nombreux ouvrages et fascicules furent publiés en arabe, en anglais, en français et en allemand depuis Genève avec, par ailleurs, la reprise du journal al-Muslimûn. dont la diffusion cessera en 1967. Dans le même temps, il pensa la création de la Ligue islamique mondiale dont il rédigea les premiers statuts. Son engagement était total et les fonds saoudiens qu’il reçut par l’intermédiaire de cette même Ligue islamique , alors opposée au pouvoir nassérien et qui jouait-là une carte stratégique, n’ont jamais été soumis à des conditions particulières d’engagement ou de silence politiques. Quand, à la fin des années soixante, la Ligue islamique mondiale , très saoudienne, émit des conditions à son soutien financier, en particulier d’avoir une main-mise sur le Centre islamique et ses activités, il refusa. Les vivres furent coupés dès 1971 : l’indépendance de pensée et d’action était préservée. La route serait longue et difficile ; il n’en a jamais douté, comme il a toujours su quel serait le prix à payer pour l’indépendance et la parole de vérité.
Combien l’ont connu et apprécié durant ces années pleines. Voyageant dans les pays du monde entier ; s’exprimant en Malaisie, séjournant en Angleterre, en Autriche ou au Etats-Unis, créant des liens, diffusant une pensée profonde, analytique et toujours nourrie par la spiritualité et l’amour. Al-Mawdûdî l’avait remercié de l’avoir réveillé de son inconscience. Muhammad Assad lui savait gré de lui avoir fait connaître, ou plutôt profondément sentir, la pensée de Hassan al-Banna. Malek Shabbaz (Malcolm X) avait entendu, dans la cuisine du Centre Islamique de Genève, qu’aucune race n’est élue et qu’un Arabe, pas plus qu’un Noir, n’est supérieur à son frère de race blanche, si ce n’est par la piété. Malcolm X a retenu la leçon, il l’a aimé, profondément, et ces derniers mots écrits, à la veille de sa mort, en février 1965, lui étaient adressés. Yusuf Islâm (Cat Stevens) lui rendit de nombreuses visites dans son hôtel de Londres : il m’avoua avoir gardé de lui le souvenir de sa fine intelligence et de sa douceur (« a so sweet man »). A l’aéroport de Genève, en 1993, le savant Abu al-Hassan a’-Nadawi lui témoigna les signes d’un infini respect et lors d’une visite à Lucknow, en Inde, où se trouve Nadwat al-ulama’, an-Nadawi se remémorait avec une profonde émotion l’une de ses visites et les traces que celle-ci avait laissées. En exil, loin des siens, en butte aux tracasseries politiques et financières, noyé dans des problèmes de tous ordres, il s’est rongé le sang et torturé l’esprit, mais il a préservé l’essentiel : une foi profonde, une fraternité fidèle, les yeux de la douceur et la soif d’exigence.
Une chambre. Tant de documents et de journaux. Ici, un téléphone; là, une radio et une télévision ; là-bas des livres empilés, ouverts ou annotés : le monde à portée de la main. Qui pénétrait dans cet univers entrait en sympathie avec une histoire, un passé, une vie, la tristesse et la solitude. Mille et un souvenirs et, dans le même temps, un incomparable regard sur l’actualité du monde : il était en contact, en contact affectif, avec les contrées les plus éloignées. Il savait tout, ou à peu près, de ce qui se passait au Tadjikistan, au Cachemire, en Tchétchénie, en Indonésie, en Afghanistan, au Maroc, en Algérie, en Tunisie, en Egypte et ailleurs… Il suivait l’actualité régionale de Washington, Los Angeles, Harlem, Londres, Munich, Paris, Genève, jusqu’à Karachi. Un horizon foisonnant d’informations : dans sa chambre, il souffrait tellement, avec une telle intensité, de cet état du monde, des mensonges, des massacres, des emprisonnements et des tortures. Son intuition politique était redoutable ; on comprenait qu’il fût redouté.
Il ne se contentait pas de l’actualité, il s’intéressait à tout : au développement des techniques, de la médecine, des sciences, de l’écologie. Il connaissait les exigences d’une réforme islamique profonde. Sa curiosité était sans limites, toujours éveillée et particulièrement lucide. Il avait parcouru le monde ; le monde vivait désormais dans cette chambre. Il y avait eu les foules, les savants, les présidents et les rois ; il n’y avait plus désormais que l’observation, l’analyse et cette profonde tristesse. Dans la solitude, le Coran ; dans l’isolement, les invocations. Les invocations et les larmes. Il a donné à ses enfants des noms-symboles, des noms de l’histoire de toutes les persécutions et de l’infinie détermination. Avec chacun, il avait le fil d’une complicité, l’espace d’une attention, la sensibilité de la relation, et l’amour. Avec Aymen, sa réussite et ses blessures ; avec Bilal, son potentiel et ses déchirements ; avec Yasser, sa présence, son généreux dévouement et son attente ; avec Arwa, sa complicité et ses silences ; avec Hani, son engagement et sa détermination. A chacun, il a offert de croire en ses qualités. A chacun, il a rappelé qu’il nous avait fait don de la meilleure des mères. Elle est, avec les qualités de son cœur, son plus beau cadeau. Tellement. Infiniment.
Après plus de quarante ans d’exil, une vie entière pour Dieu, la foi et la justice, il savait le dernier crépuscule venir. Aux heures les plus profondes, il parlait, il en parlait tellement, de l’amour, de la fraternité, de l’affection. Quelques mois avant de retourner auprès de Dieu, il me dit, avec la force de son regard triste et mouillé : « Notre problème est un problème de spiritualité. Si un homme vient me parler des réformes à entreprendre dans le monde musulman, des stratégies politiques, des grands desseins géostratégiques… ma première question sera de lui demander s’il a effectué la prière d’avant l’aube (al-fajr) à son heure ». Il observait les agitations des uns et des autres… jusqu’aux miennes : il m’a tant rappelé de ne pas oublier l’essentiel, d’être avec Dieu pour savoir être avec les hommes. Une vie entière de lutte, les cheveux blanchis par le temps, et un rappel : « Le pouvoir n’est pas notre objectif ; qu’avons-nous à voir avec cela ? Notre but est l’amour du Créateur, la fraternité et la justice de l’islam : c’est notre message aux dictateurs ». Tard dans la nuit, dans cette fameuse chambre, il parlait, se confiait : le lien avec Dieu était la voie, la spiritualité était la lumière du chemin. Un jour qu’il jetait un regard sur sa vie, il me dit : « Notre morale, notre conscience du bien et du mal, est une arme qu’utilisent contre nous les despotes, les amoureux des titres, du pouvoir et de l’argent. Ils font ce que nous ne pouvons faire, ils mentent comme nous ne pouvons mentir, ils trahissent comme nous ne pouvons trahir, ils tuent comme nous ne pouvons tuer. Notre exigence devant Dieu est, à leurs yeux, notre faiblesse. Cette apparente faiblesse est notre véritable force ».
Cette force fut son énergie jusqu’aux derniers jours. Il est resté fidèle au message. Profondément. Je lui dois d’avoir compris que parler de Dieu, c’est avant tout parler d’amour, de cœur et de fraternité. Je lui dois d’avoir appris que la solitude avec Dieu vaut mieux que la négligence avec les hommes. Je lui dois d’avoir senti que la tristesse profonde jamais ne vient à bout de la foi en Dieu. Sa générosité, son intelligence, sa douceur et son savoir furent autant de cadeaux. Je remercie Dieu de m’avoir fait don de ce père. Auprès de qui j’ai découvert que la foi est amour… de Dieu et des hommes face à toutes les épreuves et à toutes les adversités.
Hassan al-Banna leur avait enseigné : « Soyez comme l’arbre fruitier : on vous attaque avec des pierres, répondez avec des fruits». Cette leçon, il l’avait apprise ; il l’avait faite sienne au sens le plus intime du mot : observateur du monde, éloigné des foules, dans la solitude de sa demeure, après des années d’un combat sans répit, pour Dieu, contre la traîtrise et la corruption, ses mots avaient l’énergie des sources et de la rabbâniyya (du lien essentiel avec le Créateur) : il ne cessait de parler de Dieu, du cœur et de l’intimité de cette Présence. Il avait appris l’essentiel, il appelait à l’essentiel, sans détour.
Il repose auprès de qui lui avait enseigné le chemin, Hassan al-Banna. Que Dieu les agrée tous deux. Un retour d’exil dans la mort parce que les despotes craignent la parole des vivants. Le silence des morts est pourtant lourd de sens, comme les invocations de ceux qui subissent l’injustice. Cette parole de vérité, il faut pourtant la dire, fut-elle amère, ainsi nous l’a commandé le Prophète (BPSL). « Nous sommes à Dieu et c’est vers Lui qu’est notre retour» : Dieu a rappelé à Lui un homme, le 4 août 1995, un vendredi, avant le crépuscule. Un homme, un fils, un mari, un frère, un père, un beau-père, un grand-père. Mon père. Le seul mérite de ceux qui restent sera de témoigner, jour après jour, de leur fidélité à sa mémoire et à son enseignement : aimer Dieu, répondre à Son appel, accompagner les hommes, vivre et savoir mourir, vivre pour savoir mourir. Contre vents et marées.
Saïd Ramadan. 41 ans d’exil. Une vie entière. Il reste ses mots, son regard et sa détermination. Cette vie n’est pas la Vie. Que Dieu l’accueille en Sa Miséricorde, lui pardonne ses péchés et lui ouvre les portes de la Paix en compagnie des prophètes, des pieux et des justes.
Je prie Dieu afin qu’il m’offre d’être pour mes enfants le père que fut ce père.