Unity

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!

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!!

http://www.euronews.com/2018/01/24/member-of-germany-s-far-right-afd-party-converts-to-islam-

The entire Dallas refugee resettlement committee is calling for your presence this Monday night in response to the latest iteration of the Muslim ban. We will be joined by Dallas County Judge Clay Lewis Jenkins, elected officials, immigration attorneys, refugee agencies, faith leaders, and more. Please join and spread the word. With Trump’s dangerous refugee ban 3.0 and security policies going into effect, our incoming refugee populations find themselves threatened, and the entire refugee program faces threat of being dismantled.

We are coming together, alongside our allies at “In Their Own Voices” podcast, the International Rescue Committee (and other major refugee service organizations in the DFW) Faith Forward Dallas, and CAIR-DFW to hold a press conference in which we will state, plainly and clearly, the facts surrounding Trump’s proposed policies, how they will affect the work that organizations like IRC does, and what affect they will have on incoming refugees, potential refugees, and refugees who are already here. Immediately afterwards, we will hold a vigil and rally, featuring dynamic speakers, in order to show our unity and our support for our refugee communities.

Signs are welcome, so long as they remain appropriate.

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An awful day in American history. The madness must stop. #LasVegas

I will be working with other leaders in Dallas to organize something for tonight. For those of you who are here, please stay tuned. For those of you in other cities, please partake in events of unity calling for an end to gun violence.

Las Vegas Shooting Near Mandalay Bay Casino Kills More Than 50

The police said they killed a gunman in the hotel who had fired on concertgoers outside, wounding at least 200. A woman was being sought for questioning.


This was two days ago in Chechnya. Thousands of Chechen people, from government to religious to civilian, filled the streets of Grozny in a show of support and solidarity for the Rohingya.


The father of the youngest victim of the Barcelona attacks embraces an imam in an emotional show of unity.

The father of the youngest victim of the Barcelona attacks embraces an imam in an emotional show of unity.

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“Inside the Saudi town that’s been under siege for three months by its own government”

Inside the Saudi town that’s been under siege for three months by its own government

When Donald Trump arrived in Saudi Arabia on his first trip abroad as US President in May, officials in Riyadh made a spectacular effort to promote the idea of unity in the Muslim world, inviting more than 100 leaders of Muslim nations to attend the Arab Islamic American Summit with the new Presiden…

“Al-Aqsa cried out for help, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre* responded ‘At your service O Aqsa, at your service!’”
A Christian priest in Jerusalem holds a sign in solidarity with Masjid Al-Aqsa (Haram al-Sharif)

* The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem is considered the most holiest site in Christianity.


Watch a short clip of me speaking in Sydney, Australia last week, at the Crescent Institute,on the subject of extremism and the importance of unity, of Muslims and non-Muslims sticking together in these dark times.

“If we want to defeat extremism of all types then we have to stick together. We have to stand together, be united and focus on what unites us, not sets us apart.”

For a chance to join Monday night’s live Q&A audience with Mehdi Hasan simply share this video with the hashtag #MehdiAtCI and like us on Facebook!

Hey Sydney folks, last chance to buy tickets for tonight’s speech and Q&A with me on ‘defeating extremism’:

Mehdi Hasan | Sydney

Defeating Extremism. Whether it’s religious extremism or extremism of the far right – what can we in the West do to halt the seemingly unstoppable wave of populism and violence sweeping the globe? Making the case for moderation and solidarity in an age of intolerance and disorder, and debunking plen…

It’s been 1 year since this happened and this weekend will be filled with memorials and tributes. These were my thoughts immediately after the shooting but I’m not sure they were fully developed then. Truthfully, I was numb. I will never forget the gunshots and the sights of that night. But we have to remain committed to ending the violence and injustices that keep robbing families of their loved ones.


Minutes before the shooting. Still trying to process what happened in #Dallas last night. I’m grateful for my life as I’ve never experienced before last night what it’s like to run for your life as gunshots are constantly being rattled off. I’ve never experienced being holed up in a hotel lobby while people pray that a gunman doesn’t walk in which is exactly what happened minutes after. I’m deeply saddened by the loss of innocent police lives that were there to protect this peaceful demonstration against police brutality. Those people killed had nothing to do with the actions of those who wore the same uniform as them as they took innocent lives, just like the murderers last night have nothing to do with the thousands of peaceful protestors marching. I went last night to show solidarity. I listened to mothers who lost their children to police brutality speak of their pain. I listened to the father of the young girl in McKinney who was brutalized by an officer on video last year speak of his pain. I listened to my colleague and friend from Faith Forward Dallas, Dr. Michael Waters, remind people of how to channel that pain. I was reminded once again of the despair that so many of our black brothers and sisters have in a broken system that has failed them for so long. I’ve been to many of these events in the past, but yesterday was different. We marched and chanted #BlackLivesMatter because the world needs to hear it. For too long, they have not in this country and in many parts of the world. But violence is never the answer. Violence breeds more violence. Clearly these attackers coordinated this before the protest, and carried out their attacks just as the protest ended. They have nothing to do with us. We marched for peace and for the end of senselessness that deprives children of their parents, not to deprive the children of those innocent officers killed last night of their own.

Fear mongers score many short-term victories, but eventually generate so much paranoia that their followers turn on them and each other.

Unity requires long-term relationship building and for people to dig deep inside of themselves and relinquish the fear of the other. But once that unity is harnessed into collaboration, we’re collectively incorruptible.


Eid Mubarak to you and yours, wherever or whenever in the world you’re celebrating. Pray for peace. Pray for unity. On this blessed day, here’s a video of an old speech of mine urging unity between the different Muslim schools and sects, pls do watch and share…

A beautiful reminder by Mehdi Hasan about the need, now more than ever, for unity amongst Muslims around the world…

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Our brothers and sisters from among the refugees of Syria are more deserving and needy of your Zakat.

Through this link you can donate your Zakat securely via the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR): https://donate.unhcr.org/gu-en/zakat

Fatwa outlining the permissibility of UNHCR receiving Zakat donations and distributing them among needy people.
http://unhcrzakatfatwa.com/

If you’re unable to donate, then at least spread the message:

Zakat – The UN Refugee Agency

I call on everyone to dedicate their Zakat this year to Syrian refugees as a way to express solidarity with Syrian people #Zakati4Refugees @UNHCR_Arabic.

Most calls for justice are drowned out by calls for peace.

Most calls for the oppressed to be given their rights are drowned out by calls for unity.

Peace and unity are beautiful ideals, but are often falsely invoked to ensure that status quo remains firmly in place.

Tension is often necessary to ensure true peace and unity.

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “How can God honor a nation that doesn’t protect it’s vulnerable ones from being exploited by it’s powerful ones.” (Bukhari)