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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)

Beautiful words from Ustadh Abu Eesa in Manchester…

Abu Eesa

I know my beautiful city of Manchester is wounded badly right now but please give me a moment to express the following:

Dear Muslims:

We’ve dreaded this moment for ever, the day that terror comes home to our midst as if there wasn’t enough of it in the world already.

As believers, you already know that there’s no such thing as “other people’s children”. OUR children in OUR community were intentionally targeted by terrorists who have no bottom level of depravity. They took Alan Henning away from us in Syria, and now they took our children and neighbours from us in Manchester.

Many of you are scared and uncertain and I understand that. We hugged our loved ones that bit more, worried as to what might happen to them. Those wearing the Niqab or maybe even the Hijab hesitated for an extra moment just to go outside. Some will even avoid leaving home entirely this week. It never matters what the actual facts are about a terrorist attack, Muslims shockingly *always* have to assume that people will blame us because inevitably a significantly loud portion of our society WILL do exactly that, regardless of the truth.

But you don’t have the luxury of hiding away. You are a MUSLIM. Your community DEPENDS upon you, and if it doesn’t then it SHOULD. We were sent to SERVE our community, not be served by them. It comes in the job description. We cannot stay inside now and make this about US regardless of what happens over the next few difficult weeks and months as people in their anger and confusion demand answers that we genuinely cannot give.

Our principle responsibility is to those who have directly lost their child, sibling, parent, family member or friend, and we have to do whatever we can (as my previous messages have outlined) to support our wider community in its time of need despite not feeling safe or confident to go out and live and serve normally.

There’s two things I want you to do:

1. Pray. And I mean properly. Pray. Nothing will calm your fear and uncertainty as much as putting your tawakkul in your Lord to send down love, mercy and safety to all those who are suffering right now.

2. Trust your city and its brilliant people. Manchester knows the difference between you as a person practising your faith, and the criminals who try to hijack it. And if you come across folks who don’t know the difference, then SHOW them that difference by being the awesome Muslim you really are.

Dear non-Muslims:

I know how difficult it can be to have faith in your neighbours and fellow Muslim citizens when all of your senses around you are telling you something different. We wish we could change the narrative that is presented to you, but we’re struggling. You have to believe us that your Muslim friend, colleague, employee, boss and just general fellow citizen is at his or her’s wit’s end on how to get rid of these cursed terrorists from our lives.

I agree with you. We can’t just blame foreign policy, or their personal social circumstances or whatever. There is an undoubted intentional desire to distort Islam for the Terrorists’ own hideous ideology, even if there wasn’t a single possible grievance in the world. We just have to trust the security services to bring these perpetrators to justice just as they protect us every day from daily failed attacks, and we trust behind the scenes our scholars and leaders to continue guiding the lost out of this criminal insanity just like the many they have saved without the public ever being aware of it.

My friends, there are no short-cuts in dealing with the grief in our city and it is a priority, but the Muslims need your support too. Please realise the *huge* impact of a word of reassurance and solidarity, with a people who are exactly like you but have a different colour or faith. They are DESPERATE to help, but many will be paralyzed by this horrific tragedy and don’t know how to respond. We have NOTHING to do with these evil vermin but then we have everything to do with them in the eyes of the masses, and that’s what creates more fear and division.

To Everyone:

Lives have been changed forever. What the rest of us must do is to not let the terrorists define the narrative that follows. Our response of love and unity right now is the worst possible result for these scum, so let’s give it to them in buckets.

#ManchesterStrong

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/muslims-for-manchester-victims

I will be in DC tomorrow, but requesting everyone in Dallas to be here with your families for #justiceforjordan Join Mothers Against Police Brutality, Family of Jordan Edwards, Faith Forward Dallas, Dallas NAACP, Texas Organizing Project, North Texas Dream Team, TransLation, Texas Equal Access Fund, Faith in Texas and others this Saturday to lay a wreath at the courthouse door in memory of every life lost to police violence, in honor of every mother who lost a child at the hands of police, and in support of the ongoing struggle for justice in Balch Springs, in Dallas, in Washington, and throughout America.

Please bring white flowers!

We ask that you wear red in solidarity!

If you have any questions, please call 214-454-3980 or 214-683-2493.

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Tonight… On Saturday, April 29th, 2017, fifteen year old High School freshman Jordan Edwards was fatally shot and killed by a police officer as he and a group of friends were driving away from a party. Police officers initially stated that upon arriving to the scene of the party, gunshots were heard and the car that Jordan was in was backing towards them “aggressively,” prompting the officer to fire into the vehicle, striking and killing Jordan. Monday, after body camera footage was reviewed, this was found to not be true, and the police chief of Balch Springs, Jonathan Haber, even stated that the shooting “did not meet the core values” of their department. In other words, it should not have happened, and Jordan Edwards should still be alive today.

Unfortunately, it did, and another family is now grieving a life taken far too soon. Edwards was a straight A student and athlete who was loved by both his family and his peers, and on Thursday, May 4th, 2017, we will come together as a community to honor him and his memory with a candlelight vigil at Virgil T. Irwin Park in Balch Springs, just a few blocks away from where this tragedy took place. Faith leaders Pastor Michael Waters, Iman Omar Suleiman, Rabbi Elana Zelony, Pastor Michael Bowie, Dr. Irie Lyn Session, and Pastor William Carlsie will be in attendance to speak and offer words of prayer. Mother’s Against Police Brutality are an odficial sponsor of this event.

It is heartrending that yet again, we must come together as a community to mourn the taking of a life so young by people who are supposed to protect and to serve. But we will come together in a show of solidarity with the family and community mourning the loss of this bright young light.

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The big day is tomorrow and people need to be on time. For Muslims who need to pray, prayer accommodations will be made at Guadalupe Cathedral (meeting site for march) for Dhuhur prayer between 1-2 pm! Be there early to find parking and get to the site. Looking forward to seeing you all. OFFICIAL WEBPAGE:
https://www.megamarch2017.com/

OFFICIAL HASHTAG:
#MegaMarch2017
Please use this to share your images of the march.

Donate:
https://www.gofundme.com/2017megamarch

Time to MARCH and stand together, in solidarity, as a COMMUNITY. Time to speak up for the voices that often go unheard. Time to beat hate with love. Time to fight for the generations to come. Time to show that our community is unified. Vamos a marchar por nuestra gente!

On April 9, 2017, our city will come together to bring hope to the most vulnerable, help break barriers and build bridges between people from all walks of life that want to help, that want to stand together. Educators and students, families and young professionals, workers and employers, public servants and business owners. We ARE one community, one voice.

Let’s help our community to know the truth of Martin Luther King Jr’s words, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that”. To believe the calls of Cesar Chavez, ““There’s no turning back…We will win. We are winning because ours is a revolution of mind and heart…” Unity is power. Un pueblo unido, jamas es vencido.

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On April 9th, my co-chairs at Faith Forward Dallas and I will speak alongside Martin Luther King III, Danny Glover, Jaimie Foxx, Andrew Young, and a slate of federal, state, and city officials at this historic march. Over 100,000 people are expected. I can’t emphasize how important it is that everyone from Texas attend this. Make the drive if you’re anywhere near Dallas for this historic day. Please share this everywhere! OFFICIAL WEBPAGE:
https://www.megamarch2017.com/

Donate:
https://www.gofundme.com/2017megamarch

Time to MARCH and stand together, in solidarity, as a COMMUNITY. Time to speak up for the voices that often go unheard. Time to beat hate with love. Time to fight for the generations to come. Time to show that our community is unified. Vamos a marchar por nuestra gente!

On April 9, 2017, our city will come together to bring hope to the most vulnerable, help break barriers and build bridges between people from all walks of life that want to help, that want to stand together. Educators and students, families and young professionals, workers and employers, public servants and business owners. We ARE one community, one voice.

Let’s help our community to know the truth of Martin Luther King Jr’s words, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that”. To believe the calls of Cesar Chavez, ““There’s no turning back…We will win. We are winning because ours is a revolution of mind and heart…” Unity is power. Un pueblo unido, jamas es vencido.

PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR ALL UPDATED INFORMATION/PRINTABLE INFORMATION/ TRANSPORTATION

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MEGAMARCH2017.COM PARA MAS INFORMACION

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I’m grateful to the University of Texas at Arlington for hosting such a fantastic program tonight. The President and entire administration were present. Other universities should take note and host programs for their faculties and student bodies as well!


“Understanding Diversity through Faith” is a compelling discussion about inclusion, unity and community. Rabbi Elena Zelony, Rev. Michael Waters, and Imam Omar Suleiman are encouraging us all to listen, respect, and learn. #CommunityThatCares

Samedi, un rassemblement aura lieu sur Paris, organisé par le collectif Salam For Yemen au Parvis des Libertés et des Droits de l’Homme 75116 Paris France, à 16h.


Salam For Yemen organise le samedi 25 mars prochain un rassemblement de
solidarité pour le Yémen à Paris.

تنظم جمعية سلام من اجل اليمن SFY
وقفة تضامن مع اليمن في باريس يوم السبت القادم

SFY organizes a rally in solidarity with Yemen in Paris next Saturday, 25th of March .

Salam For Yemen vous invite à participer à un rassemblement à Paris,
samedi prochain 25 mars de 16h00 à 18h00 .
Lieu : Parvis des Libertés et des Droits de l’Homme, Trocadéro
75116 Paris
Métro Trocadéro

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93 years without the Caliphate:
On this day March 3rd 1923:
Quote from former British foreign secretary lord Curzon:-

“We must put an end to anything which brings about any Islamic unity between the sons of the Muslims. The situation now is that Turkey is dead and will never rise again, because we have destroyed its moral strength, the Caliphate and islam”.

But they cannot!

They wish to extinguish the light of Allah with their mouths, but Allah is to perfect His light, even though the disbelievers dislike (it). 61.8

93 years without the Caliphate – History, reality and the future

Dilly Hussain is the deputy editor of 5Pillars. You can follow him on Twitter @DillyHussain88 “We must put an end to anything which brings about any Islamic unity between the sons of the Muslims. The situation now is that Turkey is dead and will never rise again, because we have destroyed its mora…

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“We will not allow an extremist 10,000 miles away or an extremist in the White House to pit us against one another.”

Dallas Morning News video from yesterday’s solidarity protest. Shout out to the organizers who put on a flawless rally.

“Why don’t you tone it down?”

People cannot be brutalized, then blamed when they are skeptical of peace initiatives and gestures that are engineered to only further their oppression. When “talking” is really about silencing, it is dangerously counterproductive. The quest for peace should entail undoing the damages of the transgressions that invoked a need for contention and a subsequent call for unity in the first place. Boycotts and non-violent resistance movements exist to level the playing field so that talks can actually be substantial.

“Any call to racial reconciliation without a plan for racial reparation and community restoration is all about assimilation into the dominant culture.” – Michael W. Waters

A call to all mosques around the country to join in solidarity to protect the vulnerable.

Open Letter: Muslim Spiritual Leaders Pledge to Join the Sanctuary Movement

With reports of ICE raids taking place across the country, and rumors of more executive actions targeting immigrants, it’s crucial now more than ever that we as Muslims join together to support the movement to create sanctuaries for immigrants and refugees of all faiths and backgrounds, documented and undocumented, and anyone else who feels marginalized or frightened during this hateful environment.

We’re proud to join leaders including Imam Omar Suleiman, Imam Suhaib Webb, Imam Taha Hassane, Sr. Aisha Al-Adawiya, Dr. Dalia Fahmy, Sr. Dalia Mogahed, Imam Dawud Walid, Dr. Jonathan Brown, and Shaykh Khalil Abdul Rashid, in calling on Muslim leaders across the U.S. to join the sanctuary movement.

PLEASE SHARE WIDELY: We must rise up and fight back against fear and hatred. We must love and protect each other.

Our Three Winners is joining #LoveArmy to further the legacy of Deah Barakat, his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, and her sister Razan – who lost their lives two years ago on February 10th in a tragic hate crime murder committed by their next door neighbor.

Here’s what YOU can do:
Perform an act of kindness, service or solidarity for your neighbor or fellow community member this week. Then, join thousands of others and share your #LoveThyNeighbor sign and your experience with the hashtags #LoveThyNeighbor, #LoveArmy, and #OurThreeWinners

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Stand Against Hate, Stand Up For Love & Continue Deah, Yusor, and Razan’s Legacy of Service and Philanthropy

While some choose to concentrate on all the negativity surrounding us, we should choose to see the positive.

Never before has there been such an outpouring of support for the Muslim community in our lands. Mass demonstrations and protests show how frustrated average citizens are. Lawyers are volunteering their services and helping detained travelers for free. Judges are standing up to executive orders. People are forming circles within which Muslims can pray in peace. Mayors declaring their cities to be safe zones where no one will be arrested for immigration status.

One of the positives that results from trying times is that you get to see your true friends from your enemies. Some who claim to be in the Muslim community are bending over backwards to actually support and defend these policies. These people follow in the footsteps of Abdullah b. Ubay b. Salūl, the leader of the hypocrites.

On the other hand, so many from outside of our faith are showing that they wish to stand up for justice and freedom, and remain faithful to the values upon which their countries were founded upon.These are the Mut’im b. Adi’s of our time who speak out against their own people’s injustices; the Abu Talib’s who are willing to suffer in solidarity with the Muslims even if it means physical pain and financial boycott; and the Mukhayriq’s who will even die defending their values and upholding their covenants for the sake of truth.

Even if we disagree theologically with Mutim, Abu Talib, and Mukhayriq (and others in the Seerah of a similar nature), we also learn that not only must we take their help, we should also appreciate them for it and thank them in whatever way possible.

Cooperating with other people in a good cause, regardless of their beliefs or lifestyles, and appreciating their work for religious freedom, and acknowledging their efforts on our behalf, does not in any way comprise our own theological beliefs. And we also learn from the Seerah that it is not a requirement to point out our differences with people at the very moment that they are helping us! We can praise Abu Talib’s sacrifices without having to mention his idolatry, and Mukhayriq’s contributions without having to mention his specific religious beliefs. There is a time and a place for everything.

We need all the help we can get. And in the end, it is Allah who is our ultimate protector and Mawla.


The sweetest protestor I met. Meet Nancy who wears hijab out of solidarity.