Texas Imam “killing civilians and whatnot” “But we cannot ignore provocation”

Texas Imam “killing civilians and whatnot” “But we cannot ignore provocation”

Premiered Nov 2, 2020 Imam Yasir Qadhi is responding on, Thinking Muslim’ Podcast: Difficult Questions About the Situation in France, the increasing tensions in France, that has, in the last several days, been stricken with two jihadist attacks. French teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded & 3 people in church in Niece were killed an elderly woman was decapitated.

The following description is from Imam Yasir Qadhi’s you tube channel: Shaykh, Dr. Yasir Qadhi speaks about the French Policy towards Muslims, the potential for the ‘French model’ to be exported to other countries where Muslims are a minority. He also touches on the Islamic justifications for violence, how we (Muslims) should defend the honour of the Messenger of Allah. (SAW) Below is an excerpt of this interview.

If you listen to my lectures throughout Al Qaeda and ISIS era I was always without exception bringing up American foreign policy as a primary cause of those jihadist movements. I gave a number of lectures that went viral. That once again, yes I criticize the beheading of journalists. I criticize a lot of the errant views that Al Qaeda and ISIS had and the killing civilians and whatnot. But I never stop speaking of the broad picture which is, these movements are, a reaction to your invasion

The same applies over here now. What we’re seeing now is wrong. What these people are doing is wrong. But we cannot ignore provocation. We cannot ignore…

This is what I call it asymmetric warfare. You have the state on one side, you have the media, you have the president, on one side that is prodding and poking and provoking and wanting to incite, continuously demonizing the entire faith. And on the other side you have a bunch of citizens like us expected to monitor each and every individual. That’s impossible… It is the government that should think about its future course of action. Not as a threat to for a future attack but as a sensible policy. In this case secularism has become an excuse to be anti-Muslim. Therefore even when this one attack happened, or three attacks or two attacks, we criticize those attacks. But we always jump to the broader narrative. And Allah knows best this is what has been my philosophy pretty much from the beginning.

Shaykh Yasir Qadhi is a Pakistani-American Islamic scholar, theologian and preacher. Since 2001, he has served as Dean of Academic Affairs at the Al-Maghrib Institute, an international Islamic educational institution with a center in Houston, Texas. He also taught in the Religious Studies department at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. He is currently the resident scholar of the East Plano Islamic Center in Plano, Texas.

Qadhi has written numerous books and lectured widely on Islam and contemporary Muslim issues. A 2011 The New York Times Magazine essay by Andea Elliott described Qadhi as “one of the most influential conservative clerics in American Islam.

Qadhi was previously affiliated with the Salafi movement but has since left the movement and now identifies as a Sunni.

Texas Imam: France is blatantly Islamophobic & Xenophobic. Muslims say Enough is Enough

Texas Imam: France is blatantly Islamophobic & Xenophobic. Muslims say Enough is Enough

In the weeks prior to Nov 2, 2020, France has been stricken with two jihadist attacks. French teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded and 3 people in a church were killed, including an elderly woman who was decapitated. American Imam Yasir Qadhi, a world renowned Islamic leader, is responding to the backlash.

Interview with ‘The Thinking Muslim’ Podcast: Difficult Questions About the Situation in France  Premiered Nov 2, 2020

The following description is from Imam Yasir Qadhi’s youtube channel:

Shaykh Dr. Yasir Qadhi speaks about the French Policy towards Muslims, the potential for the ‘French model’ to be exported to other countries where Muslims are a minority. He also touches on the Islamic justifications for violence, how we should defend the honour of the Messenger of Allah. (SAW) Below is an excerpt of the lecture.

“Again I reiterate our loyalties are to our creator not to our nation state. As for France, I’ve only been three times, I think. I agree with you. And of course I have met many French Muslims. I agree with you the xenophobia, Islamophobia, I really don’t know of any other Western country in the world that is more blatantly Islamophobic than France. I do not know of any other country. Now that is frightening because France has the highest percentage of Muslims of any – the entire Western world. Those two facts together do not bode well for the future. That’s all I will say – do not bode well. If you study history, and the exacerbations going on, tit for tat, at what point do the Muslims say enough is enough?” Video Excerpt

Shaykh Yasir Qadhi is a Pakistani-American Islamic scholar, theologian and preacher. Since 2001, he has served as Dean of Academic Affairs at the Al-Maghrib Institute, an international Islamic educational institution with a center in Houston, Texas. He also taught in the Religious Studies department at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. He is currently the resident scholar of the East Plano Islamic Center in Plano, Texas.

Qadhi has written numerous books and lectured widely on Islam and contemporary Muslim issues. A 2011 The New York Times Magazine essay by Andea Elliott described Qadhi as “one of the most influential conservative clerics in American Islam.

Qadhi was previously affiliated with the Salafi movement but has since left the movement and now identifies as a Sunni.

The following are excerpts from Islam Q&A academic, educational and da‘wah website supervised by Shaykh Muhammad Saalih al-Munajjid, dealing with the topic of execution for insult or blasphemy.

Defaming the Prophet PBUH is a kind of kufr. If that is done by a Muslim then it is apostasy on his part, and the authorities have to defend the cause of Allaah and His Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) by executing the one who defamed him.

If a Muslim hears a Christian or anyone else defaming the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) he has to denounce him in strong terms. It is permissible to insult that person because he is the one who started it. How can we not stand up the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)? It is also obligatory to report him to the authorities who can carry out the punishment on him. If there is no one who can carry out the hadd punishment of Allaah and stand up for the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) then the Muslim has to do whatever he can.

That is because there is no room for compromise with regard to the rights of Allaah but there is room for compromise when it comes to the rights of human beings. 

from al-Adaab al-Shar’iyyah (1/237-238) 

The ruling of execution because of a word that somebody utters is what the Muslim scholars call al-riddah (apostasy). What is apostasy and what constitutes apostasy? What is the ruling on the apostate (al-murtadd)? 

Texas Imam: Islamic Terror attacks Fuel Islamophobia Taking a Toll on the Muslim Community

Texas Imam: Islamic Terror attacks Fuel Islamophobia Taking a Toll on the Muslim Community

Premiered Nov 2, 2020, Interview with Imam Yasir Qadhi on ‘The Thinking Muslim’ Podcast: Difficult Questions About the Situation in France.

Question

But I think it would be remiss of me not to mention the events currently unfolding in Niece. Yet again, France is subject to another set of murders. Initially, reports suggest that Muslims may be involved. You said that after the killing of Samuel Paty, that Muslims should stop condemning. Yet after today’s attack you did condemn these crimes. But doesn’t that condemnation imply some level of culpability on behalf of the Muslim community? Can you explain your thinking behind this, Sheikh?

Yasir Qadhi: To be precise it wasn’t that I said we should stop condemning unconditionally. I was contextualizing and saying that we need to understand where that anger is stemming from.  And that the onslaught of terror that France & Europe – and I did, even in the hutba (sermon). I explicitly said that what that individual did was wrong. So we need to be a little bit more careful because we have so many different demographics that we’re dealing with. It’s well nigh impossible to say something that’s not going to offend one demographic. Which means we need to forget about offending or not, and we need to think a little bit more to speaking the truth, speaking the reality. So we are now caught between a rock and a hard place. We have, on the one side, our own Muslim community that has been burnt and scarred. That Our Prophet PBUH has been ridiculed and threatened… They have just been completely rinsed out for the last decade and a half. Always having to condemn, always having to be on the defensive, and they are simply tired. They really are tired and they have every right to be tired. For how long are we going to be expected to, as you said, condemn or apologize on behalf of somebody that has nothing to do with us?  The narrative of radical Islam, the narrative of Muslims and Islam has an inherent problem with violence. And even the more broad-minded amongst them, even the more tolerant amongst them, are saying “okay, the majority of Muslims are not terrorists but the majority of terrorists are Muslims”. They have bought that narrative. And we need to work to challenge that narrative of the mainstream. We need to understand their narrative and then work to change it.  The way that’s going to happen is by getting out of our safety zone and bubble from within our own community and to acknowledge that, you know what, they have been miss-fed a series of lies and narratives that is incorrect. In order to battle that we are going to have to say things that – I don’t like to apologize for what happened. I don’t. It’s not my business to do that.

Shaykh Yasir Qadhi is a Pakistani-American Islamic scholar, theologian and preacher. Since 2001, he has served as Dean of Academic Affairs at the Al-Maghrib Institute, an international Islamic educational institution with a center in Houston, Texas. He also taught in the Religious Studies department at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. He is currently the resident scholar of the East Plano Islamic Center in Plano, Texas.

Qadhi has written numerous books and lectured widely on Islam and contemporary Muslim issues. A 2011 The New York Times Magazine essay by Andea Elliott described Qadhi as “one of the most influential conservative clerics in American Islam. Qadhi was previously affiliated with the Salafi movement but has since left the movement and now identifies as a Sunni.

Muslims Face Hardship Navigating  Intersectionality Between Shari’a & Democracy

Muslims Face Hardship Navigating Intersectionality Between Shari’a & Democracy

Texas Imam, Yale PhD scholar Yasir Qadhi: What is the Ruling on Blasphmy? Lecture premiered Nov 3, 2020. The beading of French teacher Samuel Paty happened days prior to this lecture. Below in an excerpt

“The fourth question Muslim minorities, us, in America, in England, in France, in Canada, in Australia, in Germany and across the European and Western worlds. We are living in secular democracies. We are living as a minority and we all understand that the laws of the land are based on sources that are not our sources. So what is the responsibility of Muslims living in Western lands vis-a-vis the laws found in the classical books and the rulings pertaining to any type of judgment that is of a penal nature ie: criminal law that are found in the Shari’a?” Complete video

Muslim scholars teach that implementing Islamic Law is a moral duty of Believing Muslim. Bilal Philips in Australia.

In 2017 the European Court heard a case where sharia law was applied to a disagreement between citizens of Greece who are Muslims.

Christian Concern (CC), a non-profit organization based in London, intervened in the case, “because of the importance of the case in European law and its implications for countries across Europe, including the UK,” according to a press statement by CC.

According to Dieppe, an estimated 85 sharia courts operate in the UK. “The use of Sharia has led to the promotion of parallel societies within the United Kingdom,”

Throughout Europe there are Shari’a law tribunals. Some experts will say “While there are undoubtedly lots of different councils and tribunals dealing with Shari’a principles, they aren’t courts of law. Most are Shari’a ‘councils’ set up to make decisions on purely religious matters, although there are some bodies that mix Shari’a principles with legally binding arbitration. But none can overrule the regular courts. However civilly undocumented marriages are performed when a second wife is taken.

The following are excerpt from Islam Q&A academic, educational and da‘wah website supervised by Shaykh Muhammad Saalih al-Munajjid, dealing with the topic of Muslims dealing with non-Islamic laws.

The statement that whoever does not judge according to what Allaah revealed is a kaafir, a zaalim (oppressor or wrongdoer) and a faasiq (sinner), as Allaah says: “. . . And whoever does not judge by what Allaah has revealed, such are the kaafiroon.” [aayah 44]; “. . . And whoever does not judge by that which Allaah has revealed, such are the zaalimoon (polytheists and wrongdoers)” [aayah 45]; “. . . And whoever does not judge by what Allaah has revealed (then) such (people) are the faasiqoon (rebellious or disobedient).” [aayah 47].

Referring for judgment to courts of man-made law which is contrary to sharee’ah is not permissible; the same applies to working in them and applying those laws among people.

The scholars of the Standing Committee for Issuing Fatwas were asked: What is the ruling on referring for judgment to American law in a dispute between Muslims, with regard to cases of divorce, commerce and other matters? 

They replied: It is not permissible for a Muslim to refer for judgment to man-made laws.