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: 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.

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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.

Imam: “Macron, Sorry I cannot Control It” “Allah! Protect Muslims That Stand for Islam”

Imam: “Macron, Sorry I cannot Control It” “Allah! Protect Muslims That Stand for Islam”

French teacher Samuel Paty showed cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in a class on free speech. Several days later he was beheaded by a Muslim migrant. The French government, in a show of solidarity with the teacher & free speech, displayed cartoons of Prophet Mohammad on Buildings.

American Imam, Karim Abu Zaid, gave a lecture that was uploaded in November 2020, shortly after the beheading crisis, to the Muslim community regarding the deep anger Muslims feel regarding insult of the Prophet.

“Someone is insulting, Messenger of Allah [Prophet Mohammad] peace be upon him [PBUH], depicting him in cartoons. The whole Ummha [Muslim community] is rising, is saying we can’t take that… You see I understand if a non-Muslim feels this way because they are not educated about the love. They are not informed about the love which Allah, Glorified & Exalted be He [GEBH] placed in the hearts of every Muslim for Muhammad PBUH. Brothers and sisters in Islam, you need to understand this and non-Muslims don’t understand this. Your success in this world is contingent to realize how much can you mimic, can you copy, Muhammad PBUH in your life. When you eat, you eat with your right hand and you say ‘in the name of Allah’ [bismillah] because he did that. When you sleep you sleep on your right side, and you recite Ayat Kursi [Quran 2:255 “Allah! There is no God worthy of worship except him] because he did that. When you wake up you make a dua [prayer to Allah]. When you get out of your house you make the dua [prayer to Allah].  When you get in your car you say: ‘Exalted is he who has subjected this to us’ Quran 43:14] because he did that. When you enter the bathroom you enter with your left because he did that. You see, your success in this world is in living his character, his legacy. Not only that, being kind. Not only that, being tolerant. Not only that, helping the poor, helping the needy, standing for the truth, upholding your kinship ties. That is who Muhammad is. The one who we’re trying to bring back into our lives, to pray like him, to fast like him, to make wudu [washing ritual] like him, to perform  hajj [pilgrimage  to Mecca] like him, to pay, zakat [charity] The way he told us to pay the zakat. That’s who he is, brothers and sisters in Islam, for a Muslim. That is why this love is instilled in the hearts. I have no control over it. I’m sorry, I’m sorry I have no control over it… [Angel Gabriel] Jibril will call upon the angels to love him. And then his love will be placed in the hearts of the believers. I have no control over it. I’m sorry. And with love comes jealousy. The love, affection and jealousy are twins. Love, and if you love your wife, if she looks at another man you’re going to be upset and jealous if you have running blood in your veins… So why are we blamed, rebuked, for showing this love?

Yes, there are certain things brothers and sisters in Islam we cannot do. We cannot do. We live here. We cannot do it…

Allah is the one who knows where he places his message. He chose Muhammad PBUH to be the final messenger for humanity and he commanded us  ‘Say,[O Mohammad], Praise be to Allah, and his servants whom He has chosen,’  [Quran27:59] And always make sure that you send peace, you talk peace, you respect, you honor the slaves of Allah, the messengers whom he chose, whom he selected… We ask Allah GEBH to protect the Muslims, to protect this religion, to protect those who stand for this religion at this time. There is a time, we live in the time brother and sisters in Islam, it’s very hard to find a standout individuals for this deen [religion of Islam]. Stand out, properly, correctly, wisely. We ask Allah GEBH that we are able to cultivate in the next generation that standout characters for Islam and Muslims. O Allah, the Lord of the Worlds

There are many subtle intricacies that need further explanation in order for the reader to fully appreciate the full meaning of Imam Abu Zaid Karim’s lecture.

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We have heard about the Westerners making fun of the Prophet PBUH and mocking him. What should our attitude be towards that? How should we defend the Prophet PBUH?

 …and we are prepared to sacrifice our lives in defence of the Messenger of Allaah PBUH – is nevertheless something which brings us glad tidings of their doom, and tells us that the end of their supremacy is at hand. 

When the Muslims besieged a stronghold and its people resisted, then they heard them mocking and reviling the Prophet PBUH, they would sense that victory was at hand, and it would only be a short time before Allaah granted them victory, to avenge His Messenger PHUH. 

A clear message was sent to the West: that we Muslims will never accept to see our religion insulted or humiliated, or any transgression against our Messenger PBUH. We will all sacrifice ourselves for him.  

It is essential to respond to those who defame the Prophet PBUH

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.

Cartoon Beheading Crisis. American Imam Implies Muslims in France are Victims of Genocide

Cartoon Beheading Crisis. American Imam Implies Muslims in France are Victims of Genocide

French teacher Samuel Paty showed cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in a class on free speech. Several days later he was beheaded by a Muslim migrant. The French government, in a show of solidarity with the teacher & free speech, displayed cartoons of Prophet Mohammad on Buildings.

Omar Suliman is an American Muslim scholar, civil rights leader, writer. He is the Founder and President of Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research, and an Adjunct Professor of Islamic Studies at Southern Methodist University. He is currently the Resident Scholar of the Valley Ranch Islamic Center and the Co-Chair Emeritus of Faith Forward Dallas at Thanks-Giving Square, a multi-faith coalition of clergy for peace and justice. Below is an excerpt of that lecture.

Genocides are carried out in the name of assimilation. But this is what we have with this problem. This is what we have at this juncture. It is not Islam that has the problem. It is France that has the problem. …and that subjugation affects all of us. That type of behavior affects all of us. And you see it in France where you have the prophet PBUH portrayed in the worst of ways. Insulted in the worst of ways. …Our brothers and sisters are living these days’ rights now where they are walking in the street and harassed just for being Muslim and targeted. Their institutions are being shut down right and left. They are being taunted and provoked over and over again and told that they are the problem, not the systemic bigotry and racism that’s being leveled towards them. And so our hearts are with our brothers and sisters there and of course with our brothers and sisters all over the world that are subjugated and suffering in this way. Our hearts are with them. And we want them to know that their steadfastness is seen by us all as well as we see their steadfastness. We see the way that they are holding their own. …And may Allah grant us that sincerity and that steadfastness and that firmness. And May Allah MHNBE allow us to remain with our deen [religion], and its fullness, with our Quran, with our Sunnah, in its fullness and not no succumb to these types of forms of oppression.

Toronto Imam; We Draw the Line at France Limiting Women’s Hijab Rights

Toronto Imam; We Draw the Line at France Limiting Women’s Hijab Rights

In light of the beheading of French teacher Samuel Paty and the displaying of the Charlie Hebdo cartoons of the Islamic Prophet Mohammad in public, senior respected Canadian Muslim leader Sayyid Rizvi released a statement that was uploaded Nov 21, 2020 concerning Emanuel Macron’s French values charter.

Bellow is an excerpt of the video titled Appropriate Reactions to Inappropriate Cartoons; France ‘Fighting Extremism’

The country that gifted the Statue of Liberty to the Americans itself is now curbing the rights of Muslim women to wear the hijab in government buildings. And now, on the pretext of fighting extremism, President Macron has asked Muslim leaders to accept a charter of Republican values… What they will do through this Charter is monitor and control the accreditation of the Imams. And this is where we have a problem with it. The charter also says that foreign interference in Muslim groups will be prohibited.

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