ICIE Town Hall Meeting – Clarifying Points on My Letter of Resignation

On behalf of myself and my family, we thank everyone for the tremendous outpouring of support for us. May Allah reward everyone of you for doing so.

I would like to post an audio clip of a short and unexpected talk I gave on Monday evening, June 29th, 2015. I had nothing to do with the orchestration of this event: several hundred people gathered to discuss aspects of my tenure at ICIE, my leadership, my psychological state and my capabilities as an Imam and Religious Director. At the behest of several of the attendees it was recommended I come down to clarify my statements. Below is the audio from that talk.


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As I wrote on Twitter,

“Let not your loss for words ever be a loss for action.”

We ask you to remove the word “sad” from your vocabulary and replace it with a sense of excitement and wonder at the works, in sha’Allah, we will produce together at the forthcoming Center.

The Craft of Effective Prayer – A Talk At UCR’s MSA

The following audio is from a talk delivered for the MSA at the University of California Riverside on March 31st, 2015. The topic was about improving prayer to make one a more effective believer.

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Extra Resources

The Shallows, by Nicholas Carr.

The Willpower Instinct, by Kelly McGonigal.

Surah al-Fatihah — Points to Ponder, by Nouman Ali Khan.

No Apology Required – A Khutbah

IMG_1452-sm It was my pleasure to have been invited to deliver a khutbah at The Muslim Association of Lehigh Valley (MALV). I chose to address the dual topics of chaos in the world and pressure upon Muslims to apologize over actions they have not committed. These are two topics challenging Muslims today, particularly in America. Our youth are bombarded with media images of so-called “Islamic” militants committing the most heinous acts imaginable. The gut reaction to these has been to deny any relation to the perpetrators of these acts in hopes of deflecting negative public opinion. While I understand this is natural reaction, it is one which can lead down a rabbit hole as well. Instead, we need to infuse our youth with the knowledge and comfort to know that simply because a person claims Islam as their religion and attempts to justify their actions based on that faith, in no way means that they are indeed Muslim. We need no greater vindication that to simply say that such acts fall outside of our faith. Period. Instead, we should be about the condemning of injustice and oppression regardless if it is perpetrated in our own zip code or thousands of miles away.

Act Now – A Khutbah

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It was with a heavy heart that I delivered my last khutbah today for the Drexel MSA in the capacity as chaplain. In truth, I have not been the chaplain at Drexel for over a year but I have, nonetheless, function as a de facto chaplain, or as the students affectionately call me, ustadh. The platform and environment that the Drexel MSA created provided me with an environment were I was able to grow and learn as a leader. For that I am eternally grateful and will miss all of the students in Drexel’s and Penn’s MSA’s.

So while some are sad, it also offers up new opportunities. I left these few words of advice:

وَأَنْفِقُوا مِنْ مَا رَزَقْنَاكُمْ مِنْ قَبْلِ أَنْ يَأْتِيَ أَحَدَكُمُ الْمَوْتُ فَيَقُولَ رَبِّ لَوْلَا أَخَّرْتَنِي إِلَىٰ أَجَلٍ قَرِيبٍ فَأَصَّدَّقَ وَأَكُنْ مِنَ الصَّالِحِينَ

وَلَنْ يُؤَخِّرَ اللَّهُ نَفْسًا إِذَا جَاءَ أَجَلُهَا ۚ وَاللَّهُ خَبِيرٌ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ

“Give from what We have provided for you before death comes to one of you and he says, ‘My Lord, if only you would give me a little more time so that I can give sadaqa and be one of the righteous!’ Allah will not give anyone more time, once their time has come. Allah is aware of what you do.” (Qur’an, 63: 10-11)