Imam Siraj Day, May 8th | The Very First Time I Met Imam Siraj – Yasir Qadhi

Yasir Qadhi and Imam Siraj Wahhaj*MM is requesting all readers to join our initial campaign of $2000 $5000 (see bottom). If you make a donation, pls add a comment to encourage others (you can be anonymous or type in your name). This is peanuts compared to what we, the Muslims, have gained from him.

NOTE: The following is transcribed from the on-line fundraiser that was conducted last week; please excuse the punctuation errors and linguistic style.

When I was only 16 years old, I was really excited because Imam Siraj Wahhaj had come to Houston, TX. “Imam Siraj is coming to Houston!” I said. “This is the first time that I’m going to see him!” This was a time when there was no internet or videos of Imam Siraj, so I had never seen what Imam Siraj looks like.

I came early to the masjid and was waiting around, but he wasn’t there yet. So I walked outside to do wudhu, and there was an elderly African American gentleman there.

He said, “Assalaamu alaykum, akhi, how you doin’?!”

I said, “Alhumdulillah, I’m doing fine,” and we had a nice conversation. But I was wondering, “Who is this guy? I’ve never seen him before.” And he was talking to me, a 16 year old at the time, wa’Allahi as if he was my uncle or something.

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“How’s everything? How’s school going?” This and that. And I’m still wondering who this guy was. Then it clicked.

I asked, “Are you Imam Siraj…?!”

He smiled, and I’ll never forget that smile, and said, “That’s what they call me, akhi!”

SubhanAllah, this is why this man is an Imam. An anonymous kid comes up to do wudhu next to him, and he strikes up a friendly, loving conversation. It was such a touching moment for me. And that just touched my heart in a way I cannot express.

My dear brothers and sisters in Islam! Imam Siraj Wahhaj is man who has raised millions upon millions of dollars for the Muslim Ummah. Now he is in a time of need.

I remind myself and you of the Hadith of the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam in which he said: “Whoever takes care of one problem of one Muslim, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala will take care of a problem of his.”

I encourage all of you to give what you can.

– Yasir Qadhi

MuslimMatters.org is joining MSA National today for Imam Siraj Day. The fundraiser from two weeks ago was short by $75,000 of the goal, and today, we’re going to join in the cause to take care of our Imam’s medical expenses.

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With that, let’s make it a goal for MuslimMatters.org readers to raise $2,000 $5,000 on Imam Siraj Day. InshaAllah the readers of MuslimMatters can easily meet this, if not more.

To donate for Imam Siraj Wahhaj’s expenses, click the button below!

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100 responses to “Imam Siraj Day, May 8th | The Very First Time I Met Imam Siraj – Yasir Qadhi”

  1. Amad says:

    Bismillah, I’ll start by matching, dollar for dollar, the next $500 that anyone donates (not pledge, but actually donatED).

  2. Anonymous says:

    Muslims in need have the RIGHT to ask their brothers and sisters for help. That is their RIGHT and our obligation to help them. Jazzak Allah khair for this opportunity. Muslims – purify your wealth and gain Allah’s pleasure by donating whatever you can ! Those who cant donate, make dua !

    Brother Amad, may Allah bless you for taking that initiative.

    Donated: $ 20

    *Amount raised thus far, including matches, $40. Left to raise: $1960*

  3. biola says:

    We are not doing Imam Siraj a favor. We are actually doing a big favor to our own souls by helping out a brethren.May Allah heal the sick, liberate the oppressed, provide for the poor and guide us all on HIS Path. Ameen.

  4. Abdullah Badr says:

    I’ve donated 101 dollars. I’m only saying this to encourage others.

    *Amount raised thus far, including matches, $242. Left to raise: $1758*

  5. SaqibSaab says:

    Just donated $25, alhumdulillah.

    *Amount raised thus far, including matches, $292. Left to raise: $1708*

  6. Farhan says:

    Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem. Assalamu Alaikum!

    May ALLAH AZAWAJAL grant him good health again & make him pass through this purification!!!
    We’ll pray to ALLAH AZAWAJALfor his quick recovery from the illness & providing him peace & Resilience during these tough moments of his life.

    Ameen

  7. Anon says:

    Donated $250

    *Amount raised thus far, including matches, $792. Left to raise: $1208*

  8. Anonymous says:

    May Allah سبحانه و تعلى grant shifa` to Imam Siraj. Let’s race, i’ve just donated $200.

    *Amount raised thus far, including matches, $1096. Left to raise: $904*

    • Amad says:

      The match’s done…. mashallah, that is awesome… with this rapid move towards the initial target, is the message from our: we need to raise the target??? $5000???
      Should we expand the race?

  9. BismiAllah says:

    $25. May Allah relieve our burdens.

    *Amount raised thus far, including matches, $1121 Left to raise: $879*

  10. how much money is need again?

    Siraaj

  11. Nihal Khan says:

    $100,000 – $150,000

    • Amad says:

      Lets not focus on the big amount or get discouraged by it, but the small amount that we are targeting. There are a multitude of other organizations that are contributing their little bit.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Donated $100 alhumdulillah

    *Amount raised thus far alhamdulillah, including matches, $1221 Left to raise: $779*

  13. mcpagal says:

    We are not doing Imam Siraj a favor. We are actually doing a big favor to our own souls by helping out a brethren.May Allah heal the sick, liberate the oppressed, provide for the poor and guide us all on HIS Path. Ameen.

    Ameen, so true!

    Also, paypal took all of 20 seconds to donate with, awesome!

  14. collegeboy says:

    Alhamdulilah just donated $20

    *Amount raised thus far alhamdulillah, including matches, $1241 Left to raise: $759*

  15. mcpagal says:

    Amad: sorry – $30

  16. Ukhti says:

    Donated $100
    salam

  17. Nihal Khan says:

    *Amount raised thus far alhamdulillah, including matches, $1371 Left to raise: $629*

  18. Anonymous says:

    Donated $50. May Allah accept from everyone!

  19. U-cef says:

    added 25$ from Marseille, Allahoma ichfi Alimam Siraj wahaj wa kouli almouslimin wa almouslimate.

    • Amad says:

      By popular demand, the target has been pushed higher, more reward, higher levels.

      FIVE THOUSAND. Think about it. We get over 5000 hits a day. If each hit was worth $1, we’d be there. I urge everyone who reads this thread: Do not turn away until you donate the maximum you can. Even if that is $500 or $5. Every dollar counts.

      Let’s do a “Sponsor a MM hit”. Each hit worth $1.00. How many hits will you sponsor?? How many visitors will you cover??

      *Amount raised thus far alhamdulillah, including matches, $1,446 (in a few hours!) Left to raise: $554 $3,554*

  20. Amatullah says:

    I’ll cover 31 visitors inshaAllah. $31.

    *Amount raised thus far alhamdulillah, including matches, $1,477 (in a few hours!) Left to raise: $3,523*

  21. donated 20$ .. it feels good! alhamdolillah.

    *Amount raised thus far alhamdulillah, including matches, $1,497 (in a few hours!) Left to raise: $3,503*

  22. AA says:

    $20 from me. May Allah give Imam Siraj shifa. May Allah give him and all us the best of this life and the next.

    *Amount raised thus far alhamdulillah, including matches, $1,517 (in a few hours!) Left to raise: $3,483*

  23. Muslimah says:

    Asalaamu Alaiakum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatu

    Alhamdulilah gave $50

    (may Allah accept, and purify all the donors for their generous donations, ameen)

    May Allah grant the Sheikh shifa, ameen

    Thanks for encouragement to do good

    Ma’Salaama

    *Amount raised thus far alhamdulillah, including matches, $1,567 (in a few hours!) Left to raise: $3,433*

  24. Abdullah Brown says:

    500 donated. Back to you, Amad….

    *Amount raised thus far alhamdulillah, including matches, $2,067; Left to raise: $2,933*

    • Amad says:

      yoohoo, we have broken the $2000 barrier. A little more than half way to our goal of $5000.

      Seems I see a little challenge from Dr. Brown. So, Dr. Brown, I take you up on it! I’ll punch in another $250 as a match for the next $500, i.e. as soon as we reach $2567, the number will jump up to $2817!

      Are you all gonna make me pay??? Back to you Doc!

  25. SaqibSaab says:

    Btw, let’s not forget to make du’a for the Imam in addition to our donations.

    O Allah, please give our Imam Siraj and all Muslims in the world in pain shifa, make their pain a means of healing towards Paradise without any punishment. Ameen!

  26. ummA says:

    $100 donated…

    may Allah accept it from me and all of us and may Allah cure our Imam and strengthen him and make him a light for our ummah

    *Amount raised thus far alhamdulillah, including matches, $2,167; Left to raise: $2,833*

  27. Anonymous says:

    payed $100.00
    MAy Allah SWT grant him Shafa

    *Amount raised thus far alhamdulillah, including matches, $2,267; Left to raise: $2,733*

  28. anonymous says:

    donated $500

    *Triggers $250 match! Amount raised thus far alhamdulillah, including matches, $3,017; Left to raise: $1,983*

  29. UmmHurairah says:

    Donated $29.95

    *Rounded to $30 :) Amount raised thus far alhamdulillah, including matches, $3,047; Left to raise: $1,953*

  30. Anonymous says:

    Just dropped $100 for the Imam


    *JazakumAllahkhair! Amount raised thus far alhamdulillah $3,147; Left to raise: $1,853*

  31. Anonymous says:

    $100.

    may Allah accept it from me and all of us and may Allah cure our Imam and strengthen him and make him a light for our ummah
    AMEEN


    *JazakumAllahkhair! Amount raised thus far alhamdulillah $3,247; Left to raise: $1,753. Number of donors: 24
    *

  32. ahmad says:

    $50 CDN, which is close to $60 US i think.

    I pray that Allah (SWT) gives our dear imam and all those who are sick and suffering shifa and patience. And that He (SWT) accepts our donations and duas.
    Ameeeen!

    Its the other way around on currency exchange. :)

    *JazakumAllahkhair! USD $43. Amount raised thus far alhamdulillah $3,290; Left to raise: $1,710. Number of donors: 25
    (Can we get to 50 donors?? ONLY 50 out of 5000 visits??) *

  33. Anon says:

    Alhamdulillah…donated $150

    *JazakumAllahkhair! Amount raised thus far alhamdulillah $3,440; Left to raise: $1,560. Number of donors: 26*

  34. Anonymous says:

    Donated $50
    May Allah subhanahu wa ta’alaa cure and heal our imam and all our brothers and sisters who are ill. May there illnesses and trials be an expiation for them….ameen

    *JazakumAllahkhair! Amount raised thus far alhamdulillah $3,490; Left to raise: $1,510. Number of donors: 27*

  35. Fatimah says:

    I love Imaam Siraaj truly for the sake of Allah (swt)…may Allah (swt) bless him with Sabr Jameelah, make his illness a source of maghfirah for him and raise him in status…ameen

  36. Irfan says:

    May Allah subhanehu we teala cure our Imam.

    I have sent check $200.

    *JazakumAllahkhair! Amount raised thus far alhamdulillah $3,690; Left to raise: $1,310. Number of donors: 28*

  37. Abu Momin says:

    my boss donated $300 a couple days ago and i donated $100. do those count?

    -Counts in the hereafter, but to keep it “honest” to the MM drive, it is related to those donations made as encouraged by this post. Jazak’Allahkhair though, it doesn’t change your reward one bit. And of course you can join our drive but stretching your donations even more :) -Editor

  38. Yasir Qadhi says:

    I gave the khutbah at Masjid al-Islam today, in New Haven, CT. It is a small African-American community in the heart of town; Imam Zayd Shakir used to be the Imam for many years.

    The second half of my khutbah was dedicated to this cause; we raised alhamdulillah 1500 dollars (but this will not be added to MM’s endeavour, as its separate) I mentioned how Imam Siraj had helped build hundreds of masjids across America.

    After the khutbah, one of the senior administrators of the masjid announced that Imam Siraj had come down twice for that very masjid, and in fact the masjid owes a lot to him personally, for his fundraisers helped build portions of it!

    May Allah cure the Imam and bless him in this life and the next!

    Yasir

  39. ahmad says:

    sorry, i meant $50 US so about $60 CDN
    ameen to the duas!

    *Updated. Amount raised thus far alhamdulillah $3,697; Left to raise: $1,303. Number of donors: 28*

  40. Suhaib Webb says:

    Asalamu alaykum,

    By Allah this is truly touching. Sh. Yasir and company this is really great. I love Muslimmatters and pray that all your efforts will be blessed.

    Suhaib Webb

    • Amad says:

      jazakAllahkhair Imam Suhaib. You have a share in ALL the MM reward, because let it be known that it was indeed you who encouraged us to participate in this Imam Siraj day.

  41. Ayesha says:

    May Allah Subhana watalla cure Imam siraj.

    Donated: $20

    *JazakumAllahkhair! Amount raised thus far alhamdulillah $3,717; Left to raise: $1,283. Number of donors: 29*

    Who is going to get us to $4000 with one swipe?? Esp. after Imam Suhaib’s encouragement??

  42. Abu Sabaya says:

    Gave $50.


    *JazakumAllahkhair! Amount raised thus far alhamdulillah $3,767; Left to raise: $1,233. Number of donors: 30*

  43. Stranger says:

    Donated $25.

    May Allah cure Imam Siraj and grant him a long life inshallah. The amount of work he has done for the Muslim community in America is mind-boggling. May Allah preserve him.


    *JazakumAllahkhair! Amount raised thus far alhamdulillah $3,792; Left to raise: $1,208. Number of donors: 31*

  44. […] read more about the $125K initiative to help cover Imam Siraj’s medical costs, or join MuslimMatter’s $5000 drive. Every little bit […]

  45. :o) says:

    AlHamdulillah for the opportunity to give something back to someone who has given us all SO much! $25 donated.
    May Allah grant Imam Siraj a speedy recovery and a long healthy life so he can continue to inspire and motivate this ummah.


    *JazakumAllahkhair! Amount raised thus far alhamdulillah $3,817; Left to raise: $1,183. Number of donors: 32*

  46. Nadia k says:

    Donated $100 May Allah grant him a speedy recovery! Ameen!


    *JazakumAllahkhair! Amount raised thus far alhamdulillah $3,917; Left to raise: $1,083. Number of donors: 33*

  47. Suhaib Webb says:

    Mashallah!

    The MCA, Muslim Community Association, informed me that they raised, not in Juma, $10,000 for the Imam! This will not be spent here, but this is awesome news.

    SDW

  48. Vegeta says:

    Suhaib Webb said: The MCA, Muslim Community Association, informed me that they raised, not in Juma, $10,000 for the Imam!

    IT’S OVER NINE THOUSAAAAAAAND!!!

  49. Student of Imam WD Mohammed (RA) says:

    Donated 100.00. May Allah grant Imam Siraj high Eman and great health!


    *JazakumAllahkhair! Amount raised thus far alhamdulillah $4,017; Left to raise: $983. Number of donors: 34*

    BROKE THE 4000 BARRIER!

  50. undisclosed says:

    donated 83.00 to bring it to an even number.


    *JazakumAllahkhair! Amount raised thus far alhamdulillah $4,100; Left to raise: $900. Number of donors: 35*

    thanks for making the math simpler!

  51. Nihal Khan says:

    I wish MuslimMatters.org could be merged into one person so I can big them a BIG hug :)

  52. M.H & O.Q says:

    $100.00


    *JazakumAllahkhair! Amount raised thus far alhamdulillah $4,200; Left to raise: $800. Number of donors: 36*

  53. Amatullah says:

    Alhamdulillah this is amazing :)

    “The similitude of believers in regard to mutual love, affection, fellow-feeling is that of one body; when any limb of it aches, the whole body aches, because of sleeplessness and fever.”

  54. hayat says:

    aselamu alikum please admin can u let me know by my email address or hear i try to donat 100 lilahi tala inchalla and i will do it on but i do not know what to fill for his state part please email me back as soon as u see my post so i will do it today.

    may allha give him peace and ager for his seber it is the tast from allha we all have diffcult time in life so we need seber may allha give him sebr in this hard time this world not worth to leave now days any way.

    take cara all and may allha give u ager for all who donate for our muslim brother

  55. daughter says:

    Asalamu alaykum

    i am a ‘new’ mulima and truly impressed and moved by the support for each other shown in this call. may allah swt bless this our cause. it is just another opportunity to do good.

    is it necessary to post the amounts donated for you to keep track ? – or do you receive and include donations through the button above?

    • Amad says:

      “daughter”: the donations are not being run through us, so we don’t know what goes through.

      This is just our way of helping each other in a race to good.

  56. Nihal Khan says:

    Only $800 left….come on!!!! :D

  57. anonymouse says:

    As salaamu alaikum,

    Just donated $100.00.

    May Allah bless him with a full and speedy recovery!


    *JazakumAllahkhair! Amount raised thus far alhamdulillah $4,300; Left to raise: $700. Number of donors: 37*

    Comeon folks, just $700!!!!

  58. Museeba_deductible says:

    Protected myself and family by giving 200$. My sheikh says charity is tax deductible and as well as museeba deductible


    *JazakumAllahkhair! Amount raised thus far alhamdulillah $4,500; Left to raise: $500. Number of donors: 38*

  59. demha99 says:

    museeba deductible is the best way to put it. specially in this day and age with all the layoffs that are happening. $250 done here.


    *JazakumAllahkhair! Amount raised thus far alhamdulillah $4,750; Left to raise: $250. Number of donors: 39*

  60. sister says:

    salam alaykum… unfortunatey UK residents who have maestro cards (like myself) can’t donate using paypal

    Does anyone know of a way around this????

    jazakhallah khairan

  61. sa says:

    Just pitched in $50


    *JazakumAllahkhair! Amount raised thus far alhamdulillah $4,800; Left to raise: $200. Number of donors: 40*

    Who will take us over the finish-line and cap this beautiful endeavor??

  62. Muslimah says:

    Masha’Allah tabarakAllah
    this is really beautiful
    Alhamdulilah for the nima of Islam and IMaan, and of brotherhood

  63. Sister says:

    Donated $200.

    May Allah make this test a tahoor for our dear Imam.

    wassalam.

  64. Nihal Khan says:

    Jazakam Allahu Khayr!!!!!

    Wanna go for $10,000?

  65. […] – Shaykh Yasir Qadhi at MuslimMatters […]

  66. SaqibSaab says:

    MashaAllah Takbir! Allahu akbar! :)

  67. Amatullah says:

    Allahu Akbar, not even 100 comments to get to $5,000 :D

    • Amad says:

      Alhamdulillahi rabil alameen. This is a testament to the type of readers we have mashallah.

      Let’s not set a new money target, let’s try to see if we can get a 50 donors?? We are at 41 right now. It would be amazing if we could get to 100, even with 5 or 10 dollars. Every dollar counts, it could be the difference in the akhira!

  68. may Allah ta`ala cure our beloved shaikh and purify him during these times..ameen.

    To me, the amazing thing about Imam Siraj is that as an African American Imam, every single community throughout N.A. loved him dearly and looked up to him…you would even find older uncles and aunties love him…subhanAllah, i pray that it is a sign of his acceptance on earth..

    Back in the old college days, I remember being in charge of our MSA’s tape collection and we had purchased the whole set from Imam Siraj..till this day, I remember his “do not get angry” lecture and “la tagthab” was probably one of the first arabic phrases that I learnt..

    Also, Imam Siraj had contributed so much to our community in S. Florida, we had hosted him many times…he has been personally been an inspiration to me and my wife and hopefully to our children… may Allah ta`ala grant him and his family a high station and ease his affairs..ameen..

    tamim

  69. Abu Aisha says:

    Assalamualaikum,

    I just gifted my self by adding my self to this list of donors. May Allah preserve SH. Siraaj and this wonderful site. May Allah make this the source of our salvation in the hereafter. Keep up with all the good work. May Allah bless us all.

    JazakaAllahu Khairan

    Abu Aisha


    *JazakumAllahkhair! Amount raised thus far alhamdulillah $5,000+; Number of donors: 41, #of donors=9*

  70. onlyeverything16 says:

    Salaam Walikum,

    Just donated $500, May Allah (swt) give shifaa to his slave who has helped so many Muslims over the years!!!


    *JazakumAllahkhair! Amount raised thus far alhamdulillah $5,500+; Number of donors: 42, #of donors left 8*

  71. Sharif says:

    As Salaamu ‘Alaykum,

    I just donated $100. May Allah (swt) cure our Imam Siraj!

    *JazakumAllahkhair! Amount raised thus far alhamdulillah $5,600+; Number of donors: 43, #of donors left 7*

  72. Anonymous Muslim Student Group says:

    assalamu `alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh

    alhamdu lil Lah by the fadl of Allah our student organization at a local university was able to raise:

    $1858.55 from jumu`ah alone

    and so far a total of: $5307.22 from Alumni and students only! in fact the Alumni only make up about $1200 of that…

    jazakum Allahu khayran

  73. Abd- Allah says:

    Imam Siraj day? wow, interesting what people come up with.

    May Allah cure him and expiate his sins.

  74. Abdullaah says:

    May Allaah bless you for this article and bless the Imam with cure~!

  75. Assalam Alaikum,

    May Allah accept from all.

    You can put a graphical indicator for the amount raised so far.

    Check out some of the techniques used on HalfDate.com

    http://halfdate.com/2009/04/02/care-for-refugees/

  76. Ibrahim says:

    Gave $100

    *JazakumAllahkhair! Amount raised thus far alhamdulillah $5,700+; Number of donors: 44, #of donors left 6*

  77. South African Sis says:

    Bismillah Ar-Rahmaan Ar-Raheem

    Donated $100 for Imam Siraj…may Allah swt accept our efforts, and grant the Imam complete Shifa, ameen.

    Wslm

    *JazakumAllahkhair! Amount raised thus far alhamdulillah $5,800+; Number of donors: 45, #of donors left 5*

  78. Nihal Khan says:

    1. A Christian Man just donated $1,000 to Imam Siraj Wahhaj!

    2. We’ve raised between $80,000 – $90,000 since the fundraiser on April 25th.

    3. MuslimMatters.org was able to raise almost $6,000 in only three days!

    4. Imam Siraj has been exercising daily…he runs 4-6 miles everyday!

    5. For the UK, Imam Siraj Day is May 15th (This Friday).

    6. An anonymous MSA in the West Coast was able to raise $8,000 on Imam Siraj Day.

    7. Imam Siraj will be making it to the ICNA Conference for one day.

    See all the updates at http://www.HelpImamSiraj.com/

  79. Fatimah says:

    Alhamdullilaah, got paid today! :)

    Donated $200 from my family and I. May Allah (swt) accept it from us and make it a source of khair for us all.

    *JazakumAllahkhair! Amount raised thus far alhamdulillah $6,000+; Number of donors: 46, #of donors left 4*
    Mash’Allah, what GREAT spirit. A wakeup call for all of us who are not relying on the next paycheck to make the donation, a spirit hard to match!

  80. shams says:

    Assalamualikum wrb
    jazakumullah khair for sharing your first meeting with Imam Siraaj
    it is touching and i believe shared by many who have met him and spend time with him
    i am 13 years younger than imam Siraj. sheik Yasir Qadi probably thought when he was 16 everyone older than him were “elderly”. i can,t wait to see Imam Siraaj and Shaik Yasir Qadi both together again hope fully soon at upcoming ICNA inshallah. may Allah reward you for excellant work you do and give all our spiritual leaders a long and healthy life. May allah accept all our good deeds and save us from hell.
    shams

  81. Maruf says:

    Assalamualaikum – Donated $25

  82. Mustafa says:

    AssalaamuAlaikum,
    I just donated $100.
    Can some one provide us with an update on how the Imam is doing?
    May Allah cure him, and elevate his rank in the sight of Allah (swt).

  83. […] read more about the $125K initiative to help cover Imam Siraj’s medical costs, or join MuslimMatter’s $5000 drive. Every little bit […]

  84. Maryam says:

    Salaam, are there any updates to the dear imam’s situation?

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