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About Yaser Birjas

Yaser Birjas is originally from Palestine. He received his Bachelors degree from Islamic University of Madinah in 1996 in Fiqh & Usool, graduating as the class valedictorian. After graduating, he went on to work as a youth counselor and relief program aide in war-torn Bosnia. Thereafter, he immigrated to the U.S. and currently resides in Dallas, Texas. He is also an instructor at AlMaghrib Institute, where he teaches popular seminars such as Fiqh of Love, The Code Evolved, and Heavenly Hues.


  1. Great statement over here from the khutbah:

    I’m not talking about PR records just to do some activities here and there to show that we have done something. I’m talking about sincere, genuine participation to bring benefit to this society.

    We need less, “Let’s show others who were are,” and instead just be that, and let the side effect of that be that people recognize us – we shouldn’t work for the community to gain recognition.


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  2. What a good article. I have so wished we would see more Muslim interaction and vice versa -Christian, Jew, etc interact with one another to be as one community. In my daughters neighborhood there is one Muslim family, a very conservative family. They are always included in the invitation to neighborhood gatherings., however they never respond. I am sure this also happens in the reverse. But the lack of interacting with one another is a great obstacle to assimilation.

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  3. *civic not civil – to the best of my knowledge!

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    I was just having this very discussion with my cousin and some Muslim sisters on my FB, about how nowadays, with secular humanism really becoming a new “religion” for Americans, there is no better time for us as Muslims to realign ourselves with the humanistic principles that the Shariah upholds and the duties it calls us to. And I truly believe that by uniting with Americans on these principles and allying with them, we can stand as a force together to demand a change in foreign policy, Allahu Alim. But we really need to get the guts to take the first step, even if we feel nervous about how some people will react.

    Jzk shaykh Yasir.

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    • And of course, that is in addition to our higher calling as Muslims to make a positive contribution to society, because that is part of our duty as being the nation that is a witness over the rest of humanity.

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