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The Witch-Hunt Against CAIR Intensifies…

Amad Abu Reem



Joe Sestak (D-PA) is faced an intense attack of sorts by Philly Jews at a synagogue event to back down from his commitment to speak at a CAIR dinner. If there was any doubt as to who is behind this witch-hunt, I think we can safely conclude who it is. This article goes over it, and this blog has captured some of the discussion at the Jewish forum that Sestak attended and the intense pressure and deceptive tactics to force him to disenfranchise CAIR, and by virtue of that, Muslims in general. Many of the post comments reflect civility and support for the rights of Muslims in this country (please take a moment to make a comment there too). It boggles the mind as to how hateful these synagogue attendees are towards CAIR, just because CAIR ( /Muslims) don’t support Israel’s state-terrorism.

There is a lesson in this for all of us… consider for a moment how this group of people are so beholden to a foreign country (Israel) that they do not mind demanding the disenfranchisement of fellow Americans. On the other hand, we Muslims are so busy arguing with each other that we don’t look at the big picture. So, for the sake of standing together against this conspiracy to demonize Muslims, let’s send a note of appreciation and encouragement to Joe Sestak’s office. Click here to email his office. It will only take you two minutes, and if only half of the hundreds of daily visitors to this blog do so, it will make a difference inshallah!

Imad Shaykh is one of the founders of MuslimMatters, Inc. His identity is shaped by his religion (Islam), place of birth (Pakistan), and nationality (American). By education, he is a ChemE, topped off with an MBA from Wharton. He has been involved with Texas Dawah, Clear Lake Islamic Center and MSA. His interests include politics, cricket, and media interactions. Career-wise, Imad is in management in the oil & gas industry (but one who still appreciates the "green revolution").



  1. Amad


    March 20, 2007 at 3:07 PM

    Here is my note to Sestak’s office for some talking points (please feel free to post your note here too):

    “As a resident of the Delaware valley, I applaud you for sticking to your principles and not backing down from your commitment to speak at the CAIR event. For a majority of mainstream, moderate Muslims, CAIR represents our ADL or our NAACP, in arguing for our rights and our freedom of religion as equal citizens of America. Disenfranchising CAIR implies for many, many Muslims, a direct threat of disenfranchisement for all of us.”

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    March 20, 2007 at 9:06 PM

    As salaamu alaikum,

    here’s my email:

    “Dear Mr. Sestak:

    In light of recent events, I want to thank you greatly for supporting the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR). As you know, although many are recently citing claims against this organization, CAIR tries to promote tolerance and peace within the Muslim and non-Muslim communities in America. Your efforts are a clear indication that justice can be maintained in our country if everyone is willing to work together and look past labels and stereotypes.

    I hope others will take notice of the innocence of CAIR, and especially in a time like this one, I hope society at large will unite against labels and personal criticisms.

    From an American Muslim, I thank you very much.


    _________ “

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    March 20, 2007 at 10:29 PM

    The CAIR Witch-Hunt Intensifies…

    There are two ways to interpret that statement, the more correct one is that CAIR is conducting a witch-hunt, which is true; against anyone who even slightly criticizes Islam or Muslims they paint as “Islamophobes!!!!” and try to destroy them.

    Now, what you mean is “The witch-hunt against CAIR intensifies” which would be false, there is no witch-hunt against CAIR.

  4. Amad


    March 20, 2007 at 10:54 PM

    It is amazing Scorpius that in light of the FACTS, you would state that CAIR would lead a witch-hunt against anyone, not only because that is completely unsupported, but more importantly because CAIR is not in a position to do so even if it wanted to. You would have to be blind to not see how CAIR is a target of the witch-hunt and you would have to be even more blind not to see that AIPAC and other Israeli-supporters are behind it. And in this case, they are doing so because they are in fact CAPABLE of doing so. If you doubt that, click here to see some facts.

    Of course, based on your comment history, including calling the dead children in Bronx leaches, there is no point in arguing with you. The only reason I responded was to thank you for making that little English suggestion, which I have duly implemented.

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    Manas Shaikh

    March 21, 2007 at 3:29 AM

    When I watch American television, Muslims are often asked the pet question: Do you denounce terrorism?
    The answer, predictably, is yes.

    Next question: “Do you consider Hezbollah a terrorist organisation”?
    And you have to answer in an yes or a no.

    Now, in my opinion, to answer this question to grossly under-informed American audience, it should take you two hours. You have to explain why the CIA or the Mossad, or even the US Army has to be called terrorists by the same standard. Even more so.

    You have to explain that under similar conditions, the US freedom movement, or any other freedom movement has to be called terrorist activity.

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    Rhymes With Right

    March 21, 2007 at 10:38 AM

    “the Philly Jews” — “beholden to Israel”

    Come on — why don’t you just make your bigotry plain and call them “kikes” like you want to? Especially in light of your use of the “dual loyalty” canard.

    And given CAIR’s terrorist connections — all well-documented, including staffers convicted on terrorism related charges, there are lots of good reasons for patriotic Americans to be disturbed by any government official having anything to do with CAIR.

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    March 21, 2007 at 11:07 AM

    Rhymes, welcome to MM. I take some umbrage to your unstated conclusion of anti-semitism. Calling a spade a spade is not bigotry. The inquisition of Sestak took place at a synagogue in Philadelphia, so calling these folks “philly Jews” is an entirely accurate description. Read the inquisition and all other stories related to CAIR, and clearly the hand of Israeli interests is heavily involved.
    As for CAIR’s terrorism charges, come on Rhymen, I thought you were above misinformed and tabloid-type slander? Do you really think that the Feds wouldn’t have shut them down by now if there were any proven terrorism-connections. Especially considering how they have locked up muslims for long prison terms based on a bad coice of words, let alone any actions! If you read the NY times article, you would understand the McCarthyism at play here.

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    Rhymes With Right

    March 21, 2007 at 11:34 AM

    I call it like I see it — and wonder if you would take a simmilar comment about Muslim loyalty to the Ummah to be an equivalent example of “dual loyalty” that calls their patriotism and commitment to American values into question.

    And sorry — history is history, and CAIR’s history is well-documented. Sorry you don’t like it, but while you are entitled to your own opinion, you are not entitled to your own facts.

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    Rhymes With Right

    March 21, 2007 at 11:37 AM

    Oh, and by the way, Amad, I’m sorry about the unstated accusation of anti-Semitism — it was intended to be much more explicit, as I have made it on my site.

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    ِAbu Bakr

    March 21, 2007 at 12:30 PM

    What would you have liked he called them, Hebrews?… Philadelphia’s resident Semites? … is it anti-Semitism to call Jews “Jews”?

    One of Islam’s most fundamental is to be trustworthy and to not betray the trust of others. Yes, our loyalties are to the Muslims. This I will not mince words about in the least.

    The duplicity of the Zionist agenda is that they have no problem manipulating the system to incite America into wars against nations that would not otherwise have posed any threat or concern to them. If you would open your eyes, you would see that that is what is going on.

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    ِAbu Bakr

    March 21, 2007 at 12:31 PM

    and all for the benefit of Israel*

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    Rhymes With Right

    March 21, 2007 at 12:48 PM

    So, a small group of Jewish citizens from Philadelphia constitutes “the Philly Jews”?

    Therefore, it is fair to assume that you would concede that the terrorism of a few al-Qaeda jihadis allows us to say “the Muslims” attacked America on 9/11″. That would be the equivalent, wouldn’t it?

    And the fact that those jihadis were radical Muslims intent on world domination would allow us to call into question the loyalty of all Muslim citizens of the US, right?

  13. Amad


    March 21, 2007 at 7:34 PM

    Greg/Rhymes, first of all, I am somewhat disappointed by your comments/post, as I had gained a measure of respect for you in our previous engagement.

    In any case, based on your last comment, I can kind of see where you are coming from and how, with great imagination, it can be misunderstood; so, I have modified the original line. Also, I have done so because I don’t want to let you hijack the intent of this article.

    Although, I must confess that had this been an Islamic event, let’s say the CAIR event itself, I would have no qualms about stating “Philly Muslims gather to support CAIR”, none at all. I imagine you would consider that Islamophobia then? What is especially confusing to me from your comments is that while you support the CAIR-smearing, somehow it offends you that I am saying that Israelites (do you prefer this term instead?) are supporting the smear campaign!

    Finally, antisemitism carries real meaning, just like other discriminatory attitudes, greatest of which these days is Islamophobia. But, your watering-down of the term’s usage and application, and the attempt of the Israeli supporters/lobbyists to equate criticism of Israel to antisemitism is very unfortunate. In the end, it does little to help the cause and instead forces people to cast a suspicious eye on even real and valid cases of antisemitism.

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    Rhymes With Right

    March 21, 2007 at 8:27 PM

    There is a major difference between “Philly Jews” and “the Philly Jews”, as you seem to acknowledge. I respect that change.

    However, I don’t believe that I am hijacking the intent of the article. I’d argue that the latter half of the article was designed to do nothing but to smear and delegitimize members of the Jewish faith who speak on matters related to the Middle East and terrorism if they take a pro-Israel stance. You call it a conspiracy to disenfranchise Muslims — I could equally call the attempts by CAIR to label all criticism of Muslims (ad nearly every effort against terrorism) to be so-called “Islamophobia” is equally a conspiracy to disenfranchise and demonize Jews. You are, in fact, doing exactly what you denounce “the Jews” and “the Zionists” for doing — and I am calling you on it. However, if I have misjudged your intent and motive, please let me offer a warning as to the implications and effect of what you have written.

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    March 21, 2007 at 8:32 PM

    Rhymes With Right, I see your point, and I kind of agree with you, given you do not consider all muslims were responsible for 911, just few out of billions. So in mathematical form:

    few jews that reside in phildelphia that protested CAIR are not equal in number of all jews of phildelphia, who are not in turn equal to all jews of america who are not equal to all jews in world.

    By the way I am always curious and can not figure out, what Amad also pointed out. How does criticism of state of israel is being racist and anti-semitic? Same way I do not consider any american who consider alqaeda terrorist as racist.

  16. Amad


    March 22, 2007 at 7:28 AM

    Rhymes: “However, if I have misjudged your intent and motive, please let me offer a warning as to the implications and effect of what you have written.”

    Thanks for the heads-up, and I hope that all the comments have elucidated my original intent and motive. Next time, just ask me :)

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    March 22, 2007 at 6:32 PM

    you two have very strong arguements but still the fact is that there are some people who are against a noble orginization such as CAIR and Mr. Sestak should be appreciated for his efforts, Amad I sent an e-mail to him im posting it here for you to see if it sounded ok.

    Dear Mr. Sestak
    I appreciate the work you are doing with CAIR and standing up for what is right, even though some are apposing the connections you are trying to make between muslim orginizations and the U.S. again myself and all the muslims dually appreciate your commitment. May the peace and blessings of All Mighty God be upon you and us.

  18. Amad


    March 22, 2007 at 7:29 PM

    Reading Rhymes/Greg’s characterization of Carter as an anti-semite here (read the comments too) makes things a lot clearer in the context of his comments here. If a person can’t even spare his ex-President, a man who was “the most decent” President (according to Rhyme) until he made the grave error of actually being a just and balanced voice for the Middle East, then how can a Muslim like me be spared? It seems obvious that Greg pushes very hard the idea that the influence of Jewish/Israel interests in politics/publishing is ‘anti-semitic canard’. Obviously, the more truth something has, the harder you need to push the propaganda to cover it.

    Unfortunately for Greg, the rest of the world, and many Americans who have not pledged their allegiance to Israel (over the interests of America), see it quite differently. Of course now, according to Greg and Co., Europe is biased, of course the rest of the American continent is biased, all the Muslim countries are biased, not to forget the bias of the Russian and Chinese red-armies… only AIPAC, the beholden media and people who have been sold on their lies like Greg, speak the truth. I urge all of you, including Greg, to review this video (Click here) and see for yourself the systematic propaganda machine at work. By the way, most of the people who are in the video are Jews themselves, so at least they cannot be blamed of anti-semitism (perhaps self-hating Jews, huh friend?)

  19. Amad


    May 19, 2010 at 1:35 AM

    Good news.
    Sestak beat Specter in the Democratic primary for a seat in the Senate.

    Hope he is still the same Specter from 3 years ago.

    In Congress, he urged a ban against Modi’s entry (the Gujarat massacre mastermind)

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#Current Affairs

An Urgent Call Regarding the Plight of Shaykh Salman al-Ouda, Shaykh Awad al-Qarni, and Dr. Ali al-Omari

Hena Zuberi



Saudi scholars, injustice

دعوة عاجلة بخصوص أزمة الشيخ سلمان العودة، والشيخ عوض القرني، والدكتور علي العمري

الحمد لله، والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله محمد وآله

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

لقد تلقينا بقلق بالغ ما يتوارد من أخبار غير مؤكدة حول الإعدام الوشيك للشيخ سلمان العودة، و الشيخ عوض القرني، و الدكتور علي العمري

لقد علمنا الإسلام أن الحياة نعمة من الله و إن أولئك الذين يعملون على حرمان أى أحد من هذه النعمة دون أساس شرعي واضح قد ارتكبوا إثمًا فظيعًا عدّه الله من الكبائر: وَمَن يَقْتُلْ مُؤْمِنًا مُّتَعَمِّدًا فَجَزَاؤُهُ جَهَنَّمُ خَالِدًا فِيهَا وَغَضِبَ اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَلَعَنَهُ وَأَعَدَّ لَهُ عَذَابًا عَظِيمًا (سورة النساء، 93)

حرمة المؤمن

إن رسول الله ﷺ وصحابته قد اعتبروا حياة كل من نطق الشهادة، وكذا ماله وعرضه حرامًا لا يُقبل انتهاكها ولقد حرصوا كل الحرص على ألا ينتهكوا تلك الحقوق الأصلية حتى في تطبيق الحدود

قال رسول الله ﷺ: ادفَعوا الحدود ما وجدْتم لها مدفعًا (سنن ابن ماجة)، وقال ابن مسعود: ادرءوا الجلد والقتل عن المسلمين ما استطعتم (السنن الكبرى)

إن حرمة دم المسلم عند رسول الله ﷺ عظيمة جدًا، فلزوال الدنيا أهون عنده من قتل امرئٍ مسلم (سنن الترمذي)

ولقد كان السلف يقولون عند طوافهم بالكعبة: ما أعظمك وأعظم حرمتك، والمؤمن أعظم حرمةً عند الله منك (رواه الترمذي)

التماس رأفة

في ضوء الهدي النبوي، وعِظم أمر انتهاك الحقوق الأصلية التي منحها الإسلام للمسلم، فإننا نطالب السلطات المعنية بأن يوقفوا أي خطة مبيتة لإعدام الشيخ سلمان العودة، والشيخ عوض القرني، والدكتور علي العمري، سواءً في المستقبل القريب أو البعيد

نطالب أولئك الذين في السلطة أن يصدروا عفوًا في حقهم في هذا الشهر المبارك

إننا نؤمن بيقين أن هؤلاء العلماء لم يقترفوا أى شيءٍ يبرر التعامل المروع الذي يتعرضون له لمدة عام وأكثر وإننا نطلق هذا النداء كنصيحة صادقة، محققين دورنا كعلماء عليهم واجب بيان الحق، ومستحضرين أن كل واحد فينا سيسأل عن عمله في الآخرة حيث الظلم ظلمات لا تفضي إلا إلى عذاب النار

والله في عون المظلومين واللهم صل وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد

17 رمضان 1440 /22 مايو 2019

كتب بواسطة (الشيخ) سلمان يونس


An Urgent Call Regarding the Plight of Shaykh Salman al-Ouda, Shaykh Awad al-Qarni, and Dr. Ali al-Omari

All praise belongs to Allah, and blessings upon the Prophet Muhammad and His family.

Peace and mercy be upon you:

It is with great concern and perturbation that we have received unconfirmed reports regarding the imminent execution of Shaykh Salman al-Ouda, Shaykh Awad al-Qarni, and Dr. Ali al-Omari.

Islam teaches us that life is a blessing from Allah. Those who seek to deprive someone of this blessing without a clearly sanctioned religious basis have committed an act that God deems atrocious and a mighty sin: “If anyone kills a believer deliberately, the punishment for him is Hell, and there he will remain: Allah is angry with him, and rejects him, and has prepared a tremendous torment for him.”(Qur’an, 4:93)

The Inviolability of the Believer

The Prophet ﷺ and his Companions viewed the life, wealth, and honor of all who uttered the testimony of faith (shahada) as inviolable. They took immense care not to impede on these basic rights even in the context of enacting punishments.

The Prophet ﷺ said, “Avoid applying punishments as long as you are able to find an excuse to avert them,”(Sunan Ibn Majah) and Ibn Masʿud stated, “Avoid flogging and applying the death penalty upon people as much as you can.”(Sunan al-Kubra)

Indeed, the sanctity of the believer was so great in the eyes of the Prophet ﷺ that he deemed the destruction of the world as a lighter affair than the killing of even a single Muslim. (Sunan al-Tirmidhi)

Similarly, the early Muslims (salaf) would remark when gazing upon the Kaʿba, “The inviolability of a believer is greater with Allah than your inviolability.” (Sunan al-Tirmidhi) There are few statements one can imagine as emphatic as these in affirmation of the rank of the believer.

A Call for Clemency

In light of the guidance of the Prophet ﷺ and the gravity of depriving a Muslim of the fundamental rights granted to him or her by Islam, we urge the authorities in question to immediately cease any plans to execute Shaykh Salman al-Ouda, Shaykh Awad al-Qarni, and Dr. Ali al-Omari in the immediate or distant future.

We urge those in the leadership to grant them clemency in this blessed month of Ramadan.

It is our firm belief that the actions of these scholars do not in any way justify the appalling treatment they have been subjected to over the past year and more. We make this call in the spirit of providing sincere counsel, realizing our role as scholars duty-bound to the expression of truth, and recognizing that each of us will be held accountable for our actions in the next life where oppression will be nothing but darkness leading to perdition.

And Allah is in the aid of His oppressed servants. May the blessings and peace of Allah be upon His Prophet.

Ramadan 17th, 1440

May 22nd, 2019

Drafted by Shaykh Salman Younas

Signatories (v. 2)

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani


Dr. Yasir Qadhi

Islamic Seminary of America

Shaykh Omer Suleiman


Dr. Ingrid Mattson



Dr. Omar Qureshi




Dr. Abdullah Hamid Ali



Shaykh Mustapha Elturk

Amir, Islamic Organization of North America


Shaykh Rami Nsour

Tayba Foundation

Dr. Shadee Elmasry

Safina Society

Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari

Director of Darul Iftaa Leicester


Shaykh Azhar Nasser

Tasneem Institute



Professor John Esposito

Georgetown University



Mufti Abdur-Rahman ibn Yusuf



Dr. Jonathan Brown

Georgetown University

Professor Mohammad Fadel

University of Toronto

Imam Suhaib Webb

Scholar in Residence, ICNYU

Shaykh Shams ad-Duha

Ebrahim College


Ustadha Zaynab Ansari

Tayseer Seminary


Dalia Mogahed



Imam Dawud Walid

Member of Michigan Imams Council



Dr. Asim Yusuf




Dr. Ovamir Anjum

University of Toledo


Dr. Abdullah Hakim Quick



Shaykh Hani Saleem

Islamic Center of Detroit

Dr. Shabbir Ally


Shaykh Furhan Zubairi

Dean of IOK Seminary


Dr. Ihsan Bagby

University of Kentucky


Shaykh Mohammed Faqih

Islamic Institute of Orange County


Shaykh Bilal Ali Ansari

Khalil Center

Mohammad Elshinawy

Yaqeen Institute


Shaykh Abdur Rahman Khan

Co-Chair of National Catholic-Muslim Dialogue


Shaykh Sulaiman Gani



Dr. Hamid Slimi



Mufti Taha Karaan

South Africa

Shaykh Sadullah Khan

South Africa

Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi

Chairman of Fiqh Council of America



Shaykh Taha Abdul-Basser


Imam Ibrahim Hindy

Dar al-Tawheed Islamic Center



Dr. Basma Abdelgafar

Vice President of Maqasid Institute Global


Prof. Jasser Auda

President of Maqasid Institute Global


Laila Mehar

Former President of UConn SJP


Dr. Osman Latiff

Jamia Masjid and Islamic Center


Imam Abdul-Malik Ryan

DePaul University


Imam John Ederer

Muslim Community Center of Charlotte


Shaykh Amer Jamil



Shaykh Bilal Ismail

Imam Development Project


Shaykh Muhammad Mustaqeem Shah



Dr. Bekim Hasani

Imam and Activist



Imam Imran Salha



Dr. Tajul Islam University of Leeds


Dr. Mustapha Sheikh

University of Leeds


Dr. Ahmed Soboh

Religious Director of Chino Valley Islamic Center


Dr. Rafaqat Rashid

Al Balagh Academy


Imam Shafi Chowdhury



Buthaina Hawas-Neveln

Iraqi Journalist


Shaykh Salmaan Parkar Australian Islamic College


Muslema Purmul

The Majlis

Dr. Mohammad Ilyas,

University of Florida


Dr. Asif Hirani

Imam and Resident Scholar of Worcester Islamic Center


Shaykh Ahmad Kutty

Resident Scholar of Islamic Institute of Toronto


Shaykh Mohammad Aman Haque



Imam Mazhar Mahmood

Director of Islamic Foundation of Peoria


Ishraq Ali

Organizing Director of MPower Change


Usman Qamar

Muslim Chaplaincy of Waterloo


Mawlana Zakariyah Harneker


Shaykh Shahinur Rahman

al-Rahma, UK


Shaykh Abdul Wahab Saleem

Salik Academy

Dr. Usaama Al-Azami

Markfield Institute

Ustadh Samir Hussain

ISNA High School


Shaykh Tariq Ata Dr. Zaid alBarzinji

Maqasid Institute

Shaykh Abdur Rahim Reasat


Mufti Liaquat Zaman

Birmingham, UK


Imam Salim Astewani

Cheshire, UK



Shaykh Tabraze Azam



Dr. Sharif El-Tobgui

Brandeis University



Ismail Royer


Imam Qasim Rashid

Al-Khayr Foundation


Dr. Yvonne Haddad

Georgetown University

Omar Usman

Executive Director, MuslimMatters


Shaykh Muhammad Abuelezz

Muslim Association of Canada


Mufti Ismail Syed


Mawlana Safwaan Navlakhi

Al-Ma’aly Institute

South Africa


Dr. Ildus Rafikov


Aamir Ansari


Shaykh Hassan Rabbani

Zia-Ul-Quran Mosque


Ustadha Umm Jamaal ud-Din

Islamic College of Australia

Dr. Munir Elkassem

President, Islamic Institute of Interfaith Dialogue

Dr. Yusuf Salah

Khalil Foundation


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#Current Affairs

#UnitedForOmar – Imam Omar Suleiman Smeared by Right-Wing News After Opening Prayer at US House of Representatives

Zeba Khan



Sh. Omar Suleiman delivered the opening prayer in the US House of Representatives yesterday, May, 9th, 2019  at the invitation of Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D) of Dallas.

Immediately since, right wing media platforms have begun spreading negative coverage of the Imam Omar Suleiman – calling him anti-semitic, a common tactic used to discredit both Muslim activists as well as criticism of Israel policies.

News outlets citing the criticism have pointed to a post from The Investigative Project on Terrorism or ITP, as the source. The  ITP was founded by and directed by noted Islamophobe Steven Emerson. Emerson’s history of hate speech has been documented for over two decades.

Since then, the story has been carried forward by multiple press outlets.

The immediate consequence of this has been the direction of online hate towards what has been Imam Omar Suleiman’s long history of preaching unity in the US socio-political sphere.

“Since my invocation I’ve been inundated with hate articles, threats, and other tactics of intimidation to silence me over a prayer for unity,” Imam Omar Suleiman says. “These attacks are in bad faith and meant to again send a message to the Muslim community that we are not welcome to assert ourselves in any meaningful space or way.”

MuslimMatters is proud to stand by Imam Omar Suleiman, and we invite our readers to share the evidence that counters the accusations against him of anti-semitism, bigotry, and hate. We would also encourage you to reach out, support, and amplify voices of support like Representative E.B.Johnson, and Representative Colin Allred.

You can help counter the false narrative, simply by sharing evidence of Imam Omar Suleiman’s work. It speaks for itself, and you can share it at the hashtag #UnitedForOmar


A Priest, a Rabbi, and an Imam Walk Into a Church in Dallas

At an interfaith panel discussion, three North Texas religious leaders promoted understanding and dialogue among Muslims, Jews, and Christians. Amid a vexed political and social climate, three religious leaders in North Texas—a priest, an imam, and a rabbi—proved it’s possible to come together in times of division. Source:

Muslim congregation writes letters of support to Dallas Jewish Community

The congregation, led by Imam Omar Suleiman, penned more than 150 cards and letters. source: WFAA News

Historic action: Muslims and Jews for Dreamers

“We must recognize that the white supremacy that threatens the black and Latino communities, is the same white supremacy that spurs Islamophobia and antisemitism,” -Imam Omar Suleiman

Source: Bend The Arc

Through Dialogue, Interfaith Leaders Hope North Texans Will Better Understand Each Other

“When any community is targeted, they need to see a united faith voice — that all communities come together and express complete rejection of anything that would pit our society against one another more than it already is.” -Imam Omar Suleiman

Source: Kera News


Conversations at The Carter Center: Harmonizing Religion and Human Rights 

Source: The Carter Center

Imam: After devastating New Zealand attack, we will not be deterred

My wife and I decided to take our kids to a synagogue in Dallas the night after the massacre at Tree of Life in Pittsburgh to grieve and show solidarity with the Jewish community. My 5-year-old played with kids his age while we mourned inside, resisting hate even unknowingly with his innocence…” Source: CNN


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Four Marathons in Three Weeks: One Man is Running to Bring Clean Water to Senegal




When Haroon Mota committed to running his first marathon in 2012, he admits he didn’t give it too much thought.

London was hosting the Summer Olympics that year. British distance runner Mo Farah was reaching the peak of his fame as a local and international sports hero. A lot of people in England were taking up recreational running and, well, it was just a popular thing to do to sign up for the London Marathon.

But by the time Mota began the 26.2-mile race, he had found a focus and a purpose.

In the months leading up to the London Marathon, he raised over £7000 ($8,715 US) in donations for the Teenage Cancer Fund.

Mota had done similar projects in the past, taking on mountain-climbing challenges while raising money for charities such as Islamic Relief’s Orphan Campaign. His athletic background included kickboxing, mixed martial arts and soccer.

But running was a new venture. The marathon was intended to be a one-time experience, but Mota soon made running a lifestyle. Since then, he has run over 20 half-marathons and completed the London Marathon three times, using the events as challenges to raise money for a variety of charitable causes.

Sometimes, Mota runs alone. Other times, he puts together teams of runners. The benefit there is two-fold: Not only to raise money for charities, but also to promote and encourage fitness and exercise to his peers in the Muslim community.

In 2015, Mota was featured on Ummah Sports and Muslim Matters leading up to that year’s London Marathon, for which he’d raised £10,000 ($14,786 US) for Teenage Cancer Trust.

This month, Mota is taking things to another level.

Haroon Mota (via Facebook)

The 31-year-old, who works as the fundraising manager for the non-profit humanitarian organization PennyAppeal, is aiming to run four marathons over the next three weeks: the Manchester Marathon on April 2, the Paris Marathon on April 9, the Boston Marathon on April 17, and concluding with the London Marathon on April 23.

The name of this challenge is #Running4Dad. Mota’s motivation is his father, Hafiz Kasim Mota, who died in a car accident in 2013.

Haroon’s goal is to raise £20,000 ($24,900 US) to build a solar water and power center in Senegal, in memory of his father.

CLICK HERE to donate to #Running4Dad and help bring clean water to Senegal.

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