Yasir Qadhi’s GPU 2008 Speech

This is the speech referred to in the earlier post: Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism at GPU 2008

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41 responses to “Yasir Qadhi’s GPU 2008 Speech”

  1. ibnabeeomar says:

    that’s it. im bringing a light-saber to all your talks at texas dawah

  2. AnonyMouse says:

    What’s up with the introductory music? :/

    Sheikh YQ, am loving your style here masha’Allah… now how soon before they start accusing you of provoking radicalism in your audience? :)

  3. Yasir Qadhi says:

    Light saber?! That bad…!!

    BTW I had no idea about the music, in fact I didn’t even hear it since I was backstage and then walking on while it was dying down.

    I lost my voice somewhere after the first ten minutes…plus now that I see it myself (for the first time) I spot quite a few mistakes. When you’re speaking onstage in front of such a large audience you have other things to concentrate on then like, say, delivering a lecture…

  4. ibnabeeomar says:

    i was referencing all the ppl in the audience waving light sabers during the talk

  5. MR says:

    LOL @ the light sabers.

    See you soon Sh. YQ!

  6. Sahaba_Soldier says:

    great speech sheikh,
    I was sad when I saw some of the audiences are not taking the speech seriously,
    But I hope that the majority does in sha’ Allah.

    Jazak Allah Khair

  7. Nihal Khan says:

    “France! And France! And what will make you realize what France is?”

    Wa maa adraaka mal France :P

  8. Ipswichian by Name... says:


    Shaykh Yasir, may I just say… MashaaAllah, looking very dapper ! ! :)
    Was-Salaam – o and great speech!

  9. Faiez says:

    Indeed the heart speaks a different language

  10. AsimG says:

    When I clicked on the video I was thinking this can’t be right.
    Seemed like it was a concert entrance or something.

    And yes, insha’Allah I’m coming to Tennesse with light sabers.


    Ok i’m done, masha’Allah good job on the lecture shaykh.

  11. Hidaya says:

    ^^ MashaAllah at your very productive and intellectual comment.

    The lecture was just off the hook but u can clearly telll that Sheikh lost his voice.

  12. AbuZakariyya says:

    nice Sherwani Yasir Bhai mashaAllah! Shaadi ki hai? :)

  13. haytham says:

    awesome man…. awesome…mashaAllah :)

    Love it

  14. OsmanK says:

    mashallah great speech. Hypocrisy is indeed taken over the west when it comes to Islam. If a Muslim says something offensive, the whole Ummah has to apologize for it and it is publicly criticized. If a non-Muslim says something equally offensive, he is probably congratulated for “freedom of speech”.

  15. Amad says:

    Seriously, that was quite awesome.

  16. ibnabeeomar says:

    this was really an inspiring speech mashallah, i enjoyed listening to it. i think it touches upon some excellent strategies of combating islamophobia, especially in terms of how to draw comparison to other “faith based” groups.

  17. ibnabeeomar says:

    btw the sherwani was nice – but the beard looks like it was professionally done ;)

  18. innalhamdolillah.

    :) “give it up for Shaykh Yasir Qadhi!!!!” :)
    and the crowd goes wild!

    yup, the shaykh has left the building… man if we could have showed that clip at the end of class on Sunday… alhamdolillah :P

  19. Ron Ibn Abi Paul Al-Anti-Illuminati says:

    Ma shaa’ Allah, excellent speech Sheikh. Totally owned the media. I call this speech: حكم الإعدام في الرد على وسائل الإعلام

  20. Gohar says:

    It was a good speech. Unfortunately, the hall is so big that without the big screen showing the face and emotions of the speaker, people are always going to get distracted.

  21. fulanah1 says:

    I am so inspired/overjoyed/eman-filled after hearing this speech, subhanAllah.

    may Allah SWT protect dear Yasir Qadhi and raise his rank. ameen

  22. Rabiya says:

    Amazing speech masha’Allaah.


  23. cool…yo omar……

    if u get a light saber…..i’ll get one too…..

    maybe they know Yasir’s a Star Wars fan…..

  24. thats some nasty entrance music….lool

  25. Abu Rumaysah says:

    Masha`Allah TabarakAllah..this speech reminded me of the sahaba’s speech to the persian king…this is how guidance, knowledge and faith of Islaam illuminates its adherents and distinguishes the truth from ambiguity, freedom from oppression, justice from bigotry/hatred…barak Allahu feek akhoonal faadhil..

  26. Siraaj says:

    Dude, that entrance music was hilarious. I thought it was like a WWE wrestler intro, and then what followed was, in pitch and tone, was the equivalent of cutting a promo. If only Shaykh Yasir had ended with…


  27. Abu Umar says:

    A very excellent presentation by Yasir Qadhi. I hope in the future he is able to be more outspoken on political issues, insha’Allah.

  28. Komal says:

    Assalamu Alaikum,

    Does anyone have the video of Shaykh Yasir giving shahadah to the sister at GPU…it was really an amazing moment. Im going to try and upload it to youtube soon iA.

    Great story at the beginning…it was pretty cool how there were rabbis at the conference…Anti zionism Rabbis…they had their own booth at the conference…really neat.

  29. Komal says:

    Yeah, the light sabers were everywhere. I didnt really get it but oh well. It must be another weird London thing…

  30. Ibrahim says:

    MashaAllah, very well said. May Allah give us the courage to follow the advice given by Yasir Qadhi.

  31. “There’s a word in the English language for this, and it’s called HYPOCRISY!” MashaAllah brother, I had a smile throughout…and now I’m hyped up to do some Da’wah and I’d like to make an intention of giving Da’wah to my high school class of what Islam really teaches…
    Lailaha Illallah (There’s a word for that in English, it’s called monotheism and is shared by many religions!)

    Alhamdulillah Wa Salaamu Alaikum

    (p.s. just a side note, bring Al-Maghrib to Banu Noor! (Miami/South FL))!!!!

  32. usman says:

    shaykh yasir just tore it down…excellent speech

  33. AsimG says:

    My only fear is that our shaykhs will spend too much time on politics.

    Every speech Shaykh Hamza Yusuf makes at ISNA’s final speech is about politics….it’s get old.

    I want an imaan rush when I listen to Islamic speakers or at least some knowledge.

    If I’m not getting either then why did I come?

  34. Abu Umar says:

    My only fear is that our shaykhs will spend too much time on politics.

    On the contrary, they need to speak more time on politics. They are the ones that should be setting an example on the political front.

    Every speech Shaykh Hamza Yusuf makes at ISNA’s final speech is about politics….it’s get old.

    I think that is the best time for a figure of Hamza Yusuf’s stature to make political comments.

  35. MBloggerer says:

    SubhanAllah, That was an amazing (and rather fiery/passionate) speech Sh. Yasir! A very dignified response in itself to islamophobia …<>.

    We have no reason to ever feel ashamed to practice our religion peacefully in public!

    Subhan Allah, an excellent reminder (& so many gems!!). Jazak Allahu khayran Sh. Yasir!

  36. Al Madrasi Al Hindee says:


    ‘We are a people who do not fear men because we put our trust in the creator of men’.

    Mashallah a brilliant talk.

  37. Shibli Zaman says:

    as-salamu `alaykum,

    The “Khalifa” (Engl. “Caliph”) in Alp Arsalan’s time was al-Qa’im. Alp Arsalan never took the title of “Khalifa” in his life. There were periods in Seljuq history where they removed the `Abbasi Khalifa’s name from their mints and khutub. In their later history, the `Abbasids were relegated to mere titular rulers. This was extremely important in order to counter the Shi`ite propaganda of the Fatimids who actively pursued titular and liturgical authority over the Muslim world. Yet, at no time did the `Abbasi Khalifa cease to represent the Sunni Khilafa until their demise at the hands of Hulagu, the grandson of Tumejin (Genghis Khan). No Sunni ruler or conqueror would have empowered the Fatimids by completely invalidating the `Abbasi Khalifa. It would have been strategically damaging. Allah knows best.

    Shakh Yasir, I’ve read the dialog between Alp Arsalan and Diogenes several times, but never read any quoting of Jesus. Where can this be found?

    Jazakumullahu khayran, was-salam.

  38. Shibli Zaman says:

    In our times, I would consider it Fard upon the `Ulama’ to make “political statements” to enjoin the good and forbid the evil. If the scholars sit and talk only about Tahara and Asma’ wa-Siffat all the time we’ll be rendered very clean and tidy theologians who are inept to remedy and rectify our present condition.

    Shaykh Yasir’s “political statements” probably fall just below the rank of Ibn Taymiyyah’s (rahimahullah) chiding of Mahmud Ghazan which was an act of the best Jihad as designated in the Prophet’s (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) famous Hadith of speaking truth to a tyrant ruler. Allah knows best.

    May Allah reward Shaykh Yasir for his important speech. Amin.

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