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On Sunday August 22nd, I was the guest on the God Show at KTAR 92.3 FM in Phoenix, AZ.  Discussion started with the meaning of Ramadan and the rules of fasting and prayer.  Soon enough, and not unexpectedly, the discussion moved to the hotter issues of violence in Islam, conversion, ground zero mosque, and much more!!  As usual, feedback is always welcome!

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Born and raised in Lebanon, Hlayhel began attending study circles at his local mosque when he was ten. He came to the United States at 17 and studied electrical engineering at the University of Houston. At its MSA, he met Sh Yasir Qadhi and worked together to raise Islamic awareness on campus. Hlayhel studied traditional sciences of Aqeedah (Islamic creed), Fiqh (Islamic law) and Nahw (Arabic grammar) under Sh Waleed Basyouni and Sh Waleed Idriss Meneese among others. After settling in Phoenix AZ, he worked tirelessly, in the capacity of a board member then a chairman, to revive the then dead AZ chapter of CAIR in order to face the growing Islamophobia in that state and to address the resulting civil right violations. Today, he's considered the second founder of a strong CAIR-AZ. In addition, Hlayhel is a part-time imam at the Islamic Center of the Northeast Valley in Phoenix, husband and father of four. His current topics of interest include positive Islam, youth coaching, and countering Islamophobia.

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. linnea

    September 4, 2010 at 3:14 PM

    Thanks so much for this!

    As a recent convert, many of the questions brought up by the host are asked to me by my non-muslim family and friends. Because I’m continuing to learn everything that Islam entails, I don’t always have the best info to back up my answers. I will share this link with them and insh’Allah they will understand better.

  2. BintKhalil

    September 5, 2010 at 6:32 AM

    Assalamu alaikum

    Jazak Allah khair Imam Anas. I think you did a splendid job of shining a light on our deen in a lucid manner. I will be emailing this link to my convert friends who are seeking to educate their clueless families. I want to especially commend your response to the host’s question, about whether you will be friendly to a former congregant of your masjid who apostates – that you will be friendly and you that you will try to bring him back to Islam. I am sure that rung true for a lot of listeners – Muslim and non-Muslim alike.

    I have a question for you (and others, especially brother Amad), do you think it is ever appropriate to bring up America’s foreign policy when it comes to responding to the question of Muslims killing Muslims (that groups fighting each other are both armed by the US, etc.), or for that matter, America’s role in fomenting terrorist groups ? By not doing so, you are perpetuating the state of ignorance of the questioner; by doing so, the questioner just might put up a wall and be unwilling to listen to anything else you may have to say – after all, non-Muslims, who say anything to the effect of America bringing on herself much of what ails her, are portrayed as loons. I believe that this is a question, that our PR experts who are more familiar with the media need to answer with some consensus so that the brothers and sisters who wear their deen on their sleeve can answer the ever-increasing questions that are asked of them.

  3. Amatullah

    September 5, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    I think you did a wonderful job Imam Anas, jazaakum Allahu khayran.

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