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10th Anniversary of 9/11: Sh. Yasir Qadhi at United for Change Conference

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The United for Change Conference took place on September 10th, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown, Washington, D.C. It brought together a diverse group of speakers, all of whom reflected on the post-9/11 decade and its impact on American Muslims.

The following is Sh. Yasir Qadhi’s speech.

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Sh. Dr. Yasir Qadhi is someone that believes that one's life should be judged by more than just academic degrees and scholastic accomplishments. Friends and foe alike acknowledge that one of his main weaknesses is ice-cream, which he seems to enjoy with a rather sinister passion. The highlight of his day is twirling his little girl (a.k.a. "my little princess") round and round in the air and watching her squeal with joy. A few tid-bits from his mundane life: Sh. Yasir has a Bachelors in Hadith and a Masters in Theology from Islamic University of Madinah, and a PhD in Islamic Studies from Yale University. He is an instructor and Dean of Academic Affairs at AlMaghrib, and the Resident Scholar of the Memphis Islamic Center.

21 Comments

21 Comments

  1. Son of Adam

    September 12, 2011 at 12:40 AM

    Did you manage to also record the other speakers’ lectures, such Sherman Jackson, Zaid Shakir, or Hamza Yuusf?

  2. Siraaj

    September 12, 2011 at 1:06 AM

    Salaam alaykum Sh Yasir,

    Appreciated the balance in this speech, both in recognizing the the wrongful action of the 9/11 attackers as well as recognizing the countless indignities heaped upon Muslims that led up to 9/11, and the many that have followed.

    Also appreciated the point that when hardcore republicans disagree with government, it’s patriotic and american, but when Muslims point out foreign policy flaws, they’re essentially traitors who need to “go back to their country”, so to speak.

    Siraaj

  3. kashif

    September 12, 2011 at 1:13 AM

    jazakAllah for posting.

  4. Salih

    September 12, 2011 at 2:53 AM

    I would like to applaud Shaykh Yasir Qadi for his courage to speak out the truth about the condition and awakening calls of American Muslims after 9/11 and the American foreign policy. May Allah reward him and preserve him.
    I wish that he can lay out some practical plans or blueprint for muslim organizations to come together to work for the common benefits. I personally think that American Muslims must be actively involved in the civil rights movement as well as politics in the US. It’s time for Muslims to form a National Muslim Party. Until we can vote as a block, we can not in any form or way shape the American policies..

  5. MR

    September 12, 2011 at 9:08 AM

    President Eisenhower’s speech Sh. Yasir referred to:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWiIYW_fBfY

  6. Ahmed S.

    September 12, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Shaykh,

    I was there at the conference. Wallah I was very impressed with your lecture. It took courage to speak the truth in front of such a large gathering, and in front of the media and non-Muslims present, especially when so many other speakers were speaking in generics and not wanting to point out the problems of America.

    Your approach was very balanced ma sha Allah.

    There are those who criticize you from all sides as you pointed out, but I think many of your critics don’t listen fully to your speech. You clarified your position so clearly that I can’t imagine anyone who listens to it in its entirety, with an open mind, will have objections or criticisms.

    Keep up the good work Shaykh and we ask Allah to bless you and your family.

    Ahmed S.

  7. Umm Sulaim

    September 12, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    Oh no! I didn’t realise this was a video; I could have watched it when I went out this morning. Ouch!

    Now I’m stuck with this phone and terribly network. Double ouch!

    Well, this time I’ll take the words of other commenters for it and give a thumb up.

    Umm Sulaim

  8. Rana06

    September 12, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    BismiAllah MashAllah…I just got through half of the video and I have goosebumps from how powerful your message was Shaykh. May Allah SWT bless you with strength to continue your work and may He SWT protect you and your family from all harm and evil. Barakah Allahu Feek.

    I have to run to class now but I can’t wait to hear the rest. I can’t stop saying MashAllah the messages are so clear, true, and compelling they are resonating in my mind.

    Fi AmaniAllah,
    Rana A

  9. F.Irfan

    September 12, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    JazakAllah for posting this. What an amazingly powerful speech! May Allah reward you in abundance Sh. Yasir, protect you and your family and make you the means of continually speaking the truth. I can not think of a better representator of Islam among the Scholors in North America than you.

  10. Ahmed

    September 12, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    Jazakallahukhair, that was a great message for us Muslims to learn from.

  11. shiney

    September 12, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    JZK so much for this!!!!!!! I wanted to listen to Yasir Qadhi’s lecture so bad since i missed the conference! May Allah Reward you!!!

  12. Kashif

    September 12, 2011 at 8:51 PM

    MashaAllah, Amazing Lecture

  13. Khader Ali Khan

    September 12, 2011 at 9:21 PM

    Shaykh Yasir, Assalam Alaikum,

    I applaud you for a brave speech. But one thing that saddened me is that you have likened Awlaki to OBL. While I dont agree with the recent fatawa’s of Awlaki, it would have been better if you have not mentioned his name.

    Anyways, may Allah preserve our scholars.

  14. Danish

    September 14, 2011 at 12:43 AM

    Mashallah!!!!! Sh.Yasir , you are a true Muslim American who stood up courageously for truth and real challenges of life. May Allahswt bless and protect you and your family. amin!

  15. Sk

    September 14, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Excellent Speech!

  16. Abu Layth

    September 14, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    “And The Truth will set you free”…

    May Allah preserve our people of Knowledge … Ameen Thummah Ameen……

    Abu Layth…

  17. Ismail Dhamee

    September 14, 2011 at 9:26 PM

    Why don’t scholars go and talk to the extremist factions of our community overseas? Why can’t there be a proper religious discussion on this, so that it can be put to rest?

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  19. Ayda from down under

    October 6, 2011 at 5:43 PM

    mashallah mashallah mashallah….fantastic shiekh. you are loved world wide even from australia. we love you mashallah mashallah mashallah. may allah preserve you and your family ya sheikh. ameen.

  20. Halliru Abdullahi

    February 23, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    May Allah bless your(Yasir Qadhi) life.

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