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[VIRAL VIDEO] Moving Account of Children In Gaza by Jon Snow (With Transcript)

This short but powerful video is presented by respected British journalist, Jon Snow, for Channel 4 News. The report was recorded on Snow’s return from Gaza. It is clear from his words that it was a life changing experience that will stay with him forever.

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This short but powerful video is presented by respected British journalist, Jon Snow, for Channel 4 News.

You may remember Snow from his recent gutsy encounter with Israeli spokesperson, Mark Regev, wherein he grilled him on the murder of the four, innocent, Palestinian boys, playing football on the beach.

The report above was recorded on Snow’s return from Gaza. It is clear from his words that it was a life changing experience that will stay with him forever.

Please share the video with all your contacts. The world needs to hear eye witness accounts from brave journalists such as him. No doubt he will get a lot of flack for his honest reporting, so please take a minute to thank him directly for his coverage via Twitter: @jonsnowc4.

Video Transcript

I’m back, and in the comfort of this studio it’s hard to imagine I was ever away. I don’t need to imagine though, because what I saw is still etched in my mind.

What I never knew is what I know now: which is that those people who live in Gaza are mainly, but unbelievably young. The average age is 17. That means that about a quarter of a million are under 10.

And you know, if you know any 10 year olds, seven year olds, five year olds, four year olds, the idea in the looseness of a war zone, that you can control your children – that they won’t be somewhere where they can be hit – it is beyond any kind of imagination; you can’t hope to control that. So that in a very densely packed urban area, if you decide to throw missiles, shells, and the rest, then undoubtedly you will kill children. And that is what they’re doing.

There was one specific moment that stood out above all others, and that was penetrating the third floor of the Shifa hospital, one of two floors dedicated to children. That’s where I met Maha, terribly crippled by shrapnel that had penetrated her spine.

That’s where I saw this little, 2 1/2 year old, with Panda-sized, huge, suppurating, round, Panda-like wounds that almost prevented her eyes opening at all. They were the consequence of a broken skull and a fractured nose.

I can’t get those images out of my mind. I don’t think you can either, because they’ve been everywhere. They are the essence of what is happening in Gaza.

Now of course Hamas, for its part, was throwing rockets into Israel, designed ideally, as they would put it, to kill Israelis. But of course Israel – courtesy of American finance – has invented the most brilliant shield which is keeping absolutely everything out. And that’s a big difference. Suffering is amongst the ground troops, mainly 20 year olds, who go in and get killed.

So when I last spoke to the Norwegian doctor who is one of those dealing with the consequences of this bombing, I asked him: how many children have been wounded? They’ve registered, 1310. How many children dead? 166 – but that number is growing all the time.

That is what makes this something that everyone of us has to confront. We have to know that in some way we actually share some responsibility for those deaths, because for us it is no priority whatever to stop it. Our United Nations, our government, our world is not that interested.

The fact that you’re watching this, that you’ve chosen to watch it, means that you’re actually motivated to do something. And that in the end is the greatest hope the people in Gaza have.

We cannot let it go on.

If our reporting is worth anything – if your preparedness to listen, and watch, and read is anything to go by – together, we can make a difference.

Dr Mehzabeen b. Ibrahim joined MuslimMatters as a blogger in late 2007 under the handle 'iMuslim', whilst still a struggling grad student. Since then, she has attained a PhD in Molecular Biology and a subsequent Masters in Bioinformatics, and now works as a specialist in this field for a well-known British, medical charity, masha'Allah. Somewhere in between she found the time to get married, alhamdulillah. She likes to dabble in photo and videography, a sample of which can be found on her personal blog: iMuslim.tv.

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    scorpius

    July 27, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    Place the blame for this, and every civilian target, killed or wounded in this conflict: at the feet of the Islamofascist Hamas.

    They are the ones who targeted Israeli civilians.

    They are the ones who used aid dollars and materiels to build tunnels and buy rockets.

    They are the ones who ordered Gazan civilians to stay in the buildings targeted by Israelis and not seek safety (and yes, they can get to safety).

    They are the ones who put racist and anti-semitic eliminationist rhetoric in their charter.

    They are fascists. The people of Gaza should go with their instincts and (http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/gaza-public-rejects-hamas-wants-ceasefire) learn from the Italians and what they did to their fascists. I’m sure there are still street lamps (or poles). I’m sure they can find rope or rope-like materials. Assemble, hang, repeat. Then agree to the cease-fire. Problem solved

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      Ibrahim

      July 31, 2014 at 6:58 PM

      Nothing but a pathetic attempt at placing the blame of this atrocity on Hamas, when it is clear Israel is committing genocide against the people of Gaza. You’re not fooling anyone with your Hasbara talking points. They no longer hide the truth.

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      Ismail

      August 1, 2014 at 5:26 AM

      Hamas was founded in 1987, what do you say about the atrocities that took place at the hands of Israel’s psychopathic leaders before then?

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        Leo

        August 1, 2014 at 7:52 AM

        PLO was there before Hamas

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    umar farooq

    July 27, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    i hope evrythng wil b olryt in gaza nd ol muslims wil given freedom IN SHA ALLAH….

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    gopithomas

    July 28, 2014 at 5:30 AM

    Well, it looks like Saudi Arabia is with Israel –they have not made any comments on the atrocities; they facilitated the man Israel wanted in Egypt – Sissi, they are with Israel on Iran……

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    Aliza Salem

    July 28, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    I have one question? Is it true that if Hamas stops firing rockets Israel will stop? SO STOP FIRING ROCKETS!! If our own people dont care about our children how can we expect Israel to care?

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      Fariha

      July 29, 2014 at 10:15 AM

      That is a rumour spread by Israel supporters. See the link below, you will find more about this matter.
      http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/mehdi-hasan/gaza-israel_b_5624401.html

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      Ibrahim

      July 31, 2014 at 6:54 PM

      It is well known that Israel started this when it blamed Hamas for the kidnapping of Israeli teens and started bombing Gaza. Plus, this talking point serves to distract from the obvious, Gaza is UNDER OCCUPATION by the state of Israel.

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    IBelongToGaaza

    July 30, 2014 at 4:15 AM

    From the comment up votes I can see a lot of trolls are up-voting those comments that are in favour or hinting that the Muslims of Gazza are the oppressors.

    How low can one get, they blindly hate us so much that even their innate empathy in replaced by empathy for the life of human beings. Stripped out of such qualities that makes us human we can only sink low to the levels of the Animals, which unfortunately the Zionist “Jews” have sunk to.

    To these people I only quote this Ayah from the Qur’an

    “Allah has promised those who have believed among you and done righteous deeds that He will surely grant them succession [to authority] upon the earth just as He granted it to those before them and that He will surely establish for them [therein] their religion which He has preferred for them and that He will surely substitute for them, after their fear, security, [for] they worship Me, not associating anything with Me. But whoever disbelieves after that – then those are the defiantly disobedient.”

    http://quran.com/24/55

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    um faheem kudo

    July 30, 2014 at 4:55 AM

    As-salaam Alaikum,

    This was beautiful piece of bravery by a non-Muslim. While we enjoy our Eid, enjoying our toys, and our new clothes, enjoying our families…our little muslim sisters and brothers are burying their parents, lying crippled in the hospital and can’t even enjoy their 99cent toys.What has happened to our heart? What has happened to our Eman?

    What can we do? We need to take vital actions. Please write an article how can we make a change. We can keep talking about humanitarian aid, but we need to stop this injustice. We need to stop turning a blind eye to the massive killing of human lives.

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    Asad

    July 31, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    Hamas shouldn’t have fired rockets from hospitals and schools. They endangered those children

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      Ibrahim

      July 31, 2014 at 6:52 PM

      That is a debunked Zionist talking point. Way to relieve the murderous genocidal IDF of any fault on the occupied.

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      Ismail

      August 1, 2014 at 5:29 AM

      Sure. What else? Hamas shouldn’t have fired rockets from a beach consisting of 4 young boys playing football? Or Hamas shouldn’t have fired rockets from a children’s park on Eid? The pathetic excuses you Zionists make sound like broken records now. Just stop.

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        Asad

        August 1, 2014 at 5:53 AM

        Fear Allah Ismail.
        Alhamdulillah I am muslim and you accuse me of being the worst of the yahuud????
        Do you not know of the ahadeeth of accusing another muslim of being a kafir?

        I by no means agree with the actions of the IDF.
        Everybody knows that the IDF will launch missiles to the coordinates where hamas rockets are being fired from. Israel care little if there are going to be children there. This is my point: knowing this information, why would hamas launch rockets from these locations. They have knowingly endangered these childrens lives.

        Fear Allah Ismail, fear Allah.

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        M. Mahmud

        September 24, 2014 at 12:18 AM

        Fear Allah Asad, fear Allah. You blame Muslims for attempting to free themselves from Yahudi oppression? Why don’t you put yourself in their shoes and feel the pain of the blockade year after year.

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      Ishak

      August 2, 2014 at 1:34 AM

      MM should take a stance against these Zionist trolls infesting this place using ‘Fear Allah’ as an expression for mockery. IDF are running a worldwide campaign where people are actually under their payroll to spread misnomers and misconceptions against the Palestinian resistance, we must not let these barbarians take over our electronic media. Notice how none of them expressed their sorrow regarding the plight of the children, but jumped on the Hamas-blaming bandwagon as a means to divert our attention from the topic of discussion here? Really, this explains everything about them.

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        Asad

        August 3, 2014 at 2:59 PM

        Wow. Another one thinks I’m a Jewish Zionist!
        What do I need to do to prove I’m muslim?
        I paraphrased a Hadith which is saheeh and enjoined the good (as prescribed in our deen) yet get accused of being kafir.
        I’ll come looking for you ishak on al yaum ul qiyama. I will meet you on al qantara

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      Aly Balagamwala

      August 7, 2014 at 1:19 AM

      Readers are requested not to start labeling people as Zionist, pronounce takfir, etc if their views differ from yours. If the viewpoint differs, please try convince them otherwise.

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    muslimgurrl

    October 29, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    How can you guys still argue after seeing that video. Are your lives that empty and boring that you have nothing better to do than engage in silly arguments online completely oblivious to the fact that there’s children dying because of a silly dispute that you could stop if you shut your mouth for a bit and worked with one another.
    For every hateful commentator on here, I hope your children get sent to Gaza.

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    Umm hadi

    December 1, 2014 at 5:04 AM

    Firaun targeted male children as well, on basis of his dream. But Allah has his plans.
    “wa makaru wa makarallah – Wallahu khairul Maakireen”
    (3:54 And (the unbelievers) plotted and planned, and Allah too planned, and the best of planners is Allah. )

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What Does Sharia Really Say About Abortion in Islam

Abortion is not a simple option of being pro-life or pro-choice, Islam recognizes the nuance.

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The following article on abortion is based on a research paper titled ‘The Rights of the Fetus in Islam’, at the Department of Sharia at Qatar University. My team and I presented it to multiple members of the faculty. It was approved by the Dean of the Islamic Studies College, an experienced and reputed Islamic authority.

In one swoop, liberal comedian Deven Green posing as her satirical character, Mrs. Betty Brown, “America’s best Christian”, demonized both Sharia law as well as how Islamic law treats abortion. Even in a debate about a law that has no Muslim protagonist in the middle of it, Islam is vilified because apparently, no problem in the world can occur without Islam being dragged into it.

It is important to clarify what Sharia is before discussing abortion. Sharia law is the set of rules and guidelines that Allah establishes as a way of life for Muslims. It is derived from the Qur’an and the Sunnah, which is interpreted and compiled by scholars based on their understandings (fiqh). Sharia takes into account what is in the best interest for individuals and society as a whole, and creates a system of life for Muslims, covering every aspect, such as worship, beliefs, ethics, transactions, etc.

Muslim life is governed by Sharia – a very personal imperative. For a Muslim living in secular lands, that is what Sharia is limited to – prayers, fasting, charity and private transactions such as not dealing with interest, marriage and divorce issues, etc. Criminal statutes are one small part of the larger Sharia but are subject to interpretation, and strictly in the realm of a Muslim country that governs by it.

With respect to abortion, the first question asked is:

“Do women have rights over their bodies or does the government have rights over women’s bodies?”

The answer to this question comes from a different perspective for Muslims. Part of Islamic faith is the belief that our bodies are an amanah from God. The Arabic word amanah literally means fulfilling or upholding trusts. When you add “al” as a prefix, or al-amanah, trust becomes “The Trust”, which has a broader Islamic meaning. It is the moral responsibility of fulfilling one’s obligations due to Allah and fulfilling one’s obligations due to other humans.

The body is one such amanah. Part of that amanah includes the rights that our bodies have over us, such as taking care of ourselves physically, emotionally and mentally – these are part of a Muslim’s duty that is incumbent upon each individual.

While the Georgia and Alabama laws in the United States that make abortion illegal after the 6-week mark of pregnancy are being mockingly referred to as “Sharia Law” abortion, the fact is that the real Sharia allows much more leniency in the matter than these laws do.

First of all, it is important to be unambiguous about one general ruling: It is unanimously agreed by the scholars of Islam that abortion without a valid excuse after the soul has entered the fetus is prohibited entirely. The question then becomes, when exactly does the soul enter the fetus? Is it when there is a heartbeat? Is it related to simple timing? Most scholars rely on the timing factor because connecting a soul to a heartbeat itself is a question of opinion.

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The timing then is also a matter of ikhtilaf, or scholarly difference of opinion:

One Hundred and Twenty Days:

The majority of the traditional scholars, including the four madhahib, are united upon the view that the soul certainly is within the fetus after 120 days of pregnancy, or after the first trimester.

This view is shaped by  the following hadith narrated by Abdullah bin Masood raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him):

قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: إن أحدكم يجمع خلقه في بطن أمه أربعين يوما ثم يكون في ذلك علقة مثل ذلك ثم يكون في ذلك مضغة مثل ذلك ثم يرسل الملك فينفخ فيه الروح..

“For every one of you, the components of his creation are gathered together in the mother’s womb for a period of forty days. Then he will remain for two more periods of the same length, after which the angel is sent and insufflates the spirit into him.”

Forty Days:

The exception to the above is that some scholars believe that the soul enters the fetus earlier, that is after the formation phase, which is around the 40 days mark of pregnancy.

This view is based on another hadith narrated by Abdullah bin Masood raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him):

قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: إذا مر بالنطفة إثنتان وأربعون ليلة بعث الله إليها ملكاً، فصوره، وخلق سمعها وبصرها وجلدها ولحمها وعظمها…

“If a drop of semen spent in the womb forty-two nights, Allah sends an angel to it who depicts it and creates its ears, eyes, skin, flesh and bones.”

Between the two views, the more widespread and popular opinion is the former, which is that the soul enters the fetus at the 120 days (or 4 months) mark, as the second hadith implies the end of the formation period of the fetus rather than the soul entering it.

Even if one accepts that the soul enters the fetus at a certain timing mark, it does not mean that the soul-less fetus can be aborted at any time or for any reason. Here again, like most matters of Islamic jurisprudence, there is ikhtilaf of scholarly difference of opinion.

No Excuse Required:

The Hanafi madhhab is the most lenient, allowing abortion during the first trimester, even without an excuse.

Some of the later scholars from the Hanafi school consider it makruh or disliked if done without a valid reason, but the majority ruled it as allowed.

Only Under Extreme Risks:

The Malikis are the most strict in this matter; they do not allow abortion even if it is done in the first month of pregnancy unless there is an extreme risk to the mother’s health.

Other Views:

As for the Shafi’i and Hanbali schools of thought, there are multiple opinions within the schools themselves, some allowing abortion, some only allowing it in the presence of a valid excuse.

Valid excuses differ from scholar to scholar, but with a strong and clear reason, permissibility becomes more lenient. Such cases include forced pregnancy (caused by rape), reasons of health and other pressing reasons.

For example, consider a rape victim who becomes pregnant. There is hardly a more compelling reason (other than the health of the mother) where abortion should be permitted. A child born as a result in such circumstances will certainly be a reminder of pain and discomfort to the mother. Every time the woman sees this child, she will be reminded of the trauma of rape that she underwent, a trauma that is generally unmatched for a woman. Leaving aside the mother, the child himself or herself will lead a life of suffering and potentially neglect. He or she may be blamed for being born– certainly unjust but possible with his or her mother’s mindset. The woman may transfer her pain to the child, psychologically or physically because he or she is a reminder of her trauma. One of the principles of Sharia is to ward off the greater of two evils. One can certainly argue that in such a case where both mother and child are at risk of trauma and more injustice, then abortion may indeed be the lesser of the two.

The only case even more pressing than rape would be when a woman’s physical health is at risk due to the pregnancy. Where the risk is clear and sufficiently severe (that is can lead to some permanent serious health damage or even death) if the fetus remained in her uterus, then it is unanimously agreed that abortion is allowed no matter what the stage of pregnancy. This is because of the Islamic principle that necessities allow prohibitions. In this case, the necessity to save the life of the mother allows abortion, which may be otherwise prohibited.

This is the mercy of Sharia, as opposed to the popular culture image about it.

Furthermore, the principle of preventing the greater of two harms applies in this case, as the mother’s life is definite and secure, while the fetus’ is not.

Absolutely Unacceptable Reason for Abortion:

Another area of unanimous agreement is that abortion cannot be undertaken due to fear of poverty. The reason for this is that this mindset collides with having faith and trust in Allah. Allah reminds us in the Quran:

((وَلَا تَقْتُلُوا أَوْلَادَكُمْ خَشْيَةَ إِمْلَاقٍ ۖ نَّحْنُ نَرْزُقُهُمْ وَإِيَّاكُمْ ۚ إِنَّ قَتْلَهُمْ كَانَ خِطْئًا كَبِيرًا))

“And do not kill your children for fear of poverty, We provide for them and for you. Indeed, their killing is ever a great sin.” (Al-Israa, 31)

Ignorance is not an excuse, but it is an acceptable excuse when it comes to mocking Islam in today’s world. Islam is a balanced religion and aims to draw ease for its adherents. Most rulings concerning fiqh are not completely cut out black and white. Rather, Islamic rulings are reasonable and consider all possible factors and circumstances, and in many cases vary from person to person.

Abortion is not a simple option of being pro-life or pro-choice. These terms have become political tools rather than sensitive choices for women who ultimately suffer the consequences either way.

Life means a lot more than just having a heartbeat. Islam completely recognizes this. Thus, Islamic rulings pertaing to abortion are detailed and varied.

As a proud Muslim, I want my fellow Muslims to be confident of their religion particularly over sensitive issues such as abortion and women’s rights to choose for themselves keeping the Creator of Life in focus at all times.

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Faith Community Stands With Peace And Justice Leader Imam Omar Suleiman During Right Wing Attacks

Hena Zuberi

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In a follow up to the right-wing media platforms attack on Imam Omar Suleiman – calling him anti-semitic, a common tactic used to discredit both Muslim activists, as well as criticism of Israel policies, Faith Forward Dallas issued a statement.

Faith Forward Dallas at Thanksgiving Square – Faith Leaders United for Peace and Justice is a Texas-based interfaith organization that has worked on many initiatives with Imam Omar Suleiman.

The statement reads:

“Imam Omar Suleiman a spiritual and moral voice for peace with justice!!!!!

Time after time in our city, in the United States and around the world, Imam Omar Suleiman has been a spiritual and moral voice for peace with justice. When others seek to divide, he calls for unity. Faith Forward Dallas at Thanks-Giving Square works to unite faith leaders for justice and compassion. Imam Suleiman has been a trusted leader among us. In the wake of his beautiful prayer to open the House of Representatives on May 9, he has received threats of violence and words of vilification when instead he should have our praise and prayers. We call upon people of good will everywhere to tone down the rhetoric, to replace hate with love, and to build bridges toward the common good.

Faith Forward Dallas at Thanks-Giving Square”

Commenters on the Faith Forward Dallas statement have left comments of support.

The group has invited locals and other leaders to endorse and share the statement. “Endorsed! I love and fully you Imam Omar Suleiman!” wrote Karen Weldes Fry, Spiritual Director at Center of Spiritual Learning in Dallas (CSLDallas), commenting on the statement.

Some commentators do not understand the manufactured controversy.  Heather Mustain writes, “What people are writing is so vile. They obviously didn’t even listen to his prayer!” Imam  Omar Suleiman delivered the opening prayer in the US House of Representatives on May, 9th, 2019  at the invitation of Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D) of Dallas, TX.

“I’m grateful for the faith leaders with whom I’ve built relationships with and served with for years that have shown full support throughout this process. Together we’ve stood with one another in solidarity in the face of bigotry, and in the support of others in any form of pain. We will not let these dark forces divide us,” said Imam Omar Suleiman in response to the outpouring of love from the people he has worked with on the ground, building on peace, love, and justice.

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

Zeba Khan

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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

JazakAllahuKheiran


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: DMagazine.com


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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