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Executive Order on ‘Muslim Ban’ – What Do We Know

Hena Zuberi

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President Donald Trump is preparing to issue an executive order dramatically restricting refugee admissions to the U.S. and denying visas to individuals from countries his administration deems high-risk, according to congressional and advocacy organization sources briefed on a draft.

The executive order could still change before Trump signs it, which could happen this week. According to sources, administration officials are considering:

  • Blocking refugees from war-torn Syria from entering the U.S. indefinitely.
  • Suspending all refugee admissions for 120 days while the administration determines which countries pose the least risk.
  • Temporarily suspending visa issuances to people in countries where the administration considers security screening inadequate ― meaning people from those countries couldn’t enter the U.S. at all.
  • Capping total refugee admissions for fiscal year 2017 at 50,000 ― less than half of the 110,000 proposed by the Obama administration.

Sources briefed on the draft executive order said the list of countries targeted is not yet finalized, but those under consideration ― Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen ― are all Muslim-majority nations. Trump vowed last year to suspend immigration from “terror-prone regions” as one of his first moves. From Huffington Post

Update – here is the draft copy of the executive order on refugees and immigrants.

 


By Hassan Ahmed

More information will come tomorrow once Trump’s executive order is released. From there, immigration experts around the country will dissect it and be able to tell much more about who it will affect and how.

Buzzfeed reports that a career government official noted that the EO is expected to “institute a blanket suspension of visas issued to certain countries with majority Muslim populations, temporarily suspend the refugee resettlement program, and institute what Trump has called “extreme vetting,” or as one person called it, “a Sharia litmus test.”

Reuters reported “limited immigration for refugees “and some visa holders from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.””

CNN reports that this is only part 1 of a multi-day immigration executive order rollout. The Post reports the impending order may also include toughening of enforcement along the Mexican border.

So: decreased refugee admissions, blanket visa suspension from certain countries, extreme vetting, enhanced enforcement. Just like in the commercials.

FIRST: Be aware of the contours of each proposal-order. Muslim ban, extreme vetting, halting/reducing refugee resettlement are all distinct concepts.

SECOND: Remember that any “list of countries” can be added to, and subtracted from. This has Kobach written all over it.

THIRD: These things have been done before. This is not unprecedented. George Bush halted all refugee admissions after 9/11. Jimmy Carter banned all Iranian immigration after the hostage crisis [Editor’s note: here is more analysis on the differences between Trump’s policies and Carter’s] . Moreover, people from these countries are already rarely granted visas: I hear their stories almost every day. I don’t mean to minimize the monstrosity, only to contextualize. If you go further back into history, you’ll find blatantly racist policies that consistently withstood constitutional scrutiny. The point is: exclusion of certain groups is nothing new.

FOURTH: Lawsuits are a necessary part of any broad resistance strategy, but know that we are up against a stalwart doctrine: plenary power. Courts are extremely reluctant to tell Congress (or the Executive Branch) who they can or cannot let into the country. However, it is not absolutely hands-off; cases such as Zadvydas v. Davis show that there is some extremely limited judicial review. This must be (long-term) amplified across the circuits to expand judicial power, and do away with the plenary power doctrine over immigration (as argued by Prof. Motomura back in 1990). There is virtually NO CHECK on executive power when it comes to immigration. Do you want to see where legalized bigotry begins? In immigration. Because no one is there to stop it.

It may not be the right time to sue broadly – the plenary power is vast, and deeply embedded in our law. The proposed orders are a tame exercise of executive power. I say we wait until they cross a line – any line.

FIFTH: That leaves attacking the SOURCE of these policies, which smells like white nationalism. The administration’s cozy relationship with groups like Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) [Julie Kirchner, the former executive director of the anti-immigrant hate group, FAIR, has been named chief of staff at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the largest federal law enforcement agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Since its founding in 1979, FAIR has push an agenda centered on a complete moratorium on all immigration to the United States and defined by vicious attacks on non-white immigrants. Its founder was white nationalist John Tanton, an avowed eugenicist who created the modern anti-immigrant movement in the United States.] which were founded and grew up in white nationalism gives ample anecdotal evidence. This investigation into white nationalism must happen before it becomes accepted as the status quo. We need to haul these advisors in to testify before Congress, make them show their foul ideology: no more secrets. We need to make it politically expensive for anyone to be seen within 100 yards of them. It is no coincidence that FAIR tried to seal boxes of their founder Dr. Tanton’s papers until 2035.

You know that old repeated line about first they came for the Muslims? This is the beginning of it. I’m calling out to my black brothers and sisters. I’m calling out to my Latino brothers and sisters. I’m calling out to allies across the board who don’t believe in the genetic superiority of one race. This is a different flavor ice cream, but it comes out of the same box.

SIXTH: Since the Women’s March, the administration has attacked science, facts, and the right to clean water. Now this. There is a drastic need to take this to the streets. The administration is obviously trying to stack the three branches of government in its favor: 114 federal judicial vacancies (including one on SCOTUS), and they already control the legislative and executive. We are witnessing the birth of policies that will outlast Trump. Demonstrations do matter, and they do change the course. We might not get good policies – but we can make sure to slow down the creation of bad ones.

SEVENTH: If you are an immigrant, and are already here, it remains to be seen how these policies will affect you. You must use the existing law (and what remains of it) to the maximum possible extent. I met today with someone who now has an issue with their green card application who could have filed for TPS but didn’t. Last week a Yemeni whom I had to beg to do the same thing. Others who never bothered to “extremely vet” themselves before filing for a green card or citizenship. Others who figure it’s easier to disappear into the undocumented population. The importance of correct, sound, and targeted advice has never been more important. This visa revocation and charge under INA 212(a)(7)(A)(1) is nothing new…just happening ramped up. The right advice for people is to seek counsel. Every case is different. A 589 may be the right choice…but not for everyone. If already in the US a person might be eligible file an extension of B-2 status or change of status to F-1, E-2, or may qualify for an L-1A.

The best advice is to be prepared before you travel. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security because your visa always worked before.

On a more personal note: My mind is racing back to my hundreds of Muslim clients from these countries. I’ve played with their children and eaten shwarma and drank chai with them. Misery-laughed with them over heightened scrutiny, Muslim Processing Time, and debating whether advising to shave the beard would be legal advice or not.

It’s on.

Hassan is the founder and principal of the HMA Law Firm.  Licensed to practice in Maryland and Virginia, fluent or proficient in eight languages besides English, known and respected among his peers for his knowledge of the law, research and writing ability, trial skills, and having earned a reputation among his peers as the “go-to” attorney in matters of immigration law, Hassan is an aggressive, dynamic and knowledgeable lawyer who passionately believes in fighting for his clients.


Update From CUNY CLEAR:

“Protecting ourselves and our communities is the first step towards organizing against Trump’s Muslim ban.

“If you hold a passport from the following countries and you are not a U.S. citizen, please feel free to contact CUNY CLEAR for free legal advice:

Iran
Iraq
Somalia
Sudan
Syria
Yemen

“Early reports today indicate that Trump might order a ban on travel and/or immigration from those countries. The specifics are not yet known.

“Additionally, if your mosque or community organization would like to organize a Know Your Rights workshop, CLEAR offers workshops on 4 main topic areas: how to exercise your rights in the face of police or FBI questioning, what your rights are at the airport and while traveling, how to give to charities without running afoul of complex federal laws, and what to do if you have concerns about informants in your community. We can provide literature or trainings in many languages, including Arabic, Bangla, English, French, Spanish, and Urdu.

“You can contact CLEAR at cunyclear@mail.law.cuny.edu or (718) 340-4558.”

From Abed Ayoub, Legal/Policy Director at American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC):

“How the Executive Order will affect travel/immigration/refugees.

“1. The Executive Order signed by Donald Trump will list 6 (predominantly Muslim) countries where travel/immigration to the US will be banned. There will be an option to add more at a later date. Similar to NSEERS. These countries are: Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, Iraq, Iran
2. It is advised that students from the listed countries not leave the US. They won’t be permitted back in. Do not overstay your visa – if you have to leave, please do so. If you are uncertain please seek the advice of an immigration attorney.
3. We do not know what happens to visa holders from those countries who are currently in the US.
4. People from listed countries who have visas, but haven’t travelled to the US, won’t be allowed in. Their visa is void.
5. The ban will extend to spouses of US citizens who are from one of the listed countries, and have pending applications to US.
6. The EO will call for what’s known as a “values test.” This is an ideology test. Will ask applicants about religious beliefs.
7. Some questions on value test:
– Do you support Sharia law
– Have you believe in beheadings
– What is view on homosexuality
8. The EO coming before the ban will focus on the wall, and increasing deportations.

The ADC Legal Department offers pro bono legal services, legal@adc.org.


Ask Your Representative to Oppose Trump’s Muslim-Targeted Immigration Ban

Call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. Tell them your senator’s or representative’s name, and they will connect you to their office. (Don’t know who represents you? Look it up here.)

When someone from the office answers, tell them that it is unethical and un-humanitarian for President Trump to legally limit immigrants and refugees due to their religious beliefs. Remember that though Congressmen can’t directly stop Trump from signing executive orders, they can do so indirectly through public pressure. You may also ask your senator to stall presidential appointments as a pressure tactic.

If you’re unsure of what to say, here is a sample script:

Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent of Representative _______/ Senator _________. I’m calling because I’m concerned about President Donald Trump signing an executive order restricting immigration from Muslim majority countries and ending the Syrian refugee resettlement program. This executive order goes against our shared American values of religious tolerance, diversity, and nondiscrimination.

I’m calling to see if Rep. _________ / Senator ___________ plans to publicly oppose Trump’s decision to sign this executive order?

[If there are any questions, reiterate your concerns.] Yes, please express to Rep. ______/ Sen. ________ that Trump’s executive order doesn’t represent our values, and that I am asking him/her to take a principled, public stand against this kind of intolerance.

Thanks for your time.

Tips to remember:

  • It is important to let your congressperson’s office know why you’re calling and what issue you’re calling about. The congressperson (or his staff) keeps track of how many people called and their positions on issues. If the congressperson is not currently available, a summary is provided to the him/her by their staff. Even if you are not able to speak directly to your senator or representative, your call literally counts.  
  • The congressperson’s office may ask for your zip code/area code, especially if it’s a senator’s office.

What does Trump’s Executive Order potentially entail?

  • He plans to restrict immigration from Muslim countries. Currently, the expected countries are Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. This applies to current Visa holders from these countries as well! Visa holders will have their access to the USA barred or restricted if the EO is signed.
  • He also plans on restricting or scrapping the Syrian Refugee Resettlement program. This move is directly Islamophobic as there are discussions as to whether religious minorities can still resettle (i.e., targeting only Syrian refugees who are also Muslim).
  • Read more here.

Hena Zuberi is the Editor in Chief of Muslimmatters.org. She is also a Staff Reporter at the Muslim Link newspaper which serves the DC Metro. She serves on the board of the Aafia Foundation and Words Heal, Inc. Hena has worked as a television news reporter and producer for CNBC Asia and World Television News. A mom of four and a Green Muslim, she lives and preaches a whole food, organic life which she believes is closest to Sunnah. Active in her SoCal community, Hena served as the Youth Director for the Unity Center. Using her experience with Youth, she conducts Growing Up With God workshops. hena.z@muslimmatters.org Follow her on Twitter @henazuberi.

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    Sara Krohn

    January 29, 2017 at 3:31 PM

    do you know who the authors are of this google doc, or are they vetted? https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1hSGjyWJZIQJpGz4V2ftX_qioCgBtL59oJkkhx146nFE/htmlview “US Senators on Muslim Ban” They used this URL

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    Tracey Suits

    January 29, 2017 at 6:54 PM

    Also wondering about the author of the spreadsheet referenced above. Would like to share, but will not do so without knowing the source is credible.

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    Cherokee Freedem

    February 26, 2017 at 4:06 PM

    It appears those who opposes Trump Immigration Vetting Process are same people who supported the Genocide of Yazidi. These Anti-Trump people are the most Anti-Humanity Souls I have ever seen. As a Native American who had been persecuted by these same Muslim People will stand against Hassan Ahmed and his Evil Empire.

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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.

Reem Shaikh

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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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