Muslim Shaykh at Speakers’ Corner Confronts Extremist

Shaykh Muhammad who is generally seen as a leadership figure for the Muslim community at Speakers’ Corner took the initiative alongside Br. Ali Dawah to confront a Muslim who has been making extremist statements, contrary to the honourable teachings of Islam.

There are some who think that the Muslims at Speakers’ Corner do not do enough to police their own, but they do and this open rebuke is a clear example of this. Extremists are not welcomed to identify themselves as working with, or sharing any platform with the larger collection of Muslims at the park, and Shaykh Muhammad makes this clear, as does Br. Ali Dawah.

A heated video in some ways, but a necessary discussion that needed to happen.

 

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8 replies

  1. I don’t personally know “Uncle Omar” but I suspect that either he is simply misguided and wrong headed in his interfaith interactions, OR he could be acting as an “Agent Provocateur” clandestinely pretending to sympathize with Muslims and their aims while inciting them to some incriminating action, or at the very least misrepresenting the Muslims in public forums in order to generate bad PR and ill feelings towards Islam.

    Either way, I agree such action should be rebuked by Muslims immediately in order to distance Islam from such gross misrepresentation.

    If “Uncle Omar” is simply misguided and wrong headed in his interfaith interactions, then I pray that Allah will show him the error of his ways guide him back to the right path.

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  2. Ijaz has never been to Speakers’ Corner and has little idea of what goes on there week by week

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    • Agreed, I’ve never been, but at least I’m sharing a video condemning extremism at the park.

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    • Are you guys still occupied by this petty feud? Come on. Let bygones be bygones, and not let petty feuds divide us.

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    • Well, I don’t think br. Ijaz did anything wrong by posting this video. I’m not sure why all this drama by br. Paul. Don’t let your anger deviate you from being fair with others.
      Your contributions have been very valuable in this blog. I really encourage you to write again in this blog.
      Anas bin Malik (May Allah be pleased with him) said:
      The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “Do not desert (stop talking to) one another, do not nurse hatred towards one another, do not be jealous of one another, and become as fellow brothers and slaves of Allah. It is not lawful for a Muslim to stop talking to his brother (Muslim) for more than three days.”
      [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

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    • I agree that brother Ijaz may not have handled the whole incident well. But we are all human, and everyone makes mistakes. This should not keep us from letting bygones be bygones.

      However, I did notice that brother Paul’s last comment did not post. That is not right. I again call on brother Ijaz to allow brother Paul to post comments without hindrance. Both of you need to make concessions and make up. This feud is divisive and only hurts our efforts to give dawah.

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    • Just a quick response, I’m absolutely fine with comments being critical of me, but our policy has never been to allow bullying on the website. If Br. Paul chooses to post inflammatory comments that knowingly go against the rules he gave me when needing help to moderate comments regarding his person during his tenure, then he should say so. As of yet, he’s not directed me otherwise.

      Given that Br. Paul is now escalating his bullying tactics via Twitter and Facebook, even teaming up with Sam Shamoun, I must seriously reconsider breaking my silence at serious personal cost to him which I’ve thus far resisted doing out of goodwill.

      I do not want to have to do this, but if it prevents others from being put in the same position, I may very well have to. I’ve yet to use BT or CC to post negative comments about Br. Paul, I’ve held my silence for quite some time, perhaps that needs to change for his own good.

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    • As I said, both sides need to make concessions. If brother Paul is colluding with the likes of Shamoun against fellow Muslims, that is a big mistake and he should know better. Put your personal feelings and egos aside, brothers.

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