https://facebook.com/ICNA https://youtube.com/ICNA
In The Name of Allah, The Most Beneficent, The Most Merciful
Home : About ICNA : Chapter Locator : Contact Us

ICNA Shariah Council Responds to Al Awlaki


03 18 10

 

 

Imam Omar Ahmad Suleiman, member of ICNA’s Shariah Council appeals to the Muslim youth in response to Anwar Al Awlaki’s audio message:

 

“In the name of Allah, the most Compassionate, the most Merciful.

 

May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon His final messenger Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).


First and foremost, everything that is written is in assumption that the messages from Imam Anwar that have recently surfaced are indeed from him and no one else.

 

As American Muslims, many of us used to wonder at how Allah has blessed Imam Anwar with such a degree of eloquence, and the gift of storytelling if you will, that he could move you to tears within 5 minutes of his lecturing. The news that he was detained a few years ago in Yemen brought many of us into a state of shock and depression. We invoked Allah (SWT) to free our beloved Imam nightly until we heard the wonderful news that he had been freed on December 12, 2007. I remember all the text messages, emails, and blog posts with ecstatic Muslims around the country praising Allah for his release.

 

Then something happened. Slowly, we began to see the post-prison Anwar Al Awlaki express strange radical views. Lectures that were as fiery as ever were being published on various websites that called on Muslims to join the “global jihad.” Out of our blind love for him, most American Muslims simply dismissed his new lectures and writings as tainted by his frustration with what had happened to him in prison. As a community, we were willing to forgive him for his new bitter and pessimistic attitude towards the world because of the ordeal he had faced.

 

On November 7, 2009, 2 days after the Fort Hood shooting, the love affair between conscience American Muslims and Imam Anwar suffered a huge blow. Although Imam Al Awlaki was sounding increasingly radical in his lectures, he never once before condoned terrorism. In fact, he very clearly denounced the attacks of 9/11 in various interviews and sermons both within public and private circles. This time was different. He not only condoned the Fort Hood shootings but even went so far to say that Muslim organizations and scholars in the United States were guilty of cowardice, treason, and hypocrisy for condemning the shootings. As American Muslims who loved the old Anwar Al Awlaki so much, most of us immediately declared that these words were probably forged in his name to create dissension amongst the community. Then as the interviews started to come out, we couldn’t believe what was happening. Some of us probably questioned our own faith and principles because of our attachment to Imam Anwar. We watched Imam Johari of Dar Al Hijra, where Imam Anwar once delivered a powerful condemnation of 9/11, as he had to stand and denounce one of his former closest friends and a man who captured our hearts for so many years.

 

Then came Imam Anwar’s praise of the failed Christmas day terrorist plot of Umar Farouk AbdulMuttalib. This left us even more baffled since this was an attack intended to kill 278 innocent airline passengers, many of whom were Muslims. How could an Imam who once seemed so level-headed now be a proponent of such a clear transgression of Islamic law?

 

Our search for answers and excuses for Anwar Al Awlaki have run out. Today we are hearing the words of hate and violence in the voice of the very same Imam which used to bring us so much good through the stories of our prophets and the remembrance of the hereafter. His call today for us as American Muslims to take up arms against our own country serves no other purpose but to wreak havoc and destruction. It is the same call of the kharijites that has been repeated so many times that feasts on the frustration and uncontrolled emotions of vulnerable youth that do not have the foundation or knowledge to recognize its illegitimacy.

 

In the next few days, I sincerely hope that American Muslim scholars will repudiate this call of hate using the injunctions of the Quran and the authentic Sunnah of our beloved Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). In the long run however, as Muslim communities and organizations we must seek to offer avenues of positive energy, in accordance with the Quran and Sunnah, for our zealous youth. We also should not shy away from repudiating calls of violence and hate that recklessly ignore the manhaj (methodology) of our pious predecessors. It is only through the dissemination of authentic knowledge of our religion that such calls can be drowned.

 

To our dear young brothers and sisters who grew up listening to the lectures of Imam Anwar and are overcome by emotion, I can only advise you with the words of the late Imam Al Ghazali (ra): “Islam is a commitment to principles, not people.” Think about the repercussions of this call to the religion of Allah. Will yielding to this pessimistic view of world destruction bring about any good to the ummah? Will it really end the occupation of Palestine or the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? Or will it simply make matters worse than they already are. Allah desires from you that you bring about a positive change in your society, not chaos and destruction that will only further jeopardize an already delicate situation.

 

As for the Imam Anwar of today who spreads messages filled with hate and violence, perhaps no one could refute you more effectively than the Imam Anwar that was so beloved to our community who once said in a sermon back in October, 2001: “We as Muslims… we want to bring an end to terrorism more than anyone else. Our position needs to be reiterated and needs to be very clear. The fact the US has administered the death and homicide of over 1 million civilians in Iraq, the fact that the US is supporting the deaths and killing of thousands of Palestinians, does not justify the killing of 1 US civilian in New York City or Washington DC.”

 

I sincerely ask Allah to guide Imam Anwar back to the path of moderation, and enlighten him to renounce this new methodology which stands contrary to the Quran and Sunnah. May Allah protect our community and allow us to be amongst those who call to guidance and are guided, and not amongst those who call to misguidance and are astray. Ameen.”

 

Imam Omar Ahmad Suleiman, New Orleans, LA
Member of ICNA’s Shariah Council

 

ICNA Scholar’s Committee was renamed as Shariah Council in 2009. Among it’s various responsibilities, the council plays a key role in advising the organization on matters of religion.

 

  • Angjellushe

    All I can say is that THIS IS THE STUPIDEST statement I ever read in my whole life. I feel sorry for this imaam who wrote all these bunch of words. Let me tell you something My Imaam – THERE IS NO MODERATION IN ISLAM as you say so you better repent and turn to Allaah as He commanded from the day One until the day Last!

  • Muhammed Zaki Shaik

    What ! May Allah grant our beloved Imam Jannat-ul-firdous (insha-Allah). My question to the ICNA is how on earth would they recognize adDajjal if they are so easily swayed by the US.

  • Maryam Abdulmumin

    ICNA is always in a haste to talk against Anwar Awlaki. But I have not yet seen a comment from them about the actions of the U.S in the Muslim lands. They are in a haste to put videos of the Barack Obama on their youtube channel eventhough this kaffir has killed many muslims through out the world.

  • http://yahoo adel

    Thancks verey mach for this page,I hop it can be good for me happened because I in here strenger I live with months visa ,if. Was beter idaeh to do the best for yo and I send me the masag and me too as soon iwell do my best if gade help me too.
    Adel

  • Mounir

    Quran 9:9
    They have exchanged the signs of Allah for a small price and averted [people] from His way. Indeed, it was evil that they were doing.

  • Mujahed

    ASA (the weird shariah council), May Allah(swt) guide you, ameen.
    I know ICNA VERY WELL and the likes of the one who may have written this piece against the IMAM whom the entire muslims (esp USA) of this continent knows very well, and his contributions to ISLAM. ICNA follows jamat-e-islami (A.A.maududi). The difference between what the founder of jamat-e-islami (A.A.maududi) said and what Imam Anwar says is “LANGUAGE” (ENG Vs Urdu). Maulana maududi is a well known scholar who EMPHASIZED the NEED OF JIHAD as a “prime tenet” (when situations demand). Jihad is far, American muslims are SO WEAK that they cannot even utter anything if their sister/mother is TRAMPLED infront of them by the US FBI/Police – that is their pathetic situation! Every one today knows what USA is doing and DID to millions of IRAQIs/Afghanis, ETC. Everyone knows how NYPD/LAPD and FBI tracks and accuses/punishes several hundred innocent muslims (american citizens) within USA – under the pretext of “national security” or “suspicion”. And, does anyone have any doubt on the unjust/inhuman treatment of muslims of Guantanamo bay prison, Abu Ghraib, and several other CIA prisons existing all over the world? NELSON Mandela was a TERRORIST, Afghans before they were fighting USA were “GODS SOLDIERS” for USA – but when they are fighting for same reasons (freedom) they fought USSR – are now THUGS/ISLAMISTS/FUNDAMENTALISTS/etc! This SHARIA COUNCIL is as liable bas the LIKES OF FOX – who assassinate character of a MUSLIM!

  • Mujahed

    ASA,

    ICNA should REMOVE and RECANT/REGRET/APOLOGIZE for issuing this article ASAP, and this month of FASTING/TAWBA is the best time for the Shariah council – to repent what it is doing against an Imam – who laid down EVERYTHING for the cause of ISLAM/Muslims!

    If ICNA does NOT recall/remove this article, INSHAALLAH, I will testify AGAINST ALL THE SHARIAH COUNCIL MEMBERS on the DAY OF JUDGEMENT – in favor of Imam Anwar Awlaki!

  • Dr. SULEYMAN ERK ERGINER

    THE ARTICLE, IF YOU CALL IT AN ARTICLE, IS FULL OF ERRORS AND MISCONCEPTION. I DO NOT EXACTLY KNOW IF YOU ARE TOTALLY IGNORANT OR UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF THE US GOVERNMENT.

    I EITHER CASE I HOPE YOU ARE AWAKE NOW THAT ALL THESE YEARS PASSED SINCE 9-11, WHICH WAS THE EVIL-DOING OF THE US GOVERNMENT, THE MOSSAD, THE JEWISH FIFTH COLUMN THE NEOCONS.

    YOU SOUNDED AS IF YOU ARE IMPLYING THAT 9-11 WAS AN ACT OF MUSLIMS. IF YOU BELIEVE THAT YOU WILL BE REWARDED BY HELL.

    ALSO, IF I EVER HEAR OF SUNNI VERSUS SHIA IN ANY MUSLIM WEBSITE I WILL PRAY INCESSANTLY TO THE ALMIGHTY THAT HE EDUCATE YOU ASAP OR PUNISH YOU IN THIS WORLD. DON’T MUSLIMS REALIZE THAT IT IS A PLOY TO DIVIDE US AND CONQUER.

  • Dr. SULEYMAN ERK ERGINER

    I KNOW YOU PROBABLY WILL NOT READ THIS BUT JUST IN CASE YOU WANT TO BE ENLIGHTENED.
    Is Anyone Telling Us The Truth?

    By Paul Craig Roberts

    January 08, 2010 “Information Clearing House” — What are we to make of the failed Underwear Bomber plot, the Toothpaste, Shampoo, and Bottled Water Bomber plot, and the Shoe Bomber plot? These blundering and implausible plots to bring down an airliner seem far removed from al-Qaida’s expertise in pulling off 9/11.

    If we are to believe the U.S. government, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged al-Qaida “mastermind” behind 9/11, outwitted the CIA, the NSA, indeed all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies as well as those of all U.S. allies including Mossad, the National Security Council, NORAD, Air Traffic Control, Airport Security four times on one morning, and Dick Cheney, and with untrained and inexperienced pilots pulled off skilled piloting feats of crashing hijacked airliners into the World Trade Center towers, and the Pentagon, where a battery of state of the art air defenses somehow failed to function.

    After such amazing success, al-Qaida would have attracted the best minds in the business, but, instead, it has been reduced to amateur stunts.

    The Underwear Bomb plot is being played to the hilt on the TV media and especially on Fox “news.” After reading recently that The Washington Post allowed a lobbyist to write a news story that preached the lobbyist’s interest, I wondered if the manufacturers of full body scanners were behind the heavy coverage of the Underwear Bomber, if not behind the plot itself. In America, everything is for sale. Integrity is gone with the wind.

  • Hannan

    My Beloved Sheik Imam Anwar Al Awlakhi(Rahaimaullah)said it right
    “These Rotten, shoddy and defeatist statements are the types they make today.”

    When you people don’t have guts to speak what is Jihad according to Quran and sunnah, then atleast have shame not to speak about the one who is brave enough to revive the Jihad Fisabilillah.

  • Peaceful Mujahid

    Munafiqs, hypocrites were there at the Time of Rasool Allah saws also, who remained in their homes at the time of jihad fesabilillah.

    Its amazing to see them now also.
    May ALLAH SWS GRANT JANNAH TO SHEIK ANWAR AL AWLAKHI FOR HIS EFFORTS. AMEEN.

    icna “SCHOLARS” repent and say truly to people about jihad. Fear ALLAH.

  • Muslim

    Oh ICNA fear ALLAH and stop working as an agent of Bush and Obama… Or else you will be seeing yourself in the same place in hellfire along with them
    And rest regarding ANWAR AL AWALAKI…he was one of the very righteous man and spoken very true about West and its policy against ISLAM… May ALLAH give ANWAR AL AWALAKI very high place in Jannah… Ameen

  • Abdul-Malek

    I have stopped following all of Omar Suleiman’s lectures after seeing this. May Allah expose him.

    He is a Munafiq, and the Munafiqeen are in the lowest depths of Hellfire.

  • Absan

    Imam anwar awlaki is our hero