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The first female to recite at the annual ISNA convention!

The beginning of the end?…

The sign of a community having lost its ways and has become incapable in distinguishing the right from the wrong is when its most admired traditional sections of the community being to accept the liberal ideas voiced by those in the remote parts of the community, in-order feel accepted and appreciated. This is exactly what is happening now all across the Muslim world. Almost all traditional communities which held the traditional values of religion close to its heart and strove to set up it in all walks of life, are rapidly being uprooted and replaced with the vile ideas of modernity and liberalism. What was once seen as two opposing factors; liberalism and conservatism, have now blurred the lines and is difficult to distinguish between the two. The fusion of two opposing ideas being morphed together and slipping into traditional communities are readily being adapted in many of the American Muslim communities more so than anywhere else. The American Muslim community is young compared to Muslim communities in other countries. In order for it to survive and be rooted in the principles of Islam it must look to Muslim communities, its elder brothers as it were, in UK and France. Only then can the American Muslim community be able to resolve the issue of adapting both the demands of secular and the religious values in its core.

However, like the unruly rebellious teenage son who reuses to listen to the parents and adhere to a moral code of conduct. The American Muslim community is much the same, it refuses to take lessons and examples of guidance from Muslim communities elsewhere. Instead it has decided to take it on itself to reassert a new ‘funky and cool’ version of Islāmic values and ethos. Islāmic Society of North America (ISNA) has long been seen as a platform where traditional scholars were allowed to voice their views and teachings to the masses of American Muslims. It was the only ray of hope against the tidal wave of salafist ideology and criticisms.

Scholars like Hamza yusuf and Abdullah ibn Bayah were catapulted into fame much to the thanks of ISNA. Becoming instant celebrities within the American Muslim community and in turn the rest of the Muslim world.

Much to the dismay and alarm of many, ISNA a traditional sunni stronghold has finally bowed to the pressure to modernize its appeal and attract all the various ill-fated deviants in the Muslim community. At this years ISNA convention the organizers allowed the first Muslim female to recite the Quran in front of both male and female listeners, the audience which included both scholars and other dignitaries. What next in line? Allowing women to call the Adhan? This is a daring attempt to slowly reshape the view of traditional Islam by those calling for changes in the ‘7th century version of Islam’. All the more saddening is to realize that the prominent guests invited to talk at the event likes of whom included ‘Shaykh’ badawi and Imam zahid Shakir did not have the nerve or even dare to address the impressibility of this. Out of fear they will be branded a ‘narrow minded exclusivist fundamentalist’ opposed to ideals of American values of ‘freedom of expression’ and women rights. Issues like Women leading prayers or women calling the adhan, do not come to the forefront of mainstream Muslim events unless they are allowed to simmer and eventually boil into the mainstream Islāmic events. The willful code of silence adopted by the American Muslim scholars and their refusal to discuss the unIslamic ideas creeping into even the traditional circles of Muslims, is only allowing those in the modernity camp to gather momentum and steam. Until finally one day they have enough courage to completely change the very fundamental beliefs of Islam.
This is what Islamaphobes and anti Muslim groups want to see happening within Muslim communities, the willingness to take hold of the tenants of Islam and be eager to change and adapt where and when needed.

Has the American Muslim Community lost its ways? Maybe …
If not, then it is heading towards this brick wall sooner than later.

“The voice of a woman is haram for a man to listen to if it will be a cause for fitnah for him, except in specific circumstances based on dire need.
Likewise, if a woman knows that her speaking to someone or in front of someone will cause a fitnah she is prohibited from doing so, except in specific circumstances based on similar need”.

By ServantofAlMalik

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11 replies on “The first female to recite at the annual ISNA convention!”

Sorry to tell that you dont know anything about Islam. Without obedience to Allah there is no GREAT WORK.

Make Tawbah and make Dua. May Allah guide us.
Before replying to me , consult an pious Alim for supporting your claim. Please dont go against Allah’s commandments for supporting your desires.


@Ashraf Err… I think you need to do tawbah more than anyone else. The brother provided a source of an alim. Mate are of those who like to see Islam get diluted with filith like this? Well.. Get ready for jahanman!


Mark your words….”Well.. Get ready for jahanman!”
You cant even spell correct the word. This is the power of Allah vs falsehood.
I have mentioned Pious alim. See the language I have used versus yours. This shows that you people will go to low class to prove falsehood.

Thinking someone will enter Jahannam is a big evil without knowing about that person and his actions. You dont know about the seriousness of the foolish thing you committed. I forgive you for the pleasure of Allah.

Dont call me a filth. I stand by my words – Islam doesnt permit women reciting Quran in beautiful voice in front of men. Islam is not our own desires. May Allah guide you and me.


Your apologetic attitude towards people like Sr. Waheda (reciter) is what is allowing these people room to manoeuvre, grow and spread like wild fire. You should clearly label for what this is. Fitna & haram! Imam Zahid Shakir was sitting right next to the podium when Waheda was reciting and was remained silent! These scholars are meant to be examples for the Muslim community. When they buckle under pressure what will normal people do? One can only imagine. May Allah help the muslimeen get out of the slumber they are in! Amin.


Why do we always have to do dumb things to “modernize” Islam to compete with other ideologies that are “modernizing” or “modernized”? I have no problem with progress or thinking outside the box. But when that progress means to blatantly violate Sacred Law in an effort to show that Islam is modern/cool/fair to women/etc (take your pick for a reason here)… then something has gone terribly wrong.

Do we have such an inferiority complex that we feel we must compete in arenas that we don’t need to bother even competing in the first place? This would be like Michael Jordan feeling resentful that he isn’t a Best Buy manager: why bother with a trivial accomplishment when you’ve already reached the pinnacle of your intended craft? Why do modern Muslims feel the need for Islam to compete in artificial arenas of competition when such a competition is not needed nor ever intended in the first place?

And why does the rest of the community watch on and applaud as if this is a great achievement, that by violating Sacred Law, we have advanced the cause of Islam further?

(This is clearly referencing several recent events… I’ll leave you intelligent ones out there to figure which events exactly)

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Zaynab Salman @Umair, sounds pretty precise. I reached out to him as well and he conveyed the same.
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Haaris Ahmad I was on stage and I wouldn’t have inferred his approval if it was just tacit. He affirmatively stated “We have a sister who recited here and nobody ran away”. He also stated in response to a question about the limitations on women in leadership that there are opinions that they can lead tarawih from the back. I did not take a personal position. I have just noted what was said on stage. Others can corroborate.
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Saad Patel Haaris Ahmad I was also with Imam Zaid yesterday. He brought up the topic as well and stated his position on this event exactly as Umair Abdul Qadeer described. I don’t think his comment about people running away was his way of condoning the recitation, but just his observation of people’s reactions.
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Umair Abdul Qadeer Haaris- As I mentioned, I was not there. I am not trying to discredit what you understood from the situation. I am simply noting that Imam Zaid will often defer to opinions that differ from his own to discourage divisiveness. Thus I was saying that it …See More
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You said: “Why do modern Muslims feel the need for Islam to compete in artificial arenas of competition when such a competition is not needed nor ever intended in the first place?”

The real reason is our so called scholars (rightly pointed out by the author), are scared and frightened beyond recognition. The post 9/11 era has caused all to become silent out of fear they will be stamped ‘the imam who has fundamentalist links’. So issues like this goes unfettered and there are no restraints placed in movements like this. No one is looking over these groups and keeping them in check, a disease which has been purposely impregnated into the Muslim community by the enemies.

Muslims know feel the need to get approval from the non Muslims in very turn they make in order to appear as normal to others. These states will only grow as it is the end times..

What’s with all the C&P comments at the end of your remark? We’re did you C&P it from?


These are true innovators, they deserve to be shunned and denounced in the strongest possible terms. Sahabas used to sometimes exclaim they find nothing in common with tabi’een except salah in congregation, what would they say of these poor souls who pray in mixed gathering in non-arabic, with half veils, and public women reciting qur’an ?

La hawla illah billah.


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