“We understand as Imams that you young people are going through difficulties. And our message to you is:
Keep struggling – we support you. You’re gonna make mistakes…if you make mistakes, we’ll be there for you.
This is the message that we need to give to young people.
We’re not here to indict you, but to invite you – and to tell you that we’re proud of you, and we believe in you – because you represent the fusion of the Western Muslim identity.
And indeed the painting which lies before this community, this empty canvas will be painted by the hands of the youth.”
Sometimes people say things that affect others to the very core, and more often than not they are completely unaware of it. It could have been a remark in passing, or it could have been heard by someone we never even intended to speak to.
JazakAllah khayr for all of your efforts Shaykh Suhaib. Whatever fitnah or criticism comes you way, please remember that there are people out there (even if it’s just 1 or 2) who need to hear voices like yours, and our other imams. And ponder on the fact that Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala could use you as a medium to lead His servants back to Him. What a noble tasks, and what a blessed gift.
May Allah preserve Shaykh Suhaib and the Ummah of Muhammad, sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam.
I wish this could be played over every loudspeaker, so that every parent/community leader could hear it. Some of them echo the same thought; most, unfortunately, do not.
Oh, and I’d also play that marriage snap from 500 ML Amoxicillin 😉 (http://amurphy.sakena.net/mp3/marriagesnap.mp3).
Make du’aa for us, Imam.
I think the phrase “breath of fresh air” is exemplified by this statement, masha’Allah.
Keep on keeping on ya Imam.
yeah, I agree! the marriage clip is really hard core– i wish every parent could listen to it and act!
masha’allah imam suhaib is the 1st imam iv ever heard who actually understands that as youths we will make mistakes but still shows that we can come back to islam if we repent. most elders in the community including parents would disown their kids if they found out what kind of mistakes theyv made! alhamdulillah im so happy that i had a chance to attend imam suhaibs protest to engagement talk in february this year which gave me hope & encouragement. may Allah be with you always. ameen
assalaam alaikum, does any1 know how to put a question foward to ‘virtual suhaib’???