Imam Siraj Has Cancer! Let's Raise as Much Money as Possible to Get Him the Best Treatment!

As Salamu Alaikum, Dear Brothers and Sisters!

It is well known now that I have been suffering from hypertension. Al Hamdulillah, I have been working with it for a while now, and insha’Allah it’s pretty much under control. As a result of being thoroughly checked by the competent doctors in Atlanta , I have been recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. Al Hamdulillah, inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajiun. (All Praise is for Allah. Truly, to Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.)

My diagnosis is not as bad as it sounds on the surface. Many men have been cured from prostate cancer. My doctors are very optimistic about my cure, and so am I. Insha’Allah the treatment should last about two months. But you and I know that the cure is in the Hands of Allah. If Allah heals me, I will be very grateful. If Allah doesn’t heal me, then I will be patient and happily accept my fate. This is the way of the Believers. I am looking forward to full recovery and getting back to work in the not-too-distant future, insha’Allah.

Many people will ask the question, what can we do? Don’t waste your time feeling sorry for me. Make du’a. But don’t just make du’a for me. There are a lot of Muslims, men and women, with cancer (and other diseases). Make du’a for them also. There are so many among the elderly, who need our help, make du’a for them. There are so many Muslims who have lost their jobs, lost their homes, make du’a for them! Beyond the prayers, go visit the sick, those in prison, and others in need.

Get involved more with Islamic work. Support organizations like MANA, ISNA, ICNA, MAS, CAIR, SIFCA, the community in association with Imam Warith Deen Mohammed, the community of Imam Jamil Al Amin, etc. Support good brothers and sisters, like Mauri’ Saalakhan of the Peace and Justice Foundation. Support Islamic education and schools. If you want to help Imam Siraj, then help support his Masjid, Masjid At-Taqwa, in Brooklyn, New York and all the other struggling Masjids throughout America.

Every challenge we face in life presents us with many opportunities for growth. With a heightened awareness and sensitivity about health-related issues, I will feel better when we, as an ummah, learn more about our health. We have to be very careful about the foods we consume! I urge all of us to cultivate healthy appetites such that we begin to love and crave foods that are good FOR us and eliminate foods that are not. I intend with Allah’s help to share information with you in the coming weeks about our health.

On behalf of MANA, I encourage you to lend your support to our growing Organization. Every MANA project is structured to strengthen American Muslim communities. The SHARE Centers, Healthy Marriage Initiative, Community Reentry Program, and Healing and Reconciliation Project all need input and active service urgently. Please contact the MANA office to find out more and look for regular updates in our newsletters, insha’Allah.

In closing, I am humbled and very thankful for all the prayers, and well wishes of the Muslims, and am very appreciative for all the help extended to me and my family in the past. Alhamdulillah! I am also overwhelmed with gratitude that a number of you want to lend financial support, and have asked how you can do that. Online donations can be made here, or feel free to correspond with me directly at Siraj Wahhaj, P.O. Box 312264, Atlanta, GA 31131.

Thank you kindly. May Allah guide and protect us all.

Your brother in faith,

Imam Siraj Wahhaj

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About the author

Suhaib Webb

Suhaib Webb

Suhaib Webb is a contemporary American-Muslim educator, activist, and lecturer. His work bridges classical and contemporary Islamic thought, addressing issues of cultural, social and political relevance to Muslims in the West. After converting to Islam in 1992, Webb left his career in the music industry to pursue his passion in education. He earned a Bachelor’s in Education from the University of Central Oklahoma and received intensive private training in the Islamic Sciences under a renowned Muslim Scholar of Senegalese descent. Webb was hired as the Imam at the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, where he gave khutbas (sermons), taught religious classes, and provided counselling to families and young people; he also served as an Imam and resident scholar in communities across the U.S.

From 2004-2010, Suhaib Webb studied at the world’s preeminent Islamic institution of learning, Al-Azhar University, in the College of Shari`ah. During this time, after several years of studying the Arabic Language and the Islamic legal tradition, he also served as the head of the English Translation Department at Dar al-Ifta al-Misriyyah.

Outside of his studies at Al-Azhar, Suhaib Webb completed the memorization of the Quran in the city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia. He has been granted numerous traditional teaching licenses (ijazat), adhering to centuries-old Islamic scholarly practice of ensuring the highest standards of scholarship. Webb was named one of the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center in 2010.

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  • It says online donations can be made ‘here’- but there’s no link? Please could you publish the link so that as many people can help as possible.

    May Allah grant him and all the Muslimeen health and patience. Ameen.

  • Imam Siraj is our ustad/shyakh….. here in the UK (we have benefitted so much from him). Is there any way we could help from UK?

  • May Allah (swt) grant him a quick and full recovery inshallah. I ask Allah (swt) to help all the Muslims who are suffering with trials and tribulations related to their own health or family members’ health. The number of cancer cases that I’m hearing about in the past 2 years alone is really astonishing. It’s a disease that does not discriminate, and is afflicting both the young and old. Is it the food we’re eating? The air we’re breathing? It’s really quite scary. But alhamdullah, if caught early, its very treatable and has a good prognoses.

    I’m in my mid 20s and was diagnosed with thyroid papillary carcinoma about a year ago. Alhamdullah after surgery and treatments, everything is great alhamdullah. I had no family history of any cancers, so I was a little dumbfounded. But “ma shaa allahu fa3al.” What ever Allah wills he will do, and what doesn’t break you only makes you stronger.

  • Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh, our dear Imam Siraj, our beloved brother and respected teacher:

    You are in our du’aa yaa ustaadhna. Be strong, we are all with you and praying for your recovery. Please keep us in your du’aa too, as the du’aa of the sick person is not turned back.

    Laa ba2s tahooran insha’Allah (Never mind, may it be a purification for your sins, insha’Allah!)

    As2alullahal 3adheem Rabbal 3arshil 3adheem an yashfeek. (I ask Allah, the Supreme, the Lord of the magnificent throne, to cure you.)

    You are in my du’a…

    Yaa Allah cure our beloved Imam Siraj Wahhaj and grant him a full and speedy recovery so that he may continue to work for Your Cause and help to revive Your servants. Please ya Allah, You are the One who cures… so cure him and heal him and give him strength, and grant patience to his family and those who love him.

    Adh-hibi al-ba’sa, Rabba an-nas, ishfi wa anta ash-shaafi, laa shifaa’ illaa shifaa’uka, shifaa’an la yughaadiru saqaman (Remove the affliction, O Lord of mankind, and send down cure and healing, for no one can cure but You; so cure in such a way that no trace of illness is left.)

    Aameen…thumma aameen.

    Wassalaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh

    To whomever is reading this, I hope, insha’Allah, that you will say aameen to my du’aa and keep him in your most sincere du’aa… and follow that du’aa with a contribution via, so that we can assure him the best treatment and truly do for him as much as we possibly can… after all he has done for this ummah.

  • I pray that Allah (swt) cures Imam Siraj of his illness, and I pray that Allah (swt) cures the illness of the muslims all around the world.

    MashAllah I was moved by the Imams letter above, I hope that we can impliment what he says and do dua for all humanity, visit the sick anf those in need and be people of service to our comunities.

    May Allah reward Imam Siraj for all his efforts and may He made this illness a purification for him, and cure his and make him stronger inshAllah

    Fi amanillah

  • Assalamu Alaykum

    Whatever Allah (SWT) wills, happens. Have faith my brother and Imam, and we will be making du’a for you and all of those who are afflicted with the same trouble as you inshallah.

    Assalamu Alaykum

  • Imam,

    This brother in the UK, whose father participated in the struggles of the 60s, prays inshallah that you recover.

    Our brothers here suffer from this illness. One member of my family said young boys were in the hospital. Among ppl of the African diaspora (West Indians here) and Asian men -Prostrate cancer is a serious issue and we must be concerned for our communities.

    You are strong brother. And, as you know, the years before, once lived in sensibly (without too much sugar, too much meat, no smoking, no ‘drink’, help in the recovery process.

    May Allah guide you.


  • Dear Brother Imam Siraj Wahaj Assalam Aulekum:
    Insha Allah you will come out of it. Hang on to the rope of Allah(SWT). He will test all of us one by one(specially His true beleivers). If you have life left no one can take it except Allah(SWT),and if you dont have life left no one can stop it except Him alone. All my preyers are with you and help is on the way. Br.Taj Kalamazoo MI

  • dear brother suhaib,
    hope u r feeling good and may Allah bless u. if u dont mind could u give me some advice or opinions.
    i m a malaysian,single parent with a 16 year old son.i m gifted with a very bright and outstanding my country its a very rare case in which a 16 years boy being given such offer by one of the biggest oil company. my son is going for a scholarship interview soon. he needs to prepare himself with knowledge about the course that he wants to study in two years time. his ambition is to become a doctor and he is very fond of al azhar univrsity, cairo. do u think its a good choice to persue medic there? since u r a doc, which university would u recommend him? what r the pros and cons in those university? i really apreciate your advice and time that u spare for me. thank you.

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