“Losing My Religion” Tour Tries Justifying Linda Sarsour Invite. Fails Miserably.

The “Losing My Religion” tour in the UK has responded to the backlash they have received for featuring notorious LGBT advocate and feminist Linda Sarsour in their programming.

What is disappointing and, frankly, irresponsible is that a conference tour explicitly dedicated to “Losing My Religion,” presumably to fight against the loss of religion in the Muslim community, highlights a speaker like Sarsour, who regularly and incessantly promotes ideas and values that are anathema to Islam.

Doubly disappointing are the scholars who are legitimizing Sarsour by choosing to speak alongside her. As of this writing the following scholars are on the speakers list: Sh Sulaiman Moola, Sh Zahir Mahmood, Mufti Abdur Rahman Mangera, Sh Yasir Qadhi.

The organizers of the tour, MEND, issued a written response to critics. Unfortunately, it isn’t a very good response. Rather than own up to their mistake and drop Sarsour, they give flimsy and incoherent excuses.

Here it is in full:

A few concerns have been raised at the invitation by MEND to invite Linda Sarsour to speak at the LMRC conference 2019. The concerns relate to Linda’s views on LGBTQI rights. MEND wishes to make a few observations in this regard:

1. MEND hosts hundreds of events a year with a variety of speakers from differing backgrounds, both Muslims & Non-Muslim, who have a wide range of views across a variety of issues.

Appeal to diversity. A poor excuse right off the bat. Clearly, MEND selects who it features and which views it deems appropriate to give a platform. It’s not a free for all, where everyone and their mothers can come and speak. They don’t give a platform to, say, Maajid Nawaz, for example. Why not? Because he espouses toxic beliefs, beliefs that are completely contrary to Islam and the Muslim community. So, then, why doesn’t MEND practice that same selectivity with Sarsour, a figure who is at least as problematic in her views on Islam?

2. The overarching theme of the LMRC conference is how best to tackle Islamophobia in an increasingly hostile political climate in the West. It is not a conference on Islamic theology per se, nor is MEND an Islamic theological organisation.

Firstly, do they honestly expect us to buy this excuse when half of their speakers are Islamic scholars, i.e., scholars of theology? This is really insulting our intelligence.

This is what the “Losing My Religion” conference was in 2017.

Looks pretty theological to me.

Now, in 2019, they claim they are not a theological organization. Why? Because they included a fahisha-promoting reformer to their programming.

In other words, Linda Sarsour has single handedly secularized an Islamic organization.

Secondly…uhh…what? The conference is titled “Losing My Religion”! Religion is theology. Defining what religion is is theological. How can one have a discussion about losing religion without defining what one means by religion in the first place?

For example, Linda Sarsour has often publicly praised other religions and their rituals. Is this allowed in Islam? Absolutely not. No ikhtilaf on such a clear cut manner. Praising the religious rituals of other religions is an act of kufr (which does not necessarily make the one doing it a kafir since it may be due to ignorance, but that does not mean it is any less an act of kufr that threatens one’s iman).

Just run-of-the-mill perennialism. All religions are one. Sarsour has gotten criticism for this tweet from more knowledgeable Muslims. Yet, she refuses to take the tweet down. Why? Could it be because she is a closet perennialist?
A pagan ritual is “magic” — and she means it in a positive sense. Starting things with paganism is to start with the “right intention” according to the “unapologetic Muslim.”
Moral revival in what sense can come from kufr?
Hear that, O Muslims? You don’t want to miss this church service on moral revival! As Muslims, our moral leaders are pastors and priests.
Joint prayers with sikhs. Does Islam permit this? (Hint: nope)
The truth being preached in the church.
Linda finds church services very powerful. Her “BIG God” loves us all.

This is where the theology comes in. If members of the Muslim community believe that praising other religions, calling them “beautiful” and “the truth,” etc., is Islamically acceptable, then they have lost their religion or are on the brink of losing it in an important sense. They have “Lost Their Religion.”

But the only way to know that that is a loss of religion is if one knows the theological point about praising other religions. So this excuse that “we are not a theological organization” is absolutely bogus.

Sad that it has to be said like this, but that’s the state we are in right now: Kufr is no joke. Yet speakers who promote it constantly and unrepentantly are being begged to headline our conferences and events.

3. Linda Sarsour has been invited to LMRC to speak about her extensive political activism work, not in an Islamic Scholarly capacity.

Anyone who has forced himself to sit through one of her repetitive, cliched talks knows that she constantly appeals to “her religion.” I think there is an important distinction here. It would be far, far better to invite a non-Muslim political activist than a Muslim one who is known for promoting fahisha and kufr. With the non-Muslim, at least, there is an understanding that he is not representative of what Muslims should do and should believe.

This is very simple logic, really. We recognize that logic when it comes to figures like, again, Maajid Nawaz. What makes Nawaz more problematic than a non-Muslim islamophobe is that Nawaz bears the impression of representing Islam and the Muslim community to his audience. Even if Nawaz doesn’t say that he is a scholar, his audience nonetheless has that impression and takes what he says as more authentic, as opposed to if a non-Muslim were to say the same thing.

4. Sharing a platform with another speaker does not imply that you share or endorse all of their views on every subject. In fact how else do we constructively challenge the views of others unless we engage with them. Countless events and panels occur across the UK each year hosting speakers with differing views on subjects. Locational proximity can never imply theological agreement.

By this logic, islamophobes and sell-outs, like at the Quilliam Foundation or Mossad agent “Imam” Tawhidi can never be constructively challenged unless we roll out the red carpet for them at our conferences.

5. The decision to invite Linda Sarsour was taken by MEND, and not by any of the publicised speakers

Looks like the scholar speakers wanted MEND to make this “clarification,” as if it absolves the scholars for participating. “We had nothing to do with inviting Sarsour, but we will happily speak alongside her and, thereby, confuse all the Muslims who look to us for Islamic knowledge and guidance into thinking that Sarsour is, at best, an amazing role model that we should stand with and, at worst, just another strong Muslima who we have a difference of opinion with on some possibly minor issues, but no biggie.”

Whether they intend to or not, this is the message the scholars are projecting to the Muslim community. Of course, sometimes, they can be quite explicit:

6. Numerous major, mainstream Muslim conferences in the US and Canada have invited Linda to speak alongside mainstream orthodox Muslims scholars. LMRC would not be the first time Linda is speaking alongside orthodox Muslim scholars.

“Umm…but…everyone else is doing it!”

This excuse didn’t work with my mom when I was a teenager, it’s not going to work now from a Muslim organization.

7. There will be a Q&A session at the end of the conference involving a panel of speakers, this is an opportunity for anyone wishing to ask any of the speakers any questions on any aspect of Islam and Islamophobia, including LGBTQI related questions. We suggest that anyone with questions for Linda or indeed any other speaker, avails themselves of this opportunity to ask their question directly.

Great policy. Invite the fahisha promoter first, ask questions later.

 

All in all, we have to hold Muslim organizations accountable for what they promote and who they give the mic to. If they want to market to the Muslim community, take money from the Muslim community, claim to represent the Muslim community, etc., they have to care about what Islam says and uphold Islamic principles and values. Simple.

Don’t throw Islam under the bus because you’re trying to sell tickets.

I pray the UK Muslim community will put great pressure on the organization and the other speakers. This is not the direction we need to be going.

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20 COMMENTS

  1. I have more hope in the U.K. Muslim community than in the North American Muslim community. If you can really get this message of yours out there to the British Muslims, I think they will take note and take a stand against such conferences.

  2. Salaam Alaykium,

    I’m a first time reader of your blog Akhi but I’m going to be a regular as there are so few good blogs out there these days. All kinds of blogs pushing modernist and progressive nonsense.

  3. Glad to hear the rot has started for Islam . This medeival disgusting nonsense on its way to the garbage of history .

    • @Terry C,

      Wishful thinking, white extremist. The only rot is the disgusting white cave man beliefs you lot espouse. Islam is against your degenerate backward criminality, and will send it down the toilet where it spawned from.

    • LOL. The number one fear for people like you is the “islamization of the West”. Literally an obsession. The only thing that is rotting – to the core – is your liberal degenerate way of life. How could it not be when your women are doing literally everything except having children and the men are addicted to internet porn and experimenting with sodomy and sex with plastic dolls.

  4. Daniel, you really need to show a little bit more respect towards scholars. 3/4 of the ones you mentioned are from the UK, and there’s really no guarantee that they even know who Sarsour is.

  5. If she is sincere in her love for islam n totally unaware of how she is being used by the enemies, May Allah guide her. However if she is a deliberate sell out for fame n fortune, Allah will deal with her inshallah. Allah doesnt let anyone mock or play around with His commands for long.

  6. “What is disappointing and, frankly, irresponsible is that a conference tour explicitly dedicated to “Losing My Religion,” presumably to fight against the loss of religion in the Muslim community,…”

    Calling your conference “Losing My Religion” is absolutely terrible marketing. You never advertise from a position of weakness but from a position of strength. Should have called it “Why Islam Is The Solution”, “Why Liberalism Is Garbage”, “The Sweetness Of Sincere Faith”, “Islam vs. Shirk” something like this.

    If there is any “loss of religion” its cause lies largely in soft preaching…which many of these (particularly American) speakers engage in i.e. emphasizing the ayats on mercy and forgiveness, while having little regard for ayats about punishment, hell and wala wal bara.

    I assume this has largely to do with positivity culture which is part of the American way of operating in the world.

    This one is for Sarsour:

    إِنَّ الدِّينَ عِنْدَ اللَّهِ الْإِسْلَامُ وَمَا اخْتَلَفَ الَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْكِتَابَ إِلَّا مِنْ بَعْدِ مَا جَاءَهُمُ الْعِلْمُ بَغْيًا بَيْنَهُمْ وَمَنْ يَكْفُرْ بِآيَاتِ اللَّهِ فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ سَرِيعُ الْحِسَابِ ﴾.

    سورة آل عمران (19

    Indeed, the religion in the sight of Allah is Islam. And those who were given the Scripture did not differ except after knowledge had come to them – out of jealous animosity between themselves. And whoever disbelieves in the verses of Allah, then indeed, Allah is swift in [taking] account.

    https://quran.com/3/19

  7. “So powerful. Bethany Baptist Church in Brooklyn today. They believe in a BIG God who love us all.”

    Actually Baptists believe you’re going straight to hell.

  8. It is of no surprise her name ends with Sarsour. in Arabic, we say people sometimes acquire things from their names. She HAS. And a rightly guided Khilafah knows pretty well how to deal with Sarsours not only upon its establishment, but even before the laying of its foundations.

  9. One of the main reasons why Cucktianity has failed and why most of their churches are empty is due to the defeatist mentality their younger generations witness as the leaders of the faith continue to water down the religion to appease liberal institutions. While in the mind of the leaders of Cucktianity they are trying to be progressive the younger generations view them as spineless cowards who are no longer practicing what the religion actually teaches. So instead of following some parts and ignore others, they reject it completely.

    This is why many of them are attracted to Islam as Muslims have continued to resist all pressure to “reform” (deform) their faith.

    The token Muslims are not saving the religion or the youth by being “progressive” (regressing back to animal sate, caving in like spineless cowards), rather they are validating detractors claims that Islam is just another “man made” belief system by following the footsteps of Cucktainity. Hence future generations will not just follow a deform version of Islam, they’ll ignore it completely. If parts of it can be ignored, it can be rejected entirely…naah i meaan?

    • 100%. Christianity became irrelevant because they were constantly trying to appease the liberals….watering down their religion in the process. People don’t respect appeasers, they respect strong principals and a straight back – this is why people dislike politicians. A religion isn’t a fashion item. Once it becomes that it ceases the be fit to function as a serious religion. From that point on it should be called a trend.

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