The Hidden Shia Agenda of The Muslim Vibe

In the last few years, the media outlet known as The Muslim Vibe (TMV) has grown in popularity among young Muslims with its seemingly innocent outlook on Muslims living in the West, Islam, and politics in general. However, a deeper look reveals its hidden pro-Iranian agenda and its links with major Twelver Shia scholars who also carry out taqiyya to encourage Sunni-Shia unity.

Shortly after releasing our investigation on YouTube, rather than respond to the allegations, TMV filed a defamation complaint with YouTube, resulting in the video being blocked in the United Kingdom. We ask – what was it about the documentary that has caused them to react in such a manner? Why have they not responded to the claims in the documentary?

We would like to hear from TMV, and are willing to even host them on our platform so that they can explain to our audience why we are wrong and how we have mistakenly defamed them.

We’d also like to offer them the opportunity to condemn and distance themselves from Mahdi Al Modarresi and Ahlul Bayt TV, condemn Shia scholars like Azhar Nasser who abuse the Sahaba, publicly retract calling Qasim Soleimani a martyr, apologise to Sheikh Mohamemd Al Arifi for implying he has links to a terrorist organisation, and explain that Muzaffer Hyder of Islamic Pulse is lying and TMV does not promote the Wilayut al-Faqih agenda.

If TMV are willing to do this, we will be more than happy to release a public retraction of our claims and an apology for defamation.

As for now, we publish all the following evidence as proof against their claims of defamation.

Part 1 – The Team

The Muslim Vibe was first founded in 2014 by Salim Kassam and Haseeb Rizvi. According to Everpedia:

They wanted to create a platform that empowered Western Muslims and to enable them to reclaim the narrative on Islam. The Muslim Vibe strives to represent and promot true Islamic values and principles. [1]

Taking a closer look at Salim Kassam, we find that according to his LinkedIn profile, (http://archive.is/xfkTt) he was a former employee at AhulBayt TV a major Shia platform which promotes a Pro-Khomeinist agenda. As you will find, this link to Ahlul Bayt TV is a recurring theme with employees at TMV.

Ahlul Bayt TV is a project overseen by popular Twelver Shia scholar Mahdi al Modarresi, whose verbal abuse of the Companions of the Prophet ﷺ and Sunni figures is publicly available on his Twitter account and via his lectures on Youtube, all whilst calling for “unity” under a guise of taqiyya. Here’s a taste of his anti-Sunni rhetoric:

In this tweet, Modarresi uses a lightbulb – a reference to a common slur used by Twelver Shias to refer to the acronym BULB, which stands for Bar Umar Lanat Beshumar (may Umar be cursed endlessly).

These are just a few of his inflammatory statements.

Salim Kassam has also hosted another inflammatory speaker, known as the TheRogueMuslim on his podcast (https://archive.is/JUDCk). Like Modarresi, TheRogueMuslim doesn’t shy away from controversial comments.

Kassam’s writings are reflective of his associates. For instance, in one article in 2015, (https://archive.is/xpAac) he lists “ISIS” and “Sectarianism” as two major issues to look out for.

This anti- what he calls- “Wahabi” rhetoric is widespread in most of his works, such as an article in the Independent from 2019, where he linked the Umayyad Caliphate to the terrorist group ISIS. According to Kassam:

This anti-“Wahabi” rhetoric is widespread in most of his works, and even in his tweets:

In this article for the Independent, he links the Umayyad Caliphate with ISIS:

https://archive.is/f6rJb

In Kassam’s articles he praises popular Shia scholar Azhar Nasser, who has also previously been exposed for his taqiyya mongering as well as his multiple cases of plagiarism.

He’s even featured on the TMV Podcast.

http://archive.is/8wbHb

Now moving on to the TMV co-founder, Haseeb Rizvi, who has also worked with Salim Kassam at AhlulBayt TV according to his LinkedIn profile. (http://archive.vn/NbY8e)

Although his old Twitter account was deleted shortly after joining TMV, we were able to recover most of his mentions and tweets – which further reveals the close links that Rizvi – and more importantly TMV – hold with Modarresi. (http://archive.vn/SRapz)

Based upon research we conducted, Modarresi, Kassam, Rizvi, and Nouri Sardar – who we will meet soon – seem to have close ties.

https://twitter.com/NouriSardar/status/548265052600811521

Haseeb Rizvi also had a Twitter encounter with Yasser Al Habib’s student and head of PurifiedTruth Youtube channel, Hassan Al Qadri, known for his provocative language towards the wives and companions of the Prophet ﷺ.

In the past Al Qadri has called for the enslavement of salafis and posted pictures of Shia militias posing with decapitated heads. During Rizvi’s encounter with Qadri, a companion of the Prophet ﷺ was cursed.

What’s interesting to note is that this tweet was liked by none other than TMV co founder- Salim Kassam.

He takes care however not to expose his links by writing an article condemning Al Habib as an extremist. (https://archive.vn/SgOn4)

We were also able to obtain evidence of Rizvi being a Shirazi Shia.

In this now deleted post from 2013, Rizvi praises Iranian Ayatollah Shirazi – who is used as a scapegoat by Shiites for the tradition of cursing the companions, and is also the religious reference for Shia figures known to be openly insulting and provocative towards revered Sunni figures such as hate preacher Yasser Al Habib.

A post (now deleted) by Rizvi featuring Shia scapegoat Shirazi.

The last significant member is Nouri Sardar, who describes himself in the following video as the main producer of video content for TMV.

Once again he also worked with Kassam and Rizvi at AhlulBaytTV, as seen by his LinkedIn:

As you have likely already guessed, just like Kassam and Rizvi, Sadar also worked at AhlulBayt TV at the same time as them, and was closely tied to Modarresi. Another coincidence? We’ll leave it to the viewers to decide.

According to his tweets, he is a Shii convert. Sardar previously subscribed to the group known as the barelvis.

Recently, he has been at the forefront of a campaign to push a Sunni-Shia unity culture, a trademark of Pro-Khomeinist revolution outlets.

https://twitter.com/NouriSardar/status/554285966169755648

http://archive.vn/dWaQm

http://archive.vn/hmSWN

http://archive.vn/DdX4H

These were even highlighted by respected British Sunni media figure Dilly Hussain to expose Sardar’s hypocrisy and double standards. Dilly Hussain posted the following on both his Twitter and Facebook:

Founder of the organisation- Documenting Oppression Against Muslims or DOAM, Zahid Akhtar also tweeted about TMV’s Sardar’s hypocrisy and was promptly blocked by the latter.

Sardar has also written poetry cursing the companions – which is still available via his website (http://archive.vn/cAMLj):

http://archive.vn/SaLpq

Further links have also been found between AhlulBayt TV and TMV. In a TMV video, an individual called Waseem is shown reacting to “sectarian hate comments”:

We were informed that Waseem had also been featured in a video by AhlulBayt TV as part of a series named Reborn:

As shown here, the face that the team paint of themselves and TMV is very questionable. Not only are they linked with major Twelver scholars who curse the companions, but they also do the same themselves.

Part 2 – The Agenda

With all this, it should come as no surprise that TMV also has clear links to Pro Khomeinist figures and organisations as they try to further the Iranian Khomeinist agenda known as Wilayut al Faqih.

Of course, TMV’s get out clause would be that they have Sunnis working for them and appearing on their platform too. However that is the equivalent of Fox news claiming they employ Muslims. TMV like Fox News has their own agenda that they are trying to further, regardless of who they employ.

So what is Wilayut al Faqih

Wilayat ul faqih, or Guardianship of the Islamic Jurist, is a theory in Twelver Shiism which holds that Islam gives a faqīh (Islamic jurist) custodianship over people on behalf of the Twelvth Imam who Shias believe is on a sabbatical from this job due to occultation. It is part of the constitution of Iran today where the authority or “wilayah” is given to the supreme leader.

Today this is Ayatollah Khamenei, the man in recent times responsible for sending the Iranian military to aid the tyrant Bashar Al Assad in quelling the Syrian revolution and the funding of many sectarian terrorist Shia militias all over the Middle East. This is part of the Iranian constitution which is to export the revolution and expand the influence of Wilayat al Faqih and Twelver Shiism.

This is also done of course via Khomeinist propagandist media platforms such as Press TV and Islamic Pulse by taking advantage of the plight of the Palestinians and calling for Sunni-Shia unity whilst attacking conservative Sunnism and providing a propaganda machine for Shia tyrants and militias to further the Wilayat al Faqih cause. This was all explained in our documentary “Iranian Shiism Exposed.”

Interestingly, at the Letter4U seminar in Qom, Iran, the Vatican of Twelver Shiism, scholars and students of the Shia seminary of Qom came together to evaluate the responses and the efforts made after the open letter by Iranian supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, written to the youth of the Western countries advising how they can aid Wilayat al Faqih.

Khomeinist propagandist Muzaffer Hyder openly explains how The Muslim Vibe is part of the Wiyat Al Faqih agenda and praises their influence in furthering the Neo Safawi Khomeinist cause.

 

One element of the Khomeinist agenda is promoting Shiism under the guise of taqiyya by calling for Sunni-Shia unity.

TMV does this by promoting popular mainstream Sunni figures on its platforms, such as:

  • Omar Suleiman
  • Mufti Menk
  • Suhaib Webb
  • Zaid Shakir
  • Dalia Mogahed
  • Dawud Walid [Editor’s Note: Walid may not be Sunni]

Furthermore, they have also claimed to promote Sunni organisations on their platforms – in another bid to give themselves credibility among Sunni audiences.

Iranian supreme leader Khamenei regularly promotes this message of unity, yet Twelver Shia theology and statements of his fellow Khomeinist scholars as well as his political actions are in contrast to this message.

Khomeini advised “taqiyya al mudaratiyya,” deception by ingratiation.

“It is the act of making those who differ with us, Ahlul Sunnah, love us and lure them by friendliness in a situation where there is no fear or harm or damage to the Shia, unlike the taqiyya of fear[Khomeini – [Al Rasael volume 2, page 174]

In the quoted article, TMV states:

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution, recurrently, put emphasis on the significance of establishing unity among Muslims: making it clear, that any form of insult, projected towards Sunni scholars, would prevent the rational and documented foundations of belief in the Imamate from being heard.

It must be noted that this call for unity does not even include all Sunnis. Anyone who is critical of Twelver Shiism or the Iranian regime is quickly labelled a “wahabi.”

This rhetoric is also echoed by TMV, where they regularly use the slur to criticise those against Iran and their proxy militias and tyrannical allies like Bashar Al Asad, under the guise of opposing “extremism.”

In this spoken word video, clips of Dr Muhammad Al Arifi’s speeches against the Assad regime are played over a Shiite chanting for Sunni-Shia unity, in an attempt to link him to the terrorist group ISIS.

Screengrab from TMV video “This Is Not My Islam” – painting Dr Arifi as an “ignorant” hate preacher for ISIS

Another feature of pro-Iranian propaganda is their “anti-Wahabi” campaign. This includes stoking fears against well known Sunni scholars and linking them with Zionists, Americans, etc.

As Iranian Sunni scholars often say: ‘Wahhabism’ is merely a slogan for the Rafidah to oppose and fight Ahlus-Sunnah under the guise of extremism.”

And all of this while simultaneously painting Iran as the greatest nation in the world.

Simply put, if someone is critical of the Iranian or Asad regime, TMV paints him as a villain, yet they demonstrate no objectivity by condemning Bashar Al Assad or the crimes of the Iranian regime.

There is no mention of the plight of the Sunni Ahwazis in Iran, or the oppression and discrimination of the Iranian regime towards the Sunni community. There is no condemnation of the sectarian Shia militias. Rather we find the opposite, with articles praising the likes of warmonger Qasim Soleimani, a man responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Sunnis.

One particular article relating to Soleimani raised some eyebrows, after a deeper look was taken into the author – Zahra Ladha.

Website author Zahra Ladha worked with the American Iranian Council- a US thinktank which attempts to promote US-Iran relations. Further evidence demonstrating TMV’s objective of furthering a Khomeinist, wilayat ul faqih agenda. Zahra Ladha’s work record, via LinkedIn:

Website for the American Iranian Council

 

Ladha’s profile on the AIC website

TMV has also published multiple articles with Anti Umayyad propaganda as well as pushing the theory that the Prophet ﷺ was murdered – a common accusation made by Twelver Shias against his wives – Aisha and Hafsa, may Allah be pleased with them both.

It must be noted, regardless of whether we are assessing Shirazi or non-Shirazi Shia platforms, the end goal is one and the same: to acquire political, social, and economic control as a means to spread Shiism and have a stronger influence on the Muslim world.

When it comes to theology, they are united on takfir of the Sahaba, they are united on the slandering of the Sahaba and these are part and parcel of the Shii tradition. Many of the fatwas issued by non-Shirazi scholars which prohibit ritualized cursing of the Sahaba are a new and modern phenomenon and essentially stem out of a post-1979 Iranian revolutionary context.

Additional evidence

Anti “Wahabi”:

Pro-Iran:

Sunni-Shia unity:

Conclusion

In summary, based upon the evidence presented:

      • TMV clearly promotes a Pro-Khomeinist agenda – as admitted by Muzaffer Hyder from Khomeinist propaganda platform IslamicPulse
      • Its founders and employees are linked with major inflammatory Shia clerics
      • Its writers are linked with Pro-Iranian thinktanks
      • It openly defames Sunni scholars who speak out against the Iranian regime
      • It attempts to rewrite Islam as a pacifist religion
      • It uses public popular Sunni figures to give itself credibility amongst Sunni audiences
      • Its founders and employees have and continue to attack Sahaba and wives of the Prophet
      • It attempts to promote Sunni-Shia unity to further the Iranian constitution Wilayt al Faqih agenda
      • It fails to condemn attacks in Syria/Iraq/Iran on Sunnis, and even describes Qasem Soleimani as a martyr – whilst being very vocal on “Shia Genocide” by groups which have now mostly disintegrated

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14 COMMENTS

  1. I m getting enlightened through this article,the deep rooted hatred of shia against our sahaba and sahabia, ya Allah give hidayat to this shia people

    • “Indeed, there is for you a good example in Ibrahim and those with him when they said to their people: Surely we are clear of you and of what you serve besides Allah; we declare ourselves to be clear of you, and enmity and hatred have appeared between us and you forever until you believe in Allah alone– but not in what Ibrahim said to his father: I would certainly ask forgiveness for you, and I do not control for you aught from Allah– Our Lord! on Thee do we rely, and to Thee do we turn, and to Thee is the eventual coming:” – Quran 60:4

      • This doesn’t prove the Sunni case Shi’a Islam is the only truth of course not the kind that Khomeini promoted we hate things like Sufism and not cursing the tyrant Abu Bakr

      • @Bilal Nasser

        This wasn’t meant to prove anything for you, it was meant as a reminder for muslims that hatred and enmity is natural between the muslims and the polytheists. You, the rafidah are polytheists, and inevitably there is going to be friction between us and you until you believe in Allah alone and do not associate partners with him (Ali, Hussein, Fatimah, or anybody else).

  2. Fatawa Hindiyyah of the Hanafis says that the rulings of the Rawafid are those of the murtads

    وأحكامهم أحكام المرتدين

    Fatawa Hindiyyah (2/366)

    It says that just their idiotic belief that the dead return to this world is enough to mandate takfeer of them.

    • Umm please tell me how the Shi’a believe the dead return to this world you idiot? And tell me how you can follow Abu Hanifa after he betrayed Imam Al Sadiq (AS)?

      • Imam Ja’afar Al-Sadiq radi Allahu ‘anhu is an imam of the Ahlus Sunnah and among the people Imam Abu Hanifa respected profoundly as a member of the Prophet’s sal Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam family, and counted as one of his teachers as well as a dear friend.

        He has as much to do with your disgusting wailing and whining religion of mut’ah zina as Jesus has to do with the disgusting trinity belief of the Christians (meaning zero, you dumbo!)

        In fact, to call your idiotic religion (shiteism) as the fiqh of Ja’afar Al-Sadiq is a very bad misnomer, as the real fiqh of Ja’afar Al-Sadiq is the madhhab of Abu Hanifa as well as many aspects of the madhhab of Malik. Likewise Al-Shafi’iy and Ahmad bin Hanbal are well known for their profound respect of REAL Ahlul Bayt like Ja’afar Al-Sadiq, unlike fakes and scoundrels like Khomeini, Khamenei, Sistani et al.

        That Abu Hanifa betrayed Ja’afar Al-Sadiq is only a fantasy in your head in order to support your crying and wailing religion further.

        But why should your antagonism to Abu Hanifa be of concern to us? You have invented dumber fantasies of Sahaba hurting Ahlul Bayt, so this is only a lesser evil. Just as you morons deny the existence of the blessed sisters of Sayyidah Fatimah, daughters of the Prophet and our mother Khadija.

        I’m not interested in humoring rafidis and dwelling over their various fantasies. Muslims should know that fuqahaa (Hanafis as well as other 3 madhhabs) have said that denying Abu Bakr and ‘Umar’s khilafah (radi Allahu ‘anhum ajma’een) or cussing them makes one a rotten apostate.

        Now get back to your eid al-ghadir mut’ah!

  3. Never believe what a Shia Rafidah or Hajabi Black Rafidah says (such as..rafidah or Athna‘ashariyyah or Ithna‘ashariyyah) because according to their books written by their imaams, they follow Taqiyya (lying about their religion)! I meant Al-Kafi is the MOST reliable Shia Book, as the reliable Shia Scholars. Any one believe these following from Al-Kaafee/Kafi are NOT MUSLIM OR IN ISLAM.
    1) The Imams have knowledge of All that was given to the angels and the prophets. ( Al-Kafi vol.1 p.255 )
    2) The Imams know when they will die, and they only die by their choice. ( Al-Kafi vol.1 p.258 )
    3) The Imams have knowledge of the past and future; and nothing is hidden from them. ( Al-Kafi vol.1 p.260 )
    4) “Bad’ah” ALLAH tells a lie. (Al Kafi, Vol. No.1, Page No. 148. A Shia doctrine.)
    5) We are the eyes of the God in his creature and the final authority in all human beings. (Al Kafi, Vol. No. 1, Page No. 145)
    6) The Hujjat (Ultimate proof) of God can not be established without Imam. (Al Kafi, Vol. No. 1, Page No. 177)
    7) The Shiite Raafidaah claim that the Al Quran we have is missing 10,000+ verses. (Al-Kafi, Vol 2 Pg. 634)
    COMMENT: No doubt that these words are clear Kufr (Disbelief) and Shirk (Polytheism), because the knowledge of the unseen is only for Allah alone .. These words with no doubt countradict what Allah said in Surah Luqmaan “Verily, Allah With Him (Alone) is the knowledge of the Hour, He sends down the rain, and knows that which is in the wombs. No person knows what he will earn tomorrow, and no person knows in what land he will die. Verily, Allah is All-Knower, All-Aware (of things)” [Quran 31:34]

  4. These filthy reprobates who slander the Sahaba ra are liers who know no bounds. Their belief are fiction are a creation of their Safavid deviants.

    Apostates settling down to create a Madhab attributing it to Imam Jaafar as Sadiq ra.

  5. You guys (Muslim Skeptic/Daniel Haqiqatjou, et. al) are all mad.

    This is bordering paranoia, after having successfully breached the limits of idiocy – please get yourselves checked with a psychologist.

  6. I disagree with certain statements made in this piece (in particular on the Barelvis, who number over 200 million, are part of the Sunnis in Indo-Pak-Bangladesh, and are actually countering the rafidhi agenda there), but it is an otherwise explicit and clear exposition of this rafidite khameneist sectarian cult. These particular rafidite clowns are stealthily pushing a dirty safavid agenda. The rafidhi vibe is what this organization should be called. It starts with taking other peoples content and slapping your own logo on it to act as if you’re some neutral, impartial force for good, targeting impressionable kids, it ends with recruited rafidis fighting in Khameneis death squads in places like Syria. SO LONG as the conflict is kept out of the Safavid heartlands, in the khameneist’s view, the more useful rafidi idiots to be used outside of the rafidite heartlands (Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Pakistan), the merrier! Funny how the Khameneists have piped down after Trump dealt with a well known Khameneist in 2020. Say no to Khamenei, Say no to WEF. Say no to neo-Safavism.

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