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. 
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:
Life would be meaningless without the bulb 💡
Thank you 🙏
— Sayed M. Modarresi (@SayedModarresi) November 8, 2019
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).
— Sayed M. Modarresi (@SayedModarresi) August 24, 2015
— Sayed M. Modarresi (@SayedModarresi) February 14, 2013
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.
The Prophet requested permission to enter Bibi Fatima’s house.
The Angel Of Death requested permission to enter Bibi Fatima’s house.
But the murderers of the daughter of the Prophet crushed her ribs and set fire to her house in order to enter.
— The Rogue Muslim (@theroguemuslim) February 9, 2019
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:
I accidentally kinda took my moustache off. It made me look like a wahabi or something so…
— Salim Kassam (@msalimkassam) June 24, 2015
In this article for the Independent, he links the Umayyad Caliphate with ISIS:
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.
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)
@haseebrizzo Happy birth day! Consider it my personal gift.
— Sayed M. Modarresi (@SayedModarresi) June 8, 2013
@HaseebRizzo did you read the tweet from the "MODERRATOR" @SayedModarresi re profane language
— Abdul Virji (@abdulvirji) April 8, 2013
Based upon research we conducted, Modarresi, Kassam, Rizvi, and Nouri Sardar – who we will meet soon – seem to have close ties.
— Salim Kassam (@msalimkassam) September 30, 2018
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.
@haseebrizzo your big! Bar umar Lanat
— Hassan al-Qadri (@PurifiedTruth) August 7, 2013
What’s interesting to note is that this tweet was liked by none other than TMV co founder- Salim Kassam.
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.
Seeing some infighting on this status (thanks for tagging me guys…) & would like clarify:
– this is not an anti-Sunni Tweet
– I have Sunni family who love & praise Imam Ali
– there is a pseudo-Sunni movement that despises Imam Ali
– such a mentality is backwards & anti-sunnah.
— Nouri Sardar (@NouriSardar) April 2, 2018
Recently, he has been at the forefront of a campaign to push a Sunni-Shia unity culture, a trademark of Pro-Khomeinist revolution outlets.
I don't want to reduce #AyaHachem's memory to a sectarian Twitter debacle. She is worth more than that – a beautiful soul stolen from us too early. However, the reaction of some Muslims to her being Shia is proof of a horrid, deep rooted Shiaphobia problem in many young Muslims.
— Nouri Sardar (@NouriSardar) May 20, 2020
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.
— YaAliMadad (@YaAliMadad7) March 19, 2014
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.
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:
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.
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i49ceiW_0aQ (I wonder if they’d feature Sardar or Rizvi’s comments in this video?)
- Profiles for TMV, Kassam and Rizvi (http://archive.vn/mOIMx) (http://archive.vn/Mr3bT)(http://archive.vn/NuIcA)
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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