EP 089: Take No Prisoners | Imam Shadeed Muhammad


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Mahin and Ismail talk to Imam Shaheed Muhammad about his conversion to Islam and how he dealt with some of the extreme elements within the Salafi dawah from the east coast.

Imam Shadeed is the CEO of Rawdah Publications, Entrepreneur, Muslim, Author, Community Leader and Speaker on Islamic Affairs for Indigenous Muslims.

00:00-10:00: Early interactions with Islam

10:00-23:00: The road from prison to University of Medina

23:00-45:00: The (extreme) Salafi takeover

45:00-60:00: Know your audience

60:00-70:00: Countering ‘Progressive Islam’ and western Muslim brands

70:00-85:00: Regarding NAK scandal, how large Muslim organizations shun impoverished Muslim communities.

85:00-90:00: The Honorarium problem



Twitter and Periscope: @Shadeed_M76



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2 comments on EP 089: Take No Prisoners | Imam Shadeed Muhammad

  1. Monique says:

    I didn’t realize how prevalent the salafi movement was. To be honest, I have had my own experiences online with them and at one point was appointed a moderator over a FB group for salafi sisters. As a revert, I felt attracted to this because I was searching for Muslims that strive to abide by the sunnah and searching for a place to belong within the ummah since I am alone in this. I thought I had found a group of believers that strive to be like the first three generations and that is what we are supposed to do.

    Fast forward and I am actually still listed as an admin on that group, but I don’t involve myself in that group anymore. It was constantly this focus on “this person is deviant, this person is wrong, this person engages in bidah” etc and a focus on legislation without the balance of focusing on belief. It felt constricting and it felt negative.

    As for the racial aspect mentioned. I am a Caucasian revert, I attend a predominantly Arab/Pakistani Mosque although I took my shahada in a predominantly African-American Mosque. As for white privilege in the USA, absolutely it exists. Thing is sometimes, Caucasian reverts feel like they are not accepted at the Mosque due to their race and they try to be “more Arab”. The desire to feel acceptance is huge and majority of reverts are isolated and struggling so they seek a community, this creates vulnerability within them. In this vulnerability is risk, right leaning groups and left leaning groups may try to pull them in and show them that acceptance they are desiring.

  2. Syed says:

    Salam @ Imam Shaheed Muhammad
    I agree 100% that muslims are seriously behind in our contribution to the impoverished in the inner city. But many of your comments are full of assumptions. My dad works for ICNA relief which always has room for improvements, but he himself worked on the south side of chicago and took me there all my life. I’m offended that u would make blanket statements about organizations, yes conventions are not perfect but don’t generalize. I don’t serve my African American brothers and sisters for your recognition and I can care less for it as long as Allah knows that’s what matters but Please don’t paint your own brothers as ALL being priveleged oppressors and as someone who spent his time in a variety of communities, I’ve seeb the potential we have and am not a pessimist nor was the prophet peace be upon him.

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