There is a brother I know well and have long respected that if I said his name many Salafis in America would know. For the sake of his privacy I will not mention his name. This brother was a pioneer of the Salafi Dawah in the 1980’s and was known for his expertise on Islamic movements in America. He had a college degree in a secular field and then pursued an education in Medina. Many brothers benefited from the life and work of this brother.
In the 1990’s this brother manned an office dedicated to Islamic studies and befriended young brothers throughout the country such as myself. Whenever I had a question I knew this was a brother whom I could call and talk to and would give me the time of day. Traveling throughout America I cannot tell you how many young Muslims I have ran into who benefited from the knowledge of this brother. He was never a die-hard Salafi with an S on his chest and was thus not popular with some American Salafis (even though he was one of the early African-American Salafis himself); but all had to respect his knowledge.
So, that is why I am at pain today to tell you that this brother who I love so much has fallen on hard times. While he has an advanced Islamic knowledge and a college degree he was long associated with Sheikh Ali al-Timimi (May Allah free him) and because of this cowardly Muslim leaders and schools are afraid to help him in any way even though he has never uttered a jihadi word in his public life.
Recently, this brother’s wife left him with the children, and now he is living in a basement apartment that a brother has provided to him at a low cost. He is now in a very poor state of mind and has been crushed by what has happened. I am pleading to the people of eeman, who love Allah and fear the Last Day more than they fear any flack they may get for helping this brother, to help this brother find employment and lead him back to the stable life that he once led.
May Allah reward anyone who can help this brother. He lives in the DC area.
Two More to Keep You in Duah
There are two other brothers I would also like for the Muslims to keep in their duah. One is a brother who, to be quite honest with you, I never liked. However, he is my brother in Islam.
He is one of those brothers who went to Morocco and got married but who prior to that had been a hardcore thug on the streets. For years he held it down for his wife and kids by being a street vendor and then one day things just fell apart. He is now homeless. So, keep this brother in your duah, he has not given to the deen what the first brother has, but he is still a Muslim brother so make duah.
The last brother is someone I barely know at all; but he is known amongst the Salafis on the East Coast. He made “hijrah” to Saudi Arabia and studied knowledge and was there for something like ten years. He came back to America broke and had to leave his wife and kids over there. Until very recently this brother has been living out of his car and working odd jobs. He just landed a job so make duah that it works out for him.
All three of these brothers illustrate some of the problems we have as a community. Some may not want to be associated with these brothers or ignore their plights because it hurts their own self-image; but as Muslims it is our duty to help them and I pray that someone reading this post is in a position to offer some help.