A Call for Action
Dear sisters – and any brothers out there reading this…I’m writing today because I need your help. My community needs your help. We have the pleasure of having Dr. Reda Bedeir living in our community. This bio is great – and if you’ve ever had the chance to see one of his lectures, you’ll understand what I mean when I say that he brings inspiration and awakens (or reawakens) hearts to Islam. (click here to see some of his lectures on YouTube)
How do I know that he has this great ability to soften hard hearts and move the spirit? He did this for mine. He has a gift, from God, that allows him to deliver the same message that you hear anywhere else, but he somehow manages to stir your soul with his words. May Allah reward him for his efforts.
Unfortunately, for unknown reasons (read that as “politics”), the board of our mosque has sent him a letter asking him to no longer give his lectures. You see, on Wednesdays, Dr. Bedeir would give lectures on tafsir (explanation of the Quran). Hundreds of people would attend. This, in itself is an amazing feat. When someone comes to the mosque to deliver a lecture, the chances of getting 100 people to come are slim. When Dr. Bedeir comes – we run out of room, that’s right, upwards of 300-400. Yet, the board has told him he’s not welcome to come back.
So, dear brothers and sisters in Islam, I’m hoping that those of you in my community, and those of you who have had the pleasure to see/hear Dr. Reda whether it was through a formal study like Al-Maghrib, or through a speech he gave as he passed through your city – I’m asking you to write to my mosque’s board of directors and let them know what a mistake this is – to push someone away who brings people to Islam, brings the community to the mosque, who inspires our youth, who has helped us to create a real sense of Ummah within our community – to let them know that this is wrong. Let our voices ring loud and clear about the injustice that they are participating in, and together we can demonstrate our desire for the inspiring leaders that are so desperately needed in our community!
How can you do this? Simple – here is their info – direct from the webpage. Fill their mail box. Fill their inbox. Flood the fax machine.
The Canadian Islamic Center
Edmonton, AB Canada T5E 5A8
PH: 780 451-6694 FX: 780 452-1243