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"On Being Banned: Shaming or Schooling the ICSC?"


In this incisive and explosive khutbah, Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl indicts the leadership of the Islamic Center of Southern California (ICSC) in their decision to censor and ban him from delivering the khutbah at the ICSC that day after he requested that they perform janaza prayers for President Muhammad Morsi, the slain democratically elected leader of Egypt. He shares the exchanges that led to his ban, and then elaborates on why their decision was not only wrong, but immoral and unethical. Further, he illustrates how this act of censoring, the refusal to stand up for justice, and the justification for such immoral behavior mirrors the authoritarianism and despotism rampant in Muslim countries around the world. He calls Muslims to their conscience by recalling several powerful traditions of the Prophet that emphasize the imperative of standing for justice, lest people become "mute devils" and cursed by God as they refuse to take a stand against injustice. A must watch, and a stunning wake up call to Muslims to choose which side of justice they will stand for. Delivered at The Usuli Institute, Los Angeles, CA, 21 June 2019.


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