Fire Abu Eesa Niamatullah
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Fire Abu Eesa Niamatullah

    1. Petition by

      Ibrahim Maaz

      Montreal, Canada

In light of the recent misogynist comments publicly made by Abu Eesa Niamatullah, an instructor at AlMaghrib Institute, on his facebook page and his twitter account, we call on AlMaghrib insitute to fire Abu Eesa, following his failure to take those remarks back and apologize. 
Through his comments, Abu Eesa is spreading hate, and violent ideologies against women. He has made non-chalant remarks about rape, misogyny and general abuse of women; all this on the occasion of the International Women's Day. Here are some of his comments:

-Today is my favourite bakwas (Bullshit) day of the year: Int'l Women's Day.
 Be warned feminists. Prepare to earn your big moment.

- Yes, Int'l Women's Day has officially started. Or as it's more widely known, "Men not giving a monkeys that it's Int'l Women's Day."

-"So today is International Women's Day. It was actually meant to be yesterday but they took too long getting ready."

-Int'l Women's Day is great, but starting tomorrow, it's 364 International Men's Days again, so stick that in your oven and cook it.

-Anyway I don't care how much you hate it or think amazing International Women's Day is, y'all still can't drive. 

-The sole objective of Int'l Women's Day is to see whether we, as men, can avoid being sexist for at least a day.

-And that's a wrap folks for #IWD - guys, don't try to understand Int'l Women's Day cos' it's like trying to understand women. Not worth it. Good night. 

-Don't try to understand women... Women understand women, and they hate each other.

-Sorry for the poor show yesterday. I couldn't post as much as I wanted. If you weren't offended, don't worry. I'll get to you soon too. =|

-Credit where credit's due lol, those femi-nazis know how to put on a party!

And to top it all

- You're right, I apologise. I don't understand women and thell the guys not to bother either, and we make jokes about them too. The aforementioned two crimes power my thirst and desire to rape women, beat them b(l)ack and blue, harass them, abuse them, lock them in the boiler room at home and in the Masjid, belittle their hijab and niqab and tell everyone to mutilate their girls' private parts  and then marry them off whilst they're still at Nursery. Right. Got it. Lads, feel free to do all of the above. I give you the fatwa to do it dammit!

This man is supposedly a teacher of Islamic Knowledge and exercises a great deal of influence on young minds. Allowing a person with such wretched thoughts to continue diminishes the credibility of AlMaghrib as an institute and as a learning center. Most importantly, we do not want a man like Abu Eesa representing Muslims in any public domain.

We call on you to fire Abu Eesa, and not allow him to continue spreading his hate ideologies.  

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Open Letter to AlMaghrib Institue, Sent 12/03/2014 at 10:03 AM UTC

The following Open-Letter has been sent to AlMaghrib institute following our signatures:

Dear Management team at AlMaghrib,

Assalamo Alaikum,

We are representing a diverse group of people who were very deeply angered at the recent turn-of-events that have sparked immense controversy. We represent people from all walks of life and in various roles, both students and professionals.

Inevitably, an institute of learning such as AlMaghrib is now in the spotlight, for the wrong reasons. We have prepared a petition for your kind perusal. Since the last 12 hours that the petition was put in place, we have had about 215 signatures. 18 signatures an hour for something that is ready to cannonball into something bigger, we hope you understand our resentment. We are doing our part as members of the Muslim community, and would now like action on your part. We want to know that as a representative of AlMaghrib, what accountability does Abu Eesa hold for his unapologetic, misogynist behaviour?

We would also want Abu Eesa to issue an apology explicitly stating that what he said was wrong, and that the youth must not follow such examples of humor. That it is of the most despicable nature and abhorrent. There should be no excuses granted and no apologies afforded in this matter. We are also professionals, and as adults we must completely understand the consequences of our actions. Abu Eesa has mentioned that he is only accountable to Allah. This is an anarchic approach. We are law-abiding citizens and as a public figure, Abu Eesa must understand that he is inciting hate and a legal case can be filed against him in the UK. Besides accountability to Allah (SWT) has to wait till Judgement day, which is why we implore you to tackle this professionally, and demand due accountability on behalf of Abu Eesa now!

If his apology is this:

"You're right, I apologise. I don't understand women and thell the guys not to bother either, and we make jokes about them too. The aforementioned two crimes power my thirst and desire to rape women, beat them b(l)ack and blue, harass them, abuse them, lock them in the boiler room at home and in the Masjid, belittle their hijab and niqab and tell everyone to mutilate their girls' private parts and then marry them off whilst they're still at Nursery. Right. Got it. Lads, feel free to do all of the above. I give you the fatwa to do it dammit!"

in whatever 'style of humor' he professes it to be, then let us assure you that we do not condone such humor against our mothers, our sisters and our wives. It is not good humor, not close to it by miles. We do not joke about rape and locking women in boiler rooms in Mosques, and mutilating their private parts. Especially not as a pedagogue and especially not as an instructor at AlMaghrib. To put it mildly, Abu Eesa has shown a great lack of tact in handling his own misdoing.

We would ask you to explore the following options:

1) Ask Abu Eesa to publicly apologize and explicitly state that all his comments were in bad taste, and such comments are a terrible example for the youth to follow. If Abu Eesa fails to do this, he must be let go off his duties as a teacher at AlMaghrib, an institute that we have high regards for; an institute where the majority of students are female. We are also entitled to filing a legal complaint against Abu Eesa in the UK on the grounds of inciting gender based violence and hate.

2) We want AlMaghrib to issue a public statement especially with regards to Abu Eesa and his comments. We are angered at your silence in this regard. Following a failure to do so, we will recommend all universities where AlMaghrib courses are taught to not allow AlMaghrib instructors on campus.

As much as Abu Eesa may believe that the campaign against his misogynist views are being driven by "corrupt people running the #FireAbuEesa campaign with their secular-driven feminist agenda" , we want to issue publicly that we are all practicing, law-abiding Muslims in our respective countries. We are doctors, lawyers, engineers, home makers, welders, plumbers, social workers, teachers, students of science and students of religion, all standing here united against juvenile statements made by a public figure that serve as breeding grounds for hate crimes against women.

Your action now will deeply reflect on your sensibility as an institute of Islamic learning, teaching a religion that upholds women in the highest esteem. We want to see if you only believe, or if you are willing to act upon these teachings too.

Please also know that this email to you will be available on our petition page that we would like you to visit. Also, any correspondence received from your side will be posted on the same. I am also attaching as a PDF File, the comments and concerns raised by the petitioners on this page:

https://www.change.org/petitions/al-maghrib-institute-fire-abu-eesa-niamatullah

In good faith, and in good hope,

We, the Petitioners.

To:
Al-Maghrib Institute, Al-Maghrib Institute
Fire Abu Eesa Niamatullah

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. Lessons learnt form AE Episode

      Ibrahim Maaz
      Petition Organizer
      Critical Reflections

      Over the last few days, we witnessed Abu Eesa's vicious attacks (without provocation) on feminists and the International Women's Day, and the public outrage and criticism of the AlMaghrib instructor that followed. The public outrage at Abu Eesa's posts and comments triggered the fans of the star shaykh to come to his defense.

    3. Response from Al-Maghrib Institute to the Petition

      Ibrahim Maaz
      Petition Organizer

      Assalamu'alaykum,

      Concerning your inquiry to AlMaghrib Institute about personal comments by our instructor:

      AlMaghrib Institute released an official statement on Thursday March 13, 2014 about the organization’s official stance.

      Please visit our home page to see the full AlMaghrib Institute's statement:
      www.almaghrib.org

      Shaykh Abu Eesa has personally responded to 500+ messages apologizing to those who were hurt by his statements. Please reach out to him on his personal facebook page should you desire a direct apology from him.

      May Allah guide us to do what pleases Him.

      JazakAllahu khayran

      BarakAllahu feekum

      AlMaghrib Institute
      1-888-ALMAGHRIB (256-2447)
      UK: 0203-004-9027
      http://www.almaghrib.org

    4. Follow up #2

      Ibrahim Maaz
      Petition Organizer

      Sent 6:52 pm (UTC time)
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      Assalamo Alaikum,

      http://www.change.org/petitions/al-maghrib-institute-fire-abu-eesa-niamatullah

      It is day 3 now. We have 503 signatures and still counting. We are looking for an official response from your end.

      Your silence says that you condone Abu Eesa's misogyny. As men of this community, so far, this is a display of spinelessness from your end. Also, there is a PDF with comments from some of us petitioners for your perusal.

      JAK,

      We, the Petitioners.

      Al-Maghrib Institute: Fire Abu Eesa Niamatullah

      In light of the recent misogynist comments publicly made by Abu Eesa Niamatullah, an instructor at AlMaghrib Institute, on his facebook page and his...

    5. Reached 500 signatures
    6. This

      Ibrahim Maaz
      Petition Organizer

      "Adam (AS) ate from a forbidden tree. Iblis refused to bow. But what distinguished them from each other, was their response after they slipped.
      The mark of character is not in whether or not we make mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes. The true mark of character is in how we respond after we've made a mistake."

    7. Follow up to our first e-mail to AlMaghrib

      Ibrahim Maaz
      Petition Organizer

      Sent 18:27 (UTC)
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      Assalamo Alaikum,

      We would like to know if you have made any progress following our previous email.

      JAK

      We, the Petitioners.

    8. Reached 250 signatures
    9. If you prefer anonymity for comment posts

      Ibrahim Maaz
      Petition Organizer

      If you prefer to be anonymous with your comments, and are unable to do so on this forum, please e-mail fireabueesa@gmail.com and your comments will be collected and forwarded to AlMaghrib Institute with complete discretion.

      We congratulate each other on this support. We don't stop now.

    10. Reached 200 signatures
    11. An amazing show of hands!

      Ibrahim Maaz
      Petition Organizer

      We were initially targeting for a 100 signatures. But with the non-stop support coming in from all over the world, we will aim at 200 signatures. After this we will forward our cry and disgust to AlMaghrib and ask them them publicly tell us what they have made of this issue and what they plan to do next with it. We are almost there! And we are making this man accountable for his hate.

    12. Reached 100 signatures
    13. We're half way there

      Ibrahim Maaz
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for coming together and making this call a potent one. We applaud each other for our show of support against such mockery of Islamic principles.
      People in religious roles are often invincible, no matter what they say in public spheres. Zero accountability. Thank you for being part of the change.
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      Fire Abu Eesa Niamatullah

      In light of the recent misogynist comments publicly made by Abu Eesa Niamatullah, an instructor at AlMaghrib Institute, on his facebook page and his twitter account, we call on AlMaghrib insitute to fire Abu Eesa, following his failure to take those remarks back and apologize.

    14. Reached 25 signatures

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    • Shelly Belaribi LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 3 months ago

      It is good character to respect all despite regardless of gender, colour and ethnicity. Nobody chooses to be a man or women we are born as one therefore each should be given their due right to respect and honour. Allah honours humanity in the way He addressee them in the quran be they man or women.

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    • H Kay LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 3 months ago

      Isn't it blooming obvious, mother of two children. Fed up of spineless muslim leaders who cannot pay lipservice to justice. I f you don't wake up you'll see human fitra lead people away from this religion. So sick muslim men's mysogyny.

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 3 months ago

      The connection between women's human rights, gender equality, socioeconomic development and peace is increasingly apparent.

      -- Mahnaz Afkhami

      Women's empowerment is intertwined with respect for human rights.

      -- Mahnaz Afkhami

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    • Ray Barker THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO, CANADA
      • 5 months ago

      We are to love one another. We know there are various kinds of abuse in societies. However, I love my Son and my Daughter. I love my Little Children who are in Heaven. Their Mother has passed on and I love her too. I love my Sisters and my late Mother. I love my Grandmothers. I love my Aunts. I love my Sisters-In-Law. I love the Men in my life, my Dad, my Brothers, my Grandfathers, my Uncles, my Brothers-In-Law. I love my Cousin and my Friends. HOW CAN THIS MAN LIVE WITH HIMSELF AND HAVE ALL THIS HATE BUILT UP IN HIMSELF? Does he not love even his own Mother who gave birth to him? We need to Pray for this man, and others like him, that he will come to know the LOVE of ALMIGHTY GOD and the forgiveness of sins through our LORD JESUS CHRIST and really be able to love people.

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    • Baaqir Jordan PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • 5 months ago

      This is a disgrace!

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