Support Shaykh Abu Eesa Niamatullah For AlMaghrib Institute!

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Support Shaykh Abu Eesa Niamatullah For AlMaghrib Institute!

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Lisa Mohammed-Irvine started this petition to Al Maghrib Institute Canada U.S.A & U.K (C.E.O)

We have watched in dismay how the renowned and trusted British teacher and commentator Abu Eesa Niamatullah is undergoing a character assassination based on the lie that he joked about rape and racism.

 

Unknown individuals released what appeared to be damning screenshots which had been edited and released into the public domain making him out to be racist and apparently joking about rape and FGM. This is nothing but a slander as has been clarified on his own personal Facebook page with the original links available showing the full posts and comments that actually occurred in mid-2013 and then on the 11th of March this year. All this can be seen in full at www.facebook.com/AbuEesaPersonal

 

This all came around after a smear campaign was launched against him after a series of separate perhaps ill-conceived satirical posts were released by him on International Women’s Day 2014. This is something completely in line with his reputation as a fun-loving, comedic teacher who often pokes fun lovingly at those he cares for most. Some found this distasteful and unacceptable especially those who do not know him or don’t study with him and were basing their judgement on a few Facebook posts, whereas the majority know in reality that the truth is something very different.

 

Those with an agenda against his work used this to try and create an image of a misogynist, sexist cleric taking advantage of his well known humorous and sarcastic approach in much of his work, and launched a #FireAbuEesa campaign with a particular focus on the renowned AlMaghrib Institute where he often teaches many successful classes on a variety of the Islamic sciences.

 

Abu Eesa was contacted by a number of people who didn’t appreciate his humour (regardless of the fact that thousands of his students online including myself have had no problem whatsoever with his jokes knowing full well what he is truly about, and have been flooding the internet and social networks with messages of support etc) and had felt genuinely offended by what his jokes might promote in terms of sexism and bring about previous memories of abuse etc. To our teacher’s credit, he released numerous public apologies to all these women, and then gave personal apologies in private to hundreds more he asked to contact him in case they had been offended or insulted. Many did and many accepted his apologies as has been spread on the internet widely. Yet the vilification of our respected teacher continues.

 

Abu Eesa has a long track record of promoting women’s rights as per Islamic teachings. The ironic fact is that in many places in the UK where he has taught which have long-standing misogynistic attitudes to female access to quality education etc, he has confronted traditional patriarchal stereotypes within existing Islamic groups and mosques and urged them to change their protocols and systems to allow greater rights for women.

 

In his serious lectures and writings, he has done more than most in the UK for launching campaigns for female education, helping widows in war-zones, representing the UK at international WEF symposia on gender issues, and more than anything else after teaching well over 10,000 students onsite in various locations around the world of which the majority have been women, and 8000 online students with his weekly #LogicalProgression class of which again the majority of students are women. As a female student myself, Shaykh Abu Eesa has been nothing but incredible in the way he prioritises women in his classes. Thousands of his female students will defend this fact and testify that the current smear campaign against him is unjust and nothing more than an attempt to undermine the work of excellent Islamic organisations who are under pressure to not support their instructors.

 

I urge you to support this petition in response to all the smearing of our respected teacher, and not allow the peddlers of hate to win. AlMaghrib Institute and other organisations must promote the real work of this man and allow women to be empowered authentically as I know first hand that I have been. Thank you.

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