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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Health Status of MANA's Amir, Imam Siraj Wahhaj

As salaamu 'alaykum

As some of you may know, our beloved Imam Siraj has taken ill with hypertension, having apparently collapsed several weeks ago. As I understand he is resting and recuperating insha'Allah. In the meantime, his family needs financial assistance to cover the costs of his care.

I don't have to remind anyone of the amount of service our dear Imam has provided to the ummah over the last few decades. And it would really be wonderful if we as a collective are there for him in his time of need. We have all been inspired by his energetic and relevant khutbahs, improved our lives after hearing a piece of advice that he gave. We have all prayed in masjids kept alive by his fundraising efforts, al hamdulillah.

MANA (Muslim Alliance of North America) has appointed a point person to coordinate the collection of funds on behalf of our Imam and his family. If you are interested in donating, you can make check or money order payable to:

Imam Siraj Wahhaj
c/o Jamilah Jihad
P.O. Box 312264
Atlanta, GA 31131

If you have questions or concerns, please direct them to Imam Qasim Khan, who is coordinating the efforts on behalf of MANA and Imam Siraj's family. He can be reached at 773.557.9315 insha'Allah,. He can also be reached via email at mana.events@gmail.com I spoke to Imam Qasim this afternoon, al hamdulillah, and he would be happy to answer your questions insha'Allah.

For more info, please see the statement issued from MANA regarding Imam Siraj. I am not connected with this effort in any official way, so I am not the best person to answer any questions.

May Allah bless our dear imam and his family, may He grant him shifa, forgive his sins, and lift his burdens. Ameen.

Naqiyba

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A special message

February 16, 2009


Health Status of MANA's Amir, Imam Siraj Wahhaj


"And if Allah touches thee with affliction, none can remove it but He: But if He bestows upon you a favor, remember that He is the Possessor of every power to do all that He wills." (Qur'an 6:17).

The Muslim Alliance in North America appreciates the concerns and questions we've received regarding the health of our beloved Amir, Imam Siraj Wahhaj. Recently, Imam Siraj was hospitalized briefly due to chest discomfort and has been diagnosed with hypertension. He is undergoing tests and treatment to bring his blood pressure under control and to prevent this health crisis from escalating. Presently he is resting and recuperating.

For more than 30 years Imam Siraj has traveled extensively at the invitation of other Muslim leaders and organizers in the U.S. and abroad. He freely and passionately shares his love and knowledge of Islam-often booking back-to-back speaking engagements on a weekly basis. There is no doubt that his demanding schedule factored into the development of his health condition. As such, it has become paramount for him to make important lifestyle changes, which includes taking a sabbatical from some of his responsibilities, in order to balance his life and improve his overall health. Towards this aim, he has canceled most of his speaking engagements until further notice. For MANA, Imam Talib Abdur-Rashid, MANA's Deputy Amir, and Dr. Ihsan Bagby, MANA's General Secretary will provide sound leadership, in conjunction with other members of MANA's Diwan (Executive Committee), while Imam Siraj recuperates, insha'Allah.

We ask Allah to make the Imam's illness an expiation and provide him with a speedy recovery, Insha'Allah. According to our beloved Prophet Muhammad (saws), we know that our body has rights over us. Our health is a high priority and cannot be compromised. We all look forward to the continuation of Imam Siraj's great work in service to humanity and for the love of Allah. Yet, we are encouraging him to take all the time he needs to stabilize and thrive again.

Let us all make dua for Imam Siraj and his family. We pray that Allah will guide, protect and shower His mercy on them during this crisis, insha'Allah. To offset the considerable costs associated with the Imam's treatment and care, and to aid in the support of his family, MANA is collecting donations. Donations can be made online or can be sent by mail to: MANA Office, FOR IMAM SIRAJ, P.O. Box 910375, Lexington, KY 40591. Please indicate "FOR IMAM SIRAJ" on the memo line of the payment, insha'Allah.

Once again, we appreciate your concern, prayers, generosity and support. May Allah reward you.

The Believers, men and women, are protectors one of another. They enjoin what is just, and forbid what is evil, they observe regular prayers, practice regular charity, and obey Allah and His Messenger. On them will Allah pour His mercy. Surely Allah is Exalted in power, Wise.

(Qur'an 9:71)

3 comments:

drjash said...

May Allah (SWT) grant him Shifa and a fast recovery - Amin! Please keep us posted on his progress.

Was Salam

Jashim (London)

YUSUF, UK said...

THE IMAM IS A TRUE SOLDIER FOR ALLAH (SWT) - HIS RECORD OF SERVING THE DEEN & HUMANITY - ESPECIALLY THROUGH ADVERSITY IS INSPIRATIONAL! I WILL NEVER FORGET MY FIRST MEETING WITH HIM IN THE EARLY 90'S IN ENGLAND, AFTER AN INSPIRING TALK HE GAVE! MAY ALLAH (SWT) GRANT HIM SHIFAA-E- KAAMILA, AAJILAH, DAAIMA & ALL HIS FAMILY SABR-E-JAMIL DURING ALL DIFFICULTIES. AAMEEN! PLEASE HELP ALL YOU CAN ALSO & PRAY FOR THEM TOO!

thelegacymaker said...

Ameen.

He is a real example of tireless hard work for this deen. May Allah grant him a speedy recovery.

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