In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
The website (http://www.salatomatic.com/) features an amazing database locating and reviewing mosques/masjids and Islamic schools around the US, Canada and the World.
However, one major troubling issue at hand is the search option for the mosques/masjids which give the following options to choose from: Sunni (traditional), Sunni (salafi) and Sunni (sufi).
Every mosque/masjid around the world is a House of Allah. Homes of Allah are not meant to havens for sectarian divide or politics. All Muslims are free to enter masjids for the worship of Allah. We should not label these Houses of Allah as ‘traditional’, ‘salafi’, or ‘sufi’. We are all muslims! They are for Muslims.
To label these masjids as such you are only promiting the futher disunity of our ummah. As Imam Zaid Shakir (may Allah reward and protect him) has written:
“We frequently hear terms such as a Salafi Masjid, an Ikhwani Masjid, a Sufi Masjid, and other such aberrations. Although the orientations that form the basis of these appellations may have great benefit for their individual adherents, when they become exclusionary appendages affixed to the Masjid, they can be extremely alienating… .
This politicizing of the Masjid sometimes leads to excessive arguing and disputation. In many cases, heated disputes among the defenders of varying interpretations of Islam, repulses many Muslims.” [Shakir, Zaid. “Flight From The Masjid.” Scattered Pictures: Reflections of an American Muslim. (Hayward: Zaytuna Institute, 2005), 106]
We humbly and respectfully ask the webmasters/owners of the website (http://www.salatomatic.com/ ) to remove these options in the search fields to stop promoting the unneccessary divide within our ummah.
May Allah (swt) unite our hearts and overcome our differences all for His sake alone. Ameen!
Wasalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu
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