Umar Lee has written about the recent Islam haters attack on Dr. Esam Omeish and MAS. He said:
Within the past few days the President of the Muslim American Society Dr. Esam Omeish, a Northern Virginia-based surgeon and well-respected brother in American-Muslim community, has come under attack. He was forced to resign from a Virginia State Immigration Commission because of a video leaked by “terrorism-investigators” and then picked up by right-wing bloggers, newspapers and talk-radio.
Who is Dr. Esam Omeish? On his own blog, he writes:
In 1982, I migrated from Libya…I did not speak English upon my arrival to this country….
…graduating from JEB Stuart High School with honors, I gained admission to…..Georgetown University. Upon graduating with a double major in International Relations and Biology in 1989, I gained admission to the Georgetown University School of Medicine….
…I was able to help successfully start the first chapter of the Muslim Students Association at Georgetown…….helped establish and chaired the MSA Council for the Washington DC metropolitan area…..the emergence of the Muslim American Society (MAS) in 1993…and I served as the first chairperson of its youth department…
….Chief of the Division of General Surgery at INOVA Alexandria Hospital….
Dr. Esam Omeish did not mention it on his blog, but he is currently the President of MAS. May Allah (swt) bless him and reward him for all his efforts for Muslims in America.
Why is this important to us?
Look at his background! He came to this country without speaking English and graduated from high school, university, and med school. He helped start an MSA chapter at his university, later became a doctor, held the position of Chief of General Surgery at a hospital and is currently the President of MAS.
Dr. Esam Omeish is taking heat from these Islam haters now, but who will be there next victims? Umar Lee writes:
Today it is Dr. Esam and MAS; but tomorrow it could be the leader of your masjid or you and therefore it is a must that the community rallies around our brother in Islam and defend him, and MAS, against the vile attacks of those who would seek to destroy any Muslim with a voice.
I know most of the readers on my blog are young people, mostly students (shout out to the aunties and uncles who read my blog). Most of us are really into seeking knowledge from the scholars via AlMaghrib, SunniPath, Zaytuna, etc. Many of us are not as concerned with issues like this as we should be. We are worried about graduating, going to grad/med school, finding a job/spouse, etc. My point is that in reality, without organizations like CAIR, ISNA, ICNA, MAS, MANA, etc. or activists like Ahmed Bedier (CAIR), Dr. Esam Omesih (MAS) or Dr. Sayeed (ISNA), we would not have AlMaghrib, SunniPath or Zaytuna. My proof would be to ask the founders. They saw the need for education after major conferences like ISNA, ICNA and MAS were not enough for Muslims and local halaqahs and classes were not as effective. In other words it was these organizations that started the trend of seeking knowledge in which Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Shaykh Muhammad Alshareef and Shaykh Faraz Rabbani established there instututes.
Together as Muslims, we need to understand that these Islam haters, the bigots of LGF, Robert Spencer, JihadWatch, the racist Dave Gaubatz, and our former Muslim sisters (now sisters in humanity Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Irshad Manji and Wafaa Sultan) want Islam to perish.
Wallahi, it seems to me that these people breath, eat and sleep hating on Islam. I wonder if these people have a family life or a life in general. Seriously. I can imagine Robert Spencer on his computer all day just searching for ‘jihad’, ‘kill’, ‘behead’, ‘suicide’, etc. completely ignoring everything else in his life. I wonder if their family lives are intact, how spiritually fulfilled they are, do they go to sleep at night happy or angry. Are they angry that Islam is alive, well and spreading without the sword or any other violent means or happy that they are making tons of money from writing BS posts about Islam? I wonder…
Take action brothers by making dua during the last few days of Ramadan and pledge to your own local community to support them by any means that you can. Support CAIR, MAS, ICNA, MANA, ISNA, etc. If they are doing something that you have an issue with, contact them instead of condemning them.
Lastly, give dawah, brothers and sisters. Dawah by action. Dawah by action!