Eid al-Fitr Mubarak: First of Shawwal 1438 AH

As per the view of Ayatullah il-Uzma al-Khui (rahmatullahi alyhi) and the view of al-Imam ar-Raahil (rahmatullahi alyhi), and al-Wali al-Faqeeh (hafizahullah), Sunday is the first of Shawwal 1438 A.H. and Eed ul-Fitr for the entire USA and Canada.


As per the view of Ayatullah as-Sistani (hafizahullah) the Eed ul-Fitr is on Monday for USA and Canada (except for the lower belt of California, New Mexico and Arizona if sighting is confirmed and proven for that region)


Taqabbalallaahu siyaamakum wa qiyaamakum

Eedukum saeed

Syed Sartaj Zaidi
Chairman, Muslim Congress



Imam Ali (a): Reflections on His Life and His Mission

Condolences to the Imam of our time Imam al-Mahdi (atfs), our righteous scholars, the Leader of the Muslim world, and all human beings on the martyrdom anniversary of Ameer-ul-Momineen Ali ibn Abi Talib (a).

Imam Ali (a) dedicated his life to pleasing Allah, through all the trials and tribulations that befell him.

He was the living Quran and the embodiment of Islam.

He was an Imam, whether he sat on a position of authority or not.


He was known for his justice and character to all Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Describing people, Imam Ali (a) divides humanity into two major categories , “Either they are your fellow believers in faith or they are human beings like you.”


He taught us that Allah (swt) has created man to be free, so one must not be a slave to any but his Creator.

Imam Ali was the one who worshiped Allah, not as a worshiper for the sake of the Paradise like a merchant looking to exchange goods, nor as a worshiper due to the scare of the Hell like a slave afraid of punishment, but as a free man who recognized that only Allah was worthy of his worship.


He was the man that considered governance to be less important than the sneeze of a goat. He explained that nations may be governed by unbelievers (kafireen) but not by oppressors (zalimeen).

Ali (a) only used the government as a means to please Allah. He dressed and lived as the poorest of his subjects. He did not gain respect from his position, rather the position became worthy of respect through him.


He was a man known for his dedication to Islam and truth (haqq). His enemies did not hate him because he was oppressive, but because of his uncompromising justice. It was because of his stance that he was killed, and justice was massacred by killing him.


Imam Ali (a) only ruled for four years approximately. There are those who criticize his methods as too lenient or claim he was not smart enough (naoozu billah) to maintain power. They forget there was a key difference between him and his opponents. Ali (a) never cared about obtaining or maintaining power. His sole focus was fulfilling God’s will and establishing social justice, whereas his opponents sought worldly gain through all means possible, no matter how immoral and inhumane.

His only goal was to achieve Allah’s pleasure.

His followers should pay attention to his saying:

وَاللهِ مَا مُعَاوِيَةُ بِأَدْهَى مِنِّي
وَلكِنَّهُ يَغْدِرُ وَيَفْجُرُ

“By Allah, Mu`awiyah is not more cunning than I am, but he deceives and commits evil deeds”


وَلَوْلاَ كَرَاهِيَةُ الْغَدْرِ لَكُنْتُ مِنْ أَدْهَى النَّاسِ

“Had it not been for the reprehensibility of deceit, I would have been the most cunning of all men”.


Looking at his life, we see that when it comes to serving Allah, there is no weighing loss and gain, only the success, through fulfilling ones obligations.

May Allah accept your prayers and supplications in this holy month.

May Allah bless you and your families.


Syed Sartaj Zaidi
Chairman, Muslim Congress


Muslim Congress Applauds Courageous Defender of Victims of Hate, Sends Condolences

Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche was a young graduate from Reed College in Portland. He, along with Ricky John Best was killed in an effort to protect two Muslim girls from a racist man in a train ride.


According to eye witness reports the suspect was verbally harassing two women (one of whom was in Hijab). When passengers began to defend the women he drew a knife and stabbed three of them – two of whom succumbed to their wounds. The suspect was later identified as Jeremy Christian, a known racist and white supremacist.


Namkai-Meche’s mother, released this statement after the incident:

Taliesin Myrddin lived a joyous and full life. His enthusiasm was infectious. We lost him in a senseless act that brought close to home the insidious rift of prejudice and intolerance that is too familiar, too common. He was resolute in his conduct (and) respect of all people. In his final act of bravery, he held true to what he believed is the way forward. He will live in our hearts forever as the just, brave, loving, hilarious and beautiful soul he was. We ask that in honor of his memory, we use this tragedy as an opportunity for reflection and change. We choose love. Safe journey Taliesin. We love you.


Muslim Congress, expresses deep condolences to the families of these Good Samaritans who stood up and gave up their lives for a just, human cause in defending the defenseless. We also denounce these reprehensible acts of hate and violence due to rising Islamophobia.


We encourage people of conscious to learn about Islam and Muslims from proper and authentic sources as opposed to questionable media outlets. The holy month of Ramadhan is an opportune month to do so.


Chairman’s Message Highlighting the Spirit of the Holy Month of Allah

بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمـَنِ الرَّحِيمِ

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ

“O’ you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you, just as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may ward off (evil).”

The Holy Prophet (s) said:
الصَّومُ جُنَّةٌ مِن النارِ

“Fasting is a shield for protection against Hell fire.”


This is the month of Allah; the month of guidance, mercy, repentance, and forgiveness. This is the month of supplications (Duaas) and the revelation of the Quran.

During this month the doors of heaven are open.

The purpose of fasting in Islam is to train us to suppress our natural appetites and to shun evil. It does not mean abstaining only from food and drink but from every kind of evil. Abstention from food is only a step towards the main objective. The main objective is to purify our conduct and character, and to charge the soul with the divine attributes of Allah.


Achieving piety is the goal of fasting.

Imam al-Sadiq (A) said: “Fasting is not achieved simply by the renunciation of eating and drinking. When you observe fast your eyes, ears, tongue, stomach, and sexual parts should also be fasting with you. A true observer of fast is the one who prevents all his limbs and body parts from sins. Such fasts belong to God’s special servants”.

We should not follow our low desires and allow the organs of our body to sin. Let us cleanse ourselves from all diseases of the soul.
The Holy Prophet (s) is reported to have said:

حُفَّتِ الْجَنَّةُ بِالْمَكَارِهِ، وَحُفَّتِ النَّارُ بِالشَّهَوَات

“Paradise is enveloped by difficulties and Hell Fire is enveloped by desires.”

The control over our desires can take us in to a deeper connection with Allah, for obedience is the purpose of our creation.

One of the philosophies behind fasting in the month of Ramadan is to decrease the gap between the rich and the poor.


We should take advantage of this month of Allah to receive His mercy.

We need to remember that every act of worship has its philosophy. Worship should not be like a habit; rather we should perform acts with understanding.


Imam Sadiq (as) has said, “God made fasting obligatory so that the rich and the poor are made equal. If there was no fasting, the rich would never experience the feeling of hunger that would make them have mercy on the poor, for whenever the rich desire something they are able to acquire it. Thus God desired to place His servants on the same level, so that the rich experience hunger and pain so that they have compassion for the weak and have mercy on the hungry.”

Therefore, don’t forget the hungry and thirsty people around you at the time of breaking of your fast.


Dear brothers and sisters, the Holy Prophet (s) said: He who wakes up without any concern for the affairs of Muslims, is not a Muslim.

Bloodshed is everywhere; in Pakistan, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Burma, Kashmir and Yemen.

Raise your voice in this month of Allah against injustice.

It is the duty of all believers to join our hands together and fight against injustice, aggression, oppression, and discrimination.

Please remember the last Friday of the Holy month of Ramadan as the Global Day of Quds.

Invite all the peace loving people to voice their opposition to the unjust and illegal occupation of Palestine.

Invite people of conscience to display their solid determination in support of the legitimate rights of the people of Palestine.

We need to support the oppressed, whoever and wherever they are, and seek justice for these nations that are being strangled by oppressive powers.

It is said that silence in the face of oppression only benefits the oppressors, never the victim. By not speaking out, we have chosen the side of the aggressor and aided them in their mission.

Remember Imam Ali’s Last Will:

وكُونا للظَّالِمِ خَصماً ولِلمَظلومِ عَوناً

“Be an enemy of tyrants and oppressors and be a friend and helper of those who are oppressed and tyrannized.”


May Allah accept our prayers, supplication and deeds in this holy month.

May Allah bless you and your family.

Syed Sartaj Zaidi
Chairman, Board of Trustees
Muslim Congress
May 27, 2017



Saturday, May 27th, is the First of Shahr Ramdhan

Saturday (May 27, 2017) will be the first day of the holy month of Ramadhan. We wish you and your family a blessed month of fasting. Ramadhan Kareem!

Please keep the less fortunate, the oppressed and those who are suffering from unjust wars, exploitation and colonization.


To encourage our kids to be engaged in this holy month, we are including a calendar filled with daily activities that children can take part in to make their month of Ramadan more enjoyable. We encourage families and Islamic communities to take advantage of these as a means of getting our young youth involved in the daily benefits of this blessed month!

Click here to download and print the calendar.


Also note that special online Ramadhan classes start tomorrow (Saturday). Please see details below and take advantage of the Islamic Scholars and their services during this holy month of Quran.



Congratulations on the Birth Anniversary of Imam al-Hujjah (atfs)

I would like to congratulate the Messenger of Allah, his Ahl-ul-Bayt (as), the Leader of the Muslim world, our righteous scholars, the followers of the Ahl-ul-Bayt (as) and all human beings on the birth anniversary of the Proof of Allah, the living Hujjah, the Imam of our time, the 12th vicegerent of the Final Messenger of Allah (s).

Indeed he will bring the East and the West of the world to justice and he will establish equality where there is discrimination.


Our responsibilities during the Imam’s occultation:

The one who is waiting and preparing himself for the appearance of the Imam must have the character and merits of the companions of Imam al-Mahdi (atfs).

Imam Ja’far ibn Muhammad as-Sadiq (as) said:
مَنْ سَرَّهُ أَنْ يَكُونَ مِنْ أَصْحَابِ الْقَائِمِ فَلْيَنْـتَظِرْ
“A person who would like to be among the companions of al-Qa’im should be in a state of (active) waiting (Intizar)…
وَ لْيَعْمَلْ بِالْوَرَعِ وَ مَحَاسِنِ الأَخْلاَقِ وَ هُوَ مُنْـتَظِرٌ.
…and perform all of his deeds with Wara [a level higher than Taqwa] and with the most beautiful etiquette and then one will be counted as being in a state of (true) waiting (Intizar)”.

In another tradition Imam Ja’far ibn Muhammad as-Sadiq (peace be upon both of them) said:
إِنَّ لِصَاحِبِ هٌذَا الأَمْرِ غَيْـبَةٌ
“Surely the possessor of this command (Imam al-Mahdi) will go into an occultation
فَلْيَتَّقِ اللٌّهَ عَبْدٌ عِنْدَ غَيْـبَتِهِ وَلْيَتَمَسَّكْ بِدِيــنِهِ.

“So the servant should have God-consciousness (Taqwa of Allah) during the period of the occultation and should hold firm to his religion.”

Waiting for the advent of the Imam with patience is a form of worship.

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him and his family) has said:
اِنْتِظَارُ الْفَرَجِ بِالصَّبْرِ عِبَادَةٌ
“Awaiting the opening (relief) with patience is a (form of) worship”


We should pray to Allah that He may include us among his companions and grant us the reward of those who will be with him.

Though we are waiting, we cannot sit passively while the world is full of oppression. We have to pave the way for him to fill the earth with justice.


Looking at the state of the world, we can see the enemies of Islam and humanity are trying to tarnish the image of Islam.

The world is accusing Islam for the crimes committed by it’s foes. These enemies of humanity promote themselves as the champions of peace and justice while they create havoc in the world in the name of democracy. Islam denounces the oppression done against all those innocent people in the world,

Islam is love and compassion. It wants to free the humans from all forms of slavery.

The arrogant people wish to enslave the followers of true Islam.


The terms freedom, peace, love, democracy, and equality are all being frequently used nowadays in the world, but these words have lost their meaning. Injustice, oppression, racism, bigotry and discrimination are ruling this world.

The reappearance of the Imam is a promise of Allah, a glad tiding to mankind, and a promise to the oppressed of the world. Imam Ja’far ibn Muhammad as-Sadiq (as) said:

إِذَا قَامَ الْقَائِمُ لاَ يَبْقـى أَرْضٌ إِلاَّ نُودِيَ فِيهَا شَهَادَةُ أَنْ لاَ إِلٌهَ إِلاَّ اللٌّهُ وَ أَنَّ مُحَمَّداً رَسُولُ اللٌّهِ.

“When al-Qa’im makes his advent, not a single place of land will remain except that the call to the testimony of, ‘there is no creature worthy of worship except for Allah and indeed Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah’ will be given (there).”


We should look at ourselves and analyze our actions and our way of life. Are we ready to welcome him?

If we are working to pave the way for his reappearance, are we helping the oppressed people of the world? Are we trying to establish justice in the world? Are we walking on the path of the Ahlulbayt (as)?

If we are fulfilling our responsibility, we may not be there to see his advent but we will not be deprived of the reward of Allah.


As mentioned by Imam Ja’far ibn Muhammad as-Sadiq (as):
مَنْ مَاتَ مِنْكُمْ وَ هُوَ مُنْـتَظِـرٌ لِهٌذَا الأَمْرِ
“The person from among you who dies while awaiting this command [the advent of Imam al-Mahdi]
كَمَنْ هُوَ مَعَ الْقَائِمِ فِي فِسْطَاطِهِ
…is like a person who was with al-Qa’im in his camp …
لاَ بَلْ كَمَنْ قَارَعَ مَعَهُ بِسَيْفِهِ
…no rather, he would be like a person who was fighting (after his appearance from occultation) along-side him with his sword (against injustice)…
لاَ وَ اللٌّهِ إِلاَّ كَمَنِ اُسْـتُشْهِدَ مَعَ رَسُولِ اللٌّهِ
…no rather, by Allah, he would be like the person who attained martyrdom along-side the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him and his family).”


May Allah help us to become true followers of the Ahlulbayt and true companions of the Imam of our time, May God hasten his appearance.

Syed Sartaj Zaidi

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