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Statement from Shaykh Muhammad Abdul-Maqsood  Email

Shaykh Muhammad Abdul-Maqsood, of Cairo, is one of Egypt's most prominent Islamic scholars.  In addition to teaching and lecturing in Egypt, Shaykh Muhammad has also travelled extensively throughout the world to give da'wah including the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.  While visiting New York, Shaykh Muhammad witnessed firsthand the negative consequences of Majdy Wardah's actions.  Because of that, Shaykh Muhammad has unique insight into the dangers of Majdy Wardah and the damage he has caused. 

This experience led Shaykh Muhammad Abdul-Maqsood to fully support the statement issued by the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA) warning about Majdy Wardah to the extent that he would have preferred the statement was stronger in its condemnation.  Furthermore, Shaykh Muhammad gave additional advice to all Muslims around the world to never deal with Majdy Wardah financially, not to be deceived by Majdy Wardah's words, and to learn one's religion from someone other than him. 

Below is a link to the recorded phone call with Shaykh Muhammad Abdul-Masqood, an English translation, and the Arabic transcript.

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English Translation

Interviewer: All praise is due to Allaah.  May peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allaah.  With us on the phone from Cairo is Shaykh Muhammad Abdul-Maqsood.  I will read a statement, which was issued by the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA).  Shaykh Muhammad,  as-salaam 'alaykum (peace be upon you).

Shaykh Muhammad: Wa 'alaykum as-salaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakatuh (And may peace be upon you and Allaah's mercy and blessings).

Interviewer: Would you allow us to record this phone call?

Shaykh Muhammad: Yes, I give you permission to record it.

Interviewer: Shaykh Muhammad, there is a statement issued by the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America. We want your opinion and whether you support this statement.  Would you permit us to read it to you?

Shaykh Muhammad: Yes, please. 

Interviewer: May Allaah reward you.

(Beginning of the Statement):

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

Statement from the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America

All praise is due to Allaah.  May peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allaah, his family, his companions, and his supporters.

To Proceed:

The complaints against an individual involved with the da’wah (calling to Islaam and Allaah) have become overwhelming and from many sources. This person habitually embeds himself in the finances of others for either an investment or as an urgent loan.  He would then waste that money in ways other than what was intended to the extent that he would have difficulty paying it back.  Because of that, those that met him have lost their trust in the people associated with da’wah.  That person is brother Majdy Wardah, may Allaah forgive him, guide him, and shield him from his own evil.

There have been numerous victims in several states and various regions, and the total amount of all these injustices has reached an astounding figure.  Many of those that love him have advised him both secretly and in public and even provided him opportunities for decent work that would have: satisfied his needs, allowed him to maintain face, and shielded him from falling into these destructive acts.  However, he did not listen to anyone’s advice so the injustices and complaints continued.  In addition, he fabricated for himself scholarly, religious positions and academic degrees.  We advise him to repent to Allaah, the Most High, and to keep in his mind – a matter that he is well aware of – that the rights of others will never be forgotten by Allaah, and retribution is inevitable.  We also advise the Muslims, whether individuals or institutions, to be careful when dealing with him and that they should realize that he has in countless situations deceived many people and consumed their wealth unlawfully.

It was difficult for the signatories of this statement to write this document since this person, who involved himself in these shameful acts, is considered to be from those associated with the da’wah.  However, the responsibility to advise necessitates that we resist this hardship and write these words to discharge the trust and to protect the wealth of the innocents from unlawful attack.

We ask Allaah, the Most High, to guide us, him, and all the Muslims, and to protect us from the evils of our actions and ourselves.  Serving Allaah is our primary intention for He is the One that guides to the Straight Path.

( End of Statement)

Interviewer: Shaykh Muhammad, this statement was signed by a number of Muslims jurists in the United States.  What is your opinion regarding this statement, and do you support it?

Shaykh Muhammad: Yes, regardless of who signed this statement – and they are Insha'Allaah (Allaah willing) respected – I support this statement and would have hoped for a stronger one than this because the shameful acts of Majdy Wardah are not new. 

I last went to the United States in 2001, before the events (of  9/11), and his bad actions (literal translation: smell) had surfaced - I seek refuge with Allaah. He used to be a consultant for one of the respected mosques in Astoria, Queens (New York), and the people who appointed him started to distance themselves from him, and they were on the verge of taking severe actions against him.  I restrained them because I never imagined that his actions were so extensive.

Then he started creating an aura around himself by claiming that he has a doctorate (i.e. Ph.D.) or by coming up with things to make himself appear better in front of the people.  We ask Allaah to prevent us from acting in such a way.

Interviewer: Shaykh Muhammad, what is your advice to the Muslims regarding dealing with Majdy Wardah, and what is your general advice for everyone, both in the United States and Egypt?

Shaykh Muhammad: I advise Muslims, all over the world, not to deal with Majdy Wardah financially. Majdy Wardah is an example of a student of knowledge that became accustomed to living at a certain standard when he used to work for the Muslim World League.

The scholars have warned not to increase one's spending when you have the money because the wealth does not stay forever. If one accustoms himself to this and then his money is gone, he will involve himself in the doubtful matters, then the makrooh (disliked) things and then in the haraam (forbidden).

Brother Majdy Wardah, may Allaah, the Most High, heal him, illicitly makes the wealth of the Muslims permissible for himself. A proof of that is the ornaments he surrounds himself with, be it the clothes he wears or his claim of having a doctorate or a degree and other such things. I do not know how having a doctorate benefits a caller to Allaah.  If he has something (i.e. Islamic knowledge), let him show it to the people, and if not, a thousand doctorates will not benefit him. 

I warn my Muslim brothers about dealing with Majdy Wardah, while at the same time I say not to apply this approach to the rest of the callers (to Allaah).  That would be a huge fitnah (trial) for you.  He will be asked about it, but you need to hold firmly to your deen (religion) and remember that this example (Majdy Wardah) is rarely repeated in its extent. 

So I advise all Muslims not to deal financially with Majdy Wardah, not to be deceived by his words,  and to learn the sharee'ah (i.e. Islamic law) from someone other than him.

The Islamic scholar should be a man of sincere words and actions, be trustworthy, and so on.

Interviewer: May Allaah reward and bless you shaykh.

Shaykh Muhammad: May Allaah bless you and be kind to you.

 


Arabic Transcript

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