RIS (Reviving The Islamic Spirit) is one of the largest and most popular Islamic conferences in North America. It has been uniquely successful in gathering the Muslim community together to deal with and speak to our needs and issues.
And yet at this past RIS, controversy erupted when remarks were made that some felt to be insensitive, and even racist. Others disagreed and thought they were acceptable. The comments themselves were made by one of, if not the most prominent Muslim scholars in the West, Sh. Hamza Yusuf.
This incident has revealed a divide in our community, something that needs to be discussed and addressed. Come out this Thursday to have that conversation, and a larger one on Racism within the Muslim community. Make your voice heard, and your ideas felt.