Health Status of Imam Siraj Wahhaj

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“And if Allah touches thee with affliction, none can remove it but He: But if He bestows upon you a favor, remember that He is the Possessor of every power to do all that He wills.” (Qur’an 6:17). 


The Muslim Alliance in North America appreciates the concerns and questions we’ve received regarding the health of our beloved Amir, Imam Siraj Wahhaj.  Recently, Imam Siraj was hospitalized briefly due to chest discomfort and has been diagnosed with hypertension.  He is undergoing tests and treatment to bring his blood pressure under control and to prevent this health crisis from escalating.  Presently he is resting and recuperating.
 
For more than 30 years Imam Siraj has traveled extensively at the invitation of other Muslim leaders and organizers in the U.S. and abroad.  He freely and passionately shares his love and knowledge of Islam-often booking back-to-back speaking engagements on a weekly basis.  There is no doubt that his demanding schedule factored into the development of his health condition.  As such, it has become paramount for him to make important lifestyle changes, which includes taking a sabbatical from some of his responsibilities, in order to balance his life and improve his overall health.  Towards this aim, he has canceled most of his speaking engagements until further notice. For MANA, Imam Talib Abdur-Rashid, MANA’s Deputy Amir, and Dr. Ihsan Bagby, MANA’s General Secretary will provide sound leadership, in conjunction with other members of MANA’s Diwan (Executive Committee), while Imam Siraj recuperates, insha’Allah.

We ask Allah to make the Imam’s illness an expiation and provide him with a speedy recovery, Insha’Allah.  According to our beloved Prophet Muhammad (saws), we know that our body has rights over us. Our health is a high priority and cannot be compromised.  We all look forward to the continuation of Imam Siraj’s great work in service to humanity and for the love of Allah.  Yet, we are encouraging him to take all the time he needs to stabilize and thrive again.

Let us all make dua for Imam Siraj and his family.  We pray that Allah will guide, protect and shower His mercy on them during this crisis, insha’Allah. To offset the considerable costs associated with the Imam’s treatment and care, and to aid in the support of his family, MANA is collecting donations. Donations can be made online or can be sent by mail to: MANA Office, FOR IMAM SIRAJ, P.O. Box 910375, Lexington, KY 40591. Please indicate “FOR IMAM SIRAJ” on the memo line of the payment, insha’Allah.  

Once again, we appreciate your concern, prayers, generosity and support.  May Allah reward you.  


The Believers, men and women, are protectors one of another. They enjoin what is just, and forbid what is evil, they observe regular prayers, practice regular charity, and obey Allah and His Messenger. On them will Allah pour His mercy.  Surely Allah is Exalted in power, Wise. 

(Qur’an 9:71)

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