I write this to apologise on behalf of the American Learning Institute for Muslims (ALIM) for all the confusion that has taken place regarding the nature of the article, where it was posted first, and any insinuations made concerning Islamicate personnel. We deeply regret that Islamicate or its editors should be maligned or that the project’s integrity be called into question.
The article in question was written in its current format at the suggestion of a friend and an Islamicate editor, and I expressly acknowledged it being posted on the site as an exclusive article. Unfortunately, some in-house miscommunication at ALIM meant that the tale of events was misunderstood, much of which was regrettably then related to the Islamicate editorial team and elsewhere.
I hold Islamicate to be an outlet of high standing and quality, and commend the spirit that seeks to address topics of utmost importance to western Muslims, courageously tackling critical issues all the while coming from a perspective that is committed to the will of the Lawgiver and the spirit of the shariah. We remain supporters of Islamicate’s work and are happy to have resolved the issue in the spirit of brotherhood.
The Islamicate editorial team is grateful for the clarification issued above, and having been very recently informed of the miscommunications and misunderstanding, we understand how things transpired and greatly sympathise with the sentiments expressed.
It is the essence of human fallibility that miscommunication takes place and misunderstandings occur. Not only is it inevitable, it is to be expected from every human being, including ourselves. Thus to lack empathy is to overlook our own personal shortcomings. We regard the unfortunate affair simply as a non-issue, the humility and deference with which ALIM has made recourse to Islamicate should prove to all that ALIM, along with Shaikh Ubaydullah Evans as Executive Director, seeks to serve the will of God, act righteously with fellow cohorts in faith, and conduct themselves as civil and upright believers. Their actions and statements have made clear their aversion to corporate dawah, and so if this is the basis of the Islamic cultivation and education ALIM courses provide, with scholarly Muslim intellectuals such as Ubaydullah Evans and Prof. Sherman Jackson, then we expect nothing less than the highest standards.
“Tell My servants to say what is best. Satan sows discord among them: Satan is a sworn enemy of man.” [17:53]
We remind ourselves that it is the objective of Satan to deceive, twist and beguile, whilst entrenching conceit and hostility. But in the prophetic spirit of brotherhood, transparency, civility and rectitude, shared views and common goals, we resolve to strengthen solidarity.