Open Letter from Imam Siraj Wahhaj

As Salamu Alaikum, Dear Brothers and Sisters!

(Evan O'Connell/ The Battalion)
Imam Siraj Wahhaj speaks on "Struggling for Truth & Justice: the Legacy of Malcom X" to the Muslim Students Association in Wehner 159 Wednesday night. It is well known now that I have been suffering from hypertension. Al Hamdulillah, I have been working with it for a while now, and insha’Allah it’s pretty much under control. As a result of being thoroughly checked by the competent doctors in Atlanta , I have been recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. Al Hamdulillah, inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajiun. (All Praise is for Allah. Truly, to Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.)

My diagnosis is not as bad as it sounds on the surface. Many men have been cured from prostate cancer. My doctors are very optimistic about my cure, and so am I. Insha’Allah the treatment should last about two months. But you and I know that the cure is in the Hands of Allah. If Allah heals me, I will be very grateful. If Allah doesn’t heal me, then I will be patient and happily accept my fate. This is the way of the Believers. I am looking forward to full recovery and getting back to work in the not-too-distant future, insha’Allah.

Many people will ask the question, what can we do? Don’t waste your time feeling sorry for me. Make du’a. But don’t just make du’a for me. There are a lot of Muslims, men and women, with cancer (and other diseases). Make du’a for them also. There are so many among the elderly, who need our help, make du’a for them. There are so many Muslims who have lost their jobs, lost their homes, make du’a for them! Beyond the prayers, go visit the sick, those in prison, and others in need.

Get involved more with Islamic work. Support organizations like MANA, ISNA, ICNA, MAS, CAIR, SIFCA, the community in association with Imam Warith Deen Mohammed, the community of Imam Jamil Al Amin, etc. Support good brothers and sisters, like Mauri’ Saalakhan of the Peace and Justice Foundation. Support Islamic education and schools. If you want to help Imam Siraj, then help support his Masjid, Masjid At-Taqwa, in Brooklyn, New York and all the other struggling Masjids throughout America.

Every challenge we face in life presents us with many opportunities for growth. With a heightened awareness and sensitivity about health-related issues, I will feel better when we, as an ummah, learn more about our health. We have to be very careful about the foods we consume! I urge all of us to cultivate healthy appetites such that we begin to love and crave foods that are good FOR us and eliminate foods that are not. I intend with Allah’s help to share information with you in the coming weeks about our health.

On behalf of MANA, I encourage you to lend your support to our growing Organization. Every MANA project is structured to strengthen American Muslim communities. The SHARE Centers, Healthy Marriage Initiative, Community Reentry Program, and Healing and Reconciliation Project all need input and active service urgently. Please contact the MANA office to find out more and look for regular updates in our newsletters, insha’Allah.

In closing, I am humbled and very thankful for all the prayers, and well wishes of the Muslims, and am very appreciative for all the help extended to me and my family in the past. Alhamdulillah! I am also overwhelmed with gratitude that a number of you want to lend financial support, and have asked how you can do that. Online donations can be made here, or feel free to correspond with me directly at Siraj Wahhaj, P.O. Box 312264, Atlanta, GA 31131.

Thank you kindly. May Allah guide and protect us all.

Your brother in faith,
Imam Siraj Wahhaj


1 reply
  1. Sista Sabah Muhammad-Tahir
    Sista Sabah Muhammad-Tahir says:

    As Salaam Alaykum

    I am impressed with your media and your method of speaking to all folks.
    I am writing to ask if YOur Imam Siraj is feeling better?
    I just finished the janazah prayers for my Imam. Sheikh Tajuddin Shuiabe of Los Angeles.
    He was the vehicle God used to save my life. In 1977 he arrived in Cali when the term ‘love the one you’re with’ meant something…and transadental meditation was as close to spiritualism as we could get.
    He came and taught Islam in the purest form, he commanded the english language in a method that Black America could grasp and engage. It made sense. He was melodic in his recitation of the Quran. His Tafseer met all ideas and reason for us.
    He gave 32 years to us and we are the legacy of his efforts, Thank Allah. We, some of us, will be what the ahadith speaks of when it states, a man leaves behind several things and one of them is children praying for him. I am one of those mentioned. May Allah forgive his faults, May Allah forgive his faults, May Allah forgive his faults and give him heaven……amin.
    May Allah give your Imam Siraj mercy and much peace..Amin.
    JazakaAllah Khairs
    Sabah Muhammad-Tahir