It is forbidden for us as Muslims to take secret council, with the intention of doing other than good. Sources inside the Memphis Islamic Hierarchy have said that their was a conspiracy to change the Eid Plans (the manner in which is was to happen) and it left some of the Imams shaking their heads in dismay. "It was by design, it was not an incident or mis-hap", said my source, who does not know I have posted this.
For whatever reason, the Eid Khutbah and Salaht (Speach and Prayer), that had been planned and agreed upon by the Imams to go a certain way, was sabotaged. The plan had been discussed and agreed upon by all the local Imams, but someone changed it at the last minute without consulting them. There was to be no speech by Dr. Yasir Qadhi, before the Eid Salaaht, and Imam Maleck Sarr was to be the translator for the Khutbah that was done in Arabic.
(As I hear it, the community was left without some beautiful advices. The Eid Speech given in Arabic was full of beutiful advices and a few quotes from Non Muslims that the Media would have used in a way that would have been a benefit to the relationships between us Muslims and the Non Muslims. But, since there was no translation by Imam Malek Sarr, because of this planned conspiracy, brothers like myself were left wondering why things happened the way they did.)
Someone somewhere, in the higherarchy of Memphis Muslims, pulled the plug and changed the script at the last minute. This has left one local Imam saying " We need Hidyyah (Guidence), not from the bottom up, but from the top down!".
Exactly what has happened and how it happened, I'm not quite sure yet, but I am in the process of looking into it. As a member of this community, and as a Muslim who loves my religion and the sunnah, I want to know when our Imams are being blindsided by those who have money, power or influence in our community.....
ACCURACY and SOURCE OF INFORMATION: The source of the information, in this post, was obtained from a conversation between us brothers, who had prayed behind the Imam, and the Imam. between us brothers, who had prayed behind the Imam, and the Imam. Based on the conversation that I was privy of, it may have been a local Imam that was involved in the changing of the plan that caused all the confusion, not someone outside the Imams, and he did so without consulting the other Imams. (Allah knows best).
IMPORTANT POINT: We need to pray for our community, the leaders of our community, that Allah guide them and give them strong Iman and the wisdom to lead this community, ameen!
REASON / INTENTION FOR THIS POST: To make aware to the community that the politics that has diseased our community is still showing its ugly little head, and I can't stand to see it. Also, I posted this and will post other post like this to keep the community abreast of anyone or anything that is causing our community to stray away from that which is beneficial and righteous. Last but not least, as I said, so that we all know this is an issue and needs our sincere du'as (supplications)!
Please, if you feel that this was wrong of me, or I am out of line, post your comments and any other comments concerning this and other topics.
bro. Yusuf Sneed