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Khalid Yasin

who is khalid Yasin

Khalid Yasin, born in 1946, is an American Islamic preacher and former Christian. Currently residing in Manchester, England, he conducts lectures across the United Kingdom and various global destinations. Yasin often travels internationally to propagate his faith, likening himself to a "media-bedouin" and drawing a parallel to the Bedouin lifestyle, adaptable to settling where there is "water and shelter.

Background about khalid Yasin

Yasin was born in Harlem, New York, and brought up in Brooklyn within a Christian household alongside nine siblings. Despite not being an orphan, financial constraints led to his placement for adoption. From the age of three to fifteen, he lived in foster homes along with some of his siblings, encountering different Christian denominations that offered him a varied understanding of Christianity. His upbringing in “the ghetto” alongside his brothers influenced his path towards Islam, which he describes as a transformative journey from having “nothing” to finding fulfillment in embracing Islam.

His conversion to Islam occurred in 1965, and he initiated his ministry as the “Amir” or leader of Jamaat Ittehadul Iqwa on Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn.

Yasin has faced accusations of advocating a radical strain of Islam. While some sources label him as a charismatic figure drawing young Muslims through radical rhetoric, others portray him as a knowledgeable scholar dispelling misconceptions about Islam.

Regarding his leisure pursuits, Yasin mentioned, “I engage in various activities such as horse riding, swimming, boxing, and extensive reading. Additionally, I make a   pilgrimage to Mecca once every two years to spiritually cleanse myself through   Umrah or Hajj rituals, complemented by daily prayers. As a Muslim, these practices provide me with spiritual rejuvenation, aligning with the words of Prophet   Muhammad, who deemed prayers as a source of comfort.”

Yasin has been involved in various dawah initiatives, overseeing organizations like the Islamic Broadcasting Corporation Ltd, dissolved in 2010.

Notable views

In a speech at Bankstown Town Hall in Sydney, Australia, and in a televised interview, Yasin expressed a view critical of Muslims forming close friendships with non-Muslims, stating: “A Muslim may have non-Muslim acquaintances, but they cannot be considered friends as they lack understanding of our religious principles and faith. Later, he clarified that while Muslims may have non-Muslim friends, it doesn’t imply that non-Muslims should impact Muslims‘ religious or ethical decisions.

Yasin has engaged in university lectures, participated in debate panels, and addressed young audiences. He has made statements highlighting the challenge of reconciling Western academic traditions with Islamic religious life, suggesting that university education could lead to straying from Islamic guidance.

Reports alleged that Yasin advised a light form of discipline, including a light beating, for disobedient wives, a claim he refuted by citing the absence of such directives in the Quran.

Regarding homosexuality, Yasin’s viewpoints have appeared contradictory. In one instance, he referred to it as a moral aberration punishable by death according to   the Quran, while in a documentary, he advocated for tolerance towards diverse sexual orientations while maintaining Islamic principles condemning such behaviors.

Yasin has voiced conspiracy theories, suggesting that HIV/AIDS was potentially created by the US government through tainted vaccinations in Africa. He also accuses Israel of state terrorism and condemns the occupation of Palestinian territories by Israel.

During an investigation by British Channel 4’s documentary “Dispatches:   Undercover Mosque,” Yasin commented on capital punishment in some Muslim states, portraying it as a deterrent in society, although he asserted that these comments were aimed at reforming Muslim societies and were not a direct endorsement of the Saudi Arabian government’s religious ideology.

In a radio program appearance, Yasin highlighted Sharia as integral to governance in Islam, describing it as the legislative and judicial foundation essential for establishing order in a society.


In 2010, Yasin delivered a lecture in Copenhagen at a Muslim youth initiative   named “North Bronx – From Gang Member to Conscious Muslim,” leveraging his background as a former gang member from Harlem. His involvement sparked political discussions regarding his suitability as a role model for steering youths away from gang-related activities. The event organizer defended Yasin, emphasizing his transformation and dedication to preventing radicalization and crime. However, in June 2017, he faced a ban from entering the Kingdom of Denmark.


During a feature interview with Dutch-Muslims, Yasin likened the contentious reactions he and Islam provoke to “someone navigating in darkness, unaware of their direction,” highlighting people’s apprehension toward unfamiliar concepts.

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