Morocco-born Shaykh Riad Ouarzazi, achieved Islamic education degrees from M. Abdullah University. In 1988 he moved to the United the States, where he pursued a Bachelors in International Management and a Masters of Science in Computer Information Systems.
He studied Aqeedah under Shaykh Waleed Basyouni and Fiqh under Shaykh Waleed Idrees and attained certificates in personal development, business management and coaching. In 2001 Ouarzazi moved to Canada and became active in Islamic work, delivering lectures and sermons in several mosques in the Greater Toronto Area. He used to work as an instructor at AlMaghrib Institute based in Houston, Texas.
On June 2, 2016 Riad Ouarzazi was a guest speaker at Salaheddin Islamic Centre in Scarborough, Ontario.
On June 10, 2011, Riad Ouarzazi delivered a sermon at London Muslim Mosque (151 Oxford Street West, London, Ontario). Here are The following are excerpts from Riad Ouarzazi’s sermon:
Today we have left out of this core element, which is the element of brotherhood and sisterhood. The day the Ummah [Muslim nation أمه] has left this core critical crucial element which is brotherhood [الإخوة] faith [ايمان] brotherhood, sisterhood. This is why I believe we see this segregation, isolation happens against the Ummah today.
In fact let me share we you some statistics. In the GTA alone, in the GTA, Toronto GTA alone, 13-14 cases right now, 13-14 cases in the court happening, Muslims suing one another, not any Muslims, Muslim, Islamic institutions organizations suing one another. All appointing lawyers. Who are these lawyers? Jews. And who is the judge? A Jew as well. Who is paying for these lawyers? You and I.
I’ve just travelled to Winnipeg not too long ago, a couple of weeks ago, a small community, one Islamic institution, in that Islamic institution they spent over $19,000 lawyers fees suing one another.
In another masjid [mosque مسجد] not too long ago, the Imam came in and he found a siege. The masjid went under a siege, tribes problems. We bring our old tribal problems from back home into this culture. So, what’s happening? The Imam is being sued not to coming to the masjid. $400,000 spent lawyers’ fees and legal fees just mere problematic tribal issues. Muslims against Muslims.”
This is why I want to focus on this element brotherhood in Allah [الأخوة في الله] brotherhood. Where is it? What happened to us nowadays? What happened to this brotherhood, sisterhood, my brother in Allah [أخي في الله].
I want to talk about the rights of one another. We have rights. Right of brotherhood and sisterhood. I have a rights upon you. You have rights upon me. We have rights upon one another. What are these rights of brotherhood? إِنَّمَا الْمُؤْمِنُونَ إِخْوَةٌ Allah Exalted and Glorified be He said in the [Quranic] chapter [Surah] The Chambers [سورة الحجرات] [that] the believers are the brothers [إِنَّمَا الْمُؤْمِنُونَ إِخْوَةٌ].”
As Muslims, if you are looking for a lawyer, you say that I don’t want to deal with a Muslim lawyer. If you look for mechanic, I don’t want to deal with Muslim mechanic. If you want to deal with a doctor, I don’t want to [deal with a Muslim doctor], why? Why are we away from Muslims?
Someone has just sent me an email yesterday, just yesterday. They wanted to deal with a mortgage, an Islamic mortgage, came to them a guy, a Muslim, a representative who went, may Allah forgive him and giving them an approval from where? These are some of the people who want to do something Islamic, I know that he go to a bank and gave a very great mortgage rate, but with interest. So they chose to do something Islamic, comes this representative who went, deceived them and got them an approval, from where? From a National Bank. The same people went to this National Bank because very low percentage. They say, O brother [يا اخي] we try to deal with you because you are a Muslim, and you’re deceiving us. What is happening to our Ummah today? And this is why I want to talk about this very very sensitive issue – brotherhood, sisterhood.
(12:37-13:04 Originally in Arabic)
[O Allah] help Muslims everywhere, O Allah Help the Muslims in Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Chechnya, Kashmir, Syria, Libya, Algeria, Egypt, Iraq and everywhere, O Lord of the worlds, O Allah, help them everywhere, O Allah save them everywhere, O Allah help our brothers the mujahideen [Muslims who practice jihad] everywhere, our Muslim brothers, O Allah help them everywhere O Lord of the worlds.