The Middle East Eye

The reputation of one of the western world’s most prominent Islamic scholars sits on a precipice.

Sheikh Hamza Yusuf, the American Muslim scholar, known for his razor-sharp wit, peerless grasp of the Arabic language, and propped up as the voice of millions of North American and European Muslims, is facing an unprecedented crisis of legitimacy among ordinary Muslims.

Though he has long been a controversial figure, the events of the past 18 months have pitted the Sheikh and his supporters against an outpouring of criticism that accuse him of abandoning the community and deepening hostility against Muslims.

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