Dear Tariq:
As-Salāmu alaykum wa raḥmat Allāh. I pray that this missive finds you and your family in the deepest embrace of Allāh’s mercy and blessings. I was just informed of your post in which you indicated that you would not be coming to the ISNA convention this year. I am writing this note to ask you personally to reconsider your decision. While your reasons are both clear and reasonable (and whether I fully agree with them or not is rather beside the point) the ultimate impact of your decision, I fear, will be to penalize and potentially damage the very people whom I know you love and only want the best for: the American Muslim community. And let me state here, before I go any further, that I am not writing this note at the behest or even primarily in the interest of ISNA: I have not spoken with anyone in the ISNA organization nor have I in any other way communicated with any of them. This is simply a personal appeal in the interest of what I believe to be in the best interest of the Muslims.