It has been announced by his family that Ustadh Usama Canon has been diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), more commonly known as Lou Gehring’s disease. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.
Ustadh Usama, a native of California, is the Founding Director of the Ta’leef Collective – a community based non-profit organisation that has been created to assist converts to Islam and to create healthy social and sacred places for the entire community. He converted to Islam in 1996 and has been travelling the world and studying the Islamic Sciences ever since. Ustadh Usama’s efforts in the community have impacted positive on the lives of so many people, both young and old, and his work has inspired the next generation of Mulims in the US.
The revelation of Ustadh Usama’s illness has sent shockwaves across the Muslim community but also an outpouring of support and prayers for him and his family. His family have also set up a dedicated page for people to send Ustadh Usama private messages of support.
Ustadh Usama has also publically spoken out about his illness and coming to terms with his own morality in a heartwarming and inspirational address.
We continue to pray for Ustadh Usama and his family through this difficult time.