Patrick Bensen: Bismillah. As-salaamu ‘alaykum!
Dawood Yasin: Wa ‘alaykum as-salaam wa barakatuhu.
Patrick Bensen: I want to hear about this conference. Were you able to go to this conference? I know you were you were sick – your worked for who knows how long to put this huge event together, and then ended up being extremely ill for the big weekend!
Dawood Yasin: Yeah, we had been planning it for quite some time. And you know, I thank everyone who helped. We were ready to roll, and the Wednesday before the conference – my daughter had been sick for the week, and I was able to avoid it, and people in my office – so someone who works for me was out for, this thing had him for solid two weeks, and just people around me are calling me: “Hey, I’ve been out of work for 10 days, this flu is really bad!” And praise God, I haven’t dealt with the flu or something like this in probably 15 years plus, maybe, I’m not sure.
But yeah, that thing grabbed me on the Wednesday and I was I was knocked out. I was literally in bed, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. Friday, about 90 minutes before the program, I was able to get up and prepare myself and walk down – I thought that I was going to give the opening address, and I asked Imam Zaid at the last minute, “Can you just step in and do this? I just don’t have the strength to do it.” So I was able to attend first night just spectating. And the second day I did host my panel. [Read more…]