The 2004 Parliament of World Religions was organized in partnership with the Universal Forum of Cultures – Barcelona 2004 (which runs from May to September) and in association with the UNESCO Centre of Catalonia.
Having recently addressed the U.S. Congress, Clarion spokeswoman and board member Raheel Raza this week took on Canada’s parliament. Speaking to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, she urged an end to hate and the promotion of Muslim reformers.
President Donald Trump in his address to the UN General assembly in New York last week critiqued some of those countries holding positions in the human rights council that offer no human rights for their own citizens.
Muslim Reformer Raheel Raza: Time to take on Islamist Supremacists
It’s crucial to criticize all forms of evil. In light of the recent Nazi rally in the US, it is important to call out white supremacists like the KKK. But as a society, Americans and others must also condemn Islamist supremacists with the same passion.
We know that the Christian Reform movement is celebrating 500 years going back to 1517 when Martin Luther published a protest against the church as it then existed. Reform Hinduism is a movement also known as revivalism. There is reform in Judaism.
Clarion Talks to Congress: How to Challenge Radical Islam
Clarion Project’s Raheel Raza gives testimony to Congress regarding radical Islam in the United States and ways to counter it. She offers 4 major points that the US Congress must take into consideration to challenge Islamic violent extremism in the West.
A few days ago we celebrated Canada’s 150th birthday, and I wrote a glowing piece about my love for this country that I call home. This is why when I see something going terribly wrong, it hits me right in the heart.
Canada needs a commission on “radical Islamist ideology
Ezra Levant, of TheRebel.media, and Raheel Raza, President of the Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow, discussed what the West needs to do after the Manchester terrorist attack. Raheel says need action, not platitudes.
On December 5, 2016, Canadian MP Iqra Khalid proposed a bill against Islamophobia (Motion 103). She began her statement in parliament by saying, “Mr. Speaker, I am a young, brown, Muslim, Canadian woman…”
The Winter Of Discontent For Women In The Middle East And North Africa
Since the Arab Spring, which quickly turned into the winter of discontent, the status of women in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) has been of particular concern to human rights groups generally and to women’s rights activists specifically.
Qandeel Baloch, was a 26-year-old social media celebrity who had boldly decided to live “outside the box.” The box in this case being the parameters laid out by the majority of men in Pakistan dictating how much freedom a woman can have in their staunchly patriarchal society.
When Hate is Promoted by Religious Leaders, Why Blame the Followers?
“Imam Abdullah Hakim Quick then goes on to connect being gay with Zionism — his anti-Semitic sentiments at their best. All this while standing at a pulpit. If this is not a crime of hate, then what is? Does this imam have nothing positive to speak about in his sermon, besides spreading the Islamist agenda of hate and bigotry?”
By the Numbers is an honest and open discussion about Muslim opinions and demographics. Narrated by Raheel Raza, president of Muslims Facing Tomorrow, this short film is about the acceptance that radical Islam is a bigger problem than most politically correct governments and individuals are ready to admit.
As a Muslim, I Think Canada Should Ban the Niqab and Burka in Public
As a Muslim mother who never saw a niqab when I was growing up in Karachi, Pakistan, I am astonished to see Canada’s judiciary caving in to Islamists who have nothing but contempt for Canada’s values of gender equality.
Raheel Raza on the Tennessee Attack: It’s a War, Stupid
A few days ago while Muslims worldwide were gearing up for our major celebration of Eid (the Feast after the Fast), my joy (the word Eid means joy) was taken away by the dreadful murders in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It’s a tragic event and our hearts go out to the families of the Marines killed in this act of terrorism.
“We live in a country where we embrace liberal democracy, gender equality, freedom of speech and individual freedoms, so we naïvely think that everyone who comes here has the same values. Wrong. Those are the very values that the terrorists abhor.”
Female Genital Mutilation: A Barbaric Practice Still Practiced Globally
According to The World Health Organization (WHO) more than 125-million girls and women across the globe have been horrendously abused in a practice known as female genital mutilation (FGM). FGM is comprised of all procedures that involve partial (or total) removal of the external female genitalia.
Boggling Billboards: Should Americans Condemn a Cultural Practice?
The recent installation of billboards in Dearborn condemning female genital mutilation (FGM) — the non-medical cutting of girls’ genitalia in order to “purify” them or ensure their chastity — has received a powerful mixed reaction.
Ever since Malala Yousafzai — winner this month of the Nobel Peace Prize — came on the scene in October 2012 in a shocking way, after being shot in the face by the Taliban at the age of 15, I have been watching the conspiracy theories unfold.
“Boxed and Packaged Islam” Trying to Pass Itself Off as Mainstream Islam
“In one short interview, the two Muslim speakers had ensured that: a Zionist conspiracy is in place; ISIS is not really dangerous; the West is at war with Muslims, and the killing must continue; Muslims must not speak out on Western media about violence within the faith, and those who do are liars desperately seeking the limelight. So most Muslims stay silent.”
In Saturday’s National Post, Rex Murphy asks why there’s so much outrage over Israel’s response to Hamas rocket fire, but the same activists are silent about atrocities committed in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere.
“Boko Haram’s members justify their acts in the name of Islam, and Muslim leaders are intimidated into silence. Add to this a hatred for the West and its values, and you have an explosive combination of violence and faith being pushed upon innocent civilians.”
The Real Agenda Behind the Push for “Islamophobia”
“Islamists have been successful in building the Islamophobia industry: it diverts attention from activities they would probably prefer not be noticed, such as promoting sharia law in the West, stealth jihad, and a push to implement a global Islamic caliphate, among many others.”
“Is it because there are verses in the Qu’ran that can be, and have been, used to justify violence against non-Muslims? If this is the situation, then it is time for us to lift our heads out of the sand, and understand that the enemy is within.”
“I would, in retaliation, host Saudi Arabia, Iran and Pakistan “Apartheid Weeks.” Stephen Hawking has, apparently, no issues speaking in China and Iran, two countries with appalling human rights records. No one speaks about BDS of Saudi Arabia, where the list of human rights violations is endless. Where were their voices?
In the aftermath of the Boston bombings, Toronto and Montreal saw arrests of two Muslims charged with terror related activities. There’s been some hand-wringing and questions about “what leads Muslim youth towards violence?”
“In a propaganda trap doubtlessly intended to cripple one politically – like so many others of its kind, such as “racist” – if a woman speaks in ways expected of a woman she is considered an inadequate leader; if she speaks in ways expected of a leader she is considered an inadequate woman. If you can dismiss the person, you can dismiss the issue.”
As most people in North America were basking in the joy and peace of the Christmas season, one of my co-religionists was conducting jihad against the USA, while another 10,000 were meeting in Toronto, hearing from a series of Islamist speakers who steadfastly refuse to distance themselves from the doctrine of armed jihad.
It’s with interest and trepidation that I read about a federal government initiative to mandate sensitivity training for airport border officials at Toronto Pearson International Airport “so they can deal more appropriately with Arab and Muslim passengers.”
Earlier this year, when Judy Csillag, Director Community Outreach and Partnerships for The Canadian Centre for Diversity asked me if I would like to participate in a Women of Faith build for Habitat for Humanity, I said yes with no idea of what this would entail.
A few weeks ago, in the wake of the Danish cartoon controversy, when Canadian media wanted to speak with representatives of the Muslim community, they chose Muslim males without asking or even bothering to find leadership among Muslim women.
“You have each been convicted of the planned and deliberate murder of four members of your family. The apparent reason behind these cold-blooded, shameful murders was that the four completely innocent victims offended your twisted notion of honor, a notion of honor that is founded upon the domination and control of women, a sick notion of honor that has absolutely no place in any civilized society.”