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Muslim Canadian Congress – UnVEILED November 14, 2006

Posted by Taleb Haqq in Proggies, Religion.
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A few days ago, the Muslim Canadian Congress (MCC) – [See here and here], decided that it needed some sort of media attention. In the face of growing attacks against the Muslim community and the way that some of us dress – especially our women – these people decided to defend against these criticisms by, you guessed it, Rejecting the Niqab! These people need to understand that the Niqab is a choice that anyone should have. Anyways, they are entitled to their opinions I suppose. There is one disturbing fact that I did notice in their statement, however. See the following quote:

The Muslim Canadian Congress acknowledges that women have the right to dress as they please—but the rights of the individual have to be balanced with the rights of society. We must keep in mind the impact we have on Canadian society when we exercise our rights. Wearing veils—whether as an expression of religious identity, or as a means of political defiance, is not in the best interest of Canada’s Muslim communities. Nor is it a requirement of our Islamic faith.

Notice how they use the words “niqab” and “veil” interchangeably. Which one is it MCC? Are you rejecting the niqab? Or any sort of veil?

Salutes to Dr. M for pointing out this story.

Sins, crimes and punishments November 7, 2006

Posted by Rasheed Eldin in Responses, Shari'ah.
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I’ve been having a little discussion with someone on the comments thread following an article about Yusuf Islam, by Inayat Bunglawala. The thread had nothing to do with homosexuality, until Peter Tatchell popped up to call Yusuf “a self-proclaimed homophobic bigot” and “vicious hate-monger” who “was preaching the same kind of homophobic scare-mongering and hatred as the neo-Nazi BNP”, with his “sick, nasty and evil” comments. That’s a lot of adjectives, I must say!

That aside, “scotslune” posed a question to Inayat, and I decided to share some points in response. Here I reproduce our discussion (which might continue in the comments section here if you’re interested!)…

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A question of identity November 5, 2006

Posted by Mujahid Mustaqim in Advice, Concepts, StraightWay.
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A resource I have long been impressed by is the Cyber Counselor section at Islam Online, possibly the biggest Islamic site out there. When I formed StraightWay with its website in 2002, IOL was almost the only place I could find existing resources on Islam and homosexuality, including both rulings and advice. I even enjoyed a short discussion with Dr. Nadia El-Awady, following a research she published there in 2003.

This is a recent question to the Cyber Counselor, with an answer by Hwaa Irfan, the section’s editor:

“Attracted to the wrong kind”

She kindly gave a link to our site, which I’m sorry to say we haven’t updated in a long time. That is set to change soon with a revamp – pray for us please. Some people have felt that this blog is too focused on critique, with not enough advice. That’s possibly true, but once we get the new site going, the balance should be just right, in sha’ Allah.

UPDATE: Here’s another one from IOL: “Fear of What I am Becoming”