Maajid Nawaz discusses the Hijab

Maajid Nawaz discusses the Hijab

Maajid Nawaz and the Hijab

In this video of Maajid Nawaz’s radio show, he has a very enlightening conversation with a Muslim woman on wear head coverings.  When discussing the motive of wearing head coverings he draws her out very skillfully.  She comes round to the real motive behind wearing head coverings when she says that it is not up to the woman (if she faithfully follows Allah) because Allah has said it and that is that.

This video is very enlightening when it comes to the reason for wearing head coverings by Muslim women.

Raheel Raza on By the Numbers (Clarion Project)

Raheel Raza on By the Numbers (Clarion Project)

Feminism and Islam can they be compatible?

Feminism and Islam can they be compatible?

Islam and Feminism?

Asra Nomani discusses this in this video and it leads to questioning whether she is on the losing side, as the voices of Muslim reformers like her are not even taken seriously by the mainstream media never mind conservative Muslim leaders.  We should support Muslim reformers as much as we can but never leave it just to them as this would be disastrous for Western society.  They are an important tool in the fight against radical Islam, or as I argue conservative Islam, but only one tool.  This is a war for the soul of our societies and we need to work together in mutual support but ensuring we don’t sit back thinking others will win the fight for us.

Asra Nomani: Liberals have got to stop siding with far right Muslims

Asra Nomani: Liberals have got to stop siding with far right Muslims

Asra Nomani – the hijab in Islam

Asra Nomani – the hijab in Islam

Politics & Clothing: The Hijab

This is the title given by the organisers of this dialogue between  Asra Nomani and Hoda Katebi on the hijab.

Published on 8 Jun 2016

When Italian designers Dolce & Gabbana announced its first hijab collection, it wasn’t just the fashion world that took notice. In many ways, hijab is becoming part of mainstream Western culture, worn by characters on television series, Olympic athletes, even a new Barbie doll. Still the wearing of hijab continues to spark other responses, from attacks on women in Paris, to calls from some Muslim women to end what they view as an oppressive form of dress. CHF convenes a conversation to discuss the complex and sometimes contradictory responses to hijab, including Asra Nomani, journalist and author of “Standing Alone in Mecca” and Hoda Katebi, activist and author of “Tehran Street Style,” moderated by Duaa Eldeib of the Chicago Tribune. This program was recorded on Apr 30, 2016 as part of Chicago Humanities Festival’s inaugural spring festival, Style: http://chf.to/Style2016
I have to say that I found this video to be very informative, not only concerning the hijab (and how it is used in Islam) but my understanding and appreciation of Asra Nomani.  Articulate, intelligent and very clear and gracious – the opposite of her fellow speaker who comes across as shallow and intolerant of anything that does not suit her own narrative (sound familiar when it comes to Islam?) who focuses on identity politics and her own sense of personal victimisation.
Islamophobia and the silencing of free speech

Islamophobia and the silencing of free speech

What is Islamophia?

In this piece, I wanted to give a definition of Islamophobia from a pro-Islamic organisation to illustrate the point that is clearly made in the attached video.  The definition quoted below is from SETA’s European Islamophobia Report 2016. describes itself as independent, nonprofit and nonpartisan yet it is clearly a mouthpiece for the Turkish ruling party (which is well known for its liberal position in the world).  See Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research

“When talking about Islamophobia, we mean anti-Muslim racism. As Anti-Semitism Studies has shown, the etymological components of a word do not necessarily point to its complete meaning, nor how it is used. Such is also the case with Islamophobia Studies. Islamophobia has become a well-known term used in academia as much as in the public sphere. Criticism of Muslims or of the Islamic religion is not necessarily Islamophobic. Islamophobia is about a dominant group of people aiming at seizing, stabilising and widening their power by means of defining a scapegoat – real or invented – and excluding this scapegoat from the resources/rights/definition of a constructed ‘we’. Islamophobia operates by constructing a static ‘Muslim’ identity, which is attributed in negative terms and generalised for all Muslims. At the same time, Islamophobic images are fluid and vary in different contexts, because Islamophobia tells us more about the Islamophobe than it tells us about the Muslims/Islam”.5

The Muslim Council of Britain gives us this definition:

In our reporting, Islamophobia includes when someone or something is targeted, discriminated against or excluded in any way, due to their/its actual or perceived Muslim identity. It also includes prejudice that promotes fear against Muslims and Islam.

It is better to have the term described from a Muslim context as this is the definition that Muslim organisations are seeking to base their definition of what a hate crime is in Europe and the UK in order to eradicate any meaningful debate on Islam.  They have brought the two things together – Islamophobia = hate crime.  Therefore Islamophobia should be punished by law and eradicated from society.  Nothing more, or less, that the implementation of Sharia law when it comes to dissent or criticism of anything Islamic.

The attached video is an interview with Raheel Raza a Muslim reformer from Canada.  This interview is very interesting when it comes to the whole debate on Islamophobia, its origins, and usage today.  If only our politicians and other elite were as clear-headed in their thinking.

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The Honor Diaries – an introduction

The Honor Diaries – an introduction

Honor Diaries

I would advise those interested in work challenging the paralyzing political correctness that prevents many from identifying, understanding and addressing this international human rights disaster which is the treatment of women by Islam.

If you really want to understand what women are facing then connect to this project.  Why is it so wrong for the West to have close ties with Saudi Arabia?  Follow the link to their site here.

HONOR DIARIES FEATURES NINE COURAGEOUS WOMEN’S RIGHTS ADVOCATES WITH CONNECTIONS TO MUSLIM-MAJORITY SOCIETIES WHO ARE ENGAGED IN A DIALOGUE ABOUT GENDER INEQUALITY.

These women, who have witnessed firsthand the hardships women endure, are profiled in their efforts to affect change, both in their communities and beyond.

The film gives a platform to exclusively female voices and seeks to expose the paralyzing political correctness that prevents many from identifying, understanding and addressing this international human rights disaster.  Freedom of movement, the right to education, forced marriage, and female genital mutilation are some of the systematic abuses explored in depth.

Spurred by the Arab Spring, women who were once silent are starting to speak out about gender inequality and are bringing visibility to a long history of oppression. This project draws together leading women’s rights activists and provides a platform where their voices can be heard and serves as inspiration to motivate others to speak out.

More than a movie, Honor Diaries is a movement meant to inspire viewers to learn more about issues facing women in Muslim-majority societies, and to act for change.

Originally posted 2016-06-30 00:02:14. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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