November 21, 2016

Raheel Raza: The reform of Islam will come from Muslim women

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

I call Raheel Raza “the ideal Canadian.” As an activist and author, she has spoken out against Islamic extremism at great personal risk.

A Muslim and an immigrant herself, Raza is a tireless freedom fighter and patriot. Her story is a real inspiration.

She collaborated on the powerful documentary “The Honor Diaries,” exposing the scandal of “honor killings” and other anti-woman abuse that is rampant in the Muslim world.

Tonight she tells Ezra what lies at the heart of Islam’s fight with the West, and how we can fight back.

PS: This week, we're away on the first of what we hope to be an annual Rebel Cruise, a chance to spend quality time with your favourite TV personalities and a way to make money to cover the costs of our programming.

So, we pre-taped interviews with some of the stars of our Rebel Cruise so you can get to know them on a personal level. Each night this week, we'll be showing an in-depth interview with cruise participants, like Raheel Raza, Daniel Pipes, Faith Goldy, Paige MacPherson and Candice Malcolm.

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commented 2016-11-21 22:35:32 -0500
“I am under the firm belief that the Muslims that embrace (or at least get along with) the values of our liberal democracy are not actually following their “holy” book, the Quran, to the letter but are taking what good there is in it (not much in my opinion) and following that.”

Peter, Mohammad says that’s a no no.
commented 2016-11-21 22:33:14 -0500
Ty Nelson, there were 400 years between the old and new testament. How many hundreds of years do you think it will take to reform Islam and rewrite the Koran?

Having said that, I do think Raheel Raza is a pivatol player in educating Canadians about the atrocities played out in the name of Islam. If Raheel Raza can convince Muslims in Canada to accept modernity I will be the first to congratulate her. As I see it though, there is nothing in Islam that is compatible with Canadian values, and unless the Koran can indeed be rewritten it will never happen. I hope she proves me wrong, but the likely hood of bringing Islam into the 21 century seems more than a little unlikely to me. It will take generations if it happens at all.
Keep up the good fight for sure Raheel, but in the meantime some hard decisions need to be made.
commented 2016-11-21 22:27:40 -0500
Great posts. As a Christian I can have no doubt Islam is a false religion and does not lead to God. Although there’s also no doubt many good people have been duped by Islam, the fact that the denial of the divinity of Christ is mandatory to becoming a Muslim tells me that Islam is not just another man made concoction but was directly influenced by Satan. Also very telling is that the word love is never mentioned in the Quran which to me is antithesis to Christianity. No I do not believe Islam could possibly be reformed. My question is what is it that keeps people like Raza and Fatah from rejecting this evil ideology outright?
commented 2016-11-21 22:13:19 -0500
Karan. Anyone with the courage. Those that want reform, won’t care. And it’s hard to argue with the notion that Gods don’t make mistakes.
commented 2016-11-21 22:09:25 -0500
Rebel staff and stars, enjoy your cruise!
commented 2016-11-21 22:07:55 -0500
And for all those kaffirs who don’t know anything about quran & culture of islam;
The translation of quran from arabic to any other language is not permissible, as other languages are considered defile. (translation of quranic verses is just to make them understand & attract people from other cultures)
Even after 1400 years it’s still recited in arabic in every mosque all over the world (including shia mosques).
If even translation of a scripture is not permitted by its imams & scholars then who has the authority to change/delete it’s verses hence the character of islam.
commented 2016-11-21 22:06:51 -0500
The Q’uran was essentially written in two parts. First, all the nice stuff was written, then a rule that, whatever was written 2nd, (or last), overrides watever was writen first. I suggest, that Gods don’t do that. Gods don’t “make mistakes” and seek to backtrack. When Mohammed was kicked out of town and made his way to Medina, it was there, the he, angry and seeking to strike back, wrote that rule and all the “last” stuff. They weren’t the words of Allah, they were HIS words. They need a New Testament, removing all of Mohammed’s writings, and be TRUE purists (higher moral ground here which is key), and only follow the good stuff. Because ppl need somewhere to go – so to speak – if the current Q’uran is a problem. It’s a divide and conquer strategy, as moderates will prefer the New Testament, and it splits them off from the current “purists” (extremists).
commented 2016-11-21 21:31:43 -0500
Karan said, “Reforming islam means changing the core of quran …”

I agree.
commented 2016-11-21 21:30:47 -0500
Okay, the grammar in my last sentence is atrocious.
commented 2016-11-21 21:28:47 -0500
Marty said, “At those times I have stated that all Muslims are evil and Islam is evil. But I was wrong, not all Muslims are evil because there are people like Raheel Raza and Tarek Fatah and as you say many others that are good and that do condemn the evil ones.”

I am under the firm belief that the Muslims that embrace (or at least get along with) the values of our liberal democracy are not actually following their “holy” book, the Quran, to the letter but are taking what good there is in it (not much in my opinion) and following that.

Now, I also believe that regardless of how much or little they follow their Quran and no matter how moderate and “in tune” with our liberal democracy they are they still are lost and need to accept Jesus as their Saviour.

But it is obvious to me that there are some Muslims that get along with Canadians in our liberal democracy and because of the danger to their lives by doing so is so very great I have a great deal of respect for them.
commented 2016-11-21 21:20:39 -0500
While we all should commend Raheel Raza on her work for muslim women, specially her endeavor to reform islam.
Nonetheless, I fail to understand how could you ‘reform’ something which is inherently flawed.
Reforming islam means changing the core of quran, which is not permissible. Changing a religious (?) scripture will change the whole ethos of that religion. Does Raheel, and others concurring with her, means that there’s a way to change the quran and sunnah itself?
How about some of these verses in quran which are quite unambiguous about treatment of women:
1. “Men have authority over women because God has made the one superior to the other, and because they spend their wealth to maintain them. Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because God has guarded them. As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and forsake them in beds apart, and beat them.” Quran 4:34
2. “A male shall inherit twice as much as a female.” Quran 4:11
3. “Call in two male witnesses from among you, but if two men cannot be found, then one man and two women whom you judge fit to act as witnesses…” Quran 2:282
4. “Men have authority over women because God has made the one superior to the other, and because they spend their wealth to maintain them. Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because God has guarded them. As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and forsake them in beds apart, and beat them.” Quran 4:34
5. “Women shall with justice have rights similar to those exercised against them, although men have a status above women.” Quran 2:228
6. “Enjoin believing women to turn their eyes away from temptation and to preserve their chastity; not to display their adornments (except such as are normally revealed); to draw their veils over their bosoms and not to display their finery except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands’ fathers, their sons, their step-sons, their brothers, their brothers’ sons, their sisters’ sons, their women-servants, and their slave-girls; male attendants lacking in natural vigour, and children who have no carnal knowledge of women. And let them not stamp their feet when walking so as to reveal their hidden trinkets.” Quran 24:31
7. “Wives of the Prophet, you are not like other women. If you fear God, do not be too complaisant in your speech, lest the lecherous-hearted should lust after you. Show discretion in what you say. Stay in your homes and do not display your finery as women used to in the days of ignorance.” Quran 33:32-3

Now let’s check some verses on the treatment of Non-muslims (aka kaffirs):
1. “Allah transforms disobedient Jews into apes.” Quran 2:65
2. “Unbelievers, particularly Jews, are accursed.” Quran 2:89
3. “Fight and kill unbelievers until religion is Allah’s i.e. Islamic law rules all societies.” Quran 2:191-193
4. “Don’t take unbelievers as friends and allies, unless it is for “fear of them,” i.e. deceptively for protection of oneself or of Islam.” Quran 3:28
5. Terror: "We will cast into the hearts of the unbelievers terror, for that they have associated with Allah that for which He sent down never authority; their lodging shall be the Fire; evil is the lodging of the evildoers.” Quran 3:151
6. “Jews are bound for hell.” Quran 3:181
7. Polygamy and sexual slavery: "If you fear that you will not act justly towards the orphans, marry such women as seem good to you, two, three, four; but if you fear you will not be equitable, then only one, or what your right hands own; so it is likelier you will not be partial.” Quran 4:3
8. Kill apostates: “They wish that you should disbelieve as they disbelieve, and then you would be equal; therefore take not to yourselves friends of them, until they emigrate in the way of Allah; then, if they turn their backs, take them, and slay them wherever you find them; take not to yourselves any one of them as friend or helper.” Quran 4:89
9. “Crucify or amputate the hands and feet of those who make war against Allah and Muhammad” Quran 5:33
The list goes on & on……..

Will these & many such verses be omitted/deleted or modified from quran in a ‘reformed’ islam?
If so, what would be inserted instead and who has the authority to make these changes?

There’s no doubt in my mind that there are many well intention muslim individuals who mean no harm to humanity or kaffir but islam as a religion & culture is vile and incompatible with modern world. Reform of islam is just a smokescreen to make people believe that islam is flexible & can be modified to make it compatible with modern civilized society.
commented 2016-11-21 21:14:59 -0500
@ TY Nelson – “, there could be a reform, christanity was not so different before we reformed during the reformation”

I hope they have a reformation, but Christianity was not violent like Islam even before the reformation.

I am not saying Christianity did not have its’ period of violence, but no where in the realm of Islam, and most of that violence was a rebellion against Islam (re: Spanish Inquisition).
commented 2016-11-21 21:01:57 -0500
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commented 2016-11-21 20:51:10 -0500
A true feminist speaks – the honor diaries documents the regression of modern moderate Islam back to fundamentalist barbarity.
commented 2016-11-21 20:45:34 -0500
PETER NETTERVILLE, my feelings and thoughts are mirrored in your comment regarding Raheel Raza and Tarek Fatah.
In the past I have been guilty of condemning all Muslims after hearing or reading about some inhuman atrocities committed by Muslims, for example in Germany and France and even here in Canada and especially in Syria against women and children and the beheading of Christians.
At those times I have stated that all Muslims are evil and Islam is evil. But I was wrong, not all Muslims are evil because there are people like Raheel Raza and Tarek Fatah and as you say many others that are good and that do condemn the evil ones.
I have enjoyed listening to both of them on many occasions, and have been happy that such people exist. But when atrocities are committed it is easy to forget the good people that are fighting and standing against the evil and trying to bring some semblance of sanity to offset the evil.
I hope and pray that they and others like them prevail against the evil hordes.
commented 2016-11-21 20:41:02 -0500
Well Rick, there could be a reform, christanity was not so different before we reformed during the reformation(you know, splitting off faiths, weakening of the church), which overall caused the enlightenment. I do however doubt that it will happen but if it does, it probably will not happen anytime soon.
commented 2016-11-21 20:26:30 -0500
I’m not convinced there can be any reform of Islam. It’s underpinnings are just too soaked in blood and evil. I believe Islam must be eradicated. With any luck, the incoming Trump Administration in the U.S. with the able assistance of Russia may just pull it off!
commented 2016-11-21 20:16:05 -0500
I have huge respect for Raheel Raza. She is a perfect example that a person can be Muslim and still embrace our liberal democracy. Tarek Fatah, for whom I also have a huge respect, is also a perfect example of the same. I am certain there are many other Muslims who believe and live the same as these two heroes.