June 23, 2015

Raheel Raza: Women who claim to wear a niqab "out of their own free will (...) maybe they need to see a therapist"

Marissa SemkiwArchive

Author and Muslim activist Raheel Raza talked with me about the proposed law that would bar Muslim women from wearing niqabs during Canadian citizenship ceremonies.

Raza's group Muslims Facing Tomorrow supports the ban.

She explains that, for one thing, the face-covering niqab is not a religious requirement under Islamic law.

She adds that it is "a health hazard and a security hazard."

"Women who say they wear the covering out of their own free will," Raza said, "maybe they need to see a therapist."

She also addresses Trudeau advisor Gerald Butts' sarcastic tweet about Tim Uppal, the Conservative MP who introduced the niqab bill and who happens to be a Sikh.

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commented 2015-06-26 19:20:44 -0400
Hey Terry, nice to see you haunting the halls again.

I disagree that all women who wear the niqab are oppressed dupes forced to cover up by men. I think there are quite a few very militant Muslim women who wear it as a sort of militant means of expressing supremacist political ideology. They can do whatever they want because you can’t ID them. To assume all women who cover up with niqab are oppressed is to condone the criminals who will use your sympathy to shoot you dead and get away with it because all witnesses can say is “Who was that masked … person?”
commented 2015-06-26 19:10:07 -0400
Hear that, folks? Patrick Brown doesn’t call Kathleen Wynne a pervert, evil, or a pedophile but a good person. Way to go, Patrick! Take the high road.

In the west, the niqab is pro-terrorist fashion, worn to make a political statement. Like the face mask and full body-cover outfit of the KKK. With about the same aim – to hide identity.
commented 2015-06-25 15:41:39 -0400
LOL. I ask because a couple of months ago on this site you voiced the suspicion that all Muslims were bent on achieving global expansion of Islam. I’m glad to see you’ve recovered from that particular psychosis. Meds, or therapy?
commented 2015-06-25 13:25:40 -0400
I don’t know what coming to Canada to be a Canadian means to you, but to me it means to be a loyal citizen of Canada. You want to continue to go around the maypole you can do it by yourself.
commented 2015-06-25 12:55:49 -0400
Raza is a Muslim, and believes in and practices Islam. So she can still, in your opinion, be a loyal Canadian citizen?
commented 2015-06-25 12:39:53 -0400
So Terry: Raza doesn’t practice sharia law, and came to Canada to be Canadian.
commented 2015-06-25 07:19:05 -0400
So Liza: is Ms. Raza a knowing conspirator, part of the evil international conspiracy of Muslims?
commented 2015-06-25 00:57:28 -0400
I can only trust the Muslims who come to Canada to be Canadian, and leave Sharia at the gates. I can’t say I trust Islam, or think it can evolve, at least not in this century.
commented 2015-06-24 20:57:19 -0400
It’s excellent to see so many Rebel Media readers finally grasping the notion that Islam is not inherently evil, and can evolve.
commented 2015-06-24 13:00:16 -0400
Thanks to the male commentators writing in support of women not to be placed in body bags . The last thing Canadian women need is for Canadian men to start thinking that such treatment of women is somehow ok. Thanks guys, your support is greatly appreciated.
commented 2015-06-24 12:59:56 -0400
Kevin. Thanks for the article. Wasn’t there a murder recently (ignored by the Socialist Media) in Toronto by a Muslim Man wearing the full “body bag” attire to gain access to a building and do away with his ex wife, in front of their child no less! This is a prime example of why there should be no veil. Beards, Turbans, Head Scarves, who cares? As long as the face is visible…..
commented 2015-06-24 08:49:20 -0400
I concur, Kevin, Dalrymple nailed the black-bag-costume issue. I also believe that this pendulum will swing the other way, hopefully soon, before it’s too late.
commented 2015-06-24 08:41:29 -0400
Kevin Hampson: The Sikh religion, includes the 5 K’s. Kesh (uncut hair and wearing of the turban), Kangha (wooden comb), Kara (metal bracelet), Kachera (type of undergarment), and the Kirpan (small sword or knife) The Sikh religion requires all five to be worn, however, the a concession with the Kirpan has been made, to follow western practices and requirements. Unlike the Niqab or Burka, which is not anywhere in the religion, and is a sign of oppression forced on women by Muslim men. So before you go criticizing our Sikh member of parliament, and all Sikhs, you should familiarize yourself with who they are. Sikhs have been honorable, trustworthy, and reliable people and allies for as long as they have been in existence. This is not to say they don’t a few bad ones, just as all of us have, but they are not anything like followers of Muhammed. I served with Sikhs when I was in the armed forces, and I can tell you from personal experience that I trust them, and know that they have our backs, as I will stand up and cover their backs any time as well.
commented 2015-06-24 02:35:56 -0400
The only part of Raheel’s argument I disagree with is when she was asked about Tim Uppal. She says the beard and turban are part of Sikhs’ religion, whereas the face veil, she argues, is not a religious requirement for Muslims. But what if it were? Would that make it acceptable? The point about the face veil is that it is (a) oppressive and degrading and (b) an insolent signal that those who wear it refuse to integrate into Canadian society. I don’t care if it is a religious requirement; it has no place in this country. As for the Sihk turban and beard, I sympathize with them to a degree for wanting to keep their customs, but it would sure be a nice gesture on their part if they adopted Western dress.

Theodore Dalrymple NAILS the face veil issue in this article:
commented 2015-06-23 22:23:53 -0400
Very good, what a sensible woman. Someone should ask Trudeau/Butts if he is familiar with Raheel Raza’s comments on the issue. Anyone who stands behind the wearing of the Niqab in this country is advocating something which is ant- Canadian, under the guise of being inclusive? Its all left wing propaganda to get the Muslim vote, and the vote of those afraid of not jumping on the correct bandwagon. Hopefully it will backfire. I can’t believe most Canadians agree with the wearing of it here, certainly not at a citizenship ceremony. What an insult to our country.
commented 2015-06-23 21:01:53 -0400
When in Rome act like a Roman. When you come to Canada act like a Canadian, that means dress like a Canadian , if you don’t want to do this , stay home. Canada like France should ban the burka and the niqab. WHEN IN ROME ACT LIKE A ROMAN OR GET OUT.
commented 2015-06-23 19:41:07 -0400
I like this woman. Brave to stand up to the Islamists! Go forth with God! B.T.W. The Lieberals are really showing how racist they are on this issue. Attacking a minority in this country that has actually contributed to Canada and not just taken!
commented 2015-06-23 19:15:15 -0400
PM Harper should of called Mulcair and told him to make it his idea and than MSM would of got behind it as ..“what common sense this is!”
commented 2015-06-23 18:16:26 -0400
I think we generally haven a pessimistic view of our future with Islam but Raheel gives me hope.
commented 2015-06-23 17:41:37 -0400
Something I have noticed in the way that SUN NEWS and now THEREBEL gets right and the MSM doesn’t is that their reporters take the viewer up to the face of reality and beyond the mindless chanting of slogans.

In the book “Lord of the Flies” which back in the days where literacy was valued by schools in Canada was required reading…a group of English private school boys is marooned on an island when their plane crashes. The story traces the political failure of the group and it’s decent into savagery and superstition. Only one boy had the courage to actually seek the truth ….and the rest turned on him and killed him.

Time after time I have seen these true journalists walk up to dead pilot hanging from a tree by his parachute and say…..THERE IS NO BEAST.

Meanwhile the chant of “KILL THE BEAST SLIT HIS THROAT BASH HIM IN” sounds on in the MSM.

Unfortunately there are trolls on this forum who just don’t want to live in a world where there is no beast….and it is because their stake in political power is vested in belief in that beast.