Thursday, October 8, 2009

Canada should not ban Burqa.

We need to be pro-choice, i.e., respecting the right of woman to make that choice and not impose on them or ban them for wearing. Who are we do that? We must honor every one's freedom to wear what they want to wear, as long as it is not obstructive to some elses' functioning. French commies want to force women not to wear whereas the Talibans force them to wear, who the heck are these idiots -

Canada should not ban Burqa.
We must support freedom over imposition.
To save the women from oppression of one kind,
The Muslim Canadian congress is pushing the other oppression;
denial of the right of women who genuinely want to wear the Burqa.

Societies do not change overnight; let the change happen in the open market,
Let MCC compete with the Wahhabis and educate the Muslims otherwise.
What if the Wahhabis gain the influence?
Turn MCC reccomendation upside down?

Solutions should be sought through freedom and education.
We certainly should oppose any compulsion on women; left or right.

I do understand and acknowledge that Burqa is not a religious requirement.
But I stand opposed to MCC's stand to ban the Burqa,
and request them to reconsider their eagerness to prevail.
Let the freedom prevail, that is the essence of Islam
There should be no compulsion, there is great wisdom in it.

Opinion is my own,
you are welcome to your opinion at:

Mike Ghouse

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October 7, 2009

Muslim Canadian Congress wants
Canada to ban the Burka in public
Top cleric in Egypt says face covering has nothing to do with Islam

TORONTO - The Muslim Canadian Congress (MCC) is asking Ottawa to introduce legislation to ban the wearing of masks, niqabs and the burka in public.

In a statement, the MCC said, not only is the wearing of a face-mask a security hazard and has led to a number of bank heists in Canada and overseas, the burka or niqab are political symbols of Saudi inspired Islamic extremism.

The MCC dismissed the argument that wearing of a face-mask by Muslim women is protected by the Charter's guarantee of religious freedom. The MCC said, there is no requirement in the Quran for Muslim women to cover their faces. Invoking religious freedom to conceal one's identity and promote a political ideology, is disingenuous.

The MCC pointed to the the recent decision by Egypt's highest Muslim authority, Sheikh Mohamed Tantawi, dean of al-Azhar university, who said he will issue a Fatwa (religious edict) against the niqab and burka.

The Egyptian newspaper al-Masri al-Yom quoted Sheikh Tantawi as saying the niqab was merely a cultural tradition and had no connection to religion or the Quran.

The MCC said if there is any doubt about the religiosity of the burka, one should take a look at the holiest place for Muslims — the grand mosque in Mecca. For over 1,400 years, Muslim men and women have prayed in what we believe is the House of God, and for all these centuries, female visitors have been explicitly prohibited from covering their faces.

Farzana Hassan, communications director of the MCC said, "Islamists are defending the burka as if it was the central pillar of Islam. They consider Muslim women who do not cover their heads and faces--the vast majority -- as sinners or lesser Muslims.

"It is of utmots impritance that the Canadian government take the lead and end this medieval misogynist practise once and for all," Ms. Hassan added.

The MCC statement regretted that while the rest of the world is moving toward the goal of gender equality, right here in Canada Islamists are pushing back the clock, convincing educated Muslim women, they are no more than sexual objects and a source of sin, if they reveal their faces in public.

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Bikini to Burqa, which offers more

Burn the Burqa

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Me without my Hijab

Canada should not ban burqa



  1. Salamun Alykum.

    Canada should not ban Burqa. The Article 18 of this Universal Declaration of Human Rights clearly states the right of Religious Freedom for each of us:

    Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

    According to the Quran, the best garment is the garment of righteousness. Any modest dress can be considered the dress of righteousness. The Quran teaches us to be balanced. However, the Quran supports the above Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    [2:256] There shall be no compulsion in religion: the right way is now distinct from the wrong way. Anyone who denounces the devil and believes in GOD has grasped the strongest bond; one that never breaks. GOD is Hearer, Omniscient.

    Thank you and may God guide us,

    Muhammed Irtaza

  2. Not wearing hijab does not empower a woman in any way and likewise wearing hijab is not oppression of believing woman. The meaning of Hijab is distorted by the media and extremists.

    Hijab is for men and women both!!

    Islam uplifted women, gave them equality, and expects them to maintain their status. The status of women in Islam is often the target of attacks in the secular media. The hijab or the Islamic dress is cited by many as an example of the “subjugation” of women under Islamic law. Yet, the truth is that 1400 years ago, Islam recognized women’s rights in a way that grants them the utmost protection and respect as well, a combination other systems fail to offer. Islam granted them freedom of expression, political participation, business and financial rights, and asked the rest of society to hold them in high esteem and offer them due respect as mothers, sisters, wives, and daughters.

    In the Qur’an, Allah Almighty first mentions lowering the gaze for men before lowering the gaze and wearing hijab for women. The Qur’an teaches us what means:
    *{Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty: that will make for greater purity for them: and Allah is well acquainted with all that they do}* (An-Nur 24:30).

    The moment a man looks at a woman with any brazen or unashamed thought in mind, he should lower his gaze. The next verse of Surat An-Nur is the one commanding believing women to wear the hijab. According to the Qur’an and Sunnah, there are basically six criteria for observing hijab:

    1. It is obligatory for males to cover at least from the navel to the knees. For women, it is obligatory to cover the complete body except the face and the hands up to the wrist. If they wish to, they can cover even these parts of the body.

    All the remaining five criteria are the same for men and women:

    2. The clothes should be loose and should not reveal the figure.
    3. The clothes should not be transparent or see-through.
    4. The clothes should not be so glamorous as to attract attention.
    5. The clothes should not resemble those of the opposite sex.
    6. The clothes should not resemble those of the unbelievers, that is, clothes that identify or are symbols of the unbelievers’ religions.

    Hijab includes conduct also. Complete hijab, besides the six criteria of clothing, also includes the moral conduct, behavior, attitude, and intention of the individual. A person only fulfilling the criteria of hijab of the clothes is observing hijab in a limited sense. Hijab of the clothes should be accompanied by hijab of the eyes, the heart, the thought, and the intention. It also includes the way a person walks, talks, and behaves.

    Lifting the veil will not uplift women. Woman’s liberalization mostly disguises exploitation of her body, degradation of her soul, and deprivation of her honor. Non-Muslim societies claim to have uplifted women via allowing them to expose their bodies, but on the contrary, this has actually degraded them to mere tools in the hands of pleasure seekers and sex marketers, hidden behind the colorful screen of “art” and “culture.” Muslim women are aware of these facts. They are aware that hijab protects them from evil glances and evil desires of those who are sick in the heart, as described in the Qur’an. Muslim women must adhere to Allah’s rules and not be persuaded or tempted by the media that opposes hijab or belittles its significance, as those who spread these ideas only desire evil for her.

    The Qur’an warns by saying what means:
    *{But the wish of those who follow their lusts is that you should deviate away [from the right path], -far, far away}* (An-Nisaa’ 4:27).

    If one wears Hijab to protect oneself it should be allowed. It should not be banned as it would serve no purpose!

    Princess Lubna
    New Delhi

  3. Salamun Alaykum.

    If we were to support “pro – choice” , we would create chaos. We would be allowing people all over the world, to kill innocent souls, just because it was their “choice”.
    There should be limits to what a person can do and the government’s responsibility is to enforce these. We must protect our fellow folks from killing themselves or others for no reason under the guise of religion.

    I feel a countless magnitude of modern so called muslims of the universe are contradicting the Quran by creating an extremism version of the religion. They do this by misreading verses of the Quran and taking them to the bitter end. And this is actually a form of "idolatry".

    The Quran itself told followers to avoid "Al Taghout". "Al Taghout" means "extremes / idols". How are we avoiding the extremes if we ourselves are taking "what we wear" to the extreme? By the way, what we wear is something that is minor in the religion, and by putting too much emphasis on what we wear, we are distracting ourselves from the meaning of religion, and this constitutes idolatry.

    What really is important in the true religion of Islam are the following highlights:

    6:151 (Quran) - Say, "Come let me tell you what your Lord has really prohibited for you: You shall not set up idols besides Him. You shall honor your parents. You shall not kill your children from fear of poverty - we provide for you and for them. You shall not commit gross sins, obvious or hidden. You shall not kill - GOD has made life sacred - except in the course of justice. These are His commandments to you, that you may understand."

    Also, by creating the hijab outlines for muslim garb, I believe the Islamic extremists are creating a great big distinction among the religions of the world. Don t you think if you see a so called muslim woman wearing the “hijab “ dress, it would attract a lot of attention? What we have to do is keep things balanced – and we do this by wearing not to little, and not too much.

    Wearing too much is actually in my opinion a form of transgression. If it were to be 80 degrees F outside, how would she withstand the heat in extreme garb? She would die. At the same time, this puts too much focus on what is being worn, and “God” is totally lost in the picture.

    So called muslims are actually repelling believers from joining the true religion of Islam because they create these “too – extreme Islamic laws” which dictate what a woman can and cannot wear.

    The Canadian ban, I believe is a proper one. Most people try to take the meaning of “religious freedom” to the extreme, inducing transgression. And if wearing this type of “islamic” outfit puts the rest of Canada in danger, then Canada is justified in enforcing the fact that these clothes cannot be worn.
    The true religion of Islam never calls for putting innocent “non” muslims or muslims in danger.



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Planned Muslim Response to Qur'an Burning by Pastor Jones on September 11 in Mulberry, Florida

August 19, 2013| Dallas, Texas

Mike Ghouse
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We as Muslims plan to respond to pastor Terry Jones' planned burning of 3000 copies of Quran on September 11, 2013 in positive terms.

Our response - we will reclaim the standard of behavior practiced by the Prophet concerning “scurrilous and hostile criticism of the Qur’an” (Muhammad Asad Translation Note 31, verse 41:34). It was "To overcome evil with good is good, and to resist evil by evil is evil." It is also strongly enjoined in the Qur’an in the same verse 41:34, “Good and evil deeds are not equal. Repel evil with what is better; then you will see that one who was once your enemy has become your dearest friend.”

God willing Muslims will follow the divine guidance and pray for the restoration of Goodwill, and on that day many Muslim organizations will go on a “blood drive” to save lives and serve humanity with kindness.

We invite fellow Americans of all faiths, races, and ethnicities to join us to rededicate the pledge, “One nation under God”, and to build a cohesive America where no American has to live in apprehension, discomfort or fear of fellow Americans. This event is a substitute for our 10th Annual Unity Day Celebration ( held in Dallas, but now it will be at Mulberry, Florida.

Unwittingly Pastor Jones has done us a favor by invigorating us by his decision to burn nearly 3000 copies Quran on September 11, 2013. Obviously he is not satisfied by the notoriety he garnered by burning one Qur'an last year.

As Muslims and citizens we honor the free speech guaranteed in our constitution. We have no intentions to criticize, condemn or oppose Pastor Terry Jones' freedom of expression. Instead, we will be donating blood and praying for goodness to permeate in our society.

We plan to follow Jesus Christ (pbuh), a revered prophet in Islam as well as Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) – that of mitigating the conflicts and nurturing good will for the common good of the society.

We hope, this event and the message will remind Muslims elsewhere in the world as well, that violence is not the way. Muslims, who react violently to senseless provocation, should realize that, violence causes more violence, and besmirches the name of the religion that we hold so dear. We believe that Prophet Muhammad was a mercy to the mankind, and we ought to practice what we believe and preach. We must not insult Islam by the negative reactions of a few.

We can only hope it will bring about a change in the attitude of the followers of Pastor Jones, and in the behavior of those Muslims who reacted violently the last time Pastor sought notoriety – We hope this small step towards a bridge to peaceful coexistence would propel us towards building a cohesive society.

Like most Americans a majority of Muslims quietly go about their own business, but it is time to speak up and take positive action instead of negative reaction. May this message of peace and goodwill reverberate and reach many shores.

Lastly, we appreciate the Citizens of Mulberry, Florida, Honorable Mayor George Hatch, City Commissioners, police and Fire Chiefs for handing this situation very well. This will add a ‘feather of peace’ in the City’s reputation. We hope Mulberry will be a catalyst in showing the way in handling conflict with dignity and peace.

We thank the Media for giving value to the work towards peace rather than conflict.


Thank you.


The people in Dallas are making an effort to understand and clean their own hearts first, when we are free from bias, it would be easy to share that with others. Islam teaches us in so many ways to "respect the otherness of others" and it is time we find simple practical ways of doing it.