Colorado Imam Warns  Intellectual Thoughts Can Cause Muslims to leave Islam

Colorado Imam Warns Intellectual Thoughts Can Cause Muslims to leave Islam

A lecture warning of the danger in using intellect to understanding Islam was uploaded to You Tube in September 2019 by Colorado Imam Karim AbuZaid, who has a PhD in Islamic Studies from Egypt, and is often invited to lecture in capital cities across Europe. In the summer of 2018, Imam AbuZaid gave a weekend lecture on the book Islamic Guidelines for Individual & Social Reform by Sheikh Muhammad bin Jamil Zino, a Syrian-born Salafi Muslim scholar at Salaheddin Islamic Centre in Scarborough, ON. Canada which is led by Dr. Aly Hindy, father of Imam Ibrahim Hindy  who also hosted Shaikh AbuZaid at his mosque Dar Al-Tawheed Islamic Centre in Mississauga, ON. Below is an excerpt of Imam AbuZaid’s lecture.

What makes you a believer? I’m going to tell you four words in Arabic. If you memorize them in Arabic and understand them that’s enough. But I have to explain them in English. Four words that’s what makes you a believer. And this is the summary of those five verses – belief and implementation. That’s what the believer does. This is the whole religion of Islam. That you make ‘belief’ of the unseen. What is ‘belief’? Believe beyond any shadow of doubt. You’re not skeptical and you don’t try to use your intellect, your aql [intellect] to figure out how this unseen is… Me and Abu Bakr [the first of the Rashidun Caliphs] and Omar  [the second of the Rashidun Caliphs], we believe in this even though it doesn’t make [sense]. You see what did they try to do here? They tried to do what? To employ their Aql [intellect], their intellect in a matter of what? Unseen. If you’re going to do this, man, come on. There is a man who is chained in an island somewhere in earth called the [Dajjaal] Antichrist, hadith Muslim. Go ahead and blow your Aql [intellect] now. How he [Antichrist] eats? How he drinks? Where is he? We have all the satellites. We went all over earth now. We have all the satellites now. Figure out where this man [Antichrist] is? No! You’re not supposed to figure out where he is. Who cares where he is. Just deal with him when he comes out, man. That’s not your job to figure out how he is. Why do you employ your Aql [intellect] in that area? And confuse youth and children? Confuse people. That’s ABC Islam. ABC Islam. Ok, you know what, we believe with certainty, with no doubt, that Prophet Issa [Jesus], peace be upon him, is up there alive. Tell me how is he up there? In which heaven and how he eats? How he drinks? How he sleeps? This is the tasdiq [belief]. Imagine this and just to show you that when you employ that methodology of understanding or dealing with the unseen, this may lead you to leave Islam. During the time of the prophet [Muhammad], PBUH, imagine this. In Mecca the messenger of Allah wakes up in the morning and he tells the people of Quraish: By the way guys, I went to Jerusalem last night and I came back. Can you imagine? He didn’t even say that I went to the seventh heaven. He didn’t say to see the Miʿraj [The event of Isra and Mi’raj marks the night that Allah took Mohammad on a journey from Mecca to Jerusalem and then to heaven]. He just told them what [happened]. Come on, come on, man, what is this? Imagine some Muslims at the time, some sahaba [companions] left Islam. Why? Because they did what? That’s the danger here. No! Look, they went to Abu Bakr. They went to Abu Bakr. What was his question? What was his question? Did he say that? That’s all what you have to worry about. That’s all what you are entitled to do. You make sure that this is in the Quran. If it is in the Quran then this is correct. Verify the Sunnah, the Hadith.

Mohammed Hashim reinvents Islam by accepting multiple gender identities

Mohammed Hashim reinvents Islam by accepting multiple gender identities

Mohammed Hashim is “a labour and human rights advocate working as the Senior Organizer for the Toronto and York Region Labour Council” and “a Founding Advisor of Progress Toronto.” According to his bio on Mohammed Hashim “advocates on issues related to workers’ rights at the municipal level and is a leader on the promotion of equity issues and tackling Islamophobia.”

On January 2nd, 2019 Mohammed Hashim publicly criticized the Islamic Party of Ontario led by Jawed Anwar and specifically its goal to implement the sharia Islamic law and his “homophobic” platform. Hashim wrote (Facebook):

“Equally nutters is this Javed Anwer [sic] guy creating an Islamic Party of Ontario. He’s a Doug Ford [Ontario Premier] supporter! and to call someone an ‘enemy of Islam’?? Who made you God? But beyond that, I don’t know where he gets this idea that implementing sharia law on everyone is a good idea. It’s a mostly secular democratic system buddy,that strives for universal human rights. His platform is homophobic, misogynistic and surely does not represent my Islam.”

The Islamic Party of Ontario’s platform on LGBTQ issues reads:

“Allah has created two genders: men and women. Any physical defect in any organ of a person doesn’t change one’s gender identification and sexual orientation. All the communities of all the faiths believe in it; modern science proves it. The concept of “gender identity” is a false concept.”

Based only on Canadian authentic sources I’ve learned that the Islamic Party of Ontario’s position on LGBTQ reflects the true teaching of Islam. Allah said in the holy Koran (Surah Al-Hujjurat 49:13) “O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another.” There is a consensus among the senior Canadian Muslim scholars that liberal concept of gender identity is foreign to Islam. My thorough search failed to find any respected Canadian scholars who support you position on LGBTQ.

Media Inquiry

Can you please provide the Islamic sources that led you to unequivocally reject the aforementioned Islamic Party of Ontario’s platform on LGBTQ while stating “[it] surely does not represent my Islam”?

Does your reformed version of Islam recognize liberal concept of gender identity and the existence of multiple genders in contradiction to Allah’s holy Koran, Prophet Mohammad’s (pbuh), the sahaba and the teachings of the great scholars of Islam?

What are your qualifications in Islamic studies? Are they sufficient to challenge the great scholars of Islam and the consensus among the senior Muslim scholars in Canada?

An article on this issue will be published by the end of the week. A response by 11am Wednesday will be much appreciated.


Eric Stanley Brazau,

Investigative Journalist

Note: On March 25, 2020 I sent a reminder to Mohammed Hashim that reads “I will postpone publishing till Thursday 26 March 11am. Your response, should you make one, will be included.”

As of March 27, 2020 Mohammed Hashim has not responded to the media inquiry. A short time after the media inquiry was sent, Mohammed Hashim removed all public posts from his Facebook page.