Why did NCCM’s Mustafa Farooq remove his anti-LGBTQ comments from Facebook?

Why did NCCM’s Mustafa Farooq remove his anti-LGBTQ comments from Facebook?

On October 31, 2019 I sent a media inquiry to Mustafa Farooq, the Executive Director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), asking why he removed his anti LGBTQ comments immediately after Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld revealed them in a article on the website American Center for Democracy. Mustafa Farooq has not as of yet responded to my media inquiry.

Media Inquiry

Mustafa Farooq, Executive Director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM)

info@nccm.ca

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld from the American Center for Democracy has reported that Mustafa Farooq, the Executive Director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), removed his anti LGBTQ comments on Facebook.

Ehrenfeld’s report:

On January 26, 2012 Sana Ghani, a former research assistant at University of Alberta, posted on Facebook:

The Muslim and LGBTQ Communities: Is there a possibility for strategic alliances? Al-Hikmah Discussion Group Fri. Feb 3, 6:30pm. Steeps (11116 82 ave).

As-salamu ‘alaykum all,

This month’s Al-Hikmah open discussion is on the Muslim and LGBTQ communities. Both “The Muslim” and “The Homosexual” are lumped into the category of discriminated minority figure/ political scapegoat. Of course, these two figures make very strange bedfellows (no pun intended). What do we make of this situation?

What possibilities are there for alliances, when we might have fundamental disagreements? Why have very different ways of being been flattened into parallel “identities”? How might we get the leaders of our community to address this issue in a more open and nuanced way?

This is a very contentious topic, but we feel there needs to be more open discussion in our community on these kinds of issues. We wish to discuss the kinds of questions, difficulties and possibilities we see here, to get a very important conversation started in our community.

Mustafa Farooq is Executive Director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM). A lawyer by profession, Mustafa completed his Juris Doctor at the University of Alberta and Osgoode Hall (York University) and later earned his Master of Laws (LLM) at UC Berkeley in California.

Here are Mustafa Farooq’s comments on Sana Ghani’s Facebook post:

Mustafa Farooq: “We should also have seperate [sic] but related conferences on how Muslims should work with Adulterers, and then another one on how Muslims need to ally themselves with those who take insane amounts of interest, and then another about Muslims with the alcohol industry.”

Sana Ghani: “I didn’t say Muslims SHOULD necessarily ally with the LGBTQ community. The issue is, of course, that the LGBTQ community has been trying to support Muslims because they see a common goal with us (opposing state coercion). I think we definitely need to think more carefully about how to respond to this, what would be best politically for our community, while acting with integrity towards our principles. Dr. Sherman Jackson and Dr. Umar F. Abd-Allah have had really interesting things to say on this issue, which I would like for us to consider. May Allah (t’ala) guide us to whatever is best, amin.”

Mustafa Farooq: “I believe strongly that to ask a question is to create conditions of possibility, especially since in the Muslim community the consensus on this question is, in my opinion, pretty clear. To ask the question is, in fact, to argue that allying ourselves with a certain community is possibly a correct choice. As a political science student, if there is one thing I have learned, we can’t predict the future in terms of alliances. Picking the side of justice, however, and truth, is something we can never lose at (because even if we are oppressed, we are drawing closer to Allah). Dr. Sherman Jackson, I know, has made his opinion on this pretty clear (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HisIwWhyU34) which is to say that we do not condemn homosexuals (just as we do not condemn those who have feelings of attractions towards the opposite sex) but condemn the act of homosexuality (just as we condemn adultery). May Allah guide us to the truth, and forgive us for wen we mispeak.

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Mustafa Farooq: “I apologize if my comments came of as sarcastic. That was not my intention. I was merely attempting to make an analogy- if the postulations in my point struck you as conversations you would never have (because they are forbidden) then this would fall in the same category (as it is clearly forbidden). Allah knows my intention, as there are indeed conversations that I don’t think we need to have- it would be like raising objections to having Ayaan Hersi Ali or Irshad Manji [Muslim-born activists critics of Islam] lecture at a masjid [mosque]. Please forgive me if I offended you.”

Sana Ghani: “I take your concerns very seriously, Mustafa. But I’m just not convinced either way, or by this line of thinking. The greatest thing forbidden to us is shirk [polytheism], and yet we make alliances with non-Muslims all the time. We have inter-faith alliances with people who define themselves as a group by their belief in the trinity. Allahu ‘alam [Allah knows best], I just have a lot of questions on this, and I think as a group we could at least clarify our concerns. It doesn’t end here, of course. I want to discuss these issues with scholars as well, as we as a community start articulating and clarifying precisely what our concerns are. This is a relatively new and strange situation we are in, but I am confident that Allah will guide us as a community to whatever is best for us. If this is more harmful than good for us, then may He make that clear to us, amin.”

UPDATE (October 31, 2019) – NCCM Mustafa Farooq’s statements critical of alliances with LGBTQ were removed from Facebook.

QUESTIONS

  • Why did you remove the anti LGBTQ comments immediately after Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld exposed them in her article?
  • Why do you oppose alliances with LGBTQ communities?
  • Has NCCM under your leadership built alliances with the LGBTQ community, and particularily the Muslim LGBTQ community?
  • Why didn’t NCCM post on its Facebook page the rainbow flag during the Pride month?
  • Why didn’t NCCM issue any statement in support of the LGBTQ community, and particularily the Muslim LGBTQ community, during the Pride month?

I would like a reply by by 4pm November 1, 2019. If you need more time let me know.

Sincerely,

Eric Stanley Brazau,

Investigative journalist

ericbrazau.com

“She requested waxing of her scrotum” – Human Rights Tribunal’s ruling against Jessica Yaniv

“She requested waxing of her scrotum” – Human Rights Tribunal’s ruling against Jessica Yaniv

On October 22, 2019 the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal issued its ruling in the legal case between Jessica Yaniv (the complainant) and various waxing salons (Blue Heaven Beauty Lounge and Sandeep Benipal, Suhki Hehar and Sukhi Beauty Dream Salon, Marcia DaSilva, Hina Moin, Pam Dulay, Judy Tran and Merle Norman):

[1] Jessica Yaniv is a transgender woman. All of the Respondents operate businesses which offer waxing services. Ms. Yaniv requested waxing services from each of the Respondents. In five cases, she requested waxing of her scrotum. In two, she requested waxing of her arms or legs. In each case, she told the Respondent that she was a transgender woman and the Respondent refused to provide Ms. Yaniv with service. Ms. Yaniv says that this refusal to serve her is discrimination on the basis of her gender identity and expression, in violation of s. 8 of the Human Rights Code [Code].

[2] With one exception, all of the Respondents are women who advertised their services through Facebook Marketplace. They were either providing the service out of their home, or in the client’s home. Most of them presented as racialized, with English not their first language. Only three Respondents presented a defence to Ms. Yaniv’s complaints. These characteristics are significant because they support my conclusion that Ms. Yaniv has engaged in a pattern of filing human rights complaints which target small businesses for personal financial gain and/or to punish certain ethnic groups which she perceives as hostile to the rights of LGBTQ+ people.

[3] In this decision, I analyse Ms. Yaniv’s complaints in two categories: genital waxing cases and cases involving arm and leg waxing. In the genital waxing cases, I find that scrotum waxing was not a service customarily provided by the Respondents. As such, they did not deny Ms. Yaniv a service and did not discriminate against her. I dismiss these complaints under s. 37(1) of the Code. In the leg and arm waxing cases, I find that Ms. Yaniv filed the complaints for improper purposes. I dismiss these complaints under s. 27(1)(e) of the Code.

[4] The three Respondents which presented a defence were all represented by Jay Cameron and Brandon Langhelm of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms [JCCF]. Ms. Yaniv has applied for an order of costs against these Respondents arising out of conduct which she attributes to Mr. Cameron and the JCCF. She also applies for costs specifically against the Respondent Sukhdip Hehar. I dismiss all of Ms. Yaniv’s applications for costs. I do, however, find that Ms. Yaniv has engaged in improper conduct during the course of this complaint. I order her to pay the represented Respondents $2,000 each.

The ruling is available here.

The Islamic Party of Ontario fails to complete registration process

The Islamic Party of Ontario fails to complete registration process

Elections Ontario has updated the status of the Islamic Party of Ontario as “expired” and removed it from the list of reserved political party names.

Founded by the journalist and publisher Jawed Anwar from Thorncliffe Park in Toronto, the Islamic Party of Ontario started the registration process on August 28, 2018, but failed to meet the legal requirements during a year since preserving the name of the party.

On December 8, 2018 Jawed Anwar published the political platform of the Islamic Party of Ontario.

Islamic Party of Ontario: Principles and Policy

Principles & Policies

Islamic Party of Ontario is founded on and will be guided in its policy formation by the following principles:

-Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms starts with, “Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law.” The Islamic Party of Ontario believes in “Supremacy of God” and understands that it is our constitutional requirement to make all the rule of laws of Provinces and Federal in obedience and according to the will of God.

– Believing in God’s Supremacy means believing in His Oneness, His Authority, and His Obedience in all spheres of life.

-God is Himself the GUIDE to set fundamental principles of the outlook of life and practices in private to public life –political, social, education, economy, health, environment, and the justice system. In Quranic term, it is known as DEEN.

-God sent Adam to Muhammad (peace be upon all of them), 124,000 messengers and prophets in different eras, nations, and tribes with one DEEN (system of life); that is “Islam”.

-The word Islam means “surrender” and “peace”. That means Islam requires surrender to God to attain peace. This is the DEEN taught by all the messengers and prophets from God and to all the nations.

-The DEEN of Noah (Nooh), Abraham (Ibrahim), Isaak (Ishaq), Ishmael (Ismail), Jacob (Yaqub), Jonah (Yunus), Moses (Musa), Jesus (Eisa), and Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) are the same, and that is Islam. These messengers are all brothers and sent from the same God.

-Islam is the only and oldest DEEN of GOD brought and started by Adam (p.b.u.h.), the first man and the first messenger of God, created by God without mother and father. It is the same DEEN brought by Jesus (p.b.u.h.) before Muhammadﷺ who born without father. It is a misconception that Islam is a “religion” created by Muhammad ﷺ. Islam is the only way to attain peace and justice and provides laws without any prejudice.

–We understand and believe that Islam is the native DEEN of Ontario and Canada.

-All the books were revealed: Vedas (oldest scripture after the flood that destroyed whole world except Noah and his followers) probably revealed to Noah, Tawrāt (or Torah) revealed to Moses, Zabūr (or Book of Psalms) revealed to Daud, Injil (or Gospel), revealed to Jesus, and finally Qur’an, revealed to Muhammad (peace be upon all of them) are from the same source, Allah (God).

-Qur’an is the latest and final edition of divine books that provides complete guidance to all mankind in all walks of life that include politics and governance under the belief of Supremacy of God. This is the only book of God now that is available in original and complete form without mixing of any human words and errors. All other books are either changed, distorted, and available in different versions and not available in its original form, text, and language. Qur’an is in 100% original and pure form. The language in which it revealed is alive, and hundreds of thousands of people from the very beginning memorized full Qur’an, and that memorization continues. In Ontario alone, you can find several hundred or maybe above a thousand who have memorized the full Qur’an in Arabic as it was revealed.

The latest, revised, and final edition of the divine book (Qur’an) confirms the previous teachings of the Books. All other Books of God are now obsolete after the final revelation of God, the Quran.

-There is no Messenger or Prophet of God after Muhammad (peace be upon him). He is the final Messenger of God for all human beings and all the nations till Qiyamah (doomsday). Allah and His Messenger ﷺ completed and perfected the DEEN (Islam) and made it easy to practice for all.

“This day I have perfected for you your DEEN (a way of life), and have bestowed upon you My bounty in full measure, and have been pleased to assign for you Islam as your DEEN.” (Al-Qur’an 5:3)

-The practices of Messenger of Allah, Muhammad ﷺ; his deeds, words, actions in private and public life were all directly guided from Allah. In Quranic terminology, it is called “Sunnah”.

-Qur’an and Sunnah are the two sources of guidance given by God, the Creator of human beings and the whole universe, to shape our private and public life both.

-Islamic Party of Ontario sets its policy of governance, economy, social justice, human dignity, healthcare, family life, environment, and justice, etc. according to the Qur’an and Sunnah.

-Islamic Party of Ontario believes in the rights and freedoms of all faith and religious beliefs to practice their faith in their private lives, and the establishment of places of worship with full protection of life, wealth, and dignity.

– To achieve the objective, Islamic Party of Ontario will follow the peaceful and democratic means provided by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom.

-All human beings are equal and sons and daughters of same father and mother, Adam and Eve. The better among us are those who have more fear of Allah (loves God and fully obey Him); a person of character.

– The relationship established under a marriage contract is a sacred union between a man and a woman. God made Adam and Eve –not Adam and Steve.

– All the people of Ontario and Canada, aboriginal, native or immigrants (old and new immigrants) have the same rights, responsibilities, and opportunities.

-The right of all to have food, clothing, and shelter with dignity to all.

-Interest-free capital and worker partnership economy; neither capitalism nor communism.

– Freedom of the individual, including freedom of speech, religious practices, worship, and assembly.

–Neither right nor left, Islam is the straight path. It balances human life.

-Upliftment of the deprived and weak communities.

POLICIES:

Social:

Family System has to be restored to protect the generations to sustain human beings on earth until its natural ends.

Marriage is a sacred union between a man and woman. The birth of babies of next generation and survival of human species depends on this institution. Majority of Ontarians and Canadians living as single moms and dads are affecting the sound healthy growth of children. If the situation continues, this society will rely hundred percent on immigrants and from the nations where the traditional family system is protected. The Canadian family system and marriage institution must be restored for the survival of coming generations.

The sexual relationship is only between men and women. This relationship should be protected with a marriage contract by clearly defining rights and responsibilities of both man and woman. They must have to take responsibility for family care and children nourishment. The government should be supportive of this responsible family. They should be given privilege and affordable housing for healthy living and nourishment.

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” or “seven-colour gender” is a false concept.

The relationship established under a marriage contract is a sacred union between a man and a woman. God made Adam and Eve –not Adam and Steve.

No artificial and irresponsible approach to stop the birth of children at any stage should be allowed. We believe in a complete ban on abortion except in a situation when a mother’s life is in danger.

Measures should be taken to stop suicide, including doctor-assisted suicide of patients. All life is precious and trust of God. No one has the right to take his own or another’s life due to depression or disease. It is only God who gives life and can take back the life whenever He wants.

Obscenity, vulgarity, nudity, and perversion must be checked.

Liquor, drugs, adultery, gambling, etc. should be banned in society.

Promoting a generous, loving and caring society, we will build a respectful society for parents, elders, children, youth, men, and women.

Education

Bring an education system that is best for this world and hereafter.

Schools should be teaching the attributes of the utmost best character. The education system should be a character building system and a process to produce the “person of character”.

The purpose of education should no more be just for a professional or material gain; it should also be a moral and spiritual upliftment. This concept will change the environment of the school and the classrooms and also the characters of students, teachers, and all the people that are involved in this system. Our education system should provide an environment of peace, love, respect, brotherhood, sisterhood, amity, harmony, kindness, helping and complementing each other, generous, self-control, open-mindedness, and easy acceptance of truth.

An education system that develops creativity, leadership, and responsible and loving, caring, and family-oriented persons. They should be fruitful for the society and give back something to this world and coming generations.

The experience and surveys show that “boy only” and “girl only” schools produce much better results. We will support a gradual transition from co-education to gender-specific schools.

Government funding to all faith-based schools with the freedom of conscience and religion (guaranteed by Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom) must be granted.

Economy

A just economic system; neither capitalism nor communism.

In a just society, it is not possible that one section of the society is super rich and other section of the society is super poor. Please check Qur’anic principles of spending: sadqah (charity), and interest-free economy.

Interest-free economy: Interest is the main source of exploitation. It sucks the blood of the poor (labor, worker) to establish a class of super-rich. Islamic economy facilitates to balance it and provides a culture of charity and human brotherhood and sisterhood. A person who has more than his/her needs will be encouraged to give to others to develop private businesses. If a person is not ready to give, then he or she should share (justifiable) in profit and loss but should never lend money on interest.

Recession and slowing in the economy will only be avoided in an interest-free economy and capital-worker partnership finances, where circulation of money will never be stopped.

The finances of businesses and banks will be managed with labour-capitol partnership and share in profit.

Ontario is the second largest province in area in Canada, and Canada is the second largest country in area in the world. It has vast unused land. Despite this fact, the majority of people don’t have their own homes. Laws should be made to break the chain of controls that maximize the price of the home.

Less tax, small but efficient government.

Food, clothing, shelter, and dignity for all.

International new markets should be founded and developed for Ontario and Canada and pursue gradual freedom from the total dependency on the US economy.

Measures to reach and partner with third-world countries market having several billion populations.

Ontario should be the best place for both business and agriculture.

Health:

We believe prevention is better than cure. Preventing disease and controlling the cause of disease should be our priority.

Public education through schools and media for a healthy living.

Reduce pollution.

Provide clean water, air, and food.

Discourage smoking.

Gradual removing of all agricultural products other than organic.

Ban health hazardous chemicals used in agricultural products and in canned food and bottled drinks.

Eat quality food.

Our health system and government policy are more towards pro-pharmaceutical and chemical industries (capitalistic and helping big profiteers). It should be changed to pro-health and pro-people.

The super profiteers’ medicine manufacturing companies are making sure that they would produce medicine to “manage” the disease and not for the “cure” of the disease. A patient has to use the medicine throughout his/her life and increase the dosage over the period of time to “help” the capitalists and capitalism. There is no “cure” of any disease in the so-called modern medicine. This situation must change.

We support investment in research and development for alternative medicines that may be more effective and less expensive; eg, naturopathy, herbal, homeopathy, and others. Give at least same chance to other ways of treatments to prove beneficence.

Justice & Rights

Goal: A crime-free and peaceful Ontario.

Justice is not just crime and punishment. It includes the protection of life, property, dignity, and places of worship of all religious faiths and non-faith.

Rights come with responsibility and protection and wellbeing of all human beings.

Democratic and human rights of a person in his individual life will be protected unless it transgresses the rights of life, property, and dignity of others.

A strict law will be suggested to ban blasphemy of any religious (all) symbols and personalities.

Environment:

God has created the universe and all the objects in it to serve human beings, and human beings are created to serve (obey) God.

Protect air, water, and farmland so that they can serve human beings better.

Don’t waste, don’t pollute the environment. Wasting a few drops of water even if you are sitting at the brink of a river, or plucking a small leaf from a tree without reason is not allowed in the Islamic way of life.

The rights of animals are to be maintained. These include the right for wildlife to live in a natural, unpolluted environment, and the right to be free from trophy hunting and other “sports” hunting that exploit the animals for vain reasons. Food animals have the right to be maintained in natural, humane, and ethical conditions (Arabic tayyib) instead of cruel factory farms. They have the right to be slaughtered in the halal fashion, which causes less trauma to an animal than the massive horror of cruel mass-slaughtering houses, and which causes an animal to faint and then bleed out in a matter of seconds. All animals –whether pets, wildlife, or food animals— have the right to live without abuse and exploitation.

Energy:

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