Imam Karim Abuzaid is the imam of Colorado Muslim Society (CMS). He is a PhD candidate in Islamic Studies with the American Open University of Alexandria, VA. His studies are concentrated in Fundamentals of Islam and Quranic and Hadith Sciences. Imam Karim is a Hafiz Al-Qur’an, having committed the complete text of the Qur’an to memory. Below is a partial transcript of a lecture that Premiered September 18, 2020
The scheming. They are not going to come to you straight forward. And that is the approach of evil always. Like Satan said to Adam ‘just see the tree. Do not eat from the tree is is forbidden. We are dealing with that scheming here. I read in some history how the the ABGT Groups in America managed to be accepted in our community in a 20 year’s time… We cannot inflict any harm upon them whatsoever. We cannot do that. That is a disclaimer before I even speak. That we are not inciting hate towards that particular group. No! I am trying to protect my children... Number one, brothers and sisters in Islam, the source of what is right, what is wrong is Allah. Not voting, not democracy, Allah tells me that intercourse has to be done within wedlock, in marriage between a man and a woman, that’s it… He is trying to tell you that the source of character, morality, the source of what is right and what is wrong, what is accepted and what is not accepted is Islam, is Allah. Assured us, asserted us that he created us male and female. There is no third. There is no other. I had an interview with a 25-year experienced teacher in the public school system, not a Muslim. I am not belittling her– she can choose whatever religion she wants. Not a Muslim. The amount of strategizing, the amount of scheming to confuse your children in the public school system about their gender. Here is the interesting piece – they associate this with Black Lives Matter. We know that there is some issue with treating the African American community in America. We have seen George Floyd. …. If your guy is going to push your agenda lets include that agenda too. So, part of the Black Lives Matter curriculum to spread good treatment of African American community is this – is to include the LGBT groups. If you are going to push this one, we have to be there because we are oppressed too… Emphasize the gender to you boys. Come on, man – you are a boy, man! What colour is this you are wearing? pink?…. Sports. Basketball is a good thing…. That is a good training, basketball, swimming, archery, horseback-riding. Do not teach them golfing. Teach them something that fits. Girls, teach them sewing. You’ve got to keep them busy
To add further context to this lecture and the diversity of opinion regarding this issue, we include guidance from the popular site Islam Q&A
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What is the punishment for homosexuality? Is there any differentiation between the one who does it and the one to whom it is done?
al-Tirmidhi (1456), Abu Dawood (4462) and Ibn Maajah (2561) narrated that Ibn ‘Abbaas said: The Messenger of Allaah said: “Whoever you find doing the action of the people of Loot, execute the one who does it and the one to whom it is done.”. Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi.
The Sahaabah were unanimously agreed on the execution of homosexuals, but they differed as to how they were to be executed. Some of them were of the view that they should be burned with fire, which was the view of ‘Ali and also of Abu Bakr, as we shall see below. And some of them thought that they should be thrown down from a high place then have stones thrown at them. This was the view of Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him).
The scholars differed as to whether it is to be punished more severely than zina, or whether the punishment for zina should be more severe, or whether the punishments should be the same. There are three points of view:
Abu Bakr al-Siddeeq, ‘Ali ibn Abi Taalib, Khaalid ibn al-Waleed, ‘Abd-Allaah ibn al-Zubayr, ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Abbaas, Maalik, Ishaaq ibn Raahawayh, Imam Ahmad according to the more sound of the two reports from him and al-Shaafa’i according to one of his opinions, were of the view that the punishment for homosexuality should be more severe than the punishment for zina, and the punishment is execution in all cases, whether the person is married or not.
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.
Mustafa Farooq, Executive Director of
the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM)
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.
On January 26, 2012 Sana Ghani, a
former research assistant at University of Alberta, posted on
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.
Why did you remove the anti LGBTQ
comments immediately after Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld exposed them in her
Why do you oppose alliances with
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.
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):
 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].
 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.
 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.
 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.
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
the political platform of the Islamic Party of Ontario.
Islamic Party of Ontario: Principles
Principles & Policies
Islamic Party of Ontario is founded on
and will be guided in its policy formation by the following
-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
-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
–Neither right nor left, Islam is the
straight path. It balances human life.
-Upliftment of the deprived and weak
Family System has to be restored to
protect the generations to sustain human beings on earth until its
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Food, clothing, shelter, and dignity
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.
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.
Provide clean water, air, and food.
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
Justice & Rights
Goal: A crime-free and peaceful
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.
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.
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