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 progresstoronto.ca 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.

Sincerely,

Eric Stanley Brazau,

Investigative Journalist

EricBrazau.com

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.

Globe and Mail’s new factoid: Iran is not located in the Middle East

Globe and Mail’s new factoid: Iran is not located in the Middle East

Here is a media inquiry I’ve sent to the Globe & Mail on February 7, 2020.

Dakshana Bascaramurty, national news reporter for The Globe and Mail who writes about race and ethnicity dbascaramurty@globeandmail.com

Sylvia Stead, The Globe and Mail’s Public Editor publiceditor@globeandmail.com

Globe and Mail’s new factoid: Iran is not located in the Middle East

Background

On February 6, 2020 the Globe and Mail publish an article titled “‘Hi, my name is Mohammed. I’m here to help you.’ Meet the unofficial crisis manager for Muslim Canadians.”

The article was written by Dakshana Bascaramurty, “a national news reporter for The Globe and Mail who writes about race and ethnicity.”

Here is an excerpt from Dakshana Bascaramurty’s article:

“Mohammed Hashim hoped it wasn’t terrorism, but that’s where his thoughts naturally went. He heard a van had mounted the sidewalk at a busy intersection in Toronto and driven for several blocks, killing and injuring people. There was no time to watch this news unfold online like everyone else – he had work to do.

No one knew the identity of the driver but it didn’t take long for the labels “Middle Eastern” and “jihadist” to spread on Twitter.

He coached prominent Muslims on what to say when journalists called. “Well, this is clearly a deviation from our faith,” was a favourite line in situations like this. Mr. Hashim loved the word “deviant” – it clearly and strongly communicated that this person was not following the teachings of Islam.

He reached out to contacts at City Hall to find out when and where the mayor would be giving a news conference, so he could send a few Muslims to the same place. If the attacker was confirmed to be a follower of Islam, it was important for viewers to think of the Muslims they saw on TV, along with the mayor, as “us” rather than “them.”

Finally, he helped the Council of Imams draft a statement condemning every aspect of the attack, which he was ready to release to every major news outlet in the country that evening. But he never hit send. He didn’t have to. Four hours after the incident, the alleged attacker was identified as Alek Minassian, a Canadian-born man of mixed Armenian and Iranian ancestry. Not “Middle Eastern.” Not a “jihadist.” Not a Muslim.

The Globe and Mail reports that Alek Minassian is a Canadian-born man of “mixed Armenian and Iranian ancestry.” Iran is located in the Middle East bordering with Armenia. Big communities of Armenians are to be found in Middle Eastern countries such as Iran, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel (The Armenian Quarter is one of the four quarters of the walled Old City of Jerusalem).

The tweet that Dakshana Bascaramurty refer to in her article read:

#BREAKING Witness to truck ramming into pedestrians tells local Toronto TV station that the driver looked wide-eyed, angry and Middle Eastern.

Interviewed by CP24, a witness described Alek Minassian’s appearance as “Middle Eastern.”

Questions

  • Why did the Globe and Mail suggest that the appearance of a man of mixed Armenian and Iranian ancestry cannot be described as Middle Eastern by an eye witness?
  • Why does the Globe and Mail adopt the premise that Middle Eastern describes by default Muslim?
  • How would the Globe and Mail describe Alek Minassian based on his appearance and family origin?

Please respond by 1pm February 10, 2020.

Sincerely,

Eric Stanley Brazau

Investigative Journalist

EricBrazau.com

Note: As of February 10, 2020 the Globe & Mail has not yet responded to the media inquiry.

Lawyer Viva Frei analyzes Canada’s crackdown on hate speech

Lawyer Viva Frei analyzes Canada’s crackdown on hate speech

Viva Frei, a Montreal lawyer who turned YouTuber, analyses and breaks down on his Vlawgs the possible implications on free speech in light of the federal government crackdown on “hate speech” on social media platform.

In his mandate letter to Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau wrote:

I will expect you to work with your colleagues and through established legislative, regulatory and Cabinet processes to deliver on your top priorities. In particular, you will:.. Create new regulations for social media platforms, starting with a requirement that all platforms remove illegal content, including hate speech, within 24 hours or face significant penalties. This should include other online harms such as radicalization, incitement to violence, exploitation of children, or creation or distribution of terrorist propaganda.

Trudeau to enforce social media platforms to remove hate speech within 24 hours or face severe penalties

Trudeau to enforce social media platforms to remove hate speech within 24 hours or face severe penalties

Here is an excerpt from the mandate letter sent by Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau to Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage:

I will expect you to work with your colleagues and through established legislative, regulatory and Cabinet processes to deliver on your top priorities. In particular, you will:.. Create new regulations for social media platforms, starting with a requirement that all platforms remove illegal content, including hate speech, within 24 hours or face significant penalties. This should include other online harms such as radicalization, incitement to violence, exploitation of children, or creation or distribution of terrorist propaganda.