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“Hijab is a Form of Jihad” Toronto Imam’s Sermon on Quebec Bill 21

This article with the words of Imam Syed Rizvi Hijab is a form of Jihad contextualizes how the hijab can be a tool for advancing political Islam using females as the vanguard.

Toronto Imam Syed Rizvi is perhaps the most senior influential Shia Imam in all North America. He gave a lecture on December 17, 2021. Imam Syed Rizvi made it clear that Muslim women wear the hijab as a form of Jihad and not only for spiritual motives. It is a political statement that affirms the rights of the Muslim community. Below is a partial transcript of the sermon regarding Quebec Bill 21.

Imam Syed Rizvi

The statement which has come recently, especially from the leader of the NDP, it is more powerful, especially in the press conference. He used a very good example: a brother and a sister from the Muslim background in Quebec, both of them trained and qualified teachers. According to this law, the brother can be a teacher in this school but the sister cannot be because she is a hijabi.” 

This hijab cannot be a barrier. This is where I would say that Muslim women who are being targeted because they practice their faith, they are actually not only doing something on a personal level to practice this faith. It is in a way jihad for them. Muslim men we can just go around because beard is very common in many cultures. Attire-wise there is no issue. It is the hijab which is the distinctive identity of Muslim women.

Progressive lesbian Muslim reformer and bestselling author Irshad Manji’s book Allah Liberty & Love P.181

Some women tell me by choosing the hijab they make a political point, not a spiritual world one.

Is this confirmation the Hijab is a Form of Jihad?

NCCM, National Council of Canadian Muslims has developed workshops to normalize the view of hijab and Islam as the champion of human rights. They have also developed workshops that specifically target teachers and parents.

Bill 21 Interferes with Muslim Men’s Religious / Cultural Obligation to Enforce Hijab?

Bill 21 Interferes with Muslim Men’s Religious / Cultural Obligation to Enforce Hijab?

When a little girl is born into a Muslim family in Quebec is she a female belonging to the Muslim community?   

Imam Aansim Rashid teaches Women can leave the house with male guardians’ permission if they wears the hijab. Her face and hands can, in some circumstances, be uncovered. He also instructs the Canadian Muslim community with a book he authored Esentials of Islamic Family Life “Make sure she observes hijab and Islamic dress whenever she leaves the house – Not allowing intermingling with unrelated males. – Not putting her in a position where her chastity is endangered.”

This teaching is further supported by Imam and scholar Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips a senior Canadian Muslim leader that is held in high regard in Europe and all Muslim countries.

Hijab it’s quite simple it is an obligation on Muslim women. It does not mean that if a Muslim woman does not wear the hijab she is no longer a Muslim but she is in sin from the perspective of God. She is in sin if she does not wear hijab. Hijab meaning that she covers her body, all of her body, in loose garments from head to toe nothing being seen of her except her face and hands.

Imam Abdi Hersy and Imam Shabbir Ally help us understand that the female is viewed as either the property of the husband or of the Muslim community. We come to understand this when Imam Abdi Hersy tells us in a sermon given in Alberta:

If she refuses because she is angry at you, it’s not something that she can punish you with. This is something she granted and agreed upon when she was signing the contract…. The other thing that she has to obey the husband is when he needs her in bed absolutely. Unless she is sick or is menstruating.

Imam Shabbir Ally

Imam Ally, holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, with a specialization in Biblical Literature. He also holds an M.A. and a Ph.D from the University of Toronto with a specialization in Quranic Exegesis (tafsir). 
He is the president of the Islamic Information & Dawah Centre International in Toronto where he functions as Imam. He travels internationally to represent Islam in public lectures and interfaith dialogues. He explains Islam on a weekly television program called Let the Quran Speak. Past episodes of this show can be seen online at: www.quranspeaks.com.

It is well known and it is classified and codified in Islamic textbooks…. And their great contribution to societies would have been get married, have children. They increase the number of the tribe. The tribe became larger and stronger. So each individual was contributing something to the growth of the tribe. And women in particular, that would have been a great contribution to their tribes by getting married early and having children.

This position on the teaching of female children giving birth is also endorsed by the Toronto police Muslim Chaplain Imam Muslh Khan

But back then 9 years old, you know, you were mature enough and you could get married. You could have a child.

This brings us to the question whether Quebec’s Bill 21 inhibits the Muslim community from expressing their culture as is guaranteed under the Canadian Charter. It seems that Quebec’s value of women’s liberation is in direct opposition to Muslim cultural values.

Perhaps the solution as Moustafa Farooq, CEO of NCCM, stated in a Face Book post “How are we Muslims going to recreate Cordoba [Islamic State] in Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal?” Further in the post he wrote “One in which we [Muslims] erase these artificial ‘nation state” identities, & move together to pursue Jannah {paradise].

For clarity of context – Qurṭuba) Cordoba was an Islamic state. Its territory comprised Iberia and parts of North Africa, with its capital in Córdoba located in southern Spain.

It would seem Mr. Mustafa Farooq would Like three Canadian cities to be  guided by Sharia Law. These previously Canadian cities would become Islamic enclaves in which the Muslim community could live separated from Canadian culture and law.

 

Quebec Bill 21 – Hijab Interfaith Solution to a Political Statement

Quebec Bill 21 – Hijab Interfaith Solution to a Political Statement

In December of 2021, a teacher in Quebec who wears a hijab was reassigned from her teaching position. This action was taken by the school board in accordance with Quebec Bill 21, which was passed in 2019. This law prohibits ostentatious religions symbols such as the hijab. However according to senior Canadian Muslim leaders, women are mandated to wear the hijab when in public or in view of unrelated men. To cover is a religious as well as a cultural obligation. Is it fair to hold Muslim women responsible for something they have no control over?

Muslim leaders state clearly that Muslims are bound by love and dedication to Allah to strive to establish Islamic dominance and display loyalty to Islam. NCCM, National Council of Canadian Muslims, has developed workshops to normalize view of hijab and Islam as the champion of human rights. They have also developed workshops that specifically target teachers and parents.

Is the hijab used to make a political statement?

We first learn from progressive lesbian Muslim reformer and bestselling author Irshad Manji’s book Allah Liberty & Love P.181

Some women tell me by choosing the hijab they make a political point not a spiritual world one.

The vast majority of Islamic scholars make it clear that democracy and secularism are not compatible with Islamic values.

Following are statements made by senior influential Imams and scholars regarding secularism and democracy

Dr. Jaleel Abdul-Adil, speaking at the Islamic World Order Conference 2020. From Pandemic to BLM an Alternative.

We Muslims are carrying our message of Islam that is not designed to assimilate or integrate into secularism. We cannot follow the crowd. We Muslims must create the crowd moving toward an Islamic world order.

American Scholar Imam Hayton

Islam is not here to integrate. Islam is here to dominate. This is an ideological struggle the sole purpose of which is to organize men’s affairs in accordance with the system revealed by Allah. There is no room for compromise. 

Mustafa Farooq of NCCM  National Council of Canadian Muslims

How are Muslims going to recreate Cordoba [Islamic State] in Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal, one in which we Muslims erase these artificial “nation-state” identities and move together to pursue jannah [Paradise]?

Sheikh Abu Ameenah Bilal Phillips founder of Islamic online University

Hijab is quite simple. Hijab is an obligation on Muslim women. It does not mean that if a Muslim woman doesn’t wear the hijab she is no longer a Muslim, but she is in sin. From the perspective of God she is in sin. If she does not wear the hijab, meaning that she covers her body, the whole of her body, with loose garments from head to toe, nothing being seen of her except her face and hands.

Secularism directly conflicts with the foundations of Islam. Faith and worship are interwoven into the fabric of Islamic society.

Islam q&a

There is no separation between politics and the religion of Islam.

Imam Syed Rizvi

When I look towards Allah and I see he has affiliation with Iran, has no affiliation with Canada, with America, I say I have affiliation with Iran.

Imam Mazin Abdul Adhim

Our loyalty is to the Khalifa. Our loyalty must remain with it whether it is present or absent. The only thing we are allowed to have loyalty towards is the full implementation of Islam.

Imam Ahmed Kutty is a well-known Islamic scholar in North America. He is currently a senior resident Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto and has previously taught as an adjunct instructor at Emanuel College of the University of Toronto.

Modest attire for women that covers the whole body, excluding the face and the hands, is ordained by a law in the Quran. No Muslim or Muslima can reject it on the grounds of that, I am an adult, I can decide for myself.

Shabbir ally

Women who wear the hijab will be recognized and not molested. Some classical scholars say the woman should cover her face and hands when she goes out of the house.

Islam Balancing Life distributed at Toronto Dundas Sq.

Hijab frees a woman being perceived as sexual objects. Whereas when a woman chooses to show her body in one form or another the message is clear she wants attention and possibly much more.

Conclusion

Some people on the “right” will argue that this teacher is simply pushing the Islamic agenda to bring about the normalization of all things Islam. They will point to the statements made by NCCM and leading senior Imams that say just that.

Some on the ‘left” will argue that we must respect this teacher’s right to express her religion because it is her right guaranteed by the Canadian charter. The fact that Islamic leaders in Canada say all Muslims have a duty to strive in establishing Islamic Law in Canada and the world, that her hijab may be a political statement, is not important because this teacher is very nice and we like her.

Solution

Bill 21 prohibits the wearing of the Jewish kipa for men as well as the hijab for Muslim women. In the case of the Muslima it is mandated that she not allow her hair to be seen by unrelated men. In both cases, Jewish man or Muslima, all this can be solved by wearing a hat. Perhaps religious communities with the state can together seek solutions/compromise to issues that raise controversy rather than using them for political advantage.

Justin Trudeau “Canada is not strong in spite of diversity but because of it.” This will no longer be true if diversity is used to create division.

Texas Imam “killing civilians and whatnot” “But we cannot ignore provocation”

Texas Imam “killing civilians and whatnot” “But we cannot ignore provocation”

Premiered Nov 2, 2020 Imam Yasir Qadhi is responding on, Thinking Muslim’ Podcast: Difficult Questions About the Situation in France, the increasing tensions in France, that has, in the last several days, been stricken with two jihadist attacks. French teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded & 3 people in church in Niece were killed an elderly woman was decapitated.

The following description is from Imam Yasir Qadhi’s you tube channel: Shaykh, Dr. Yasir Qadhi speaks about the French Policy towards Muslims, the potential for the ‘French model’ to be exported to other countries where Muslims are a minority. He also touches on the Islamic justifications for violence, how we (Muslims) should defend the honour of the Messenger of Allah. (SAW) Below is an excerpt of this interview.

If you listen to my lectures throughout Al Qaeda and ISIS era I was always without exception bringing up American foreign policy as a primary cause of those jihadist movements. I gave a number of lectures that went viral. That once again, yes I criticize the beheading of journalists. I criticize a lot of the errant views that Al Qaeda and ISIS had and the killing civilians and whatnot. But I never stop speaking of the broad picture which is, these movements are, a reaction to your invasion

The same applies over here now. What we’re seeing now is wrong. What these people are doing is wrong. But we cannot ignore provocation. We cannot ignore…

This is what I call it asymmetric warfare. You have the state on one side, you have the media, you have the president, on one side that is prodding and poking and provoking and wanting to incite, continuously demonizing the entire faith. And on the other side you have a bunch of citizens like us expected to monitor each and every individual. That’s impossible… It is the government that should think about its future course of action. Not as a threat to for a future attack but as a sensible policy. In this case secularism has become an excuse to be anti-Muslim. Therefore even when this one attack happened, or three attacks or two attacks, we criticize those attacks. But we always jump to the broader narrative. And Allah knows best this is what has been my philosophy pretty much from the beginning.

Shaykh Yasir Qadhi is a Pakistani-American Islamic scholar, theologian and preacher. Since 2001, he has served as Dean of Academic Affairs at the Al-Maghrib Institute, an international Islamic educational institution with a center in Houston, Texas. He also taught in the Religious Studies department at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. He is currently the resident scholar of the East Plano Islamic Center in Plano, Texas.

Qadhi has written numerous books and lectured widely on Islam and contemporary Muslim issues. A 2011 The New York Times Magazine essay by Andea Elliott described Qadhi as “one of the most influential conservative clerics in American Islam.

Qadhi was previously affiliated with the Salafi movement but has since left the movement and now identifies as a Sunni.

Texas Imam: France is blatantly Islamophobic & Xenophobic. Muslims say Enough is Enough

Texas Imam: France is blatantly Islamophobic & Xenophobic. Muslims say Enough is Enough

In the weeks prior to Nov 2, 2020, France has been stricken with two jihadist attacks. French teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded and 3 people in a church were killed, including an elderly woman who was decapitated. American Imam Yasir Qadhi, a world renowned Islamic leader, is responding to the backlash.

Interview with ‘The Thinking Muslim’ Podcast: Difficult Questions About the Situation in France  Premiered Nov 2, 2020

The following description is from Imam Yasir Qadhi’s youtube channel:

Shaykh Dr. Yasir Qadhi speaks about the French Policy towards Muslims, the potential for the ‘French model’ to be exported to other countries where Muslims are a minority. He also touches on the Islamic justifications for violence, how we should defend the honour of the Messenger of Allah. (SAW) Below is an excerpt of the lecture.

“Again I reiterate our loyalties are to our creator not to our nation state. As for France, I’ve only been three times, I think. I agree with you. And of course I have met many French Muslims. I agree with you the xenophobia, Islamophobia, I really don’t know of any other Western country in the world that is more blatantly Islamophobic than France. I do not know of any other country. Now that is frightening because France has the highest percentage of Muslims of any – the entire Western world. Those two facts together do not bode well for the future. That’s all I will say – do not bode well. If you study history, and the exacerbations going on, tit for tat, at what point do the Muslims say enough is enough?” Video Excerpt

Shaykh Yasir Qadhi is a Pakistani-American Islamic scholar, theologian and preacher. Since 2001, he has served as Dean of Academic Affairs at the Al-Maghrib Institute, an international Islamic educational institution with a center in Houston, Texas. He also taught in the Religious Studies department at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. He is currently the resident scholar of the East Plano Islamic Center in Plano, Texas.

Qadhi has written numerous books and lectured widely on Islam and contemporary Muslim issues. A 2011 The New York Times Magazine essay by Andea Elliott described Qadhi as “one of the most influential conservative clerics in American Islam.

Qadhi was previously affiliated with the Salafi movement but has since left the movement and now identifies as a Sunni.

The following are excerpts from Islam Q&A academic, educational and da‘wah website supervised by Shaykh Muhammad Saalih al-Munajjid, dealing with the topic of execution for insult or blasphemy.

Defaming the Prophet PBUH is a kind of kufr. If that is done by a Muslim then it is apostasy on his part, and the authorities have to defend the cause of Allaah and His Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) by executing the one who defamed him.

If a Muslim hears a Christian or anyone else defaming the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) he has to denounce him in strong terms. It is permissible to insult that person because he is the one who started it. How can we not stand up the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)? It is also obligatory to report him to the authorities who can carry out the punishment on him. If there is no one who can carry out the hadd punishment of Allaah and stand up for the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) then the Muslim has to do whatever he can.

That is because there is no room for compromise with regard to the rights of Allaah but there is room for compromise when it comes to the rights of human beings. 

from al-Adaab al-Shar’iyyah (1/237-238) 

The ruling of execution because of a word that somebody utters is what the Muslim scholars call al-riddah (apostasy). What is apostasy and what constitutes apostasy? What is the ruling on the apostate (al-murtadd)?