Raheel Raza is one of the activists featured in Honor Diaries, the President of The Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow, author of the book Their Jihad – Not My Jihad, an award-winning journalist, and an activist for human rights, gender equality, and dignity in diversity. Raheel is a Distinguished Senior Fellow with The Gatestone Institute, and has addressed audiences at universities around the world, including Harvard, Columbia, Oxford, and Cambridge. She has also been invited to speak before the Parliaments of Sweden, UK, Israel, and to Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
Female Genital Mutilation, a form of honor violence, includes procedures involving partial or complete removal of the external female genitalia for nonmedical reasons, practiced on girls between the ages of four and 12. Every year, 3 million girls undergo with harmful physical and mental effects such as sterility, hemorrhaging, cysts, and even death. Honor violence is also seen in the form of sexual assault, rape, forced marriage and emotional abuse.
Raheel actively teaches about how to counter radicalization within the western world. She advocates for discrediting dangerous ideologies, defining the enemy, training and equipping parents to recognize radicalization, creating advocacy, empowering women, and embracing religious freedom.
The fear of being targeted as Islamophobic eliminates our free speech and human rights.
Raheel Raza and other Muslims living in the 21st century are taking a stand for respectful, merciful and inclusive interpretations of Islam that promotes human rights and an Islamic renewal. The Muslim reform movement seeks to defeat radical Islam.
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