I was away on a working cruise with little connection to the ground, and as I returned, it seems that many issues have emerged both in Canada and abroad which lead to many questions that are unanswered.
- A study has found that students are underperforming in the subject of mathematics in schools in the Province of Ontario, Canada. One reason could be that instead of focusing on subject matter, the province is focusing on religiosity. Massive time and resources are being spent on working out how Muslim students can pray during school hours and who should write the sermon. Public schools are a place for education, not for religious learning and they are funded by the tax payer. So why is the province bending over backwards to appease just one community?
- Musleh Khan the new Muslim chaplain hired by the Toronto Police to bridge gaps between law enforcement and the Muslim community and to provide religious and moral support to Muslim officers is on record as saying that Muslim women should obey their husbands. He even suggests a wife should make herself available and “not withhold this right from her husband without a valid excuse.” The burning question here is that the police have an obligation to protect the public, but with views like this how is this chaplain going to advise other police officers? Any why, after all this information has been revealed, is he still on the police job? Is this how Canadian values are respected in 2016?
- Fidel Castro died – maybe to the relief of a lot of his own countrymen. Despite many praises heaped on him in death, fact is that he kept his people under an iron hand and in a time warp. Our own esteemed Canadian Prime Minister, young Mr. Trudeau put his foot in his mouth by praising Castro to the skies.
- Elana Shamji was a well-respected Toronto family physician, who was a mother of three. A colleague said she filed for divorce from her husband last week and later her body was found with marks of strangulation and blunt force trauma. Her husband Mohammed Shamji has been held for her murder. The question is that nowhere in the news is it mentioned that this could (possibly might be) an honor killing. This is not the first time a woman has been killed for asking for a divorce (even though it’s within her Islamic rights to do so). It’s time that the world knew that women can ask for a divorce without losing their lives.
- Terror attacks continue in USA – this time at Ohio State University. Political pundits came out in hordes and once again gave various explanations including asking the question of whether Abdul Razak Ali Artan was sucked in by Al-Qaeda or ISIS. Connect the dots – it’s the ideology of a radical jihadist insurgency that inspired people like Artan and will continue to do so unless we can focus on the root cause of hate being taught.
Raheel Raza is an award-winning author, journalist, and filmmaker on the topics of jihad and sharia. She is president of The Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow, and an activist for human rights, gender equality, and diversity. She is one of nine women's rights activists who took part in Clarion Project's film "Honor Diaries" which breaks the silence on honor violence against women.