of The Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow, Author, Professional Speaker,
Featured in "Honor Diaries", a film about women's rights
As a Muslim mother who never saw a niqab when I was
growing up in Karachi, Pakistan, I am astonished to see Canada's judiciary
caving in to Islamists who have nothing but contempt for Canada's values of
I write this as a Muslim Canadian who does not have
any specific political leanings.
But in the 25 years I have called Canada home, I have
seen a steady rise of Muslim women being strangled in the pernicious black tent
that is passed off to naïve and guilt-ridden white, mainstream Canadians as an
essential Islamic practice.
The niqab and burka have nothing to do with Islam.
They're the political flags of the Muslim Brotherhood,
ISIS, the Taliban, al-Qaida and Saudi Arabia.
Now I learn I have not only to fight the medieval,
theocratic adherents of my faith for a safe space for myself, I have to battle
the Federal Court of Canada as well, which has come out on the side of these
The ruling concerns the case of Zunera Ishaq, a 29-year-old
woman who emigrated to Canada from Pakistan in 2008.
After previously showing her face to an immigration
official in 2013 when taking her citizenship test, she refused to take part in
the citizenship ceremony because she would have to show her face while taking
the oath of citizenship.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government rightly
banned face masks at such ceremonies, but this was found to be unlawful by the
With all due respect, let me introduce our Canadian
judges to their Pakistani colleagues in the jihadi badlands of Peshawar.
In November 2004, the Chief Justice of the Peshawar High
Court (PHC), Tariq Pervaiz Khan, ordered female lawyers not to wear face veils
in courtrooms, saying they couldn't be identified, nor assist the court
properly while wearing veils.
He scolded the niqabi women saying,"You are
Covering the face is not a religious requirement for
The injunction in the Qur'an is for modesty (for men
Some Muslim women interpret this as covering their
head with a scarf or chador.
A scholar of Islamic history, Prof. Mohammad Qadeer of
Queen's University, Kingston, wrote in the Globe and Mail in March 2006:
"The argument about concealing one's face as a
religious obligation, is contentious and is not backed by the evidence."
He added, "in Western societies, the niqab also
is a symbol of distrust for fellow citizens and a statement of
self-segregation. The wearer of a face veil is conveying: 'I am violated if you
look at me.'"
It is a barrier in civic discourse. It also subverts
The federal Liberals and NDP are treating Canada's
niqabis as latter-day Rosa Parks, fighting for justice.
There is just one way forward: The next government
must legislate the complete ban on wearing face masks in public, not just to
expose the hypocrisy of the Islamists but for the sake of our security as
By courtesy of Raheel Raza
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