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Sadat’s Conversion and What the Qur’an Says About Jews in the Holy Land

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From: ISLAM’S PREDICAMENT: Perspectives of a Dissident Muslim
(Mosaic Press, Oakville, ON, 2009)
By SALIM MANSUR

In the middle of the commemorative parade marking the eighth anniversary of the October 1973 war launched by Egypt and Syria against Israel on Yom Kippur, also known as the Ramadan War, Anwar Sadat, President of Egypt, was murdered by a band of Egyptian soldiers taking part in the event. Twenty-five years later as we recall the legacy of Sadat – his journey to Jerusalem ...

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LAUNCH OF MUSLIMS FACING TOMORROW

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REVIEWS, PHOTOS AND FEEDBACK FROM LAUNCH OF MFT – SEPTEMBER 30, 2012

 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/aifdemocracy/sets/72157631801921853/

 

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBJdHdT5pac

 

http://www.jewishtribune.ca/features/2012/10/10/muslim-reform-only-possible-with-help-of-moderates-non-muslims-activist-says

Launch of Muslims Facing Tomorrow
A review by Aisha Isabel Ashraf
The description of the past cannot be the prescription for the future

I attended the launch of the Council of Muslims Facing Tomorrow at the invitation of Raheel Raza, journalist, author, public speaker and activist, who founded MFT to ...

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On the Historical Muhammad: One Muslim’s reflection

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By: Salim Mansur                 AXIAL 2012

Since Albert Schweitzer’s classic study, The Quest of the Historical Jesus: A Critical Study of Its Progress from Reimarus to Wrede was first published in 1906, the inquiry into historical Jesus has become a major area of scholarship. Why was not the Jesus of the New Testament – the Jesus of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John – sufficient for learning about the central iconic figure of Christianity? The answer to such a question, as John Dominic ...

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ANTI-ISLAMIC FILM AND MUSLIM VIOLENCE – THE WAY OUT

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Most Muslims loudly condemned the anti-Islamic film “Innocence of Muslims”. They also loudly condemned the violent protest of some Muslims by killing innocent people, arson and plunder. This stand is admirable but I am afraid Muslims are missing something.

There is a root of Muslim’s violence to mockers in secondary scriptures of Islam. Sahi Bukhari, Sahi Muslim and in Sirat of Ibn Hisham/Ishaq (pages 551 and 675) record that Prophet (SA) killed Abu Afaq (120 years old), Asma Binte Mariam (a ...

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New moderate Muslim group aims anti-extremism message at youth – National Post

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Kathryn Blaze Carlson | Sep 11, 2012 6:22 PM ET
More from Kathryn Blaze Carlson | @KBlazeCarlson

“We want to provide an alternative for Muslim youth. It’s not just a question of slamming the extremists; it’s also about providing a different voice.”

A Muslim Canadian activist has founded a new group that will promote moderate Islam, saying there are too few progressive Muslim voices countering extremism in Canada. Raheel Raza, the Pakistan-born author of Their Jihad, Not My ...

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THE FREEDOM TO OFFEND …………. By Raheel Raza

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(Published in the Ottawa Citizen, September 17, 2012)

“It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them”      Mark Twain.

The film “Innocence of Muslims” about Islam’s Prophet that is creating a furor all over the Muslim world is badly made, technically flawed and basically a shoddy film. However, fully aware of the psyche of Islamists, the filmmaker must ...

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A REPORT FROM THE 21st SESSION OF UNHRC IN GENEVA

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I am in Geneva attending the 21st. session of the Human Rights Council. How and why I got here is an interesting journey.

Three years ago I was in Oxford attending a Muslim Reform Conference http://19.org/994/islamic-reform-conference/

I noticed a distinguished grey haired man in the audience making copious notes. At the end of the conference, this man made some very valuable suggestions on how liberal Muslims might be able to face off the Islamists and get their voices heard. Fascinated by ...

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Saudi Arabia condemned for promoting extremism and violence

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In a joint statement to the UN Human Rights Council on behalf of IHEU and Center for Inquiry, Canadian women’s rights activist Raheel Raza attacked Saudi Arabia for its 30-year record of funding and promoting Islamic extremism.  In her statement on 14 September 2012 she asked whether the silence of the OIC on Islamic violence against Muslims had anything to do with the OIC’s funding coming from the same source! Here is Raheel’s statement in full:

Center for Inquiry joint statement ...

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REFLECTIONS ON 9/11 TEN YEARS LATER – Salim Mansur

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CANADIAN OBSERVER

FALL 2011, Vol. 1. No. 2

As the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 recede further into the past, historians and others will seek to make sense of what occurred on that calm late summer morning where a mighty superpower was taken by surprise and to explain the significance of the event in terms of world history. Future historians, however, will have a better perspective of 9/11 and of the consequences that followed. They will be better situated to dispassionately ...

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