Posted By Veiled Muslimah on/at 10/21/2008 12:06:00 AM

Assalāmu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullāhi Wabarakath,

I saw this video on Imam Suhaib Webbs Blog, it is an interesting 'debate' between Irshad Manji and Sister Dalia Mogahed which is about a month old.

If you don't know who Irshad Manji is, here is a little information about her. She is a so-called 40 Year Old 'reformist Muslim' in Canada, who absolutely does not stand for Islam. A feminist and a writer, her very job and aim in life it seems, is to malign Islam and mainstream Muslims. She continuously calls for ijtihad and the re-interpretation of the verses of the Quran and a re-interpretation of classical and traditional Islam. Not to mention her opposition to Hijab and banning of alcohol. She feels classical Islam, which is followed by Muslims worldwide and has been since the time of the Prophet sallalahu alayhi wasallam is not 'appropriate' for 21st century. A companion to the likes of Salman Rushdie.

Dahlia Mogahed really seemed to have kept her cool and made some very calculated and intellectual responses. MashaAllah.

May Allah guide her, the likes of her, and all those whom she has misguided. Ameen.

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Hajar said...

There's a grain-of-truth in Irshad's campaign for reform, but I think Dahlia hit the nail on the head when she cited that Al-qaida is the 'reformist' element and they are the ones who are 'reinterpreting' the Qur'an to justify their own whims. Whereas traditional Islam already interpreted the Qur'an in such a way that the mainstream Ummah is less likely to accept or expect violence based on the Qur'anic verses they cited.
It's such a deep and heavy subject, but I'm sure that Irshad does not have the qualifications to take the position she is taking.

Modern Girl said...

Thank you for that very interesting video.

I read Irshad Manji's "The Trouble with Islam Today." I found aimed at very popular audience, and a grab at sound bites. But, I found a lot of it very intriguing, particularly self-tesitmonies about experiences she encountered as a young woman.

Of course her opinion on Islam is controversial and debatable and some will question her authority on the issues she stands for. But I don't think we should deny that her experiences are real and have meaning. These events describe some of the issues this faith struggles with in Canada and that should be acknowledged.

Also, I do believe that all faiths must change over time. There's no question that Christian Protestant are always changing things for their convience, and that much change is probably a bad thing. But in Judaism and Buddhism, things have changed over the centuries. Even the Catholic Pope reinterprets things now and again.

Of course, not all change is good. But some of it can be.

Again thank you for your post.

Anonymous said...

Dahlia really impressed me in the way she was able to come up with really impressive arguments at the spur of the moment for an all-white audience.
Irshad Manji, on the other hand... well, I can't really say I agree with everything she said, but I have to say she was constantly publicizing her book, website, etc. I think that really brought down her already-damaged credibility for me.

Veiled Muslimah said...

Definitely, Sister Dahlia was eloquent, soft-spoken and very able to deal with the questions alhamdulilah. She makes a good candidate for dawah.

Irshad fails to surprise me, especially with the way she kept on repeating her same argument[s] again and again to which some responses are very simple.

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