A Muslim Reformer vs. the Ground Zero Mosque

Welcome to FrontPage Close-Up with Jamie Glazov, a new video series of provocative interviews with the leading thinkers and newsmakers of our time.

Our guest today is Raheel Raza, a leading Muslim reformer, award winning writer, professional speaker, diversity consultant, documentary film maker and interfaith advocate. A founding member of the Muslim Canadian Congress, she is the author of Their Jihad . . . Not My Jihad. Visit her site at RaheelRaza.com.

See Part 1 of the interview below:

To see Part II, click here.

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Andrew Klavan, world-renowned thriller writer: Click Here.

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Leading scholar of Islam, Robert Spencer.

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  • Jaladhi

    Islam cannot ever be reformed. Muslims fear if you reform Islam, then there is nothing left in Islam to be called Islam, it is just another variation of Judaism and Christianity. The only solution is its eradication or the entire humanity is doomed!!

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Raheel Raza is about as Muhammadan as Dr. Zudhi Jasser. In other words, while she may consider herself to be a devout Muhammadan, like Dr. Jasser, in the eyes of most true devout Muhammadans she is an apostate that should be executed.

    Moreover, it is impossible for Islam to ever be reformed for many reasons, but most of all because Islam is not a religion. After the Hijra, Muhammad’s migration from Mecca to Medina in 622 CE, he abandoned religion and turned to jihad, politics, and conquest, and in the process morphed Islam into something else entirely different from religion altogether, and it was this transformation of Islam from the realm of religion to the realms of jihad, politics, and conquest that finally set the stage for Islam to become successful after 13 previous years of nothing but miserable failure, as a short 100 years after the death of Muhammad, Islam had already conquered most of the known world from Portugal to India.

    Islam is much closer to Communism than it is to religion, which like Islam also seeks world domination and the net result of both Communism and Islam is totalitarianism.

    While I admire Raheel for courageously speaking out against the 9/11 supremacist mosques, her perspective and thoughts on Islam, like that of Dr. Jasser’s as well, in the greater scheme of things is useless, as like Jasser she is not only eschewed by most devout Muhammadans, but what she has to say about Islam isn’t representative of the mindset of the majority of most devout Muhammadans living in Canada and the USA.

    Indeed, the reason Raheel and Dr. Jasser are such media darlings is exactly because their views are such anomalies relative to the Islamic community at large and also because their views mirror the views of most mainstream Americans.

  • Fred Dawes

    The muslims people want to murder all jews and all of christianity it is what islam is all about end of story.
    3 days ago Mr Friedrich interior minister of Germany siad that the muslim is not part of the german ideals of government, a monkey by the name of Lamya Kaddor attacked Mr Friderich for talking out against muslims monkeys.
    The fact Kaddor is the head money of the muslim Ahlan wa sahlan a hate group that wants all Germans to become muslims and attack Jews and anyone not muslim.

  • Supreme_Galooty

    It is possible that Raheel Raza loves God first and foremost, and having been raised a Muslim she finds Islam to be the most comfortable means of expressing that love. Such a spiritual state does not find it necessary to embrace any particular religion, so she could just as easily be a Hindu with no spiritual inconsistency. That she claims to be a Muslim is possibly due to cultural momentum contributing to her comfort, and the extreme likelyhood of strong indoctrination against any other religion contributing to a sense of discomfort.

    To those who aver that Islam is not a religion I encourage you to sharpen your arguments, for if a rock-solid case can be made for such a position it would be a simple matter to ban the practice of Islam on the basis that it is not protected under the 1st Amendment.

  • Robert M

    She is a good person, trying to fix a bad situation, she unlike most radical or so called moderate muslims isnt keeping quiet, therefore lets give her credit for that, otherwise we sound as fanatically driven as the islamic terrorists.

  • RCCA

    There is one constant in life and that is change. Everything in this relative world is in the process of change and transformation. To believe or assert that Islam can not or will not ever change contradicts reality, frankly.

    What we are seeing is the danger of radical Islam, or the crisis of Islam in the West, or opportunity for transformation of Islam, however you want to view it, taking place before our eyes. There is no guaranteed outcome.

    Raheel Raza is a visionary and a courageous forward looking Muslim. She's earned my appreciation and respect for speaking out and challenging the status quo.

  • Derek_Bauer

    Nice interview. Kudos to her for speaking out. Interesting account of her experience viz. the Ground Zero mosque. She certainly has chutzpa. Her comments on the Koran are thought-provoking. However, even a good interpretation of the Koran leaves a problem for Islam and that is the example of Mohammed. I just cannot figure out how people can look to him as a role model. Among other things, I don't believe that taking and owning slaves is something a truly "spiritual" man would do.