Raheel Raza

Country

Pakistan

Known for

Journalist, Filmmaker, Activist, Public Speaker, and Interfaith & Intercultural Diversity Advocate

Dates

Hijri 1359-Present (AH); Common Era 1940-Present (CE)

Raheel Raza

Biography

Raheel Raza is the first Muslim woman to lead gender-mixed Friday prayer in Canada. She was born in Pakistan and is known as a journalist, public speaker, activist, interfaith advocate, and filmmaker. Ms. Raza is one of a growing number of Muslim women/feminists who challenge the idea that women cannot have leadership roles in the mosque or lead gender-mixed prayers. She, along with these women, argue that Hadith many scholars use as justification to exclude women is not clear enough to officially state that women should not lead prayers. In June 2010, Ms. Raza led prayer and delivered a khutbah, or sermon, at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. She has been a constant presence as a panelist on a number of networks in Canada. In addition, she works with various boards of education in order to advocate for more inclusive curriculums in Canada. Ms. Raza is producing a documentary entitled: “Religious Tribunals in Ontario” and is the author of a book titled, “Their Jihad- Not My Jihad.”

Sources

<a href=http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/first-woman-to-lead-friday-prayers-in-uk-1996228.html>First Woman to Lead Friday Prayers in UK</a>