Mindy Alter, Toronto’s most prolific pro-Israel letter-to-the-editor writer, stirred up a hornet’s nest earlier this week when she complained to Canadian cable station Vision TV about the content of its Saturday afternoon show “Dil Dil Pakistan” – specifically, its airing of a Jihad-inciting lecture by Pakistani Sharia-revolutionary-preacher, Dr. Israr Ahmad (yes, a former medical doctor…do I see a pattern emerging?). (You can see the somewhat-promising, somewhat-equivocating response of Vision TV President Bill Roberts here).
Good on you, Mindy, because it seems there’s plenty to delve into regarding Vision’s Saturday-afternoon Islamathons. Right after “Dil Dil Pakistan” at 3:00pm comes “Let the Qu’ran Speak”, a weekly series of Dawah (proselytizing) lectures by Shabir Ally, hosted by his daughter, Safiyyah Ally.
You can view recent episodes here at the show’s web site, Quranspeaks.com. I also took a look at Shabir Ally’s web site (no, he’s not a doctor…he’s a self-taught Islamic scholar from a moderate Guyanese family). First item on his site? A link to a lecture entitled “Woman [sic] in the Bible”, in which he spends an entire hour responding to the question “what about womens’ rights in Islam” by attacking portrayals of womens’ rights in the Hebrew and Christian bibles. Designed to delegitimize the faith of “seekers” who are already disenchanted with their Jewish or Christian upbringings, it does not for a second mention the key difference: that the Koran and its mysogyny is still mandated to be the unquestioned, perfect guidance for its followers; while the mysogyny existing in the Jewish and Christian scriptures has been relegated to the dustbin of history, being stripped from Judeo-Christian observance for centuries now (not to mention that the Old and New testaments are meant to be questioned and interpreted by adherents – only the 10 commandments were written in stone!)
Lest you think, “oh, lay off, this is just entertainment and information for the growing Muslim community, let them have their show”, every show is interrupted by a message urging you to write to the show to receive a free Koran (an outreach that practicing Muslims certainly don’t need).
Is it appropriate to spread Taqqiyah and Dawah on Saturday afternoon basic cable in Canada? Is someone who defends his own faith by attacking other faiths be part of a “multifaith, multicultural” network? Plenty has been written about the mission and standards of Vision TV. I’ll leave it for you to decide. But here’s a direct quote from a Muslim-convert-turned-atheist-apostate-activist, whose entire fascinating story can be read here at KHALAS! blog:
Despite having close friendships with Muslims, my initial exposure to Islaamic subjects was via cable television. Airing on VisionTV, a nationwide Canadian multifaith and multicultural television network was a program called ‘Journey Through Islam’. Using material from the Islamic Information Service (IIS) based in California, this one-hour show featured conversion testimonials, documentries, interviews with scholars and thinkers (Maher Hathout, Muhammad Asad, Muzammil Siddiqi, Jamal Badawi, John Esposito, Yusuf Estes, Yusuf Islam, Hamza Yusuf, etc.), and snippets from Harun Yahya’s cunning videos on Creationism.
Another program was ‘Let The Qur’an Speak’ by Shabir Ally which featured mostly Qur’aanic lectures and interviews. ‘Reflections on Islam’ by Ezz E. Gad and ‘Call of the Minaret’ by Steve Rockwell also were influential to my indoctrination. Besides the wealth of Islaamic programs on VisionTV, the Christian CTS network aired ‘Islam Today’ with host Bashir Khan and ‘The Muslim Chronicle’ hosted by Tarek Fatah. Both programs featured local interviews, documentaries and educational material. With this wealth of Islaamic education, my heart and mind was won.
If you are so inclined, there’s plenty of Shabir Ally lectures to pore through online, including a dissembling attack on Irshad Manji from 2004 that I’m watching right now. You’ll find more of these videos here, including plenty of questionable lectures on Christianity, at Aswat al-Islam, and more recent episodes of his show at the link above.