Different takes on Muslim chaplain
Re Police union raises concerns about new chaplain, Nov. 1
As a Muslim grandmother I fail to understand how Musleh Khan, the newly appointed police services’ chaplain, cannot see that his words depict Muslim women as lesser than Muslim men. How else should one interpret his view that a woman must be “obedient” to her husband at all times? At all times?
All correctional services in Canada face serious challenges in how to deal with the cultural, religious, historical, etc., traditions that shape their inmates. But, to allow one, whose views are so obviously out of sync with those of Canada’s prime minister, to work as a chaplain makes no sense at all. Perhaps Mr. Khan should be reminded that this is 2016! Fatima Ebrahim, Thornhill
I am a Muslim woman, a professional, a wife and a mother. Once again, Islam is misconstrued and misunderstood in the language used verses the way it is widely practiced by its adherents. Musleh Khan is not a supporter of the mistreatment of women. Rather, he fights for their digni- ty and respect and that is widely known among his community.
The words “obedient” and “permission” are poor translation choices since virtually all the Muslim women I know don’t need to ask permission to leave and are never told to be obedient by their husbands. Rather, a Muslim marriage is founded on mutual respect and trust, enough so that no one needs to force anyone to do anything. It is based on two consenting adults who love each other enough to negotiate life’s challenges with mercy and compassion.
Shaykh Musleh has a lot to offer the chaplaincy program in defence of women. Let’s not jump to crazy conclusions on comments taken out of context. Api Arefin, Scarborough
With values like these, he should not become a member of the Toronto police services union and certainly not act in any situation with the public. Stephen Liard, Toronto
Police services union, meet your new chaplain: Father Fred Flintstone. Edward P. Swynar, Newcastle