First guest: Zeshan Shahbaz pushes back against the National Khutbah Campaign to Increase Vaccine Confidence, which is pressuring all Muslim imams across Canada to deliver pro-vax khutbahs (sermons). He writes: “This heretical organization CMCTF ought to be investigated and its money trail exposed for publicly promoting this haraam intervention….Can you please share the following to as many fellow Muslims and other Imams as possible: Declarations and public endorsements/acknowledgement of the Haraam nature of Vaccines by various Ulema organizations.” Zeshan Shahbaz is a correspondent with The Ummah Times which is an Islamic news and analysis platform.
Unfortunately I was knocked off the air by a major regional internet outage, so Zeshan was left high and dry until Mr. Rho the producer came to the rescue. My backup internet came back online 20 minutes later, at which point the show resumed with the next guest:
Gideon Polya discusses the April 27 Human Rights Watch report that blasted Israeli apartheid, and shares his views of Quds Day, the final Friday of Ramadan (May 7 this year). Quds Day is the day Muslims commemorate their dedication to the liberation of the Zionist-occupied holy city of Jerusalem-al-Quds. From my forthcoming Crescent International article:
In 2020, due to pandemic restrictions, large gatherings could not be held in most countries. So activists instead launched the #FlyTheFlag campaign calling on people to publicly display the Palestinian flag during the week-long run-up to Quds Day, then post about it with the hashtag #FlyTheFlag. (As well as #QudsDay , etc.)
The same campaign continues this year. Since Quds Day falls on Friday May 7, 2021 (Ramadan 25, 1442 h.) people will be flying Palestinian flags from May 1 to May 7. Organizers at ihrc.org posted the following instructions:
- Take a picture or video of yourself with the Palestine flag.
- Share it on your social media with the hashtag #FlyTheFlag, #QudsDay , etc.
- Tag your friends and family asking them to do the same!
Final 10 minutes: Pro-Trump Republican activist Rolf Lindgren calls in to explain why he (unlike many other pro-Trump folks) got vaxxed.