Canadian Muslim lobby’s credibility questioned over the term “jihad”

Canadian Muslim lobby’s credibility questioned over the term “jihad”

On October 10, 2019 I sent a media inquiry to Mustafa Farooq, the Executive Director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM). As of the publishing of this article NCCM’s Mustafa Farooq has not responded.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

On Monday October 8, 2019 the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a Canadian Muslim advocacy group, issued a statement about “problematic social media posts” shared by Joe Pimlott, a candidate for the NDP in Calgary-Forest Lawn. NCCM attached to its statement a screenshot of Pimlott’s Facebook post from December 27, 2011 in which he shared a meme featuring a Christian armoured knight stating: “I’ll see your jihad and I’ll raise you one crusade.”

In December 2011 prior to Pimlott’s Facebook post several jihadist attacks in the name of Allah were carried our in the Philippines (Dec 5, kidnapping) Afghanistan (Dec 6, 74 dead), Belgium (Dec 13, 6 dead, 125 injured), Afghanistan (Dec 22, 5 dead) and Iraq (Dec 22, 63 dead, 163 injured).

NCCM’s statement

We were disappointed to see that Joe Pimlott is now running for office again as a candidate for the NDP in Calgary-Forest Lawn, without fulfilling the commitments he made to learn more about the Canadian Muslim community.

In April 2019, Mr. Pimlott apologized for sharing problematic social media posts about “jihad” and the Crusades. He stated at the time that he looked forward to working with organizations like the Alberta Muslim Public Affairs Council – AMPAC and learning more.

That commitment was not kept. Unfortunately, Mr. Pimlott has not been in touch with Canadian Muslim communities – including AMPAC – since his apology. There is also no indication that Mr. Pimlott has taken steps to learn more about what was problematic about his posts, how they impacted the Muslim community, and how he can do better.

Mustafa Farooq, NCCM Executive Director, noted, “We have always been clear about the fact that anyone can make mistakes. But when a candidate makes a promise to learn more about a marginalized community, and then does not fulfill his promise, we have to ask about whether that promise was genuine in the first place. We are calling upon Mr. Pimlott to take action by explaining why he has not fulfilled the promise that he made”. #cdnpoli #elxn43

It appears that NCCM protests the use of the word “jihad” by Pimlott in the context of war for the sake of Allah and urged him to learn about the true meaning of jihad from Canadian authentic Muslim sources.

NCCM’s definition of jihad

In its booklet titled “United Against Terrorism” published in 2014, NCCM explained that jihad is a “form of a military action” the is being employed “in self defense only”:

IS JIHAD THE SAME AS TERRORISM? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Jihad is an Arabic term meaning striving, struggling and exertion in the path of good. Every day a Muslim struggles with his/her desires and does good and strives to be a better human being he/she is performing jihad. Prophet Muhammad told his companions as they went home after a battle: “We are returning from the lesser jihad [the battle] to the greater jihad,” the far more vital and crucial task of extinguishing transgression from one’s own society and one’s own heart. (Riyadh-us-Saliheen)

Jihad is not holy war either. Islam allows for Jihad in the form of a military action in self defense only. Even in self-defence, terrorism and violence against civilians, women, children, non combatant spiritual leaders and destruction of infrastructure, places of worship, poisoning of wells (food supplies) and burning of orchids is strictly prohibited. Generally Islamic tradition and law encourages peaceful resolution through negotiations over military combat. “But if the enemy incline towards peace, you also incline to peace, and put your trust in Allah.” (Quran 8:61)

Canada’s senior Imam says (armed) jihad will continue till the end of time

Statements by senior Canadian scholars and imams as well as Islamic literature available and promoted by leading Islamic centres in Canada appear to contradict NCCM’s definition of jihad.

In a panel discussion in Toronto on the “Finality of Prophethood”, Dr. Iqbal Al-Nadvi, the Chairman of the Canadian Council of Imams, called Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the founder of the Islamic Ahmadiyya sect, a “false prophet” who abrogated the jihad in contradiction to an explicit hadith by Mohammad who said the the jihad will continue to the end of time. Al-Nadvi said:

The person who claimed to be a false prophet his name is Ghulam Ahmad… Sudqi [?] tried to kill the jihad not by political terms… but by creating another religious term to demonize jihad. This is the first and last agenda of Ghulam Ahmad to prove that I’m the messiah and the jihad is now cancelled. But what we do with the hadith [narration attributed to Mohammad]? The messenger of Allah [Mohammad] peace be upon him said: Jihad will continue till the Day of Resurrection. If it a good ruler or a bad ruler they will not cancel it.

Jihad is “offering oneself for fighting in the cause of Allah”

In summer 2018 Imam Karim AbuZaid, the Imam of the Colorado Muslims Community Center (Dar Al-Tawheed) in Aurora, Colorad taught in a five-day workshop at Salaheddin Islamic Centre in Scarborough, Ontario the book “Islamic Guidelines for Individual & Social Reform” by Sheikh Muhammad bin Jamil Zino, a Syria born Salafi Muslim scholar who lived in Jordan. This book provides an Islamic definition of the jihad:

Jihad (Fighting in the cause of Allah)

Jihad is obligatory on every Muslim in two ways: by spending one’s wealth or offering oneself for fighting in the cause of Allah. It can also be by preaching or defending Islam through tongue and pen. Reward varies for various types of Jihad.

1. Jihad as an Individual Duty: This type of Jihad becomes a must when the enemy of Muslims enters their land, like the Jews who settled in Palestine. Every Muslim will be guilty unless he expels the Jews by money or physical fighting.

2. Jihad as a Collective Duty: This type is the one if some people do it, it suffices and no need for all to perform. For example, propagation of Islam or call to Islam until all countries embrace it and make it their way of life. If someone makes any obstacle in the way of propagation, Muslims are allowed by Allah to fight them until Islam becomes the governing authority. Jihad in this sense will not stop until the Day of Judgment.

The Hadith “strongly refutes” the claim that “Islam preaches defensive war only”

ICNA (Islamic Circle of North America) Canada shares on its website the book “Riyad us Saliheen” (“The Gardens of the Righteous” رياض الصالحين) compiled by Imam Zakaruya Yahya Bin Sharaf An-Nawawi, a Sunni Shafi’ite jurist and hadith scholar who lived in 13th century.

Here are excerpts from the book:

[Hadith]: 3. A`ishah (May Allah be pleased with her) narrated that the Prophet (PBUH) said, “There is no emigration after the conquest (of Makkah) but only Jihad [(striving and fighting in the cause of Allah) will continue] and good intention.* So if you are summoned to fight, go forth.”

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

*. Intention according to An-Nawawi: It means that goodness which ceased to continue by the cessation of emigration can still be obtained by Jihad and by intending accomplishing good deeds.

Commentary. When a country or a region is regarded as Dar-ul-Islam (land of Islam), it is not necessary to migrate from it to some other place. It is, however, obligatory to emigrate from such regions which are Dar-ul-Kufr (land of infidels) and where it is difficult to adhere to Islamic injunctions. It is also evident from this Hadith that when it is not necessary to migrate from one Islamic country to another then it is also not permitted by the Shari`ah to leave an Islamic country to settle permanently in Dar-ul-Kufr only for the reason that the latter has plenty of wealth and social welfare. Unfortunately, Muslims today are afflicted with this disease. The transfer of their capital and talent to Dar-ul-Kufr is indeed very disturbing because on one side these two factors are lending support to the economy of Bilad-ul-Kufr (countries of infidels) and on the other, obscenity and indecency that are common in such countries, are becoming increasingly common among the Muslims too.

Another highly important reason for the prohibition of migration of Muslims to Dar-ul-Kufr is that it goes against the spirit as well as their readiness for Jihad fi sabilillah (striving and fighting in the way of Allah). This spirit and readiness must be kept always alive so that the Muslims may respond at once to the call of Jihad whenever the need for it arises anywhere.

[Hadith]: 175. Sahl bin Sa`d (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said on the day of the Hhaibar Battle, “I will give this banner to a person at whose hands Allah will grant victory; a man who loves Allah and His Messenger (PBUH), and Allah and His Messenger love him also.” The people spent the night thinking as to whom it would be given. When it was morning, the people hastened to Messenger of Allah (PBUH). Every one of them was hoping that the banner would be given to him. He (the Prophet (PBUH)) asked, “Where is `Ali bin Abu Talib?” They said: “O Messenger of Allah! His eyes are sore.” He (PBUH) then sent for him and when he came, Messenger of Allah (PBUH) applied his saliva to his eyes and supplicated. `Ali (May Allah be pleased with him) recovered as if he had no ailment at all. He (PBUH) conferred upon him the banner. `Ali (May Allah be pleased with him) said: “O Messenger of Allah, shall I fight against them until they are like us?” Thereupon he (the Prophet (PBUH)) said, “Advance cautiously until you reach their open places; thereafter, invite them to Islam and inform them what is obligatory for them from the Rights of Allah, for, by Allah, if Allah guides even one person through you that is better for you than possessing a whole lot of red camels”. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Commentary: Besides mentioning the excellence of `Ali (May Allah be pleased with him) and the miracle of the Prophet (PBUH), this Hadith tells about the procedure of Jihad. According to procedure, first of all, polytheists and infidels should be invited to Islam, and if they reject the invitation, then Jihad be made against them. Jihad is such an action that if at its initial stage, that is to say at the stage of invitation, some people accept the guidance, then the people who will participate in Jihad will get the reward of good deeds done by those who would join the fold of Islam.

[Hadith]: 208. Mu`adh (May Allah be pleased with him) reported that Messenger of Allah (PBUH) sent me (as a governor of Yemen) and instructed me thus: “You will go to the people of the Book. First call them to testify that `there is no true god except Allah, that I am (Muhammad (PBUH)) the Messenger of Allah.’ If they obey you, tell them that Allah has enjoined upon them five Salat (prayers) during the day and night; and if they obey you, inform them that Allah has made Zakat obligatory upon them; that it should be collected from their rich and distributed among their poor; and if they obey you refrain from picking up (as a share of Zakat) the best of their wealth. Beware of the supplication of the oppressed, for there is no barrier between it and Allah”. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Commentary:

l. If it comes to Jihad against infidels, polytheists and the people of the Book (Ahl-ul-Kitab) then before waging war against them, they should be invited to Islam and told about the prescribed Salat (prayers), Zakat and other teachings of Islam.

2. The Zakat collected from the rich of a locality must be spent on the poor of that place. If some amount is left unspent only then it should be distributed among the deserving people of other areas.

3. The collectors of Zakat should refrain from aggression in its collection as in that case they will be invoking the curse of the people concerned and thereby invite the Wrath of Allah.

[Hadith]: 321. `Abdullah bin `Amr bin Al-`as (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: A man came to the Prophet (PBUH) of Allah and said, “I swear allegiance to you for emigration and Jihad, seeking reward from Allah.” He (PBUH) said, “Is any of your parents alive?” He said, “Yes, both of them are alive.” He (PBUH) then asked, “Do you want to seek reward from Allah?” He replied in the affirmative. Thereupon Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “Go back to your parents and keep good company with them”. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

In another narration it is reported that a person came to Messenger of Allah (PBUH) and sought his permission to participate in Jihad. The Prophet (PBUH) asked, “Are your parents alive?” He replied in the affirmative. The Prophet a(PBUH) said, “(You should) consider their service as Jihad.”

Commentary: Under normal circumstances, Jihad is Fard Kifayah (collective duty — which means that if some people observe it, the rest of the Muslims will be exempted from its obligation). In such circumstances permission of parents to participate in Jihad is necessary because their service is Fard-ul-`ain

(individual duty — an injunction or ordinance, the obligation of which extends to every Muslim in person), and the former cannot be preferred to the latter. This Hadith explains such a situation. In certain circumstances, however, Jihad becomes Fard-ul-`ain (individual duty — an injunction or ordinance, the obligation of which extends to every Muslim in person) and in that case permission of the parents to take part in Jihad is not essential because then every Muslim is duty-bound to take part in it.

[Hadith]: 390. `Abdullah bin `Umar (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “I have been commanded (by Allah) to fight people until they testify that there is no true god except Allah, and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and perform Salat and pay Zakat. If they do so, they will have protection of their blood and property from me except when justified by Islam, and then account is left to Allah”. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Commentary: This Hadith brings out the following three points:

l. The objective of Jihad. This objective warrants that one must struggle against Kufr (disbelief) and Shirk (polytheism) and the worship of falsehood in all its forms. Jihad has to continue until this objective is achieved. This contention is supported by a Hadith, to the effect that Jihad will continue till the Day of Resurrection.

In this Hadith the word (An-Nas) translated above as “people” stands for the polytheists and idolaters. The reason being that other Nasus (pl. of Nass, meaning `text’) confirm the exemption of Ahl-ul-Kitab (people of the Scriptures) from it subject to the condition that they agree to pay Jizyah (dues imposed by Islam on the people of the Book living under the protection of an Islamic state) and submit to the Muslim rule. The Arab pagans have only the choice to either embrace Islam or face war. In the latter case, it is incumbent on the Mulsims to wage Jihad against them to wipe out Kufr and Shirk and raise the banner of Tauhid everywhere.

This Hadith strongly refutes the people who distort the Islamic concept of Jihad and hold that Islam preaches defensive war only. It is an apologetic approach because defensive war has to be fought in any case by every nation and country. Thus, it is a compulsion and needs no justification.

The real distinction of Islam lies in its enjoining Muslims to wage war for upholding the truth besides fighting for their own defense.

The domination of Kufr, Shirk and falsehood is darkness, heresy and tyranny, and the objective of Islam is to purge the world of all these evils.

It aims at liberating man from the worship of man, set them on the path of worship of Allah, and to provide a just and equitable society to mankind.

Wherever in the world there is tyranny, ignorance and heresy, Muslims are bound to fight such evils and finish them by means of Jihad.

There is also a third form of Jihad which is waged against countries where Muslims are victims of aggression, suppression and cruelties of the non-Muslims. It is incumbent upon Muslims to liberate their brethren in Faith from the clutches of the non-Muslims by means of Jihad.

So long Muslims performed this obligation with a sense of duty, Islam and its followers were dominant in the world and ever since they have ignored this obligation, both are in subjugation and disgrace. In other words, the secret of power and stability of Muslims lies in Jihad. Muslims need to understand this secret like their ancestors.

2. Life and property of every person is secured after his joining the fold of Islam. He will, however, be subject to the law of Islam, one of which is payment of Zakat. If he murders any Muslim, he will also be killed in return, unless the heirs of the victim pardon the murderer or accept blood-money (Diyah) for it.

3. When a person embraces Islam, the laws of Shari`ah apply to him according to his apparent condition only. His heart will not be probed for this purpose. In case, he is not sincere or he has some design in joining the fold of Islam, no action will be taken against him until guilt is fully proved. What he has in his heart will be left to Allah Who will pass judgment on his intention on the Day of Resurrection. This Hadith is related to this chapter for its third point. In their debate on this point, some

`Ulama’ have contended that such people who believe in Tauhid and obey the injunctions of Shari`ah are not to be declared as infidels.

[Hadith]: 1209. Ibn `Umar (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “I have been commanded to fight people till they testify `La ilaha illallah’ (there is no true god except Allah) that Muhammad (PBUH) is his slave and Messenger, and they establish Salat, and pay Zakat; and if they do this, their blood (life) and property are secured except when justified by law, and it is for Allah to call them to account.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Commentary: “Except when justified by law” means that after the acceptance of Islam, if someone commits a crime which is punishable by Hadd this will be certainly imposed on him, or her, i.e., cutting of hand in case of theft, one hundred stripes or stoning to death in case of fornication, capital punishment in retaliation for murdering an innocent person. In this Hadith the words “it is for Allah to call them to account” means that if they are not sincere in the acceptance of Islam and would put up an appearance of Islam like hypocrites, or would commit a crime which is liable for Hadd but is somehow not detected by the Islamic court or authorities concerned, they will be taken to account for it by Allah, that is Allah will decide about them on the Day of Judgement.

It is evident from this Hadith that so long as Kufr [disbelief] is present in this world, it is necessary to wage Jihad against it to finish it off, and so long as all the disbelievers do not openly accept Islam and adopt the Islamic way of life, Muslims are duty- bound to make Jihad against them.

[Hadith]: 1352. Abu Hurairah and Jabir (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said, “War is deception.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

“Commentary: “Khad`ah” means deception, i.e., employing a strategy which causes misunderstanding to the enemy, and one’s real intent does not become evident to them. This is permissible in Islam in the state of war.

The Ahadith mentioned in this chapter make the importance of Jihad and the reason for so much stress on it abundantly clear. These also show how great a crime it is to ignore it. It is very unfortunate indeed

that present-day Muslims are guilty of renouncing Jihad in every part of the world. May Allah help us to overcome this negligence.

NCCM’s credibility on jihad is questionable

To prove the claim about the non-aggressive nature of the jihad, NCCM cited in its 2014 booklet “United Against Terrorism” the following hadith: “We are returning from the lesser jihad [the battle] to the greater jihad. According to NCCM this hadith appears in Imam Al-Nawai’s book Riyadh-us-Saliheen (the Gardens of the Righteous), a compilation of sound hadiths.

A search of this book in its English version didn’t show the hadith. Moreover, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the former chairman of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, clarified that this hadith (“We are returning from the lesser jihad [the battle] to the greater jihad”) “isn’t true” and “is not cited in the books of Sunnah and known collections of hadiths.” Same opinion was echoed by other senior Muslim scholars.

In its booklet “United Against Terrorism” NCCM didn’t make any reference to the aforementioned hadiths on the armed and aggressive jihad that are included in the book Riyadh-us-Saliheen (the Gardens of the Righteous).

QUESTIONS

Why does NCCM claim that word “jihad” in Pimlott’s Facebook post is offensive to Muslims?

Does NCCM believe that definition of jihad by Iqbal Al-Nadvi (and other senior Canadian Imams) is wrong?

Does NCCM accept the definition of jihad as explained in detail in the book Riyadh-us-Saliheen (the Gardens of the Righteous)?

Can NCCM support its claim that the hadith “We are returning from the lesser jihad [the battle] to the greater jihad” appears in the book Riyadh-us-Saliheen (the Gardens of the Righteous)?

Why did NCCM choose not to cite in its booklet “United Against Terrorism” other hadiths from the book Riyadh-us-Saliheen (the Gardens of the Righteous) that explicitly explain the armed and aggressive nature of the jihad till the end of time?

I’ll appreciate a response to this media inquiry by 4pm October 14, 2019. If you require more time please let me know.

Sincerely,

Eric Stanley Brazau,

Investigative journalist

ericbrazau.com

Canadian media ignores Project Veritas exposing CNN’s blatant bias

Canadian media ignores Project Veritas exposing CNN’s blatant bias

Following a few days of promotion campaign, Project Veritas has started on October 14, 2019 to release undercover video and audio recordings of CNN executives, including CNN President Jeff Zucker, exposing its editorial guidelines.

On October 14, 2019 James O’Keefe, the founder and President of Project Veritas, tweeted the first batch of the secretly recorded videos and audios:

Tweet 1 – PART 1: CNN Insider Blows Whistle, Secretly Records Staff, Execs and Network President Jeff Zucker’s “Anti-Trump Crusade” and “Personal Vendetta” Against POTUS.

Tweet 2 – “There’s a lot of people who are out here trying to like just do what they think is the best of journalistic integrity…Then you get on the 9AM call and big boss Jeff Zucker f**king tells you what to do…” – @CNN Media Coordinator Nick Neville

Tweet 3 – CNN: “A white kid gets shot at Princeton University…he gets shot in the head…he gets killed…we’re going to get coverage on that…precious little white boy…” PV: “Three people get shot in Newark?” CNN: “Nobody cares…Unless it happens on Cory Bookers block” #ExposeCNN

Tweet 4 – No one is shocked that Zucker had a vendetta & would risk @CNN ’s credibility to act on it. Look what went on at @NBC on his watch! CNN Insider Blows Whistle, Records Network President Jeff Zucker’s “Anti-Trump Crusade” & “Personal Vendetta” Against POTUS.

Tweet 5 – “I just hope that others in similar positions take the maw as we all have…The Facebook insider inspired me…My goal with this aside from getting @CNN to return to its old greatness is to inspire dozens of people” – @CNN Insider Cary Poarch #ExposeCNN

Tweet 6 – “The fake conspiracy nonsense that @FoxNews has spread for years is now deeply embedded in American society…and frankly that is beyond destructive for America.” – @CNN

President Jeff Zucker MORE COMING: http://exposecnn.com #ExposeCNN

Tweet 7 – “I totally want to do just, like, the truth… But you have higher up executives, like Zucker and other people that are saying we gotta make profits…If we just talk about @realDonaldTrump all day, people will watch!” – @CNN Media Coordinator Nick Neville #ExposeCNN

Tweet 8 – On @realDonaldTrump: “Cooper hates him…Don Lemon hates him…Tapper, he doesn’t like him either…Cuomo doesn’t like him” – @CNN Media Coordinator Christian Sierra #ExposeCNN

Tweet 9 – “Our Democratic interviews are like softballs compared to the Republicans” – @CNN

Media Coordinator Christian Sierra #ExposeCNN

Tweet 10 – “There’s nothing we can do if Zucker wants impeachment every single day to be the top story…He wants impeachment…Above all else!” – @CNN Media Coordinator Christian Sierra #ExposeCNN

Tweet 11 – “I hate everything, how everything is like all Trump all the time now…Everyone at my job, everyone at the network, they hate covering @realDonaldTrump every day” – Christian Sierra

@CNN Media Coordinator #ExposeCNN

Tweet 12 – “I’m just surprised @CNN hasn’t been able to take down @realDonaldTrump yet” – @Project_Veritas UCJ “I mean, I feel like they’re trying…” – @CNN Media Coordinator Nick Neville

#ExposeCNN

Tweet 13 – “I came in that night (@realDonaldTrump 2016 Election Victory)… right around the time they called it…it was like a funeral” – @CNN Floor Manager Mike Brevna #ExposeCNN

Tweet 14 – “He’s(Zucker) known @realDonaldTrump for a long time. Like, they worked together back during The Apprentice.” – @CNN Media Coordinator Christian Sierra “AND HATES HIS GUTS!” –

@CNN Media Coordinator Nick Neville

Tweet 15 – “There’s a lot of people who are out here trying to like just do what they think is the best of journalistic integrity…Then you get on the 9AM call and big boss Jeff Zucker f**king tells you what to do…” – @CNN Media Coordinator Nick Neville #ExposeCNN

Tweet 16 – “I don’t care about the @MSNBC event, okay? Let’s just stay VERY FOCUSED on IMPEACHMENT” – @CNN President Jeff Zucker #ExposeCNN

Tweet 17 – “I think whatever tools are to our disposal then that’s what @CNN is doing” – Hiram Gonzalez, CNN Floor Director #ExposeCNN

US President Donald Trump tweeted:

“Project Veritas-Obtained Undercover Videos Highlight Jeff Zucker’s (@CNN) Campaign To Destroy Trump. Videos Reveal @CNN’s BIAS!” @TuckerCarlson @FoxNews Does this sound like a good, or even great, lawsuit?

Project Veritas insider video and audio recordings of CNN’s senior executives were not reported by the mainstream Canadian media outlets. Previous stories broke by Project Veritas were also ignored (undercover videos from Planned Parenthood and within multiple government agencies such as the DOJ, DOS, GAO, and HHS). The few articles published by CBC and the Toronto Star on Project Veritas were predominantly negative.

I sent a media inquiry to CBC, CTV, Global News, CityNews, 680 News, Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, Toronto Sun and National Post. None responded.

Media Inquiry

Why Project Veritas exclusive story on CNN based on secretly recorded videos and audios was ignored?

Why all previous Project Veritas’ exclusive stories were not reported?

Does you media organization espouse similar guidelines to that of CNN that guides its editorial decisions?

I’ll apprentice a response to my media inquiry by 1pm October 15, 2019. If you require more time please let me know.

Sincerely,

Eric Brazau,

Investigative Journalist

Ericbrazau.com

Trudeau bus serves journalists lunch from Soufi’s restaurant

Trudeau bus serves journalists lunch from Soufi’s restaurant

The Liberal Party of Canada shows its support and sympathy with the Syrian Soufi’s restaurant in Toronto that was reopened last week after a few days of closure because of alleged online threats and hate messages directed at the owners and their son Alaa Soufi DaLua.

A since-deleted Facebook post from the Syrian restaurant confirmed that Alaa Soufi DaLua had been one of the protesters against an event featuring MP Maxime Bernier and expressed sincere regret about the situation that occurred. In a video that went viral, a few masked protesters are seen harassing an elderly couple, blocking their way and shouting “Nazi scum” at an 81-year-old woman.

Another video documented Alaa Soufi DaLua’s participation in demonstrations alongside activists affiliated with the left wing group Anifa. Some of these demonstrations turned into violent clashes.

On October 13, 2019 Glen McGregor, a senior journalist covering Parliament Hill for CTV National News, reported that the Trudeau campaign bus was served a lunch from Soufi’s restaurant in Toronto that included a Syrian flatbread and taboulleh.

Katie Telford, Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, commended the restaurateur Mohamad Fakih for his role in supporting Soufi’s restaurant and implicitly facilitating Soufi’s lunch for the Trudeau campaign bus:

Milkshake at Fran’s. Thanksgiving event with Masai Ujiri (yeah @Raptors !). Lunch from Soufi’s (way to go @mohamadfakih8!). Toronto, I ❤️ you. Day not over yet! #HappyThanksgiving #WetheNorth

The Islamic Party of Ontario fails to complete registration process

The Islamic Party of Ontario fails to complete registration process

Elections Ontario has updated the status of the Islamic Party of Ontario as “expired” and removed it from the list of reserved political party names.

Founded by the journalist and publisher Jawed Anwar from Thorncliffe Park in Toronto, the Islamic Party of Ontario started the registration process on August 28, 2018, but failed to meet the legal requirements during a year since preserving the name of the party.

On December 8, 2018 Jawed Anwar published the political platform of the Islamic Party of Ontario.

Islamic Party of Ontario: Principles and Policy

Principles & Policies

Islamic Party of Ontario is founded on and will be guided in its policy formation by the following principles:

-Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms starts with, “Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law.” The Islamic Party of Ontario believes in “Supremacy of God” and understands that it is our constitutional requirement to make all the rule of laws of Provinces and Federal in obedience and according to the will of God.

– Believing in God’s Supremacy means believing in His Oneness, His Authority, and His Obedience in all spheres of life.

-God is Himself the GUIDE to set fundamental principles of the outlook of life and practices in private to public life –political, social, education, economy, health, environment, and the justice system. In Quranic term, it is known as DEEN.

-God sent Adam to Muhammad (peace be upon all of them), 124,000 messengers and prophets in different eras, nations, and tribes with one DEEN (system of life); that is “Islam”.

-The word Islam means “surrender” and “peace”. That means Islam requires surrender to God to attain peace. This is the DEEN taught by all the messengers and prophets from God and to all the nations.

-The DEEN of Noah (Nooh), Abraham (Ibrahim), Isaak (Ishaq), Ishmael (Ismail), Jacob (Yaqub), Jonah (Yunus), Moses (Musa), Jesus (Eisa), and Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) are the same, and that is Islam. These messengers are all brothers and sent from the same God.

-Islam is the only and oldest DEEN of GOD brought and started by Adam (p.b.u.h.), the first man and the first messenger of God, created by God without mother and father. It is the same DEEN brought by Jesus (p.b.u.h.) before Muhammadﷺ who born without father. It is a misconception that Islam is a “religion” created by Muhammad ﷺ. Islam is the only way to attain peace and justice and provides laws without any prejudice.

–We understand and believe that Islam is the native DEEN of Ontario and Canada.

-All the books were revealed: Vedas (oldest scripture after the flood that destroyed whole world except Noah and his followers) probably revealed to Noah, Tawrāt (or Torah) revealed to Moses, Zabūr (or Book of Psalms) revealed to Daud, Injil (or Gospel), revealed to Jesus, and finally Qur’an, revealed to Muhammad (peace be upon all of them) are from the same source, Allah (God).

-Qur’an is the latest and final edition of divine books that provides complete guidance to all mankind in all walks of life that include politics and governance under the belief of Supremacy of God. This is the only book of God now that is available in original and complete form without mixing of any human words and errors. All other books are either changed, distorted, and available in different versions and not available in its original form, text, and language. Qur’an is in 100% original and pure form. The language in which it revealed is alive, and hundreds of thousands of people from the very beginning memorized full Qur’an, and that memorization continues. In Ontario alone, you can find several hundred or maybe above a thousand who have memorized the full Qur’an in Arabic as it was revealed.

The latest, revised, and final edition of the divine book (Qur’an) confirms the previous teachings of the Books. All other Books of God are now obsolete after the final revelation of God, the Quran.

-There is no Messenger or Prophet of God after Muhammad (peace be upon him). He is the final Messenger of God for all human beings and all the nations till Qiyamah (doomsday). Allah and His Messenger ﷺ completed and perfected the DEEN (Islam) and made it easy to practice for all.

“This day I have perfected for you your DEEN (a way of life), and have bestowed upon you My bounty in full measure, and have been pleased to assign for you Islam as your DEEN.” (Al-Qur’an 5:3)

-The practices of Messenger of Allah, Muhammad ﷺ; his deeds, words, actions in private and public life were all directly guided from Allah. In Quranic terminology, it is called “Sunnah”.

-Qur’an and Sunnah are the two sources of guidance given by God, the Creator of human beings and the whole universe, to shape our private and public life both.

-Islamic Party of Ontario sets its policy of governance, economy, social justice, human dignity, healthcare, family life, environment, and justice, etc. according to the Qur’an and Sunnah.

-Islamic Party of Ontario believes in the rights and freedoms of all faith and religious beliefs to practice their faith in their private lives, and the establishment of places of worship with full protection of life, wealth, and dignity.

– To achieve the objective, Islamic Party of Ontario will follow the peaceful and democratic means provided by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom.

-All human beings are equal and sons and daughters of same father and mother, Adam and Eve. The better among us are those who have more fear of Allah (loves God and fully obey Him); a person of character.

– The relationship established under a marriage contract is a sacred union between a man and a woman. God made Adam and Eve –not Adam and Steve.

– All the people of Ontario and Canada, aboriginal, native or immigrants (old and new immigrants) have the same rights, responsibilities, and opportunities.

-The right of all to have food, clothing, and shelter with dignity to all.

-Interest-free capital and worker partnership economy; neither capitalism nor communism.

– Freedom of the individual, including freedom of speech, religious practices, worship, and assembly.

–Neither right nor left, Islam is the straight path. It balances human life.

-Upliftment of the deprived and weak communities.

POLICIES:

Social:

Family System has to be restored to protect the generations to sustain human beings on earth until its natural ends.

Marriage is a sacred union between a man and woman. The birth of babies of next generation and survival of human species depends on this institution. Majority of Ontarians and Canadians living as single moms and dads are affecting the sound healthy growth of children. If the situation continues, this society will rely hundred percent on immigrants and from the nations where the traditional family system is protected. The Canadian family system and marriage institution must be restored for the survival of coming generations.

The sexual relationship is only between men and women. This relationship should be protected with a marriage contract by clearly defining rights and responsibilities of both man and woman. They must have to take responsibility for family care and children nourishment. The government should be supportive of this responsible family. They should be given privilege and affordable housing for healthy living and nourishment.

Allah has created two genders: men and women. Any physical defect in any organ of a person doesn’t change one’s gender identification and sexual orientation. All the communities of all the faiths believe in it; modern science proves it. The concept of “gender identity” or “seven-colour gender” is a false concept.

The relationship established under a marriage contract is a sacred union between a man and a woman. God made Adam and Eve –not Adam and Steve.

No artificial and irresponsible approach to stop the birth of children at any stage should be allowed. We believe in a complete ban on abortion except in a situation when a mother’s life is in danger.

Measures should be taken to stop suicide, including doctor-assisted suicide of patients. All life is precious and trust of God. No one has the right to take his own or another’s life due to depression or disease. It is only God who gives life and can take back the life whenever He wants.

Obscenity, vulgarity, nudity, and perversion must be checked.

Liquor, drugs, adultery, gambling, etc. should be banned in society.

Promoting a generous, loving and caring society, we will build a respectful society for parents, elders, children, youth, men, and women.

Education

Bring an education system that is best for this world and hereafter.

Schools should be teaching the attributes of the utmost best character. The education system should be a character building system and a process to produce the “person of character”.

The purpose of education should no more be just for a professional or material gain; it should also be a moral and spiritual upliftment. This concept will change the environment of the school and the classrooms and also the characters of students, teachers, and all the people that are involved in this system. Our education system should provide an environment of peace, love, respect, brotherhood, sisterhood, amity, harmony, kindness, helping and complementing each other, generous, self-control, open-mindedness, and easy acceptance of truth.

An education system that develops creativity, leadership, and responsible and loving, caring, and family-oriented persons. They should be fruitful for the society and give back something to this world and coming generations.

The experience and surveys show that “boy only” and “girl only” schools produce much better results. We will support a gradual transition from co-education to gender-specific schools.

Government funding to all faith-based schools with the freedom of conscience and religion (guaranteed by Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom) must be granted.

Economy

A just economic system; neither capitalism nor communism.

In a just society, it is not possible that one section of the society is super rich and other section of the society is super poor. Please check Qur’anic principles of spending: sadqah (charity), and interest-free economy.

Interest-free economy: Interest is the main source of exploitation. It sucks the blood of the poor (labor, worker) to establish a class of super-rich. Islamic economy facilitates to balance it and provides a culture of charity and human brotherhood and sisterhood. A person who has more than his/her needs will be encouraged to give to others to develop private businesses. If a person is not ready to give, then he or she should share (justifiable) in profit and loss but should never lend money on interest.

Recession and slowing in the economy will only be avoided in an interest-free economy and capital-worker partnership finances, where circulation of money will never be stopped.

The finances of businesses and banks will be managed with labour-capitol partnership and share in profit.

Ontario is the second largest province in area in Canada, and Canada is the second largest country in area in the world. It has vast unused land. Despite this fact, the majority of people don’t have their own homes. Laws should be made to break the chain of controls that maximize the price of the home.

Less tax, small but efficient government.

Food, clothing, shelter, and dignity for all.

International new markets should be founded and developed for Ontario and Canada and pursue gradual freedom from the total dependency on the US economy.

Measures to reach and partner with third-world countries market having several billion populations.

Ontario should be the best place for both business and agriculture.

Health:

We believe prevention is better than cure. Preventing disease and controlling the cause of disease should be our priority.

Public education through schools and media for a healthy living.

Reduce pollution.

Provide clean water, air, and food.

Discourage smoking.

Gradual removing of all agricultural products other than organic.

Ban health hazardous chemicals used in agricultural products and in canned food and bottled drinks.

Eat quality food.

Our health system and government policy are more towards pro-pharmaceutical and chemical industries (capitalistic and helping big profiteers). It should be changed to pro-health and pro-people.

The super profiteers’ medicine manufacturing companies are making sure that they would produce medicine to “manage” the disease and not for the “cure” of the disease. A patient has to use the medicine throughout his/her life and increase the dosage over the period of time to “help” the capitalists and capitalism. There is no “cure” of any disease in the so-called modern medicine. This situation must change.

We support investment in research and development for alternative medicines that may be more effective and less expensive; eg, naturopathy, herbal, homeopathy, and others. Give at least same chance to other ways of treatments to prove beneficence.

Justice & Rights

Goal: A crime-free and peaceful Ontario.

Justice is not just crime and punishment. It includes the protection of life, property, dignity, and places of worship of all religious faiths and non-faith.

Rights come with responsibility and protection and wellbeing of all human beings.

Democratic and human rights of a person in his individual life will be protected unless it transgresses the rights of life, property, and dignity of others.

A strict law will be suggested to ban blasphemy of any religious (all) symbols and personalities.

Environment:

God has created the universe and all the objects in it to serve human beings, and human beings are created to serve (obey) God.

Protect air, water, and farmland so that they can serve human beings better.

Don’t waste, don’t pollute the environment. Wasting a few drops of water even if you are sitting at the brink of a river, or plucking a small leaf from a tree without reason is not allowed in the Islamic way of life.

The rights of animals are to be maintained. These include the right for wildlife to live in a natural, unpolluted environment, and the right to be free from trophy hunting and other “sports” hunting that exploit the animals for vain reasons. Food animals have the right to be maintained in natural, humane, and ethical conditions (Arabic tayyib) instead of cruel factory farms. They have the right to be slaughtered in the halal fashion, which causes less trauma to an animal than the massive horror of cruel mass-slaughtering houses, and which causes an animal to faint and then bleed out in a matter of seconds. All animals –whether pets, wildlife, or food animals— have the right to live without abuse and exploitation.

Energy:

Choose a path to achieve 100% renewable energy in Ontario.

Why do Toronto Police tolerate disturbance by participants in unlawful assemblies?

Why do Toronto Police tolerate disturbance by participants in unlawful assemblies?

On Monday morning, October 7, 2019 the Prince Edward Viaduct in Toronto, a major traffic artery, was blocked for several hours by protesters affiliated with Extinction Rebellion Toronto advocating a “Global Rebellion” to save the planet.

Extinction Rebellion Toronto states it is the “Toronto chapter of Extinction Rebellion which is focused on non-violent direct action and civil disobedience for action on the climate crisis and biodiversity loss.”

Extinction Rebellion Toronto presents its demands from the Canadian government: “Tell the Truth about our climate crisis; Make plans to bring us to net-zero CO2 emissions by 2025; Create an equitable People’s Assembly to oversee the transition to a low-emissions world.”

Extinction Rebellion Toronto has also political and social long-term goals “to spark and sustain a spirit of creative rebellion, which will enable much needed changes in our political, economic and social landscape.”

According to Extinction Rebellion Toronto, “We endeavour to mobilize and train organisers to skillfully open up space, so that communities can develop the tools they need to address our deeply rooted problems. We work to transform our society into one that is compassionate, inclusive, sustainable, equitable and connected.”

The official website reported about the activities during the protest and explained the goals of blocking the bridge for traffic and the immediate demands of the protesters:

  • Protesters: Toronto members of Extinction Rebellion, Animal Rebellion Turtle Island, unidentified solidarity groups
  • Nature of the protest: Global Rebellion—a two-week campaign of nonviolent civil disobedience
  • Immediate demand: Action on the climate crisis
  • Protesters’ activities: Occupied the Prince Edward Viaduct at 8:05am. Rebels held the bridge for close to five hours.
  • Police response: The police attempted to clear the bridge at 11:45pm and ordered everyone to vacate the area. 18 members of Extinction Rebellion Toronto and Animal Rebellion Turtle Island refused to leave the bridge and were arrested and charged with Mischief/obstruct use of property not to exceed $5000. They were all released within 24 hours and are now safe at home.

Toronto Police officer told me at the scene: “It is a permitted protest with the City [of Toronto]… I have been told, what I understand is that they have called ahead and they have initiated a protest.”

Responding to my media inquiry on October 7, 2019, Hakeem Muhammad, a Senior Communications Coordinator for the City of Toronto wrote: “Thanks for reaching out. The City of Toronto did not issue a road closure permit for this protest. I would suggest you follow-up directly with the Toronto Police Service for further questions. Thank you, and let me know if you need anything else.”

Disturbance” in the Canadian Criminal Law

Causing disturbance, indecent exhibition, loitering, etc.

175. (1) Every one who

(a) not being in a dwelling-house, causes a disturbance in or near a public place,

(i) by fighting, screaming, shouting, swearing, singing or using insulting or obscene language,

(ii) by being drunk, or

(iii) by impeding or molesting other persons,

(b) openly exposes or exhibits an indecent exhibition in a public place,

(c) loiters in a public place and in any way obstructs persons who are in that place, or

(d) disturbs the peace and quiet of the occupants of a dwelling-house by discharging firearms or by other disorderly conduct in a public place or who, not being an occupant of a dwelling-house comprised in a particular building or structure, disturbs the peace and quiet of the occupants of a dwelling-house comprised in the building or structure by discharging firearms or by other disorderly conduct in any part of a building or structure to which, at the time of such conduct, the occupants of two or more dwelling-houses comprised in the building or structure have access as of right or by invitation, express or implied, is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.

Unlawful Assembly” in the Canadian Criminal Law

Unlawful assembly
63. (1) An unlawful assembly is an assembly of three or more persons who, with intent to carry out any common purpose, assemble in such a manner or so conduct themselves when they are assembled as to cause persons in the neighbourhood of the assembly to fear, on reasonable grounds, that they

(a) will disturb the peace tumultuously; or

(b) will by that assembly needlessly and without reasonable cause provoke other persons to disturb the peace tumultuously.

Lawful assembly becoming unlawful
(2) Persons who are lawfully assembled may become an unlawful assembly if they conduct themselves with a common purpose in a manner that would have made the assembly unlawful if they had assembled in that manner for that purpose.
Exception
(3) Persons are not unlawfully assembled by reason only that they are assembled to protect the dwelling-house of any one of them against persons who are threatening to break and enter it for the purpose of committing an indictable offence therein.
R.S., c. C-34, s. 64.
Riot
64. A riot is an unlawful assembly that has begun to disturb the peace tumultuously.
R.S., c. C-34, s. 65.
Punishment of rioter
65. Every one who takes part in a riot is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years.
R.S., c. C-34, s. 66.
Punishment for unlawful assembly
66. Every one who is a member of an unlawful assembly is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.
R.S., c. C-34, s. 67.