Born and raised in Canada, Mubin Shaikh is a former security intelligence and counter terrorism operative. At the age of 19, he went to India and Pakistan where he had a chance encounter with the Taliban prior to their takeover of Afghanistan in 1995. Mubin became fully radicalized as a supporter of the global Jihadist culture, recruiting others and establishing his network in the extremist milieu.
The 9/11 attacks forced to him reconsider his views. Returning to Canada in 2004, he became a undercover operator with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and worked several CLASSIFIED investigations. In late 2005, one of those files moved to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET) and Mubin traversed to what came to be known as the “Toronto 18” terrorism case resulting in the conviction of 11 aspiring violent extremists.
He has since obtained a Master of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism (MPICT), is now a PhD candidate in Psychological Sciences studying radicalization, deradicalization and violent extremism at the University of Liverpool, Tactical Decision Making Research Group.
On his Twitter account Mubin Shaikh has been balsting Tarek Fatah, Pakistani-Canadian Muslim journalist and author, calling him “NOT a Muslim”, meaning an apostate, because of Fatah’s views on Islamism.
Mubin Shaikh called Tarek Fatah:
“Munafiq” [Hypocrite, a person who in public and in community shows that he is a Muslim but rejects Islam or propagate against it either in his heart or among enemies of Islam. The hypocrisy itself is called nifāq]
Sheharyar Shaikh: “The punishment for apostasy is death”
Sheharyar Shaikh has served as the Imam of the Islamic Society of Kingston, Ontario since 2015. He served as the President of North American Muslim Foundation and the Imam of Masjid Qurtabah in Scarborough, Ont. In recent years, he also took part in Dawah (introducing Islam to disbelievers) with activists affiliated with the Islamic booth at Toronto’s Dundas Square.
In 2013 Sheharyar Shaikh delivered a sermon entitled “There Is No Compulsion In Islam”. The following are excerpts from a sermon which was delivered in English in 2013 (29:47-31:46):
There is an extensive topic on compulsion in religion (اكراه في الدين). I especially want to look at one aspect – the punishment for apostasy. When a person in an Islamic State apostasies, leaves religion, let Allah be a witness that I am telling the truth, that the punishment for apostasy is death. Anybody telling you anything else, I swear by Almighty Allah (والله العظيم), they are lying to you. This is in Islamic Law, if you apostasies, if you turn your back from Islam, according to the [Islamic] Law it is death. And it is not something new. It is the same in the Judaic Law. It was the same in the Christian Law as well and it has been ever since [when] Islam was there. If you turn back, if you commit treason against the country there is punishment of death. If you commit treason against the state there is death. You commit treason against Allah, against the Creator, there is punishment [of death] as well. How could it be, I ask you, is this logical the danger to life, of someone’s life, is deterred by retributive justice (Qisas قصاص). If you kill somebody, if you want to kill anybody there is retributive justice (Qisas قصاص) in effect. If there is a danger to someone’s honour, you cannot dishonour somebody because there is flogging. You cannot go and damage someone’s property, because there is deterrence, because you know that there will be either crucifixion (صلب) or exile (جلاء). There will be crucifixion or exile or even worse. You cannot go out and rob people’s property. Similarly, the greatest thing is when you’re coming to Islam, right? you have now made a pact. This is a contract. Every time we stand up and we say: Thee do we worship, and Thine aid we seek (إياك نعبد وإياك نستعين) we’re renewing this contract. This we’re taking very seriously. You are alone we worship, You are alone we will worship has both meanings. This has implications.
“Execution of such an apostate is, in reality, a salvation for the rest of the society”
The Muslim propogation team (Dawah) at the Islamic booth in Toronto (Dundas Square) distributed for free the book “Human Rights in Islam And Common Misconceptions” by Abdul-Rahman al-Sheha. On the issue of apostasy al-Sheha wrote:
Islamic Shari’ah decrees execution for the person who apostatizes after accepting Islam as a way of life, and rejects Islamic beliefs and laws… Rejecting Islam as a way of life after its acceptance implies malicious propaganda against Islam and a disgrace to the immediate Muslim community where the apostate lives. Such rejection will not only discourage people from accepting Islam as a way of life, but will encourage all varieties of criminality and blasphemy… Declaring general disbelief and rejection is unacceptable in Islamic Shari’ah because such a person does not honor the sacred commitment to his or her faith. He is more dangerous and worse than an original non-believer who never was a Muslim… “We should take the following points into consideration concerning apostates from Islam. The killing of an apostate from the Islamic faith implies that such a person has violated the basis of Islam and attacked Islam openly and publicly with treachery and blasphemy. As such, he threatens the very basis of the moral and social order. This treachery may precipitate the beginning of internal revolution and dangerous rebellion within the Islamic society. This kind of crime is the most serious in any society, and therefore is called ‘High Treason’… “Execution of such an apostate is, in reality, a salvation for the rest of the society members from the maliciousness and violence he would spread if left to propagate his disbelief and blasphemy among the other members of the society… Islam does not treat rejection of the faith as a personal matter but rather a rejection that harms the entire system. This rejection is a seed of internal revolution and instigation towards rebellion in the society… Islam only punishes the apostate himself with the simple, direct and very effective deterrent…
Jamal Badawi: “Hypocrisy (nifaq) is a greater danger to the community than apostasy in itself”
Dr. Jamal Badawi is an Egyptian born Muslim Canadian. He is the author of many books and articles on Islam. Dr. Badawi is active in several Islamic organizations, including Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). He is the founder/chairman of the Islamic Information Foundation, which is a non-profit foundation seeking to promote a better understanding of Islam and the Muslims. Currently, he is the Vice-Chairman of the Islamic University.
In an article titled “Is Apostasy a Capital Crime in Islam?” Dr. Jamal Badawi wrote:
Hypocrisy is a greater danger to the community than apostasy in itself. Hypocrites may implode the Muslim community from within while posing as Muslims.
Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Ibraaheem Al-Tuwayjri wrote in Usool Al-Deen Al-Islami:
Hypocrisy is a serious sickness and a great crime. It means making an outward display of Islam whilst inwardly concealing kufr. Hypocrisy is more dangerous than kufr (disbelief) and the punishment for it is more severe, because it is kufr mixed with Islam and its harmful effects are greater. Hence Allaah will put the hypocrites in the lowest level of Hell… The hypocrites are always confused, always planning deceit and plots. Although outwardly they appear to be with the believers, inwardly they are with the kaafireen. So sometimes they are inclined towards the believers and sometimes they are inclined towards the kaafireen… Because of the corruption of their hearts, the hypocrites are the most averse of mankind to the religion of Allaah… The dealings of the hypocrites revolve around their own interests. When they meet the believers, they make a show of belief and loyalty, in order to deceive the believers and as an action of dissimulation, hoping for whatever good and war-booty they have. But when they meet their masters and chiefs, they say, we are with you in your shirk and kufr… The hypocrites have many characteristics, the worst and most serious of which is disbelief in Allaah… Because the danger posed to the Muslim ummah by the kuffaar and hypocrites is so great, Allaah commanded His Messenger to strive against them: “O Prophet (Muhammad)! Strive hard against the disbelievers and the hypocrites, and be severe against them; their abode will be Hell, and worst indeed is that destination.”
On May 10, 2020 I sent a media inquiry to Mubin Shaikh and later that day a reminder.
Do you support the execution of apostates and munafiqs (and also gays, armed robbers, rapists) in a Rightly Guided Islamic State that follows the teachings of Prophet Mohammad, peace be upon him, as a means to bring about a “salvation for the rest of the society”?
You stated: “*TAKFIRI* (tahk-fee-ree) is 2nd term2identify those who excommunicate other Muslims into NonMuslims &become JudgeJuryExecutioner” and you also stated “Any Takfiri, is a national security threat. Automatically.” Why do you use the same Takfiri approach (also used by ISIS and Qaeda) to excommunicate Tarek Fatah as “NOT a Muslim” (meaning apostate)?
The article will be published soon, so it would be great if you could respond by 5pm May 10, 2020. If more time is required please let me know. Thanks!
Eric Stanley Brazau
As of May 11, 2020 Mubin Shaikh has not responded to the media inquiry.