Dr. Hamid Slimi, the Imam and resident scholar of Sayeda Khadija Centre in Mississauga, ON and the former chairman of the Canadian Council of Imams, defies Black Lives Matter’s demand to abolish the Police. In his sermon on June 24, 2020 at the funeral of mentally ill Ejaz Choudry who was killed by Peel Police in Malton, Hamid Slimi said that “we don’t want the faith in law enforcement [to be diminished]” stressing that “a police officer is an honourable job. We respect that. They protect us.”
Excerpt from Hamid Slimi’s sermon:
And believe me we cannot live without law enforcement.And you Muslims know that the Quran teaches us [verse in Arabic followed by English translation] O you who believe, obey Allah, obey His messenger and obey those in charge of your affairs. This means we are law abiding people, the family’s law abiding [people]. Maybe now somebody would think twice before calling 911. We don’t want the faith in law enforcement [to be diminished] but we need to fix some of the problems there. A police officer is an honourable job. We respect that. They protect us. But we’re not here to blame anybody. We’re here to give condolences, but take a lesson from this and walk out of it with a better planning for the future. It’s not easy whether for lawmakers, authority, but when you understand that there was a problem in the system, that there is a mistake to be rectified then we appreciated that.