Imam Yasir Qadhi: “Islam will be Victorious”

Imam Yasir Qadhi: “Islam will be Victorious”

Prior to Nov 2, 2020, France was stricken with two jihadist attacks. French teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded & 3 people in a church were killed including an elderly woman who was decapitated. American Imam Yasir Qadhi, and world renown Islamic leader, is responding to the backlash in an interview on ‘The Thinking Muslim’ Podcast: Difficult Questions About the Situation in France that premiered Nov 2, 2020

The following description is from Imam Yasir Qadhi’s you tube channel: Shaykh, Dr. Yasir Qadhi speaks about the French Policy towards Muslims, the potential for the ‘French model’ to be exported to other countries where Muslims are a minority. He also touches on the Islamic justifications for violence, how we should defend the honour of the Messenger of Allah. (SAW) Below is an Excerpt of the Video.

Crisis, no. Islam is on the rise, Alhamdulillah. By in large, I think that is an undeniable fact… In Western lands our generation is more religious than the generation of our parents. Think about that. My parents came to this land in the late sixties and seventies. Hardly, in fact let me say I think nobody wore hijab… But to answer your question I don’t agree with the term crisis. But I do agree that we have a new set of challenges. And, Alhamdulillah [praise to Allah] the Ummah has always risen to its challenges. And the Ummah is always going to succeed in the long run. We firmly believe this because of the promise of the Quran. Alhamdulillah. [praise God]

Canadian Imam Said Regaeh is one of the voices that echo the message of Yasir Qadhi. Said Regaeh is the founder of Sakinah Islamic Community Centre in Scarborough, Ontario. Below are some of his teachings.

With four, five [hundred] thousand Muslims you can create the most powerful lobby in Canada… with that number of Muslims you can create one of the strongest Muslim business in Toronto…”

With four, five [hundred] thousand Muslims you can create the most powerful lobby in Canada… with that number of Muslims you can create one of the strongest Muslim business in Toronto… If you just put our resources, if we put our resources together, if we can work together as an Ummah [Muslim nation] we can change a lot…

What can you do with unity? A lot. You can change a lot. You can change the foreign policy of this country. You can change how the Muslims think. You can even when need help, when you need help if you call Muslim for your need you will help the Muslim community… Brothers in the masjid [Mosque] right now, they are coming up with the magazine or newspaper called Ummah Times. What Ummah Times is that? Ummah Times is advertising all your businesses all the Muslim businesses [are] Ummah. All you need to do – I will never advertise with a kafir [unbeliever, infidel], there you go.

The following are excerpt from Islam Q&A academic, educational and da‘wah website supervised by Shaykh Muhammad Saalih al-Munajjid, dealing with the topic of execution for insult or blasphemy.

Al-Bidaayah wa’n-Bihaayah (10/111) 

It took the Muslims ten years to gain control over all the Iranian lands, because of their huge size and difficult terrain. 

One of the things that played a role in the spread of Islam in Iran was the migration of many Arab tribes to Iranians land in which they settled and mixed with the Iranians. 

The Muslims invaded India at the time of Mu‘aawiyah, in 44 AH, and there occurred things which will be explained below. It was also invaded by the great ruler Mahmoud ibn Sabuktagin, the ruler of Ghaznah who conquered India around 400 AH. He invaded the land, where he killed, took prisoners, and captured booty. He entered Somnath where he broke the greatest idol that they used to worship, and he captured its swords and necklaces. Then he returned, safe and victorious. End quote. 

Al-Bidaayah wa’n-Nihaayah (6/223) Deception in war

Trudeau, Muslim lobby are silent over France’s war on “Islamist separatism”

Trudeau, Muslim lobby are silent over France’s war on “Islamist separatism”

France declared war on radical Islam. On September 30, 2020 French President Emmanuel Macron revealed his government is in the process of drafting a law to fight “Islamist separatism” which will be presented to Parliament in December.

In a speech in the Paris region Macron described Islam as “a religion that is in crisis all over the world today” due to “an extreme hardening” of positions. Macron declared that “Islam in France must be freed from foreign influence” promising to promote secular values in France while conducting improved oversight of the financing of mosques.

Macron acknowledged that the French state was partly responsible for the “ghettoisation” of communities with large numbers of Muslim residents, saying that non-secular organisations have sought to make up for “failings” of “integration policy”. “Where we stepped away, they stepped in,” he said.

The French President urged immediate crackdown on radical Islamists following the beheading of the teacher Samuel Paty by a Muslim immigrant in reaction to displaying controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad by Paty to his pupils as part of a discussion about free speech

On October 20, 2020 Macron said the Sheikh Yassin Collective – an Islamist group named after the founder of the Palestinian militant group Hamas – would be outlawed for being “directly involved” in the killing. He said the ban was a way of helping France’s Muslim community, Europe’s largest, from the influence of radicalism.

The French government also ordered a mosque to close for sharing videos on Facebook calling for action against Mr Paty and sharing his school’s address in the days before his death.

Sheikh Ali Al-Yousuf of the International Union of Muslim Scholars said in an October 18, 2020 interview on Channel 9 (Turkey) that from the perspective of Islamic law, one cannot say that the Chechen teen who recently beheaded French history teacher Samuel Paty is guilty of a serious crime. Rather, he said that the teen’s transgression was that he took it upon himself to carry out the death penalty for insulting the Prophet Muhammad, while the sentence should be carried out by a shari’a court in an Islamic state.

Sheikh Al-Yousuf said that people should focus on the fact that Paty had been teaching people to “hate” the Prophet Muhammad, and he argued that France is undergoing a crisis, since “Islam is growing because of its moral values.”

Imam Karim AbuZaid, the Imam of the Colorado Muslims Community Center (Dar Al-Tawheed) in Aurora, Colorado, mocks Macron’s policy emphasizing that Islam is not in a crisis but France due to the changing demography.

In an Friday sermon at Colorado Muslims Community Center Karim AbuZaid said:

Islam is spreading like fire spreads in dry wood. His own people are accepting Islam. One out of every ten in France are Muslim. Can you imagine that? So where is the crisis Mr. Macron? People are liking the whole religion. What is wrong with you? Oh you’re afraid because they say in less than 50 years in the year 2050 Islam will pass Christianity. Is that why? That is the real crisis… This religion will reach as far as the day light and the night the darkness of the night reaches. Basicaly every place in the face of this Earth. And it will enter every single home…

Brothers and sisters in Islam it is so great to feel good to feel confidence about your religion… So don’t worry about Islam Mr. Macron. Islam is not in crisis we have actually a long-term plan beyond your life and the life of your kids. But the question that I ask myself and my brothers who are listening to this sermon what are you going to do?… How did they (Muslim sons) feel when they heard this guy saying this about Islam? How did they feel? Did your son come and say what is this guy saying about my religion? Huh! There is where we can make a change… It’s going to take time. Now we have to contribute to this. Look at your child and if you don’t have one to look at a Muslim child that’s why we have schools. I tell you if there is a project out there that is of benefit to the Muslim Ummah (brotherhood) it’s Islamic schools.

As of yet a thorough search of social media has not indicated any comment on this issue by Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau, the leading Muslim advocacy organization (National Council of Canadian Muslims – NCCM) and the Muslim Parliamentary Caucus.

Trudeau’s position on Islam stands in stark contrast to the policy espoused by the French government. In 2015 Trudeau said “we need to make sure that we’re working with communities like the Muslim community, for example, to demonstrate that Islam is not incompatible with free and open Western societies.” According to Trudeau, “Canadians are quick to point out that ISIS is wrong, that Islam is not incompatible with the Western secular democracy, a free place like Canada.”

Muslim lobby supports discussion about ethics of halal slaughter

Muslim lobby supports discussion about ethics of halal slaughter

Sameha Omer, the Director of Legal Affairs of the National Council Of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) reported, has sent a letter to Facebook Canada asking that the group “Boycott Halal in Canada” be removed as a page.

NCCM stated:

The recent attack at Chin Chin Side Street is disturbing, especially given that it happened hours after a post on the page. While the police continue to investigate, there is no doubt in our minds that the group does not meet Facebook’s Community Standards. Share this post to let Facebook know that we don’t accept hate on this platform.

Sameha Omer’s letter to Facebook

National Council Of Canadian Muslims

December 25, 2019

VIA EMAIL

TO; Facebook Canada

661 University Ave #1201

Toronto. ON M5G1M1

Re: Boycott Halal in Canada Facebook Page

Dear Sir/Madam

I write this letter to formally request that the page “Boycott Halal in Canada” be formally removed from Facebook in die aftermath of Chin Chin Street Side Kitchen being vandalized in Toronto, Ontario, after being spotlighted by the anti-Halal Facebook group.

The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) is an independent, non-partisan and non-profit organization- Built from within the Canadian Muslim community, NCCM is a leading voice for civic engagement and the promotion of an rights.

While we strongly champion the need for free speech, we also understand that hate speech undermines who we are as a nation.

In the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in Saskatchewan (Human Rights Commission) v Whatcott, 2013 SCC 11, Justice Rothstein noted that hate speech means using expression that exposes a group to hatred, Hate speech seeks to delegitimize group members in the eyes of the majority, reducing their social standing and acceptance within society. Hate speech, therefore, must be looked at as beyond distress to individual group members. It can have a societal impact.

The Facebook page “Boycott Halal in Canada” is a page that traffics in thinly veiled Islamophobia. The group exposes targeted individuals or groups to hatred and hatred by others on the basis of a protected characteristic, namely religion, we of course would support the right of all Canadians to engage in a discussion regarding Muslim praxis, including the ethics of consuming meat and/or slaughtering practices, the Facebook page “Boycott Halal in Canada” does nothing of the sort. Rather; much as “boycotting kosher” is thinly veiled anti-Semitism, the “Boycott Halal in Canada” page seems to encourage perverse acts of xenophobia against communities:

  • A post seems to encourage putting pork and gelatin products into halal food. as it will be “tainted only to Muslims”;
  • A post asserts that buying Cavendish fries serves to have “unsuspecting buyers to pay the Islamic tax to further their agenda”;
  • A post asserts that Mexico now has too many Muslims, “Try googling it… you might be surprised, There are a lot of muslims in Mexico now.”
  • Another post asserts that halal food serves, “to separate gullible food companies and consumers from their money, and as a means to finance Jihad.”
  • Another post asserts that a halal food expo was “run by [a] terrorist”.
  • Admins on the page asserted that they “won’t even visit Mississauga” because of the halal food restaurants there;
  • A post noted that after a chicken manufacturer recalled chicken, “Has terrorism been ruled out? Is it even being looked at? Tyson has a troubled history with its large Muslim migrant workforce.”

Top liked comments include pictures with a nuclear explosion and the caption, “Some cancers

must be treated with radiation, Islam is one of them.”

The above-noted posts are all from the last eight months.

Let us be further clear: merely hours after Chin Chin Street Side Kitchen was targeted in a post on “Boycott Halal in Canada”, the restaurant was vandalized.

While police continue to investigate Whether the vandalization of Chin Chin Street Side Kitchen was directly linked to the post, or motivated by hate, it is clear to us that the “Boycott Halal in Canada page” does not seem to adhere to Facebook’ s Community Standards Guide under Chapter III, “Objectionable Content”. The Facebook group appears to promote content that is a direct attack on people based on a protected characteristic, namely religion, and constitutes dehumanizing speech, statements of inferiority, or calls for exclusion- The group further creates an environment of intimidation and may directly, or indirectly, promote real-world violence against Muslim communities,

We formally request that Facebook undertake a thorough review of “Boycott Halal in Canada” to determine whether it is in violation of Facebook’s Community Standards Guide.

Regards,

Halal slaughter in Canada

Source: NCCM
Source: NCCM
Islamic Halal slaughter explained by Vancouver Imam

Islamic Halal slaughter explained by Vancouver Imam

Toronto local news website blogto.com reported on an act of vandalism targeting Chin Chin Side Street Kitchen, a fully Halal restaurant, which is a Muslim-owned restaurant and the majority of employees working there are Muslim as well. According to BlogTo’s report, on December 24, 2019 “Chin Chin staff arrived at work to find a rock thrown through the store’s window facing Spadina Avenue.” The report implied that the act of vandalism might have been initiated by people who oppose the Halal (Islamic) slaughter.

What is Halal (Islamic) slaughter?

Mufti Aasim Rashid, a senior Imam and scholar in Vancouver, British Columbia, explains the proper method of the Muslim Halal slaughter. Here are excerpts from Aasim Rashid’s instructions published by the British Columbia Muslim Association:

The animal should not be treated roughly while bringing it to the place of slaughter. The knife used for slaughtering should be very sharp… The animal must be slaughtered at the throat. The slaughterer should slice four vessels: the two jugular veins (on either side of the throat), the windpipe (at the front of the throat) and the gullet (the esophagus). Slaughtering all four will render the slaughter complete and perfect. The act of slicing the throat should be performed speedily and without pausing.

According to Mufti Aasim Rashid, the proper method of Muslim Halal slaughter is designed to minimize the suffering of the animal by avoiding treating it roughly on its way to the slaughterhouse, using a very sharp knife and slicing the animal throat speedily and without pausing, like a sawing motion.

The name of Allah must be invoked at the time of slaughtering by saying: Bismillah Allahu Akbar. (In the Name of Allah; Allah is the Greatest.) If the name of Allah is not mentioned, then the meat becomes Haram “unlawful.”

How is Muslim Halal slaughter practised in Canada?

A video posted by Jubaer Ahmed Prodhan on September 12, 2016 documented the Halal slaughter during Eid Al-Adha, Festival of Sacrifice. Jubaer Ahmed Prodhan confirmed that the qurbani (sacrifice) ritual took place in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in September 2016: “a farmer field where he sells qurbani (sacrifice) animals and have place to make qurbani (sacrifice) there.”

Diane Bederman described the Muslim Halal slaughter performed in the video:

This Halal sacrifice took place on a sunny day in an open yard. Five slaughtered sheep are lying motionless on the ground, soaked with their blood. Open to flies. Three men, wearing their everyday clothing; jeans and sweatshirts, are busy skinning and dismembering the sheep. Two other men are seen dragging a sheep to the slaughter. And yes, this live animal smells the blood and feels fear. So this animal is resisting participating in its death. With the help of two other people the sheep is prepared for sacrifice. Two are holding tightly to its front and back legs. A third is pressing its body to the ground close to a fresh pool of blood while the fourth is wielding a knife above the sheep’s head. Both of his hands are heavily stained with blood. He pulls the neck of the sheep to the side creating an arch that exposes its throat. His knee is pressing hard against the sheep’s head to hold it to the ground, not allowing any movement. Then he starts cutting its throat in a back and forth motion. (Note the small size of the knife being used to cut the throat of this animal).

Why did NCCM’s Mustafa Farooq remove his anti-LGBTQ comments from Facebook?

Why did NCCM’s Mustafa Farooq remove his anti-LGBTQ comments from Facebook?

On October 31, 2019 I sent a media inquiry to Mustafa Farooq, the Executive Director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), asking why he removed his anti LGBTQ comments immediately after Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld revealed them in a article on the website American Center for Democracy. Mustafa Farooq has not as of yet responded to my media inquiry.

Media Inquiry

Mustafa Farooq, Executive Director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM)

info@nccm.ca

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld from the American Center for Democracy has reported that Mustafa Farooq, the Executive Director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), removed his anti LGBTQ comments on Facebook.

Ehrenfeld’s report:

On January 26, 2012 Sana Ghani, a former research assistant at University of Alberta, posted on Facebook:

The Muslim and LGBTQ Communities: Is there a possibility for strategic alliances? Al-Hikmah Discussion Group Fri. Feb 3, 6:30pm. Steeps (11116 82 ave).

As-salamu ‘alaykum all,

This month’s Al-Hikmah open discussion is on the Muslim and LGBTQ communities. Both “The Muslim” and “The Homosexual” are lumped into the category of discriminated minority figure/ political scapegoat. Of course, these two figures make very strange bedfellows (no pun intended). What do we make of this situation?

What possibilities are there for alliances, when we might have fundamental disagreements? Why have very different ways of being been flattened into parallel “identities”? How might we get the leaders of our community to address this issue in a more open and nuanced way?

This is a very contentious topic, but we feel there needs to be more open discussion in our community on these kinds of issues. We wish to discuss the kinds of questions, difficulties and possibilities we see here, to get a very important conversation started in our community.

Mustafa Farooq is Executive Director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM). A lawyer by profession, Mustafa completed his Juris Doctor at the University of Alberta and Osgoode Hall (York University) and later earned his Master of Laws (LLM) at UC Berkeley in California.

Here are Mustafa Farooq’s comments on Sana Ghani’s Facebook post:

Mustafa Farooq: “We should also have seperate [sic] but related conferences on how Muslims should work with Adulterers, and then another one on how Muslims need to ally themselves with those who take insane amounts of interest, and then another about Muslims with the alcohol industry.”

Sana Ghani: “I didn’t say Muslims SHOULD necessarily ally with the LGBTQ community. The issue is, of course, that the LGBTQ community has been trying to support Muslims because they see a common goal with us (opposing state coercion). I think we definitely need to think more carefully about how to respond to this, what would be best politically for our community, while acting with integrity towards our principles. Dr. Sherman Jackson and Dr. Umar F. Abd-Allah have had really interesting things to say on this issue, which I would like for us to consider. May Allah (t’ala) guide us to whatever is best, amin.”

Mustafa Farooq: “I believe strongly that to ask a question is to create conditions of possibility, especially since in the Muslim community the consensus on this question is, in my opinion, pretty clear. To ask the question is, in fact, to argue that allying ourselves with a certain community is possibly a correct choice. As a political science student, if there is one thing I have learned, we can’t predict the future in terms of alliances. Picking the side of justice, however, and truth, is something we can never lose at (because even if we are oppressed, we are drawing closer to Allah). Dr. Sherman Jackson, I know, has made his opinion on this pretty clear (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HisIwWhyU34) which is to say that we do not condemn homosexuals (just as we do not condemn those who have feelings of attractions towards the opposite sex) but condemn the act of homosexuality (just as we condemn adultery). May Allah guide us to the truth, and forgive us for wen we mispeak.

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Mustafa Farooq: “I apologize if my comments came of as sarcastic. That was not my intention. I was merely attempting to make an analogy- if the postulations in my point struck you as conversations you would never have (because they are forbidden) then this would fall in the same category (as it is clearly forbidden). Allah knows my intention, as there are indeed conversations that I don’t think we need to have- it would be like raising objections to having Ayaan Hersi Ali or Irshad Manji [Muslim-born activists critics of Islam] lecture at a masjid [mosque]. Please forgive me if I offended you.”

Sana Ghani: “I take your concerns very seriously, Mustafa. But I’m just not convinced either way, or by this line of thinking. The greatest thing forbidden to us is shirk [polytheism], and yet we make alliances with non-Muslims all the time. We have inter-faith alliances with people who define themselves as a group by their belief in the trinity. Allahu ‘alam [Allah knows best], I just have a lot of questions on this, and I think as a group we could at least clarify our concerns. It doesn’t end here, of course. I want to discuss these issues with scholars as well, as we as a community start articulating and clarifying precisely what our concerns are. This is a relatively new and strange situation we are in, but I am confident that Allah will guide us as a community to whatever is best for us. If this is more harmful than good for us, then may He make that clear to us, amin.”

UPDATE (October 31, 2019) – NCCM Mustafa Farooq’s statements critical of alliances with LGBTQ were removed from Facebook.

QUESTIONS

  • Why did you remove the anti LGBTQ comments immediately after Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld exposed them in her article?
  • Why do you oppose alliances with LGBTQ communities?
  • Has NCCM under your leadership built alliances with the LGBTQ community, and particularily the Muslim LGBTQ community?
  • Why didn’t NCCM post on its Facebook page the rainbow flag during the Pride month?
  • Why didn’t NCCM issue any statement in support of the LGBTQ community, and particularily the Muslim LGBTQ community, during the Pride month?

I would like a reply by by 4pm November 1, 2019. If you need more time let me know.

Sincerely,

Eric Stanley Brazau,

Investigative journalist

ericbrazau.com