Mohammed Hashim reinvents Islam by accepting multiple gender identities

Mohammed Hashim reinvents Islam by accepting multiple gender identities

Mohammed Hashim is “a labour and human rights advocate working as the Senior Organizer for the Toronto and York Region Labour Council” and “a Founding Advisor of Progress Toronto.” According to his bio on progresstoronto.ca Mohammed Hashim “advocates on issues related to workers’ rights at the municipal level and is a leader on the promotion of equity issues and tackling Islamophobia.”

On January 2nd, 2019 Mohammed Hashim publicly criticized the Islamic Party of Ontario led by Jawed Anwar and specifically its goal to implement the sharia Islamic law and his “homophobic” platform. Hashim wrote (Facebook):

“Equally nutters is this Javed Anwer [sic] guy creating an Islamic Party of Ontario. He’s a Doug Ford [Ontario Premier] supporter! and to call someone an ‘enemy of Islam’?? Who made you God? But beyond that, I don’t know where he gets this idea that implementing sharia law on everyone is a good idea. It’s a mostly secular democratic system buddy,that strives for universal human rights. His platform is homophobic, misogynistic and surely does not represent my Islam.”

The Islamic Party of Ontario’s platform on LGBTQ issues reads:

“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” is a false concept.”

Based only on Canadian authentic sources I’ve learned that the Islamic Party of Ontario’s position on LGBTQ reflects the true teaching of Islam. Allah said in the holy Koran (Surah Al-Hujjurat 49:13) “O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another.” There is a consensus among the senior Canadian Muslim scholars that liberal concept of gender identity is foreign to Islam. My thorough search failed to find any respected Canadian scholars who support you position on LGBTQ.

Media Inquiry

Can you please provide the Islamic sources that led you to unequivocally reject the aforementioned Islamic Party of Ontario’s platform on LGBTQ while stating “[it] surely does not represent my Islam”?

Does your reformed version of Islam recognize liberal concept of gender identity and the existence of multiple genders in contradiction to Allah’s holy Koran, Prophet Mohammad’s (pbuh), the sahaba and the teachings of the great scholars of Islam?

What are your qualifications in Islamic studies? Are they sufficient to challenge the great scholars of Islam and the consensus among the senior Muslim scholars in Canada?

An article on this issue will be published by the end of the week. A response by 11am Wednesday will be much appreciated.

Sincerely,

Eric Stanley Brazau,

Investigative Journalist

EricBrazau.com

Note: On March 25, 2020 I sent a reminder to Mohammed Hashim that reads “I will postpone publishing till Thursday 26 March 11am. Your response, should you make one, will be included.”

As of March 27, 2020 Mohammed Hashim has not responded to the media inquiry. A short time after the media inquiry was sent, Mohammed Hashim removed all public posts from his Facebook page.

Canadian Imam explains Islamic ruling on oral sex

Canadian Imam explains Islamic ruling on oral sex

Shaykh Yūsuf Badāt, Toronto based scholar, teacher and Imam and a member of the Canadian Council of Imams, says oral sex is prohibited in Islam if sexual fluids entered into the mouth and or swallowed.

Answering the question “Is oral sex allowed in Islam? Can a woman or man kiss or suck each other’s private parts?” Shaykh Yūsuf Badāt wrote:

Jazāk Allāh Khayr/ Thank you for your question.

Oral sex refers to sexual contact between the mouth and the genitals or anus.

If oral sex (performed by a husband and wife) entails sexual fluids, discharge and impurities to be released, entered into the mouth and or swallowed (which is more than likely to occur), then it is prohibited and impermissible. This is the ruling that all mainstream Islamic jurists agree to, even in the case where one is unsure, however there is a likelihood of such fluids to be entered in to the mouth.

Islam is a religion that demands purity and cleanliness in all aspects of life.

If one engages in oral sex in such a way wherein there is no sexual fluids and impurities on the tongue or in the mouth, then it would be considered mukrūh (disliked). (See Fātāwā al Hindīyyah)

And Allāh Knows Best

Another fatwa (Islamic ruling) on islamweb.net provides more background information about the position of Islam on oral sex:

As for what you mentioned, i.e. sucking, licking or oral sex, there is no clear evidence from the Quran or the Sunnah concerning them. The scholars differed on this matter. Some believe that it is forbidden, others believe that it is lawful. However, Allah Says (what means): {Your wives are a place of cultivation [i.e. sowing of seed] for you, so come to your place of cultivation however you wish.} [Quran 2:222]. This means in any manner that suits you both but in the place of the cultivation which is the vagina. It does not mean anywhere and anyhow. There is a trace from the Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam ( may Allaah exalt his mention ) and his companions that backs up this view. One should be cautious not to swallow some dirtiness, as the man might ejaculate in his wife’s mouth. Allah Says (what means): {Truly Allah loves those who turn unto Him in repentance and those who purify themselves.} [Quran 2:222]. This means those who keep themselves above the dirty and the filthy things, which are the cause of forbidding the menstruation period and any part which is not the vagina. This kind of pleasure is far from the natural dispositions that Allah has created us with. Moreover, a tongue that supplicates Allah and recites the Quran should not get in touch with those parts of the body which are a source of some impurity. Indeed what Allah has made lawful for us is enough for any normal person.

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
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

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