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
“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.
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.
Eric Stanley Brazau,
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.
Canada’s population was estimated
at 37,589,262 on July 1, 2019, up 531,497 compared with July 1,
Canada posts the largest annual
population increase in numbers.
Canada’s population growth rate is
the highest among G7 countries.
Canada’s sustained population
growth is driven mostly (82.2%) by the arrival of a large number of
immigrants and non-permanent residents.
Canada admitted 313,580 immigrants
in 2018/2019, one of the highest levels in Canadian history.
In 2015/2016, Canada received
323,192 permanent immigrants, including nearly 30,000 Syrian
The number of non-permanent
residents rose by 171,536 in 2018/2019, the largest increase in the
country’s history. While also fuelled by rapid growth in asylum
claimants, this gain was mainly led by an increase in the number of
work and study permit holders.
In 2018/2019, Quebec (+1.2%) saw
its largest population increase in 30 years, while Ontario (+1.7%)
recorded one of the highest growth rates for the same period.
Alberta’s population growth
(+1.6%) accelerated for a second consecutive year, owing in part to
interprovincial migration exchanges, which were positive after three
consecutive years of losses.
On July 1, 2019, the Canadian
population included 6,592,611 seniors. Of this number, which is
increasing quickly, more than one in two people (51.1%) were born
during the baby boom (1946 to 1965).
On July 1, 2019, Canada had 10,795
centenarians, topping 10,000 for the first time.
The Prairie provinces and the
territories have the youngest populations.
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.
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).
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.
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 (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].
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
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).
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.
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
“Nazi scum” at an 81-year-old woman.
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,
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
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