When Tarek Fatah dismissed the recent declaration of fundamental Islamic values which was released Friday by the Canadian Council of Imams, he did so because it failed to address three key points. The most important of these points is that the declaration doesn’t denounce the theory of armed jihad. The “useful idiots” came out swinging, declaring that Tarek is a fanatic, using Islam to further his political career and that he was ignoring an important declaration which would help bring Muslims and non-Muslims in Canada closer together. These were definitely the rants of the naive and ignorant, those who refuse to accept that Islam isn’t a “religion of peace”. Suffice to say, Tarek was right as one of the signature of this declaration, Aly Hindy, the head of Scarborough’s Salaheddin Islamic Centre, had threatened Ottawa in 2005, demanding that they back off Muslims. This from the Globe and Mail, via JihadWatch.org. Hat tip to Blazing Cat Fur…
A controversial Toronto imam warned Public Safety Minister Anne McLellan at a closed-door meeting to stop “terrorizing” Canadian Muslims.
“If you try to cross the line I can’t guarantee what is going to happen. Our young people, we can’t control,” Aly Hindy, the head of Scarborough’s Salaheddin Islamic Centre, recalls telling the minister at the May meeting she held in Toronto with dozens of Muslim leaders.
The meeting was part of an effort by Ms. McLellan to reach out to Canadian Muslims amid complaints that the RCMP and Canadian Security Intelligence Service are engaging in racial profiling.
The minister and her officials have been meeting community leaders to explain they are not targeting Muslims generally, only individuals with possible terrorist links.
By many accounts, the meetings have been positive and are contributing to a thaw in relations between Muslims and security agents, even if the exchange in May was a little heated.
Mr. Hindy, who has long complained that CSIS is spying on him, his family and his mosque, told Ms. McLellan that a young Muslim woman complained to him she was roughed up by Canadian spies while her husband was away at prayers. This allegation could spur reprisals because “our women are the most valuable thing to us” and “for a Muslim, honour is more important than his life,” Mr. Hindy said in a recent interview.
He made the point to the minister. Several people who attended shrugged off the imam’s remarks, but some Muslims and government agents later approached Mr. Hindy asking him to explain himself.
“The police came to me and said, ‘This is a kind of threat,’ and I said yes,” he said. “But it’s for the good of this country.
“And they said, ‘Do you know some of the names of those people you expect to cause some problems?’ And I said, ‘You just open the telephone directory.’ “
This is why it was so important to Tarek that any declaration by the Canadian Council of Imans including a denouncement of the theory of armed jihad. He has seen what is going on in Canada’s Muslim community, he has heard what these Imans preach in the safety of their mosques, and because of this, has found this declaration insincere. I might not agree with Tarek the majority of the time, but I do believe that he is at least sincere, especially in this. Having watched him on ‘The Michael Coren Show’, I know him to actually be a moderate Muslim, someone who is actually trying to bring together Muslims and non-Muslims. If he dismisses this declaration, I don’t see why other Canadians wouldn’t, especially with at least one of the signatures having threatened violence against our political capital…
Instead of embracing every token gesture, let’s actually examine what is being said and who is saying it. Instead of adhering to this nonsensical belief that Islam is the “religion of peace”, let’s pay attention to what is being said and who says it. Let’s also pay attention to the “red flags”, like the one raise by Tarek Fatah in this instance, anytime something of this nature occurs… Mind-boggling…