Muslims speaking out against terrorism

January 11th, 2010 at 1:17 pm by David Farrar

A nice initiative in Canada:

Twenty imams have issued a “fatwa” against any Muslim who would attempt to commit an act of in Canada or the United States.

Syed Soharwardy, an imam at the Al-Madinah Calgary Islamic Centre, who organized the initiative, said yesterday that any attack by foreign elements should also be considered a direct affront to the 10 million Muslims who call either Canada or the United States home.

“We want Muslims around the world who would dare to commit terrorism on our soil to know that we stand together with all Canadians and Americans.

Since the threats against Salman Rushdie several years ago, most people think of fatwas as death threats. But in fact, the imam notes, the vast majority of fatwas are condemnations or even non-binding directives that are meant to teach fellow Muslims the proper religious response to a given situation.

He said many Muslims he has spoken to say their lives have grown miserable and have suffered societal backlash because of the perceived association between violence and Islam.

But since 9/11, he added, it has become imperative for Muslims to vocally condemn violence — even though they have no personal responsibility for those acts.

Muslims who live in this country should also stop fighting the battles that they left behind when they came to live here, he added.

“We are Canadian now. This is where our energy should be directed.”

Again what refreshing common sense.

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20 Responses to “Muslims speaking out against terrorism”

  1. george (398 comments) says:

    How long will it be before some or all of the 20 imans are killed by their coreligionists?

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  2. jaba (2,068 comments) says:

    and about time they finally had some “members” with the balls do come out so to speak. es George, some will be killed.

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  3. andrei (2,428 comments) says:

    Liberals fall for this sort of multu culti BS every time.

    Meanwhile back on Planet Earth Christians leaving the Christmas Service in Egypt are gunned down and in Malaysia Churches and Christian Schools are firebombed

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  4. MajorBloodnok (361 comments) says:

    A challenge to muslims in NZ: who will speak out similarly here?

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  5. Brian Smaller (3,915 comments) says:

    I agree andrei. When are these immans going to be outing all the radicals who call Canada home? What about cutting the donations and funds that their mosques collect for ‘aid’ in the Middle East which goes to buy guns and bombs. I call bullshit on this. Easy to say, but they wont actually do anything. Let’s hear them condemn Hizbollocks and Hamas. Bu it was conveneiently worded to say “on Canadian soil”. Meanwhile, go ahead and blow up Canadian soldiers in Afgnanisan becuase that is part of the jihad.

    Taqqiya.

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  6. noodle (151 comments) says:

    Eboo Patel. USA Today. 1/4/10 …

    “Here’s the sad truth; mainstream Muslims have zero influence over extremists. In fact, if one of those guys had a single bullet in his gun and you and I were up against the wall, he would shoot me first. He hates me more because not only do I not follow his perverse vision of Islam, I also represent an alternative interpretation.”

    Hmmm …

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  7. grumpyoldhori (2,410 comments) says:

    Why the hell is it those so many of the raving right believe terrorism by Muslims is worse that that done by other sects.
    I am damn sure the women who lost their children due to that yank nutter blowing up a building did not say, oh lordy, they were blown to pieces in a godly way.

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  8. unaha-closp (1,033 comments) says:

    Syed Soharwardy, an imam at the Al-Madinah Calgary Islamic Centre, who organized the initiative,

    Another Syed Soharwardy initiative: “A great slaughter of the Jews will ensue and every one of them will be annihilated. The nation of Jews will be exterminated.”

    In other news a few of his female congregation at Al-Madinah Calgary did launch a human rights complaint against him, and very soon one of the women had their head kicked in whilst been threatened in her own home.

    Hence it is important that those who reject the extreme violent interpretation (and the Koran is very easy to interpret that way), speak up and say so.

    True that.

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  9. unaha-closp (1,033 comments) says:

    Above info lifted from Ezra Levant, but can’t get this site to load a link right now.

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  10. Kris K (3,570 comments) says:

    Syed Soharwardy, an imam at the Al-Madinah Calgary Islamic Centre, who organized the initiative, said yesterday that any attack by foreign elements should also be considered a direct affront to the 10 million Muslims who call either Canada or the United States home.

    I wonder if he also denounces many of the atrocities perpetrated by the ‘prophet’ Mohammed?

    In light of unaha-closp’s 3:14 pm comment:

    Another Syed Soharwardy initiative: “A great slaughter of the Jews will ensue and every one of them will be annihilated. The nation of Jews will be exterminated.”

    I presume the answer would be ‘No’.

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  11. Jack5 (4,211 comments) says:

    “We are Canadian now”… Yep, first step in assimilation.

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  12. Whafe (652 comments) says:

    This is all a big pile of steamy brown stuff…. Wonder how many will be sucked in hook, line and sinker?

    In order for this sort of thing to gain momentum, there needs to be some positive home runs so to speak… Is this dude going to speak up outside of Canada, no, his ass will be grass and the Hamas would be the lawn mower men….

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  13. Bevan (3,965 comments) says:

    I am damn sure the women who lost their children due to that yank nutter blowing up a building did not say, oh lordy, they were blown to pieces in a godly way.

    And you know what they were thinking do you?

    Mothers, Fathers, Wives and Husbands got the satisfaction that McVeigh will not be blowing up any more building ever!

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  14. Bevan (3,965 comments) says:

    Oh and not to mention, McVeigh didnt blow up the building in the name of any religion.

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  15. Simon (611 comments) says:

    That’s right because the koran was written by various committees of Arab inbreds 20 40 yrs after Mohammad’s death basically anyone can pull anything out of their arse and call it written in the koran.

    About time some Moslem leaders crapped out this type of fatwa. Long overdue.

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  16. John Ansell (861 comments) says:

    Does anyone else find it ironic that, as a result of Islamist terrorism, millions of burqa-enshrouded Muslim women will now be appearing stark bollock naked to airport security men?

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  17. rad (3 comments) says:

    There are 3 million Muslims , not 10 million in the USA and Canada [Pew Forum Oct. 2009]

    8 of the twenty imams are from Calgary…. Soharwardy is a habitual liar more on next posts

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  18. rad (3 comments) says:

    FABLE

    Article rank
    7 Jan 2009
    Calgary Herald
    Made in Canada

    Friday, I attended a rally in front of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s constituency office to protest Israel’s attacks on Gaza. After the rally ended, I saw many people walking toward their vehicles with Palestinian flags and placards condemning Israel for killing innocent children and women in Gaza.
    Some of them had parked in the Jewish centre’s parking lot, across from the Glenmore Landing shopping area. Some of them had to walk a little farther in the residential area, which is a very strong Jewish neighbourhood. They had parked in front of houses. I saw many onlookers, most probably Jewish, watching protesters walking through their neighbourhood. Some of them even smiled.
    I enjoyed this scene more than the protest rally. I said to myself, I wish the Israeli government and Hamas officials could see this scene – Palestinians and Muslims walking through a Jewish neighbourhood condemning Israel openly while the people in the Jewish neighbourhood with very strong support for Israel remained peaceful. Pro-Palestine demonstrators walked through a pro-Israel neighbourhood in peace and without fear. I asked myself, why people cannot behave the same way in the Holy Land? My heart replied, this is Calgary. This is Canada. There is no place like Calgary and Canada. May God bring peace for every human being on Earth. Amen.
    Syed Soharwardy, Calgary Syed Soharwardy is an imam and founder of the Islamic Supreme
    Council of Canada

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  19. rad (3 comments) says:

    FACT

    Article rank
    15 Jan 2009
    Calgary Herald

    Calgary Imam Syed Soharwardy’s fairy tale rendition (Letter: Made in Canada, Herald, Jan. 7) of the pro-Hamas rally at Glenmore Landing could not have been the same event I photographed and recorded on Jan. 2.
    Muslim Council of Calgary chairman Nagah Hage exhorted his flock of 175, including infants and teens, in both Arabic and English. Between the tirades that demonized Israel, comparing Jews to the Nazis, Hage whipped up the crowd by calling the Jewish state “barbaric, ruthless and arrogant” and led the crowd in a chant that said: “OlmertHitler, you’re the same, the only difference is the name.”
    The demonization of Israel was portrayed in venomous placards and banners carried by children and parents. Israel was accused of “ethnic cleansing”, “committing a holocaust”, and of “outright murder”. There were even swastikas on display – ironic, considering.
    I am sure this anti-Semitic chorus was loud enough to be heard across the street at the Calgary Jewish Centre. The most egregious placard of all equated Jews with Nazis – a disgusting display anytime, but particularly tasteless, given that the Jewish community’s Holocaust memorial was a block away.
    They chanted: “Stephen Harper, hear us say, Jerusalem will be ours one day.” In other words, the rally really wasn’t about Gaza – it was about Hamas’s stated plans to conquer Israel.
    The crowd also turned on the lone Israeli supporter standing off to one side. This Christian Zionist’s homemade poster read: “Canada supports Israel’s right to security and self-defence.” He also carried a small Israeli flag. This set the crowd aflame. A few tried to lunge for him but were held back by another protester who told the lone Israeli defender he should be grateful he hadn’t been physically attacked, though he did have a boot thrown at him.
    When the crowd approached the Israel supporter a second time, eight police officers had to stand in front of him to protect him. So the crowd went back to chanting “killers of children and women” – and they didn’t mean Hamas, who use civilians as human shields.
    For two full hours this disgrace continued – all on the mall’s private property. Parking and business access was blocked, and many customers were clearly repelled by the Nazi symbols on the crowd’s posters, and the chants. When one shop owner asked the police to clear the crowd because customers couldn’t reach her shop, the response was “they would leave it alone and let it play out”, as it was the “lesser of two evils”.
    Some of the mob didn’t just go to the mall. They actually had the temerity to park at the Calgary Jewish Centre – adjacent to the Holocaust memorial there – despite the private parking sign. I suppose if conquering Jerusalem is your goal, trespassing on Jewish property in Calgary is no big deal.
    In his letter to the Herald, Soharwardy claimed some protesters “parked their cars in front of houses, most probably Jewish” and that “some of the (Jewish) onlookers even smiled”. Back in reality, there are no houses between the Jewish Centre and Glenmore Landing. The closest Jewish home is three blocks away. Perhaps what Soharwardy saw were the grimaces or shocked expressions of other home owners, when faced with posters with swastikas on them.
    Soharwardy then gives a back-handed compliment to non-existent Jews for not attacking the verbally and visually violent crowd. “Isn’t Canada wonderful!” he exults. He’s thrilled this kind of bigotry can be proclaimed in Calgary with impunity.
    As the crowd was departing, some passed in front of an orthodox rabbi, on his way to the nearby synagogue for the Jewish Sabbath.
    The mob unfurled a flag of Hezbollah – a criminal terrorist organization, under Canadian law – and cursed him while making violent gestures and spitting.
    Soharwardy’s “fairy tale” is a nightmare. This is the true face of the protest.

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  20. Murray (8,835 comments) says:

    Do they have an issue with terrorism or just where it takes place? This message looks a lot like “go blow shit up somewhere else, you’re making it hard for us here”.

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