Arif Jahangiri, is the Secretary General of ICNA (Islamic Circle of North America) – Canada, and also works as a design specialist at TELUS in Toronto.
According to its official website, ICNA Canada is striving “to build an Exemplary Canadian Muslim Community” by “total submission to Him [Allah] and through the propagation of true and universal message of Islam.”
ICNA Canada emphasizes that “the propagation of true and universal message of Islam is only possible in Canada when whole Canadian Muslim Community transformed into a Dawah community by practicing and propagating the true Islamic Way of Life. With the vision of building an exemplary Canadian Muslim community it is very important to spread the word of Islam…”
Dr. Iqbal Massod Al-Nadvi is the Amir (President) of Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) Canada and is also serving as Chairperson of Canadian Council of Imams. he also served as Director of Al-Falah Islamic School in Oakville, Ontario from 2004 to 2011, prior to which he served as Imam of Muslim Association of Calgary Islamic Center from 1998-2004 and as a member of the University of Calgary chaplaincy team.
Zunera Ishaq, the woman that stood at the centre of the “niqab debate” in the Canadian election campaign, works for the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA).
On August 23-24, 2014, ICNA Canada held its annual convention entitled “Carry the Light” at the “The International Centre” in Mississauga, Ontario (6900 Airport Road, L4V 1E8). The main topic of this event was “Canadian Muslims ― Opportunities & Challenges.”Prophet
Arif Jahangiri‘s speech at the event dealt with “Social Justice – Examples from Life of of Prophet Muhammad.”
In his speech, Arif Jahangiri said among other things the following:
“It’s really a great honour for me to speak to the Muslim community that showed a significant development and growth it the last two decades in this part of the world. By the mercy of Almighty Allah, we are over 1 million in Canada in population, and a half of the population 0.5 million are living in GTA…
“We are living in a society, there are lot of challenges we are facing every day. We are Ummah [nation] of balance, as Quran speaks out, we are a balanced nation and we are the Ummah [nation] that Almighty Allah gives us the responsibility of promotion of virtue and prevention of vice [الأمر بالمعروف والنهي عن المنكر].
“Almighty Allah also gives the responsibility to us to establish the justice on the earth so the mankind can live with peace and harmony…
“I’m myself deeply concerned, being a citizen of Canada, that the people are not talking about the real threats and the injustices happening to our society…
“Our media is promoting human degradation of a man and woman by showing different types of reality shows and the music shows. That is increasing teen pregnancy only, school drop-outs and crime among the youths, but nobody is speaking.
“Our children, their school curriculum was changed and introduced a chapter about different life styles and sexual orientation. We gave our right of making policy on education in the hands of those who are not capable of giving a birth of a child even.”
Arif Jahangiri is known as a staunch opponent of Ontario’s updated Health and Physical Education Curriculum also known as the “sex ed”, which deals with issues of different sexual orientations, gender identity, making decisions about the first intercourse and other sexual activities, identify common sexually transmitted infections etc. He called the “sex ed” a “radical curriculum that teaches lurid sex to little kids throat” and attended activities and protests against the Ontario government education policy.
Arif Jahangiri called for voting to the Jamaat-e-Islami in the last Pakistani elections. The Jamaat-e-Islami, the ideological sister group of the Muslim Brotherhood, was founded by Sayyid Abul Ala al-Maududi. His view, according to his own book, is that: “Islam wishes to destroy all States and Governments anywhere on the face of the earth which are opposed to the ideology and programme of Islam regardless of the country or the Nation which rules it.”