Shaykh Riad Ouarzazi serves as an instructor at AlMaghrib Institute which provides various courses on the teachings of Islam and has an office in Ottawa.
Born in Casablanca, Morocco, Ouarzazi moved to Canada in 2001 and “became active in Islamic work, conducting lectures and khutbas [sermons] in several masajid [mosques] in the Greater Toronto Area.”
According to his official bio, “after achieving Islamic education degrees from M. Abdullah University, he moved to the States in 1988, where he pursued a Bachelors in International Management and a Masters of Science in Computer Information Systems. He studied Aqeedah [creed] under Shaykh Waleed Basyouni and Fiqh [Islamic jurisprudence] under Shaykh Waleed Idrees. He attained certificates in personal development, business management and coaching.”
In a sermon few years ago addressing the Muslim youths (“A Message to the Youth”), Ouarzazi recited a supplication to Allah to support the Muslims who engage in jihad around the world. The following is an excerpt from the sermon (27:55-28:17 – originally in Arabic):
O Allah, The Almighty, The All Compelling Subduer, The Protector, give victory to our brothers the mujahideeen [Muslims who engage in jihad] everywhere, our brothers in Iraq, Chechnya, Kashmir, India, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Yemen, Malaysia and everywhere. O Allah give them victory [or help them], O Allah give them victory, O Allah give them victory, the Most Merciful.
The original supplication in Arabic:
اللهم يا عزيز يا قهار يا جبار يا نصير انصر اخواننا المجاهدين في كل مكان اخواننا في العراق وفي شيشان وفي كشمير وفي الهند وفي مصر وفي الجزائر وفي تونس وفي ليبيا وفي اليمن وفي ماليزيا وفي كل مكان اللهم منصرهم اللهم منصرهم اللهم منصرهم يا ارحم الراحمين.
On June 10, 2011, Riad Ouarzazi delivered a sermon at London Muslim Mosque (151 Oxford Street West, London, Ontario), in which he emphasized the importance of brotherhood and sisterhood within the Canadian Muslim community and implicitly urged Muslims to do business with Muslims to support and help the community.
To illustrate the challenges the Canadian Muslim community is facing, Ouarzazi said that Muslim organizations hire Jewish lawyers to sue one another, Muslim immigrants bring to Canada tribal conflicts from their homeland and Muslims advise other Muslims to take a mortgage with an interest that is banned in the Islamic Law instead of directing them to the available Islamic option.
The following are excerpts from Riad Ouarzazi’s sermon (Part 3 – 12:37-13:04 Originally in Arabic):
“[O Allah] help Muslims everywhere, O Allah Help the Muslims in Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Chechnya, Kashmir, Syria, Libya, Algeria, Egypt, Iraq and everywhere, O Lord of the worlds, O Allah, help them everywhere, O Allah save them everywhere, O Allah help our brothers the mujahideen [Muslims who carry out the jihad against the disbelievers] everywhere, our Muslim brothers, O Allah help them everywhere O Lord of the worlds.”
In his sermon, Riad Ouarzazi also implicitly criticized Canadian Imam Muslims for hiring Jewish lawyers ans said that Muslim immigrants bring conflicts from their homeland into Canada:
“Today we have left out of this core element, which is the element of brotherhood and sisterhood. The day the Ummah [Muslim nation أمه] has left this core critical crucial element which is brotherhood [الإخوة] faith [ايمان] brotherhood, sisterhood. This is why I believe we see this segregation, isolation happens against the Ummah today.
“In fact let me share we you some statistics. In the GTA alone, in the GTA, Toronto GTA alone, 13-14 cases right now, 13-14 cases in the court happening, Muslims suing one another, not any Muslims, Muslim, Islamic institutions organizations suing one another. All appointing lawyers. Who are these lawyers? Jews. And who is the judge? A Jew as well. Who is paying for these lawyers? You and I.
“I’ve just travelled to Winnipeg not too long ago, a couple of weeks ago, a small community, one Islamic institution, in that Islamic institution they spent over $19,000 lawyers fees suing one another.
“In another masjid [mosque مسجد] not too long ago, the Imam came in and he found a siege. The masjid went under a siege, tribes problems. We bring our old tribal problems from back home into this culture. So, what’s happening? The Imam is being sued not to coming to the masjid. $400,000 spent lawyers’ fees and legal fees just mere problematic tribal issues. Muslims against Muslims.”
(Part 1 – 06:30-07:14)
“This is why I want to focus on this element brotherhood in Allah [الأخوة في الله] brotherhood. Where is it? What happened to us nowadays? What happened to this brotherhood, sisterhood, my brother in Allah [أخي في الله].
“I want to talk about the rights of one another. We have rights. Right of brotherhood and sisterhood. I have a rights upon you. You have rights upon me. We have rights upon one another. What are these rights of brotherhood? إِنَّمَا الْمُؤْمِنُونَ إِخْوَةٌ Allah Exalted and Glorified be He said in the [Quranic] chapter [Surah] The Chambers [سورة الحجرات] [that] the believers are the brothers [إِنَّمَا الْمُؤْمِنُونَ إِخْوَةٌ].”
(Part 1 – 08:11-09:34)
“As Muslims, if you are looking for a lawyer, you say that I don’t want to deal with a Muslim lawyer. If you look for mechanic, I don’t want to deal with Muslim mechanic. If you want to deal with a doctor, I don’t want to [deal with a Muslim doctor], why? Why are we away from Muslims?
“Someone has just sent me an email yesterday, just yesterday. They wanted to deal with a mortgage, an Islamic mortgage, came to them a guy, a Muslim, a representative who went, may Allah forgive him and giving them an approval from where? These are some of the people who want to do something Islamic, I know that he go to a bank and gave a very great mortgage rate, but with interest. So they chose to do something Islamic, comes this representative who went, deceived them and got them an approval, from where? From a National Bank. The same people went to this National Bank because very low percentage. They say, O brother [يا اخي] we try to deal with you because you are a Muslim, and you’re deceiving us. What is happening to our Ummah today? And this is why I want to talk about this very very sensitive issue – brotherhood, sisterhood.”
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