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Syed Soharwardy. Photo: screenshot video cpac.ca

Canadian imam: “Muslims themselves damaged Islam more than enemies of Islam”

Motion 103 “Systemic racism and religious discrimination”, which also known as the anti-Islamophobia motion, demands that “the government should recognize the need to quell the increasing public climate of hate and fear… condemn Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination and take note of House of Commons’ petition e-411 and the issues raised by it” and “develop a whole-of-government approach to reducing or eliminating systemic racism and religious discrimination including Islamophobia, in Canada.”

Petition e-411, which was unanimously endorsed by the Parliament, suggests that attributing terrorism to Islam is Islamophobia.

Initiated by Samer Majzoub, President of the Canadian Muslim Forum (المنتدى الاسلمي الكندي) and sponsored by Liberal MP Frank Baylis (Pierrefonds—Dollard, Quebec), Petition e-411 reads among other things the following:

Recently an infinitesimally small number of extremist individuals have conducted terrorist activities while claiming to speak for the religion of Islam. Their actions have been used as a pretext for a notable rise of anti-Muslim sentiments in Canada; and

These violent individuals do not reflect in any way the values or the teachings of the religion of Islam. In fact, they misrepresent the religion. We categorically reject all their activities. They in no way represent the religion, the beliefs and the desire of Muslims to co-exist in peace with all peoples of the world.

We, the undersigned, Citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to join us in recognizing that extremist individuals do not represent the religion of Islam, and in condemning all forms of Islamophobia.”

Imam Syed Soharwardy of Calgary, the head of the Calgary-based Islamic Supreme Council of Canada and the founder of Muslims Against Terrorism, is often invited by CBC as a guest expert to discuss issues related to terrorism and radicalization. He is introduced as a moderate voice in the Muslim community who “has worked to prevent the radicalization of youth in Canada.”

In an earlier article entitled “Who Is Trying To Damage Islam?”, Syed Soharwardy advises Muslims to “stop using USA, India and the West as a scapegoat for the problems of Muslim ummah [nation]” and to “analyze what have we [Muslims] done for Islam.” Soharwardy admits that “Muslims themselves have damaged Islam more than the enemies of Islam” calling to “remove dictatorships, corruption, poverty, illiteracy, human rights abuses and exploitation of women in the name of Islam.”

The following are excerpts from Soharwardy’s article:

Mullah Muhammad Omar used to teach Islam in an Islamic Institute (Dar-ul-Aloom) in Afghanistan and later in Pakistan. Mullah Burhanuddin Rabbani used to teach Shari’a (Islamic law) at the University of Kabul. Mullah Muhammad Omar and his soldiers killed thousands of innocent Afghani civilians Muslims while Mullah Burhanuddin Rabbani and his soldiers also killed thousands of civilians Afghani Muslims. Most of the world knows the atrocities and genocide created by both so-called Muslim scholars in order to please Allah (in their opinion). Burhanuddin Rabbani has recently given orders to his forces to kill any “Arab” or “Pakistani if they find them… I am not sure how long Muslims of this world will suffer from the hands of these so-called scholars of Islam.

For more than ten years Muslims in Pakistan are getting slaughtered by these fanatics. Muslims are getting killed by Muslims while praying inside the mosques. Mosque (Masjid), in Islam is a sanctuary for Muslims and Muslims themselves have disgraced the sanctity of the mosque

Last year, I visited my home country, Pakistan. I was in Karachi on a Friday afternoon in a lower middle class neighborhood area. I walked not more than a kilometer in the area and I saw graffiti in Urdu language on one wall saying, “Shi’a Kafir and their punishment is death”. I went few steps and I saw on another wall ” Brelvi Kafir and their punishment is death”. After few blocks I saw a wall with graffiti saying ” Deobandi Kafir ” and on another wall ” Wahabi Kafir”. I asked myself that Pakistan supposed to be a country of Muslims. If all these sects (Firqahs) are “Kafir” (non-believers) then who is Muslim in Pakistan?

The role of Saudi Arabia is also very important in establishing these Jihadi organizations. The funding and the strategy for most of the Jihadi organizations come from Saudi Arabia…

We must bring change within ourselves and in our own Muslim countries. We need to remove dictatorships, corruption, poverty, illiteracy, human rights abuses and exploitation of women in the name of Islam.

Muslims should stop using USA, India and the West as a scapegoat for the problems of Muslim ummah [nation].

Muslims must see what have they done for their own countries. If the enemies of Islam want to destroy Islam, then it is obvious that Muslims should not expect good things from the enemies of Islam. We should analyze what have we done for Islam?

Muslims themselves have damaged Islam more than the enemies of Islam. Within the last two decades the civil wars / sectarian violence in Afghanistan, Somalia, Algeria, Egypt and Pakistan are proof of this “unfelt” animosity for Islam.

Soharwardy also claims that Islam and Muslims are not the cause for terrorist attacks in the name of Islam, but the Salafis, the Wahabis and the Deobandis. He also went on to say that “DAESH (ISIS), Al Qaeda, Taliban, Al Shabab, Al Nusra, Lashkar Taiba, Lashkar Jhangwi, etc.. are all followers of Wahabi beliefs” and all are not Muslims.”

Soharwardy warns of the infiltration of the Wahabi/ Salafi ideology into Canada revealing that the recruitment to ISIS is done inside the mosques which are mainly run by Wahabi/ Salafi imams. The Following are excerpts from Soharwardy’s postings:

February 6, 2015 (archive) – “Being an ally of Saudi Arabia Canadian government has given free hand to Wahabi / Salafi organizations in Canada to convert Muslims to Wahabism / Salafism. This conversion is the opening door for recruitment and radicalization.

December 18, 2014 (archive) – “What opens the gate towards radicalization? The answer is simple. The Wahabi / Salafi and Deobandi beliefs are widely different from those of the overwhelming majority of Muslims. Unfortunately, the overwhelming majority of Muslims do not have the resources to counter the Wahabi / Deobandi propaganda and brainwashing. The Wahabis / Salafis / Deobandis control an overwhelming majority of mosques due to the huge support from the US, Western and Saudi governments.”

August 29, 2014 (archive) – “The heavy ISIS recruitment of Calgarians / Canadians is taking place in Canada but the government is not waking up.”

April 24, 2014 (archive) – “In Canada and elsewhere in the western world the extremists are open and freely recruiting and brainwashing innocent Muslims. Nothing has been done to stop this recruitment and brainwashing.”

In a testimony in front of the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence on February 2, 2015, Soharwardy provided further details about the radical Islamic brainwashing in Canadian universities. The following are excerpts from his testimony:

The money comes in different ways, in secret ways. Money comes through institutions. There are two organizations in Canada. Basically they are U.S. organizations that are operating in Canada. One is called AlMaghrib Institute, the other is called AlKauthar Institute. Both work in universities, not in mosques. Both give lectures. Both organize seminars. They are the ones who brainwash these young kids in lectures. Their topic is very normal: We’re going to talk about the life of Prophet Muhammad. We’re going to talk about how to live in a non-Muslim society. When you look on the surface, the topics are very normal No one has a problem. But when you develop an association with them — not everybody develops a long-term relationship, only a few — then the brainwashing begins. The shoe bomber in the United States attended AlMaghrib Institute lectures. These people are given a very free hand in our universities and colleges. They are organizing lectures and seminars… Go after the ideology of Wahhabi Salafi. That is the opening door for recruitment. Yes, not every Wahhabi Salafi imam recruits towards ISIL and ISIS and extremism. I agree with that, but there are a few imams, and they are the only imams who are the opening door for recruitment. Do these three things. Go after the recruitment process. It’s not just the recruits. It is the one who brainwashes; it is the one who teaches intolerance, and that intolerance is towards Muslims too, by the way. Look at the intolerance.

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