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.”
Dr. Ewis El Nagar (عويس النجار), the head of the Islamic Edicts Committee (لجنة الفتوى) of Quebec Council of Imams (Conseil des Imams Québec) who also serves as the Imam leader of Dawah (outreach, “call to Islam”) at the Canadian Islamic Centre in Montreal, says that the Islamic ruling on marrying slave women/ girls was not abrogated and it is applicable when the legitimate jihad is launched against the disbelievers.
“The Quran” (Saheeh International) that is being distributed for free across Canada by Islamic groups provides the legal basis of this ruling. Verse 24 of Surah (chapter) an-Nisa (The Women) states the following:
And [also prohibited to you are all] married women except those your right hands possess.177 [This is] the decree of Allah upon you. And lawful to you are [all others] beyond these, [provided] that you seek them [in marriage] with [gifts from] your property, desiring chastity, not unlawful sexual intercourse. So for whatever you enjoy [of marriage] from them, give them their due compensation 178 as an obligation. And there is no blame upon you for what you mutually agree to beyond the obligation. Indeed, Allah is ever Knowing and Wise.
The book’s modern commentary to this verse explains [Footnote 177] that the term ‘right hands possess’ refers to cases such as “slaves or war captives who had polytheist husbands” and the ‘compensation’ [Footnote 178] to “the mahr, a specified gift to the bride required of the man upon marriage.”
In a Q & A session at the Canadian Islamic Center Al-Jamieh mosque (241 Anselme Lavigne, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC), Dr. Ewis El Nagar said the following (originally in Arabic, 04:10-05:02):
An important question still remains open. Are the [Quranic] verses dealing with ‘right hands possess’, which we had mentioned some of them… at the beginning of our hadith [narration attributed to Mohammad], and are these [Quranic] verses abrogated or not? And is this ruling still applicable or not? And the answer is that [the Quranic verses dealing with ‘right hands possess’] are not abrogated and the ruling [‘right hands possess’] is applicable once the reason for it exists. There is a question called the hypothetical question. In a hypothetical case in which the time turned back and the jihad returned, and the wars returned, the legitimate [wars], then the ruling [‘right hands possess’] is not abrogated in the book of Allah [The Quran] glorified and exalted be He.
An assistant summarized in English Dr. Ewis El Nagar’s answer as follows (08:25-08:37):
One question remains unanswered. Can we still marry our slaves in part in these days? And the answer is no, because the reasons for these marriages are inapplicable.
The video was published on tabserah YouTube channel on Aug 21, 2011.
ICNA Canada’s online syllabus on “slave-girls”
ICNA Canada is an Islamic national-wide organization 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.” Dr. Iqbal Massod Al-Nadvi is the Amir (President) of Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) Canada and also serves as the Chairman of the Canadian council of Imams (Canada’s top Imam).
On its official website ICNA Canada shares with its members, followers and supporters the book “Riyad us Saliheen” (“The Gardens of the Righteous” رياض الصالحين) compiled by Imam Zakaruya Yahya Bin Sharaf An-Nawawi, a Sunni Shafi’ite jurist and hadith scholar who lived in 13th century.
The Gardens of the Righteous (Arabic: Riyadh as-Salihin), is a compilation of verses from the Qur’an and hadith by Al-Nawawi. It contains a total of 1905 hadiths divided across 372 chapters, many of which are introduced by verses of the Quran.
The book “Riyad us Saliheen” (“The Gardens of the Righteous”) which appears on ICNA Canada site adds modern commentary to the verses from the Qur’an and hadith. The following is an excerpt from the book:
If a slave-girl is guilty of fornication, she is liable to a punishment of fifty stripes, and this punishment can be given by her master… One hundred stripes or stoning to death in case of fornication… if they commit the mischief, it will prove fatal because in an Islamic state this crime is punishable by Rajm (stoning to death).
In a “Syllabus for the Month of March for MGAs and Workers”, ICNA Canada provides selected verses of the Quran and hadiths (traditions containing sayings of Mohammad the prophet of Islam that constitute the major source of guidance).
The syllabus contains verses 1-11 verses from Chapter 23 of the Qurab Al-Mu’minun – The Believers in Arabic and in English accompanied with modern commentary:
“Successful indeed are the believers. (1) Those who offer their Salât (prayers) with all solemnity and full submissiveness. (2) And those who turn away from Al-Laghw (dirty, false, evil vain talk, falsehood, and all that Allâh has forbidden). (3) And those who pay the Zakât. (4) And those who guard their chastity (i.e. Private parts, from illegal sexual acts). (5) Except from their wives or (slaves) that their right hands possess, – for then, they are free from blame; (6) But whoever seeks beyond that, then those are the transgressors; (7) Those who are faithfully true to their Amanât (all the duties which Allâh has ordained, honesty, moral responsibility and trusts) and to their covenants; (8) And those who strictly guard their (five compulsory congregational) Salawât (prayers) (at their fixed stated hours). (9) These are indeed the inheritors. (10) Who shall inherit the Firdaus (Paradise). They shall dwell therein forever. (11) (Translation by Dr. Mohsin)”
The commentary of verses 4 and 5, as appears on ICNA Canada’s syllabus, confirms the permission for Muslim men to take a slave woman and to have an intercourse with her.
Book sold in Toronto justifies the practice of “slave-wives” in Islam
The booklet “The Prophet of Islam – The Ideal Husband” by Syed Abu Zafar Zain states that “family life is the base of all society, polity, culture and civilization, indeed of life itself. It is hoped that the study of this booklet will provide valuable guidance on the how and why of this important problem.”
The last chapter of the book presents questions and answers. “The following questions are generally raised by Orientalists, Jews and Christians out to present the Prophet of Islam [Mohammad] in a misguiding light,” the author writes (click HERE).
“Question: “Why Islam permits an unlimited number of slave-women for marriage?
“Answer: “As slaves, women face a worse lot than men. If they cannot get free by any other way, such as arranging ransom, the best solution for them is marriage. A slave-wife becomes automatically free as soon as she becomes a mother or a widow. And her children are born free. They receive the same status as the children of her fellow free co-wives. And how else are you going to honourably incorporate in your society women captured in war?”
Book handed out at Toronto’s Dundas Square explains Islamic ruling on slavery
Muslim Dawah (outreach, “call to Islam”) activists at Toronto’s Dundas Square distributed copies of the book “Human Rights in Islam and Common Misconceptions” authored by Abdul-Rahman al-Sheha. On the back cover of the book an official sticker of Walk-In InfoCenter (WIIC) was attached containing a Quranic verse and WIIC’s contact information (address, phones, email and website).
The following are excerpts from the book dealing with slavery in Islam:
“Slavery, according to Islamic teachings, is limited to physical slavery only and there are no forced conversions to the way of the master. A slave has the right to maintain his own faith… two exceptions as legitimate sources of slaves…
“(1) War captives, or prisoners of lawfully declared wars by a Muslim ruler…
“(2) An inherited slave born from two slave parents. Such a child is considered a slave as well. However, if the master of a slave girl took her as legal concubine, the product of this relation is a free child who is also attached in lineage to his free father. In such case, the slave-girl is called ‘a mother of a child’ who cannot be sold and cannot be given as a gift and must be freed upon the death of her master…
“In brief, we can say that Islam did not legalize and encourage slavery but rather established laws and regulations that contributed significantly and effectively to help restrict the sources of slavery and liberate slaves once and for all…”