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.
CIJnews obtained a copy of the booklet that was purchased at one of ICNA Canada’s bookstores in the Greater Toronto Area. The following is an excerpt from the booklet (p. 61):
“Why Islam permits an unlimited number of slave-women for marriage?
“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?”
Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and NDP MPP Teresa Armstrong have recently (October 6, 2016) celebrated Islamic Heritage Month in Ontario with the Dr. Iqbal Al-Nadvi the President of ICNA CANADA who also serves as the Chairman of the Canadian Council of Imams.
Islamic Circle of North America (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.”
Located at 391 Burnhamthorpe Rd., East, Oakville, Ontario, 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…”
Zunera Ishaq, the woman that stood at the centre of the “niqab debate” in the Canadian election campaign, works/ed for the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA).
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 hadith 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.
ICNA Canada’s online syllabus on “slave-girls”
The following are excerpts 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 of Chapter 23 of the Qurab Al-Mu’minun – The Believers in Arabic and in English accompanied with interpretation:
“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 interpretation 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.
Muslim Dawah (outreach, “call to Islam”) activists at Toronto’s Dundas Square distributed last year 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…”