Not to worry, he must be a ‘moderate…’
- Canada’s moderate Muslims
- Mark Steyn’s antagonist at the Canadian Islamic Congress threatens …
- Canuckistan Sock Puppet Watch: Jew-hating Canadian Islamic …
- Ezra Levant being sued by the same Muslim who sued Mark Steyn …
- Why We Don’t Need an Islamic Art Museum/a Muslim view
Harper makes Aga Khan honorary Canadian
Adam McDowell and Drew Halfnight, National Post
Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Friday conferred an honorary Canadian citizenship on the Aga Khan, making the billionaire descendant of the Prophet Mohammed and spiritual leader to 15 million Ismaili Muslim followers worldwide only the fifth person to be so honoured.
And though that “citizenship” is merely a symbolic gesture, if the Aga Khan (who lives in France) were to prove a model Canadian citizen, he would not be the first among his people to do so.
“He’s going to be a tremendous addition to our country – your country,” said Shenaz Ladak of Brampton, Ont., who, with a few dozen other Ismaili Muslim Canadians, stood on a sweltering street in the Toronto suburb of Don Mills yesterday to catch a glimpse of her spiritual leader. Followers know him as Mawlana Hazar Imam.
The Prime Minister and the Aga Khan met yesterday for a foundation ceremony for a cultural centre, museum and park to built on the site by 2013. The Aga Khan expressed his hope that the cultural edifice, particularly the collection of artifacts from Islamic history, would serve as a beacon for his sect’s moderate take on Islam and its “search for knowledge and beauty.”
Mr. Harper praised the Aga Khan’s pluralistic view of the world before making him an honorary citizen. The rare gesture (see sidebar) follows the assent of both houses of Parliament.
“Diversity under Islam…”
“As you yourself said, Your Highness, we cannot make the world safe for democracy without first making the world safe for diversity,” Mr. Harper said. “If I may say, sir, you sound like a Canadian.… And in fact, you are.”
Strange thinking. First we need diversity before we can have democracy? Are these ‘elected leaders’ all nucking futz?
Like many of his people, the Aga Khan is a cosmopolitan figure. He was born in Geneva, Switzerland, spent his early childhood in Nairobi, Kenya, his teens back in Switzerland; he did his undergraduate degree at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.
Ismaili Muslims who gathered to steal a peek at their spiritual guide yesterday had moved to Canada from Uganda, Tanzania, Tajikistan and Afghanistan.
Ms. Ledak moved to Canada 35 years ago from Tanzania. She said the education she received at Ismaili schools in her homeland, including English language instruction, prepared her well for Canadian life. “You are born taken care of.”
Several other onlookers yesterday confirmed the Ismaili reputation for privacy by declining to give their names to the press. Privately, they praised the Aga Khan for supporting his people with educational and other assistance through the Aga Khan Development Network and related organizations. An Ismaili man who moved to Canada from Tanzania (and did not wish to be named) said, “they guide you to the right path.”
(“the right path” isÂ code for the usual Koranic claptrap)
At the Toronto dig site this week, more than 100 volunteers from around North America could be seen prepping the site for the ground-breaking.
“There’s a strong volunteer ethic in the community,” said Farid Damji, a member of the Ismaili Council for Canada who came from Vancouver to pitch in. “It’s an ethic and a value that is instilled from a very young age, in terms of volunteering.”
So much for ‘moderation': Ismaili Council promotes headbanger/radical cleric Zakir Naik……
For his part, the Aga Khan has given Canada credit for the successful integration of Ismailis in the country.
The Aga Khan has exhorted Ismailis in this country with the simple but powerful phrase, “Make Canada your home.” Many Ismailis have said this command played a role in their decision to stay in Canada.
“Canada has been the country which has been most generous, most thoughtful, most helpful in bringing people [in from] these difficult backgrounds, offering them a new opportunity,” he said in Vancouver in 2008.
Ismaili Muslim Canadians include Rogers CEO Nadir Mohamed and Senator Mobina Jaffer. (Mobina and Jew hatred come together…)
Aga Khan & Toronto
- More “Canadian Dhimmitude â€“ English speaking world’s biggest Mosque going up in Toronto.”/Like a dog marking territory, the Muslims are urinating where they want to conquer.
Drew Halfnight, National Post
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and His Highness the Aga Khan will dig shovels into the dirt today at the future site of a $300-million cultural centre for Ismaili Muslims. By 2013, the seven-acre expanse near Don Mills Road and Eglinton Avenue will be home to a world-class museum, multi-purpose building and parklands, cementing this city’s importance as a past and future destination for the Ismaili diaspora. Farid Damji, a member of the Ismaili Council for Canada, said the Aga Khan chose to build the centre in Toronto because of its “cosmopolitan cultural outlook.”
Not a word about where these 300 million dollars are coming from……
The Aga Khan Museum will be a white-stone building with a low dome by prize-winning architect Fumihiko Maki. Directly south, the larger Ismaili Centre Toronto by Mumbai-based architect Charles Correa will strike a similar, modern pose, with a multifaceted glass roof and a limestone exterior. It will contain meeting rooms, a prayer room, youth lounge and a library. Surrounding these buildings will be a network of geometric ponds, fountains, gardens and pathways. The Post offers a view of what’s to come, and answers questions on the little-known Ismaili religion.
WHO ARE THE ISMAILIS?
Ismailism is a branch of Shia Islam, which first prospered during the Fatimid caliphate in Cairo from the 10th to 12th centuries. Today, the group counts an estimated 15 million members around the globe and is led by the 49th hereditary Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan. Ismailis are extremely diverse, and their activities and faith are not especially well documented by historians and journalists. Comprising at least three distinct sects, Ismailism has spread and evolved along with its followers, who have been flung by various upheavals throughout the Middle East, Central Asia, East and South Africa and more recently to Europe, Australia, New Zealand and North America. Almost half of Canada’s 70,000 Ismailis live in Toronto. (Pictured at left is a 17th-century emerald bottle from Iran that will be housed in the new Toronto facility.)
So the question would be: which Koran do the Ismailis read? Do the Ismaelis follow the teachings of the profti Muhammad or not? Are they commanded to wage jihad against unbelievers; yes or no? But don’t hold your breath. Nobody will ask the obvious…..
WHO IS THE AGA KHAN?
Billionaire, intellectual, diplomat, tycoon, Shah Karim al-Hussayni, the Aga Khan IV, pictured, is revered by Ismaili Muslims as a direct descendant of the prophet Muhammad. Born in 1936 in Kenya, His Highness studied in Switzerland and at Harvard and now lives in a walled compound and chateau near Chantilly, France. Perhaps best known for his vast array of philanthropic projects, he is twice married with five children, is the top breeder of thoroughbred horses in France and competed as a skier for Turkey and Iran in the 1960 and 1964 Olympic Games.
No question how he made his billions?
WHAT IS THE AGA KHAN’S RELATIONSHIP TO CANADA?
Once a trusted friend of the late prime minister Pierre Trudeau, the Aga Khan has a soft spot for Canada, which he has called “the most pluralistic country on the face of the Earth” and “a beacon to the world.” His project in Toronto will complete a triptych of architectural projects in the country, including the Ismaili Centre in Burnaby, B.C., and the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat in Ottawa, inaugurated by Prime Minister Harper and the Aga Khan in 2008.
A “trusted friend Â of Pierre Trudeau” should set the alarm bells off….
WHAT IS THE EXTENT OF THE AGA KHAN’S INFLUENCE?
As chairman of the private Aga Khan Development Network, the Aga Khan directs about 70,000 employees at hundreds of institutions on fourcontinents. He exercises control over a hydroelectric project in Uganda, a five-star hotel and mobile phone company in Afghanistan and micro-credit institutions that lend money to poor people in Asia. A life-long advocate of interracial harmony,diplomacy and detente, the Aga Khan has been cited as the man in the best position to defuse antagonism between Islamic nations and the West in the wake of 9/11.
In other words, he plays with our taxpayer dollars which finance the worldbank & UNESCO etc…..(spreading the wealth around…)
WHY DO NON-ISMAILIS KNOW SO LITTLE ABOUT THE SECT?
Ismaili Muslims are sometimes described as “tight-knit” or “secretive.” Non-Ismailis are not allowed into Ismaili religious services; questions directed at Ismailis by reporters and other inquisitive types are often politely dismissed; and the globe-trotting Aga Khan’s visits are shrouded in secrecy. Some have said this furtiveness reflects the subordination of Ismailis to their spiritual head, but others have called it a “quietest” attitude resulting from centuries of persecution. A senior staffer with Aga Khan Trust for Culture said Ismailis are just self-effacing. “I think it’s just a low-key community. It’s one that’s about humility, that always wants to give back to the community in ways that are unseen.”
Ah yes! Islamic “humility that is unseen”- how fitting!
WHAT WILL THE NEW MUSEUM CONTAIN?
Filled with artifacts from the Aga Khan’s 1,000-piece private collection, the museum will showcase the richness of Islamic art and civilization through 13 centuries. A chestnut leaf inscribed with golden calligraphy from the Ottoman Empire, pages from the “blue Qur’an” from North Africa and a well-preserved Mongol robe from the 13th or 14th century are a few examples of what gallery-goers can expect to see in the museum, the first of its kind in North America.
In other words, nothing of value.