A masterful rebuttal from the great Scaramouche:
This letter appears in today’s National Post:
Re: ‘Allah Told Me To Come Here And Kill People,’ March 16.
Ayanle Hassan Ali is alleged to have stabbed two members of the Canadian Armed Forces in a federal building, claiming, “Allah told me to do this.” Funny because as a practising Muslim, here’s what I’ve constantly heard Allah has been telling us: “Loyalty to your country is part of faith.” And “Whosoever killed a person – unless it be for killing a person … it is as if he had killed all of mankind.” The only difference is what I’ve been told is authentic, but what Ayanle has been told is perhaps only mental instability.
Mirza Masroor Ahmad, caliph of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, perfectly said it when he met Justin Trudeau in 2012, “Islam is an open religion which teaches mutual respect and so if you are a true Muslim you should be willing and able to integrate in any part of the world.”
Jari Qudrat, Toronto.
Here’s the letter I sent in response:
Dr. Mohammad Iqbal Al-Nadvi, the head of the Canadian Council of Imams, thinks it’s “shocking”—yes, shocking!–that a 27-year old Muslim who stabbed some Canadian soldiers would say that “Allah told me to this.”
Why is he so shocked?
He claims it’s because the stabber “put responsibility on religious reasons” and that that’s “a disturbing notion.”
So after issuing the requisite disclaimers about how Muslims denounce such actions and calling for them to assume “shared responsibility” for national security, the imam gets down to the nitty-gritty–his fears that non-Muslims will lash out as infidels are wont to do after such “shocking” incidents:
By now it should be clear to all that “Islamophobia” is a phantom and phony fear, a self-defense mechanism that is always trotted out in the wake of these attacks.
The “Islamophobiaphobia” of our authorities, on the other hand, is genuine and rampant–and terrifying.
Update: Invaluable anti-jihad blogger Pointe de Bascule had this to say about Al-Nadvi, one of the Islamic authorities cited in the NCCM’s anti-radicalization booklet (which was compiled with the RCMP’s go-ahead but later denounced):
MUHAMMAD IQBAL MASOOD NADVI: AN ADVISOR TO THE NCCM CLOSE TO THE JAMAAT-E-ISLAMI
His name is spelled Nadawi in the NCCM booklet. Iqbal Nadvi was born in India in the late forties (the Calgary Herald stated that Nadvi was 54 on October 31, 2003) and went to study in Saudi Arabia in the seventies. After obtaining his Ph.D. in Islamic Law at the Ummal Qura University (Makkah) in 1991, he took a teaching position in Riyadh. He moved to Canada later in the nineties and became the Imam of the Islamic Centre managed by the Muslim Association of Calgary in 1998. He moved to Ontario in 2004 and became Director of the Al-Falah Islamic School in Oakville. This school is located at ICNA-Canada’s head office. In June 2013, Nadvi was elected Chairman of the Canadian Council of Imams for a 3-year mandate. On March 14, 2014, Iqbal Nadvi was back in India to give the Friday sermon at a mosque controlled by the Jamaat-e-Islami in New Delhi. The video of the event is available on JEI India’s YouTube channel (also Archive.Today). The JEI was founded by Syed Maududi (1903-1979) in 1941 in India. After the partition of India, Maududi moved to Pakistan. The JEI is a close ally of the Muslim Brotherhood and it pursues the same totalitarian objectives, mostly in Southeast Asia (Pakistan, India and Bangladesh). It is also active in countries where its supporters have migrated.
Islam wishes to destroy all States and Governments anywhere on the face of the earth which are opposed to the ideology and programme of Islam regardless of the country or the Nation that rules it. […] Islam requires the earth – not just a portion – but the whole planet.
…Despite (or is it because of?) his ties to a radical strain of Islam, Al-Nadvi rose through the ranks to become the head of the Canadian Council of Imams.
I could say that I find that “shocking,” but the truth is that I do not.