“It is certainly possible to apply Shariah in the North American society”

 “Gradualism” is the key. They implementation of Islam and the shari’a is happening right under our noses.
“Enjoy the delicious food and lively entertainment and have a wonderful Muslim fest. Thank you.”
DawaNet booth at 2016 MuslimFest in Mississauga. Photo: CIJnews
DawaNet booth at 2016 MuslimFest in Mississauga. Photo: CIJnews

Taha Ghayyur, a Toronto Muslim activist and a board member of DawaNet, believes that the Islamic Law can be gradually implemented in North America.

Ghayyur introduces himself as follows: 

“I am a writer, public speaker, community organizer, and marketing consultant. I work as Development Manager with Sound Vision and volunteer my time with DawaNet projects in various capacities. I got involved with MuslimFest in its early years.”

Dawanet is a grass roots organization striving among other things:

  • to create effective networks of communication and media to keep the Muslim community informed and connected”
  • to share and relate the message of Islam with beauty, wisdom, and respect using both traditional and modern means of communication”
  • to offer courses, workshops, and study circles on Islamic sciences and disciplines in the light of Islamic sources (text) and our environment (context), to develop a healthy Muslim identity and citizenship
  • to influence public opinion about social justice issues through artistic expression and media participation”

DawaNet has applied for registered charity status and our application is still being processed. Some of DawaNet’s other community projects include:

  • TorontoMuslims.comA web portal for the GTA’s Muslims.
  • Sharing Islam: Regular booths at major malls across GTA, such as SquareOne.
  • Understanding Islam Academy: Originating in 2012, Understanding Islam Academy (UIA), a flagship project of DawaNet, is dedicated to making Islamic education accessible, affordable and relevant.
  • Canada Zakat – The welfare arm of DawaNet
  • MYSpirit – Muslim Youth (MY) Spirit is a movement to engage, educate, and empower young Muslims of Canada through education, art, media, recreation, and civic engagement.
  • MuslimFest – Launched in 2004, MuslimFest is a joint initiative of DawaNet, Young Muslims Canada, and Sound Vision, which organizes in Mississauga, Ont. an annual festival to celebrates Muslim arts, education, entrepreneurship and entertainment.

Sound Vision Canada presents itself as “a pioneer in quality Islamic education and entertainment products and programs for North American Muslims.”

Young Muslims (YM) presents itself as “an organization dedicated to addressing the vital roles the Muslim youth should play in North America” and counteracting the modern “temptations” by “challenging the youth to take the best of all paths in both this world and in the Hereafter” and encouraging Muslim youths to feel “comfortable with their Islamic identity, spirituality, and heritage.”

In an article originally published by Young Muslims website and entitled “Understanding Punishment in Shariah [Islamic Law], Taha Ghayyur explained the rationale behind the harsh punishments in Islam (execution, stoning, cutting off thieves’ hands etc.) and argued that the Islamic Law (Shariah) can be implemented in North America. 

The following are excerpts from Ghayyur’s article

Abdur-Rahman Doi, in his encyclopedic work Shari’ah: The Islamic Law, suggests that only a total of seven scenarios exist in which Hud [fixed] penalties are awarded in the Islamic law; among the Hud crimes are intentional murder, theft, adultery, and highway robbery. 

Not surprisingly, it is this portion of the Islamic law that often makes headlines in the media. 

According to the Muslim jurists, the purpose of Hud [fixed] punishments is educative, preventive, and, mainly deterrent. 

Punishments are thus designed to keep the sense of justice alive in the community by a public repudiation of the acts violating the limits set by God. 

They are expected to build up in the society a deep feeling of abhorrence for transgression against fellow human beings, and therefore against God – a transgression which, according to the Quran, is the root cause of all disorders and corruption in human life…

“The Hud [fixed] punishment prescribed by the Quran for a theft is to cut off the thief’s hand [under certain and strict conditions]…

“Moreover, one wonders if Shariah can be practically implemented in our contemporary North American context…

“The principles of Shariah are universal and are not bound by the limitations of time and culture.

“It is certainly possible to apply Shariah in the North American society only if three conditions are fulfilled:

  • One, when an environment is developed, provisioned with preventative measures, that is conductive to a just and productive lifestyle, which is often not compatible with a consumer lifestyle.

  • Two, if the Shariah laws are implemented gradually, accompanied by continuous public education and training on the importance of justice, freedom, and one’s purpose on this earth, the way it was revealed and practiced, as a strategy of pre-crime social reform, over a period of twenty three years at the time of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and the first generation of Muslims.

  • Three, if the punishments in the Shariah are given their due place, only to be used as a last resort, and not to be practiced in isolation from the other major objectives of the Shariah.

“If a comprehensive approach to Shariah is not adopted then one may expect to witness horrific images of extremist, selective, and literal application of the Islamic text, the likes of which we have witnessed in recent times.

Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, sent a video message greeting the organizers of the MuslimFest in Mississauga in summer 2016, including DawaNet, Sound Vision and Young Muslims:

Hello everyone. Welcome to the MuslimFest 2016. 

Thank you to DawaNet, Young Muslim Canada, Festive Currents and Sound Vision who put in so much effort to organize this weekend’s festival. 

Today and tomorrow we celebrate the best in Muslim art and culture with artists from Canada and around the world. We celebrate Muslim comedians who make us laugh, musicians who make us move and artists who inspire us all. Enjoy the delicious food and lively entertainment and have a wonderful Muslim fest. Thank you.”

4 thoughts on ““It is certainly possible to apply Shariah in the North American society””

  1. Words……

    I thought I would leave you with a few words from a speech given long ago, and while you listen to Kennedy consider the state of our press and media today, consider the actions of men, patriots like Snowden and Assange…….

    Pour a cup of coffee, a glass of brandy, light a candle, turn out the lights and sit quietly in a darkened room, looking out a window if you can, and listen and think, reflect on the events that are unfolding around the world…..

    Then if you have the time look up the speech these words in the video below are extracted from.

    ………”The President and the Press: Address before the American Newspaper Publishers Association, April 27, 1961″……….

    Then, if opportunity allows, look up and read Theodore Roosevelt’s speech given at the Sorbonne, Paris, France on April 23, 1910. It was called “Citizenship in a Republic”. From this speech came the famous paragraphs relative to “The Man in the Arena”

    As these days pass by us, never at anytime in history are Kennedy’s words to be heard as a strangled cry from our countries, a plea from our civilized societies, unashamed begging from our republics, as, on their knees, the daggers of barbarians, savages and the treacherous at their throats, they look to us, they look to their citizens, to their patriots, to whom they gave so very much, as their last and only hope…….”Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for her”…..

    Let us not turn up our collars and walk away, let us meet our enemies with grit teeth and clenched fists, let us honour the gifts given us by our forefathers, let us not betray 1776, 1683, 1861, 1941, 1944 or any of those other moments in history when freedom hung in the balance, let us, as the poet said, hold the torch high, let us hold it high in honour of those failing hands.

    Franklin Ordinary
    Alabama, USA

  2. Muslims DON’T share Western values at all – quite the opposite!

    As I’ve said before (and, since islam will never change, no doubt I’ll be forced to say again – and again!):

    Islamic sharia “law” (crime) is the EXACT OPPOSITE of Western LAW.

    Our LAW is based on the Golden Rule, which most simply defines all circumstantial, situational morality as

    “Do Not Attack First.”

    So all is forbidden, unless and until very specifically agreed to.

    This means our only real right is to not be attacked first, and our only real responsibility is to not attack (thereby innocent) others first. Period.

    It also therefore means we aren’t allowed to do anything either TO, or FOR each other, without getting the others’ express assent first.

    And it applies at all levels of human social interaction, from the individual, family, clan, tribe, nation, state, empire and global (international) levels.

    It’s why even the largest group or gang of individual humans, “the state” isn’t allowed to attack any of its real live human individual citizen component parts first, and so it’s why we have an expectation of “Innocent Until Proven Guilty,” and not – as criminal libertine “liberal” gangsters always seem to prefer, the exact opposite, or “Guilty Until Never Proven Innocent!”

    From this social contract, the West establishes trust, and through that trust, economic progress, and Civilization.

    Islam, being based on the exact opposite, where all is allowed except and until that which is very specifically disallowed, asserts it’s always everyone’s holy right and duty to attack everyone else first, to do whatever they can (might makes right!) TO others, as long as they can claim to be doing it FOR them (for their own good)!

    From embracing this brazen rule of criminal chaos, they inflict distrust, economic stagnation, and savage barbarism on everyone.



    Further, Islam is inherently a form of SEDITION – because it never agreed with the Christian notion of separating secular (road-paving, taxation) and religious realms (render unto Caesar) and went with “Render The World Unto Muhammad!”

    So it doesn’t believe in national sovereignty, preferring global theocracy (‘ummah’) ruled by the Caliphate government!

    Islam is ONLY a crime syndicate, and the only “religious” part in it’s where they say:

    “God told us to commit these crimes!”

    Muslims are never national citizens; they regard all national sovereignties as temporary, man-made false idols which must all be eventually destroyed and replaced with the one-world global muslim Ummah, to be ruled by their theocratic caliphate, and their duty is to wage offensive war to extort, enslave, and murder all the non-muslims.

    Terrorism is an inherent, not an incidental, nor in any way a “radical,” component of islam.


    No self-determined muslim believes in any sovereign national governments nor countries at all, ever!

    Sharia is allegedly the perfect law of allah, based directly on the Qur’an!

    So it always applies to all humans everywhere!


    Recall the Ayatollah Khomeini’s words during his 1980 speech in Qom, the Shi’ite spiritual hub:

    “We do not worship Iran, we worship Allah. For patriotism is another name for paganism. I say let this land burn. I say let this land [Iran] go up in smoke, provided Islam emerges triumphant in the rest of the world.”

    So, since islam is a subversive anti-national and anti-legal entity, why on earth are any of its “muslim” members ever afforded any legal standing to promote their criminal treasonous sedition, before any of our courts of law?!

    Islam’s Sharia is either compatible with our Western, morality-based law (in which case it is superfluous) or it is not (in which case it is illegal).

    There is only one universally accepted version of sharia crime (‘law’) and that is the original, Haneefite version as recorded in The Hedaya and used by the Ottoman Empire to rule all of islam for centuries; all moslems in all their countries are very aware of its simple might-makes-right and us-versus-them tenets and strictures.

    There is really only one Qur’an, one islam, and one sharia.

    So, since islam is a subversive anti-national and anti-legal entity, why on earth are any of its “muslim” members ever afforded any legal standing to promote their criminal treasonous sedition, before any of our courts of law?!

    Allowing foreign (sharia “law”) courts to exist in your country is to enable those foreign governments to govern in your country; it’s obviously TREASON.

  3. Shariah Law vs. the Constitution

    Article VI: The Constitution is the supreme law of the land

     Constitution: Article VI: “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby”

     Shariah: “The source of legal rulings for all acts of those who are morally responsible is Allah.” (a1.1, Umdat al-salik or The Reliance of the Traveller, commonly accepted work of
    Shariah jurisprudence); “There is only one law which ought to be followed, and that is the Sharia.” (Seyed Qutb); “Islam wishes to destroy all states and governments anywhere on the face of the earth which are opposed to the ideology and program of Islam regardless of the country or the nation which rules it. The purpose of Islam is to set up a State on the basis of its own ideology and program.” (Seyed Abul A’ala Maududi)

    First Amendment: Freedom of religion

     Constitution: First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ”

     Shariah: “Those who reject Islam must be killed. If they turn back (from Islam), take hold of them and kill them wherever you find them.” Quran 4:89 ; “Whoever changed his [Islamic] religion, then kill him” Sahih al-Bukhari, 9:84:57. In historic and modern Shariah states, Shariah law enforces dhimmi status (second-class citizen, apartheid-type laws) on non-Muslims, prohibiting them from observing their religious practices publicly, building or repairing churches, raising their voices during prayer or ringing church bells; if dhimmi laws are violated in the Shariah State, penalties are those used for prisoners of war: death, slavery, release or ransom.(o9.14, o11.0-o11.11, Umdat al-salik).

    First Amendment: Freedom of speech

     Constitution: First Amendment: Congress shall not abridge “the freedom of speech.”

     Shariah: Speech defaming Islam or Muhammad is considered “blasphemy” and is punishable by death or imprisonment.

    First Amendment: Freedom to dissent

    Constitution: First Amendment: “Congress cannot take away the right of the people “to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

     Shariah: Non-Muslims are not to harbor any hostility toward the Islamic state or give comfort to those who disagree with Islamic government.

    Second Amendment: Right to self-defense

     Constitution: Second Amendment: “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

     Shariah: Under historic and modern dhimmi laws, non-Muslims cannot possess swords, firearms or weapons of any kind.

    Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Amendments: Right to due process and fair trial

     Constitution: Fifth Amendment: “no person shall be held to answer for a capital or otherwise infamous crime… without due process of law.” Sixth Amendment: guarantees a “public trial by an impartial jury.” Seventh Amendment: “the right of trial by jury shall be preserved.”

     Shariah: Hadith Sahih al-Bukhari: Muhammad said, “No Muslim should be killed for killing a Kafir (infidel).” Non-Muslims are prohibited from testifying against Muslims. A woman’s testimony is equal to half of a man’s.

    Eighth Amendment: No cruel and unusual punishment

     Constitution: Eighth Amendment: “nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.”

     Shariah: Under Shariah punishments are barbaric: “Cut off the hands of thieves, whether they are male or female, as punishment for what they have done – a deterrent from Allah.” Quran 5:38; A raped woman is punished:”The woman and the man guilty of adultery or fornication – flog each of them with a hundred stripes” (Sura 24:2).

    Fourteenth Amendment: Right to equal protection and due process

     Constitution: Fourteenth Amendment: “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. “

     Shariah: Under dhimmi laws enforced in modern Shariah states, Jews, Christians and other non-Muslims are not equal to Muslims before the law. Under Shariah law, women, girls,
    apostates, homosexuals and “blasphemers” are all denied equality under the law.

    For more information on Shariah law vs. the Constitution:
    Shariah: The Threat to America in paperback or kindle at amazon.com, or free download at http://www.shariahthethreat.com

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