Muslim Rights Organization Should Exercise Caution In Their Postings

The National Council of Canadian Muslims (henceforth to be referred to as NCCM), according to it’s website, is a “prominent civil liberties and advocacy organization with over 15 years of professional activism and public service”.

They were formerly know as CAIR.CAN, claiming total independence from their USA namesake CAIR, an organization known for it’s Hamas sympathies and Muslim Brotherhood ties.

NCCM and CAIR USA continue to support one another in their pursuit of justice within the Islamic community.

NCCM’s focus over the past two months have been the upcoming  Summit on Islamophobia, a summit spearheaded by NCCM after the attack on a Muslim family in London, Ontario. This crime is still before the courts, and motive is still to be solidly determined. The National Summit will bring together leaders from all levels of government and members of Canadian Muslim communities.

NCCM has put together a set of 61 recommendations for the government to consider concerning their perception of incidents of Islamophobia in Canada, collected from a variety of sources throughout the country.

Following are some of their recommendations:

  • The Security Infrastructure Program (SIP) Reform: The SIP should become rebate based, where mosques and community organizations under threat can make the relevant security upgrades needed, and then retroactively receive a rebate for the upfitting under a two-step process;
  • SIP should allow for institutions to receive up to 90% of eligible expenditures, up to a maximum of $80 000, for securitization projects;
  • SIP should also be broadened to allow for mosques to host broader community building safety initiatives
  • Immediately fund the creation of an appropriately funded Office of the Special Envoy on Islamophobia.
  • Media Representation: Incentivize production of Muslim stories, told by Canadian Muslims, through designated funding in the Canada Media Fund, Telefilm, the National Film Board, and provincial and municipal grants for arts and media;
  • Allocate a multi-million-dollar fund through the Anti-Racism Secretariat or the Ministry of Heritage for Canadian Muslim artists and community organizations to facilitate grassroots storytelling, visual and oral history projects, and building community archives;
  • Bill 21: Attorney General intervention in all future cases challenging Bill 21 before the courts;  Create a fund to help those affected by Bill 21 have a degree of financial security until the legislation is struck down. This is not a transition-plan fund; for no Quebecer should have to change their chosen vocation because of discrimination. This federal fund is to provide assistance while the court challenge is pending.
  • Invest in celebrating the history of local Canadian Muslims and initiatives through a concrete program that brings these figures and names to the forefront of local-level recognition. Municipalities should fund events and spaces where their accomplishments are celebrated in a way that clearly shows that Muslims have made real contributions to Canadian society and are far from the violent caricatures that constantly make the news.

NCCM’s online presence (Facebook and Twitter) records and reports on incidents of attacks or perceived attacks on the Islamic community.  NCCM works in tandem with the Canadian Anti-Hate network, a group that also loosely advocates for the Muslim community.

NCCM are proponents of the pro Palestine contingent according to some of their postings. They are also supported by the Antifa contingent according to some of their respondents.

Although NCCM  professes to fight against hate, some of their postings belie this. On June 28, NCCM posted on Twitter:  “We are aware of an incident in Edmonton that took place yesterday evening. A man, described as a Caucasian male, allegedly discharged a firearm from inside a motor vehicle at a woman wearing hijab. Alhamdullilah, there were no physical injuries.” Though they did not make an official statement regarding this incident, the post continues to be displayed on twitter as of July 19, 2021, 11:30 am ET.

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This posting was followed by many replies, received over 1000 likes and 780 retweets. Following are some of the replies to this tweet.

The following tweet was one of the only dissenting responses:

This tweet was not commented on by NCCM, nor by the majority of the respondents.  According to the news article, the hijabed woman was not a target in this incident. She was a witness to a crime.

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https://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/man-shot-sunday-woman-wearing-hijab-a-witness-not-target-eps-1.5490494

Although the “hate” incident was disproved, NCCM did not remove the original tweet. They did not give updated information to their followers. What they have done is foment anger and hate, the very thing they claim to fight.

Perhaps there should be a summit on that.

Radical or Victim?

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Brahim, an Education assistant at a college in Roubaix, France was dismissed by the administration for radicalization. Brahim, in late 2020, contradicted a professor in front of a student, and subsequently was laid off. This April, he was dismissed by the college. Investigations by authorities into his social media revealed questionable content. He is appealing this dismissal before the administrative court.

The content of social media is invaluable for investigation. Through content, investigators can assess the thinking of a potential jihadi or radical. Brahim’s content, as well as his supporters, are concerning enough to put him on the watch list. His pseudonym  was Prince BR the Fellagha. Fellagha, an Arabic word  meaning “bandits”, refers to groups of armed militants affiliated with anti-colonial movements in French North Africa. It most often is used to refer to armed Algerian nationalists who adopted violent means in order to push the French out of Algeria as well as groups in Tunisia who did the same.

  He is supported on social media by Houria Bouteldja, a French-Algerian political activist and writer focusing on anti-racism, anti-imperialism, and Islamophobia, France’s version of Iqra Khalid. In 2014,  Bouteldja won the “fight against Islamophobia” award from the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC), a non-profit organization campaigning against violations of the rights of Muslims ”,  the French version of NCCM.

Brahim also reposted a tweet from Barakcity founder Idriss Sihamedi, whose organization was taken down in 2020 for ties to a radical Islamist movement.

Below are some screen shots from Brahim’s social media profile.

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“Following government lies and the closure of the humanitarian NGO and the defense of human rights, I officially requested political asylum from President Erdogan as well as that of my team and myself, who suffered death threats.”

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Below is Brahim’s story.

Before talking about the repressive situation you experienced, can you introduce yourself?

My name is Brahim D, I was AED in a college in Roubaix, I am an activist in many spaces, associations. I openly display my activism at the CGT, I am a supporter of strikes. I am a rapper in my spare time, I am the manager of a local rapper. I am very involved in the life of the neighborhood where I live, not far from the college. I am involved in the neighborhood committee that we took over with our association. We did a lot of things last year with our social mediation association during the first confinement. We distributed meals to needy people during the first lockdown, which represents 1,400 people for more than two months. The association also does digital inclusion, and administrative assistance.

You were AED and you were repressed following an exchange with a teacher, can you describe the context and the content of the exchange to me?

I managed a permanence with a student who was in inclusion, that is to say that he is excluded from the course but must stay in the establishment to do homework. I was with him and his teacher gave him a history assignment on slavery. It’s a subject that interests me, I have studied the black code, the code of the natives, the slave trade. On duty, the term “captives” appealed to me. That appeals to me because from the moment a slave is born a slave, he is not a captive. I speak with the professor and I try to argue about the use of the term captive. An exchange follows and I mention the black code, the Colbert decree of 1685, article 44 of the Black Code which states that “Africans are born slaves”, I speak of my readings including the works of Louis Sala-Molins, a Code Noir specialist.

The very afternoon the professor comes to see me angry, he did not appreciate that I questioned his word as a “historian”, points out to me that I have no knowledge and reproaches me for being intervened in front of the student. And there, I apologized because it is true that I should not have spoken in front of a student. The same evening, I spoke about it on the networks to discuss it with friends, without naming neither the professor and the college, and there were exchanges. Most of the comments came from professors, some of whom actually agreed with my point of view. I thought it was going to end there. The next day, at 7:52 p.m., I received a call from one of the CPEs asking me to delete the publication immediately, without explanation. So I delete, the publication did not stay even 24 hours. The next day, I arrive at 7.45 am, I have the welcoming committee, the principal and a childcare center who asks me what happened, I tell, the conversation and the publication. I was then reminded of Samuel Paty, that I was endangering the professor, but I did not name him, nor do I mention that I work as an AED on my networks.

I was greeted like a terrorist, I was told that I was laid off as a precaution, with a summons to the principal’s office. I was accompanied by a comrade of the CGT with whom I militate. I am accused of having questioned the entire duty, allusion was made to my pseudonym which is Prince BR the Fellagha.

Finally, I am informed that I am going on a joint and disciplinary mission at the Académie du Nord on March 11. I had the right to consult my file a week before. There were screenshots from my Facebook account, screenshots that had nothing to do with it. It is mentioned that the college administration made a report for radicalization, we do not know on what criteria and I really fell naked. Among the publications: caricatures of Sadri Khiari, a person close to the natives of the republic, a Jewish friend, a re-sharing of a photo of a Jewish woman on a bench reserved only for Jews in 1938, I had written in hoping this doesn’t happen to the muslim community in France, my profile picture, and scattered comments. Finally, a testimony from an AED that I would have met who would have reminded me of the missions of an AED to whom I would have replied “I am not here for the same fight”. This testimony, the AED in question affirmed to me never to have delivered it.

FDS

Unabashed Socialist, BDS supporter Running for NDP Leadership

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While the social-democratic New Democratic Party of Canada will most likely never hold power, at least at the federal level, they do have the fourth largest parliamentary caucus, and a self-proclaimed “anti-capitalist” hypothetically becoming their figurehead President, would most certainly give a moral boost to those who seethe with hate towards the idea of  a Canada which respects private property and enterprise, as well as honours it’s  Judeo-Christian  civilizational roots.

Jessa McLean, a self-proclaimed opponent of capitalism is running for NDP President. At the moment, the centre-left NDP at least officially, supports capitalism. Ms. McLean  is an active member of the “NDP Socialist Caucus”. The NDP Socialist Caucus was founded in 1998 at Toronto, Ontario by NDP activists who were concerned about the right-wing drift of the party leadership. SC wants to move the party back to its working class and socialist roots.

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NDP Socialist Caucus is also a defender of the Boycott, Divestments and Sanctions movement against Israel. In 2018, a letter was sent to Jagmeet Singh, current leader of the NDP, urging him to endorse the international BDS campaign and lead a public campaign to support this movement in Canada.

Ms. McLean has not only made a series of anti-White statements on social media, but  has publicly called for the Canadian border to be “abolished”,  and our country to have absolutely no limits at all on immigration.

Although Ms McLean has never successfully been elected to office anywhere in Canada, we do not believe that her aforementioned candidacy should be underestimated, given the number of anti-White, anti-Canadian and anti-Western BLM/ANTIFA as well as Islamists, who infest the grassroots membership base of the federal NDP.

In 2019, Ms. McLean sat for an interview with “Fightback, the Marxist voice of Labour and Youth” magazine.

“FB: So a new, socialist direction is what I’m hearing?

JM: Yes! Yes! Absolutely, with all that language. We should educate working people on the language of socialism too. I know there’s a lot of groups like you [Fightback] doing it, but the NDP has massive resources for this kind of work. We can do it on a massive national scale.”

Winston Churchill spoke on the dangers of Socialism in 1945. These dangers are just as relevant today.

“But I will go farther. I declare to you, from the bottom of my heart that no Socialist system can be established without a political police. Many of those who are advocating Socialism or voting Socialist today will be horrified at this idea. That is because they are shortsighted, that is because they do not see where their theories are leading them.”

The forthcoming federal NDP convention will be held from April 9 to 11.  We would do well to keep a close eye on this candidate and the party in general.

Capitalism has provided more wealth, security and freedom than any other economic system in the history of the world. As a system it is in direct opposition to socialism. Capitalism means economic freedom and it cannot be separated from democratic freedom. Capitalism is the freedom to create and build; socialism is slavery that destroys and subjugates. Beware the wolf in sheep’s clothing and know:

Socialism is a bright shining lie.”

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Ex-Muslim In China Requests Support

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Reposted from PC

Hayder Alasadi is an ex-Muslim from Iraq, currently living in China.  He is hoping for resettlement in Canada. Below is his story. We encourage you to write a letter of support for Hayder to the UNHCR office in Beijing if you feel so inclined. As you will see by his story, his fight is our fight. We have also posted a form letter link below  for you to copy and paste, or you can compose your own. His case number must be included in the letter.

Support letter for Hayder

Send your letter of support to chibeprt@unhcr.org , addressed as in our form letter. Hayder’s case number is 311-17C00159

Below are other documents and letters connected to his case.

UNHCR Iraq Report May 2019 (1)

EASO IRAQ Report June 2019 (1)

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Haydar’s story

I am reaching out to you, after I have discovered from the UNHCR that my application has been submitted for resettlement to Canada through the Canadian Embassy(and Canadian Immigration).  What I need are support letters for my application for resettlement since our lives (me and my wife) are extremely hard in China thanks to the extreme laws and regulations set by the local authorities.

I am a registered UN refugee in China. I am a well-known secular rights activist from Iraq, currently the first recognized ex-Muslim case in China. I have fled my homeland of Iraq for Egypt in 2006.  Threats against me in Iraq were followed by an attack at my home.  In 2003,  my house was destroyed by 11 Islamic extremists; four of the 11 went to prison, but these four convicts have since been released. I have publicly declared myself nonreligious, and denounced Islam for its violence and lies.  We can see examples like ISIS and Al-Qaeda as well as the Shia based Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces that is backed by Iranian regime. They used force against the likes of me, because I was fighting for the freedom of choice, as well as for Christians and other religions in Iraq, which is a very dangerous admission inside Iraq.  As you are undoubtedly aware, the situation in the Muslim-dominant Middle East for atheists, ex-Muslims, and religious minorities has gone from bad to worse in recent years. My views, expressed openly in the public square, are considered “dangerous” and “blasphemous” in Iraq. The Iraqi government has allowed extremist violence against non Muslims for years. No one who identifies as an ex-Muslim apostate or as nonreligious is safe in Iraq. Consequently, my views have made me a target of extremist violence. Like most openly secular people in Iraq, I was facing numerous threats. Because of my stated opposition to fundamentalist Islam, I was pursued by militant extremists who sought to exact their own brand of “justice.” After years in exile in Egypt, I entered China in 2015, where I applied for asylum with the UNHCR Representation in China (Beijing Office), and after years of waiting, in March of 2020, the UNHCR recognized me as a Refugee, and I have become the first Ex-Muslim case in China to get approved.

My case has been supported by Center for Inquiry, Council of Ex-Muslim of Britain and Ex-Muslim of Norway amongst others. My war is against Islam as a religion of hatred, violence, their war on freedom, and their Islamization of the west. I am not against Islam in the Middle East, that is their business, but I am against Islamists who are spreading this hatred in the West.

They (Islamists\Jihadist) are more and more taking important places in  western countries in various departments, including government, but that doesn’t mean we stop fighting it.  This religion is based on politics at its core, that’s why they know how to get inside, but we fight it by spreading the truth, the truth that they hate. They keep it hidden. You need to know, there is still a fight to win in the west, including Canada.  I come from Iraq, a country now controlled by Iranian Islamic regime, with their Islamist militia roaming the street enforcing the their law(Sharia), killing Christians and every other religion, other than Islam, killing also Ex-Muslims to stop them from sharing the truth of this religion, and no one to protect Ex-Muslims or Christians or even the other religions.

In short, our fight is against Islam, and jihadist, who are taking control and enforcing their Sharia, without anybody speaking out, since they have allies to cover for them. Personally, my war is to show the truth of this religion, and what is happening by jihadis in my country Iraq in particular,  and in the Middle East in general.

As for my current situation, I have been approved by UNHCR in China as a recognized refugee in March of 2020. My application was submitted to the Canadian Embassy for resettlement  around July 2020, and I am awaiting a reply, but I need support from more organizations or good people like you for my case.  It could be support letters, articles, or individual support letters, anything that could help my case to move it forward.

Thank you again for taking the time to support an ex-Muslim in such a difficult time where the world only supporting Islamists.”

FGM, Sara’s Story

Sara’s story is brutal, emotional and tears at the soul. Her bravery in telling it is a testament to her survivor spirit.

A young woman from the  United States shared her story with us. This is Sara’s  journey out of Islam and her voice against FGM.

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Sara at 17, her first year in the USA, first time  attending school
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“My name is Sahara (Sara).  I was born in Somalia but grew up  in a refugee camp in Kenya for about 12 years. My biological mother died right after I was born. My biological father and I were separated due to the civil war in Somalia in 1991. Many years later, I came to America. I had no formal education and did not even know how to write my first name. I literally started from zero at the age of seventeen!

From an early age, I dreamt that I would someday be able to attend school. I was eager to learn how to read and write. Today, thanks to America and the opportunity it provided, I was able to graduate from college. Many people believed in me and helped me through my journey to become literate!

I remember very well a big event that took place in my teenage years in Kenya. My biological father’s side of the family began to force me to do something that would have had a detrimental effect on my future. I was brutally beaten for questioning their decision. (Children and women are commonly physically and mentally abused in the culture I came from).  I eventually escaped from my family to seek a better life. 

I came to the USA at the age of seventeen. All the girls I came with  got married and a few worked at jobs that didn’t require English. In Kenya, especially in the camp where I grew up,  girls got married (arranged and forced) at very young ages between 14- 15. In Somali culture  it’s a common practice.  I am against girls or boys  being forced to marry without their consent. I never pictured that life for myself. I always knew in my heart that there was more than what I was  told !  I dreamt of a different world where I could choose what I wanted in  life.  My goals and dreams were to become literate. I had dreamt as a little girl that someday, I would go somewhere in the world and become someone who could make a difference in humanity and for society. I didn’t quite know what that “something” was,  but I knew I wanted to become educated and especially learn how to read and write. 

My caregivers wanted me to  do the same thing the other girls were doing. This meant they thought I should get married and maybe also get a job and make money so that I could send   financial  support to people back in Kenya.  I stood up for myself because my dream was to go to highschool and then onto college. The caregiver didn’t approve of this.  I stood up to them and stuck to my word. I told them that it’s never too late to learn and I was going to  become literate! 

As I began to comprehend English, I learned how to read and think more critically. I grew up being told that Allah will strike you down if you remove your hijab in public. I was indoctrinated that Islam is the only path in life. Other people were infidels. People who I was told not to associate with (gaalo ) were so kind and welcomed me to this new home with open arms.  I always wondered why a creator would create other good people with different beliefs that would go to hell. I feel  a creator would know our hearts regardless of what particular beliefs we hold. It is important to be a good person without having to put a label on people. Labels divide people. We are all part of the human race.  

When I first  removed my headcover (Hijab), it was the first time since I was six or seven.  Allah did NOT strike me down ! We are told that in order to put fear in children. I felt good about my decision. It  was an empowering experience! It was a beautiful moment to feel the wind through my hair, especially when I rode my bike! I learned how to ride a bike about 3 years ago! I remember where I grew up, girls didn’t ride bikes because that was not culturally acceptable. 

 I believe it was around 2016 to 2017 when I started looking into Islam and its teachings in an objective manner. While conversing with a coworker,  Ayaan Hersey Ali’s name came up. The person I was having a conversation with said  “Ayaan needs to die and deserves to be killed!”  I replied,  “Why would you kill someone?  Doesn’t she have the same rights as you?”  Then this person said to me,  “Do you know that I can kill you (meaning me)  if you leave Islam and remove your headcover?” (hijab). I was terrified and so heartbroken that someone I knew justified that she could kill me  because her book  (Quran) allowed her to do so!

This was my full wake up call. I started reviewing Islam and its teachings, thinking more deeply as I read.  I’ve discovered that if individuals simply decide to leave this ideology of Islam and its teachings, they are apostates.  This means Islam and its teachings death calls to  ExMuslims! These threats, bullies and abuses happen around the world, even in America and other western countries. The hypocrisy in a country that values freedom of speech and religion but allows death threats against ExMuslims is appalling!

 We need to deal with Islam’s denials, stigmas and taboos. We are told not to talk about Allah’s words which I find very hard. We need to discuss the rights of the whole human being, women, children, and vulnerable people. It is sad that the religion of Islam cannot tolerate critique/criticism. I have always thought that if religion is truly from a creator, that it should speak for itself, not human beings having to defend it.  I have a dream that someday people will look at each other as human beings, rather than at their race or religion. I am not speaking out against the people, who I have nothing against, but against the lies and terrible practices encouraged by the Islamic ideology. Stay humble and spread kindness. 

Female Genital Mutilation is prerformed nearly 100% of the time on Muslim girls of Somali descent in Africa.  Innocent little girls between the ages of 5 and 6, and older, are forced to undergo female genital mutilation. Even today, years later, many girls who went through these horrible practices still suffer from PTSD. I still struggle from the trauma of that event 25 years later.

I remember that it was mid morning when an elder woman came to our one room house with a dirt floor. We were forced  to lie on the dirt floor without a blanket. We, as little girls, were told it was something good for us. This was done to all girls and it was normalized in Somali culture! To be quite honest everyone was going through these horrible practices. It was part of the culture, and also religion encourages that girls must be purified so they can be clean and to make sure they’re virgins until their marriage. Just thinking about this now makes my stomach literally turn upside down. It was absolutely disgusting and disheartening.  These forms of child abuse and sexual abuse have been allowed  even in the west, the free world.  

It was very painful and this was done without any medical procedure without  pain killers, or medicine. In other words, they don’t use anesthesia for numbing the areas that have been cut off and scraped out. I don’t remember a lot because we passed out from the pain.  I have seen it being done to other girls.  The procedure is called Firauni. The girls’ hands and feet are held down by a couple of adults. Everything is scraped and cut out of the genital area. The girls’ legs are tied together so the skin will fuse together. After several weeks (while remaining tied up), if the fusion did not take place, the whole procedure would  be repeated again! There is only a small hole left for urination and menstrual blood. It’s horrible and inhuman and it should not be done to any human being! I believe that many Somali girls have gone through the dangerous Firauni  procedure.  Approximately 80 % to 95% of Somali girls have gone through the FGM. A razor blade is used without being sterilized.

Usually the individuals who perform FGM are older persons  between 50 to 70 years of age or even sometime older.  Most of these ladies are illiterate individuals and aren’t educated about the long term  health risks and childhood trauma that come with these experiences.  These elderly women do get paid for performing these practices.  I would say that in the places where I grew up in the Kenya camp, that it was done 100% to little girls because every girl I knew had gone through FGM!  If you didn’t go through this, these girls would be bullied,  excommunicated, excluded, abused, and singled out from the Somali community! Literally, if you didn’t go through this, you are an alien in the world and invisible.

In the West it’s happening secretly. We know that children (girls) are taken overseas and I have no  doubt it’s also being practiced here secretly even though it’s illegal. It is still happening in America and other western nations. This part of my memory has been partially suppressed because the pain and the darkness that comes with it hasn’t been easy. It was definitely therapeutic to write about it.  That’s why individuals like me need to speak out about these barbaric practices!  This practice has long term negative effects.  It is difficult when having a period. It can cause problems urinating.  There is increased risk in childbirth.  It makes having sex painful.  There is no joyful pleasure in it for women. There is no reason for it.  It produces negative emotional and physical pain. You may suffer low self esteem from having undergone FGM. 

Now that I live in this great country , the USA, I can heal myself and also help expose this issue and help put an end to this inhumane and cruel practice.  I can help others to heal from this awful trauma by letting them know that they are not alone. Also, I am grateful that now I’m able to read and write and use my voice and fight these horrifying practices. It breaks my heart that this is still happening today, in a world such as America and the Western world that is supposed to protect little children from these horrifying trauma.I hope that this message will resonate throughout the world !! Even if it is widely practiced  today in the world where I grew up, it does NOT make it ok. It absolutely makes me sad and angry that I had no choice. In the camp where I grew up,  every girl went through because it was something that was normalized through the community. We should recognize its physical and emotional harm. 

No human being, especially children, should go through these awful dark traumatic experiences! I’ll fight for those who are voiceless, children and vulnerable people! That’s why it’s important for me to share my story and voice.” 

I have a message for those of us who  care for humanity.  If you  truly do care, I urge and challenge you to take a immediate action to stop FGM forever and ever!  Join the good fight by educating yourself and others.  Speak out so that others are aware. There are organizations that are fighting FGM and child forced marriage. Go to the AHA foundation by (Ayaan Hirsi Ali) 

https://www.theahafoundation.org/female-genital-mutilation/  

I am an “ExMuslim, and although I don’t like labels,I feel compelled to use this word to normalize the abandonment from Islam ;  that it’s ok to leave Islam without consequences! 

People should have a right to question, practice, or not practice, but never inflict harm upon other people.  We should have a common ground which is to live in peace and harmony!

Currently, I live in America. . I cannot thank enough what America has done for me! I’m grateful and thankful to live in the USA. I’m lucky and privileged to be a proud American citizen! I’ve  learned how to read, write, and speak English because of hard work and dedication.  I am presently writing my autobiography. 

Thank you for reading my story and stay humble and spread kindness” 

Sahara Ash

Sara’s letter to “This American Life” organization

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FGM is practiced all over the world. The story below is reminiscent of Sara’s story. This was reported on several years ago on Iraqi television.

Women circumcision is practiced in 27 African states, in Indonesia and in Kurdish region in Iraq. Parts of women genitals will be circumcised without any reason except that sharia requires it .

Parents force their daughters or sisters to undergo FGM. It is not a government directive, but much pressure is put upon families to perform FGM on their females. Women who faced FGM feel ashamed and have suffered not only pain, but lack of confidence in their sexuality. They have less desire to have sex. Many women try to hide the fact that they have undergone FGM.

Many girls in the community, if they voice misgivings or refuse, are attacked by the women in the community. They are threatened by the men that marriage is out of the question unless they are circumcised.

FGM IN WESTERN COUNTRIES

FGM has been revealed to be practiced in Canada and the United States as well. Often, girls are sent to their country of origin to have the procedure, but it is also performed here in secrecy.

In 1997, the Parliament of Canada passed an amendment to the Criminal Code of Canada expressly prohibiting all forms of female genital mutilation in Canada. Under the code, it is prohibited to aid, abet or counsel such assault and to interfere with genitalia for nonmedical reasons. Moreover, the amendment expressly prohibits the transport of a child outside of Canada for the purpose of obtaining female genital mutilation. Anyone found to have carried out these offences faces up to 14 years in prison and/or a fine.

Such a law does not prevent communities from performing FGM. The Somalian community is known for this practice, and it is done within the community. Other Islamic communities in Canada also practice it, but it is sometimes fought against by the women in the community.

In the United States, a doctor was charged for involvement in FGM procedure. The case, believed to be the nation’s first involving female genital mutilation emerged in April 2017 when a Dr Nagarwala was arrested and accused of heading a conspiracy that lasted 12 years and involved seven other people. In 2020, a federal judge  dismissed the most serious remaining charge against the doctor.

Conclusion 

Sara’s story, and the stories of many other women like her need to be told. Although she has gone through so much trauma in her life, she is full of hope and thankfulness for her opportunities in her new home, the United States of America. Many of her communications with us ended with expressions of peace and kindness.

Much more needs to be done to expose this barbaric practice. No matter how uncomfortable it makes us, we need to expose this practice more and more so that it is truly eradicated.

Sara’s postscript

I previously mentioned that I left Islam because I remembered as a little  girl, I never had the choice to decide if I wanted to be Muslim or follow this ideology! I was unfortunately (I feel) born into this ideology and to be Muslim was expected of everyone who was Somali!

When we leave the religion of Islam, it’s not like other religions like Christianity. Individuals who leave this particular ideology, their lives are on the line! Since I am no longer practice Islam  or I should say not Muslim and especially speaking out, sadly it comes with consequences that even in the west we have to be careful and avoid going to places that will put us in danger!

I’m much happier to not  belong to a toxic and unhealthy ideology and community any longer! I’m stronger and a better human being. 2021 is the year that I finally am no longer staying silent and hiding who I am!  I am very passionate regarding freedom, especially freedom of religion!

It’s time for individuals like me to speak out and share their voices and stories! Stay humble and spread kindness .

As a Somali-American I agree with what Ayaan says. Ayaan’s story and experiences overlap with mine and there are much similarities with experiences. Reading her book The infidel was reading my own story! It so relatable for me, especially to someone who grew up in a refugee camp! As I am new to this journey of sharing my story and voice in public,  I am learning a lot and willing to listen and learn from others. I’m nervous and excited for where this journey is going to take me! Thank you for reading my story!

The Ongoing Practice Of Female Genital Mutilation

Sara’s story is brutal, emotional and tears at the soul. Her bravery in telling it is a testament to her survivor spirit.

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Sara with Ayaan Hirsi Ali

The procedure,  taken from Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Foundation Website.  Ms. Ali is a strong voice against FGM

“Female genital mutilation (FGM) is any procedure involving the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs and is often performed on girls between the ages of 4 and 14 to ensure their virginity until marriage.” According Mrs. Ali website AHA Foundation states that “Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a form of gender-based violence recognized as a violation of women’s and girls’ fundamental human rights.  There are four major types of FGM:

Clitoridectomy: Involves the removal of the clitoris and or clitoral hood, an otherwise normally functioning body part that is sliced off and thrown away.

Intermediate infibulation: As much of the clitoris as possible is removed and the labia minora cut, oftentimes the labia majora as well to narrow the vaginal opening.

Vaginal fusing or total infibulation: Total infibulation includes the clitoris and the inner labia being removed and the outer labia cut or scraped, then sewn together. Vaginal fusing is the most severe form of FGM which includes all aspects of total infibulation, as well as the inner walls of the vagina scratched to cause bleeding and sewing again. The girl’s feet are then tied together in an effort to fuse the two sides of the vagina with scar tissue to close it up.

The ‘nick’: Involves pushing a girl’s legs apart and using a needle to prick her clitoris, typically to draw blood. This can sometimes include cutting, scraping or cauterizing the girls genitals

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Female Genital Mutilation Procedure

Sara’s Story

A young woman from the  United States shared her story with us. This is Sara’s  journey out of Islam and her voice against FGM.

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Sara at 17, her first year in the USA, first time  attending school

I Cannot stay silent anymore!

“My name is Sara. I was born in Somalia but grew up and  lived in a refugee camp in Kenya half of my life. My biological mother died right after I was born. My biological father and I were separated due to the civil war in Somalia 1991. Many years later, I came to America without a formal education and did not even know how to write my first name. Today, I graduated with my bachelors degree in social service and  am seeking my masters for  social worker!

I am an ExMuslim, and though I do not like labels , I feel compelled to use this word ExMuslim to normalize the dissent of Islam, that it’s ok to leave Islam without consequences! Getting beaten up is something normalized in the Somali community. 

I remembered very well a big event that took place in my teenage years, one time my biological father’s side of the family wanted me to do something that I didn’t want to do, so I was beaten for questioning since I was a small girl. Beating of women happens all the time in the Somali community, even here in America, because it is written in the Quran. There was an incident one evening, I was told to do something that I didn’t agree to. During this incident, I was  beaten brutally,  abused emotionally and physically.

I escaped from my biological family to seek a better life. Many years later, I  came to America with basically no formal education.  In other words, I didn’t even know how to write my own name! This means I literally started from zero at the age of seventeen!

Currently, I live in America, and with hard work and dedication I’ve  learned how to read, write and speak English! Today, I’m writing a book to share my story and voice. I’m grateful and thankful for having this opportunity to be able to explore my potential and most importantly,  I was able to free myself from the  Hijab and Islam! This was difficult to do, being part of the Somali community, because I was looked down on as bad girl! It was very difficult to take off my hijab and speak out and challenge the old narrative!

Since working in the school system, I have seen that girls are scorned if they do not wear their hijab, (here in America) so almost all of them wear it. I was told not to associate with non-Muslims, even though many of the people who have been kindest to me are non-Muslims. 

I remembered when I first came to the USA at the age of seventeen, all the girls who I came with all got married and got jobs. I remember that back in Kenya especially in the camp where I grew up,  girls got married (arranged and forced) at very young ages between 14- 15. In Somali culture and community, it’s common practice.  I was against girls being forced to marry without their consent. This should not happen to anybody.  I never pictured myself in a life like that.  I dreamed of a different world where I could choose what I wanted in  life.  My goals and dreams were to become literate. I had dreamed as a little girl that someday, I would go somewhere in the world and become something! I didn’t quite know what that “something” was,  but I knew I wanted to become educated and especially learn how to read and write. 

My caregivers wanted me to  do the same thing the other girls were doing. This meant they thought I should get married and maybe also get a job and make money so that I could send some financial  support to people back in Kenya.  I stood up for myself because my dream was to go to school and get education even though the family didn’t approve of this.  However, with determination and dedication I stood up to them and stuck to my word. I said it is never too late to learn and I am going to  become literate!

I discovered that it’s a lie that Allah will strike you down if you remove your hijab in public. When I first  removed my headcover (Hijab), it was the first time since I was six or seven. I felt good about my decision and it absolutely was an empowering experience! It was a beautiful moment to feel the wind through my hair, especially when I rode my bike! I learned how to ride a bike about 3 years ago! I remember where I grew up, girls didn’t ride bikes because that was not acceptable and was said to be cultural appropriation.

I believe it was around 2016 to 2017 when I started looking into Islam and its teachings in a critical manner. One day while I was having a conversation with a Somali coworker,  Ayaan H Ali’s name  came up in the conversation. The person I was having a conversation with said  “Ayaan needs to die and deserves to be killed!”  I replied,  “Why would you kill someone?  Doesn’t she have the same rights as you?”  Then this person said to me,  “Do you know that I can kill you (meaning me)  if you leave Islam and remove your headcover?” (hijab). That day I was terrified and so heartbroken that my coworker told me she can kill me and Ayana because her book  (Quran) allowed her to do so!

I would say this was my full wake up call and I started reading about Islam and its teachings. I’ve discovered that if individuals simply decided to leave this ideology of Islam and its teachings, they are apostates.  This means Islam and its teachings call for my death and many other ExMuslims! These threats, bullies and abuses happen around the world, even in America. That this happens in America is not right to me!

We need to deal with Islam’s denials, stigmas and taboos. We are told not to talk about Allah’s words which I find very hard. We need to discuss the rights of the whole human being, women, children, and vulnerable people. It is sad that the religion of Islam cannot tolerate critique/criticism. I have always thought that if religion is truly from a creator, that it should speak for itself. I have a dream that someday people will look at each other as human beings, rather than at their race or religion.

FGM

Between the ages of 5 to 6, I and many other innocent little girls including one of my cousins were forced to undergo female genital mutilation. Even today, 31 years later, I and many girls who went through these horrible practices still suffer from PTSD and trauma.

I remembered that it was mid morning when an old lady came to my house at a refugee camp. We as little girls were told it was something good for us. This was done to all girls and it was normalized in this community. To be quite honest everyone was going through these horrible practices because it was part of the culture and also religion encourages that girls must be purified so they can be clean and to make sure they’re virgins until their marriage.

Just thinking about this now my stomach literally turns upside down and how absolutely disgusting and disheartening these forms of child abuse and sexual abuse are been allowed in this century!

It was very painful and this was done without any medical procedure. No medicine. In other words,  no Novocain for numbing the areas that have been cut off and scraped off. I don’t remember a lot, my mind has blanked most of it out, but I have seen it being done to other girls.  The procedure I had is called Firauni. The girl is held down, everything is scraped off, the girls’ legs are tied together so the skin will fuse together. After several weeks, if the fusion did not take place, the whole procedure is repeated. There is only a small hole left for urination and menses. It’s horrible and inhuman and it should not done to any human being! I’m myself and many Somali girls have gone through the Firauni type.  80 % to 95% of Somali girls have gone through the FGM.

Usually the individuals who perform FGM are older persons  between 50 to 70 years of age or even sometime older.  Most of these ladies are illiterate individuals and don’t do anything about health risks and childhood trauma that come with these experiences.  These elderly women do get paid for performing these practices.  I would say places where I grew up in the Kenya camp, I can swear that it was done 100% to little girls and every girl I know has gone through FGM!  If you didn’t go through this, these girls were bullied, excluded, abused, and singled out from the Somali community! Literally, if you didn’t go through this, you are or were an alien in the world and invisible.

In the West it’s happening secretly. We know that children (girls) are taken over seas and I have no  doubt it’s also being practiced here secretly even though it’s illegal. It is still happening in America and other western nations. Going back to this part of my memory that I’ve sort of deleted because the pain and the darkness that comes with it hasn’t been easy but it was definitely therapy to write about it.

Now that I live in this great country USA, I can heal myself and also help others to heal from this awful trauma from childhood! Also I am grateful that now I’m able to read and write and use my voice and fight these horrifying practices. It breaks my heart this is happening still today especially in a world such as America and the Western world that is supposed to protect little children from these horrifying things.

It absolutely makes me sad and angry that I had no choice. The camp where I grew up,  every girl went through it because it was something that was normalized through the community I grew up in.  The irony of this is that here in the USA,  we should not allow these horrifying practices to be continued, but it still happens!

I have a message for those who claim to say they care for people such as immigrants.  If you  do care, I urge you to take a immediate action to stop FGM forever and ever! 

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is my hero, and I was so excited that I could meet her! The Somali community hate her and threaten her, but she keeps fighting against FGM. She is my inspiration! Her story and her voice is forbidden in the community. If people hear her name, automatically they jump to the conclusion that she is awful and she shames the Somali culture and Islam! 

Yes, I would like to  bring awareness and also encourage and empower individuals to share their stories/perspectives and voices! Yes, I am against any ideologies especially Islam gender-discrimination and many other problematic issues that take place within this ideology.  In my opinion, it is so sad that the religion of Islam cannot tolerant, any critique/ criticism.  In my opinion, Allah’s words  takes human dignity/rights away 

No human being, especially children, should go through these awful dark traumatic experiences! I’ll fight for those who are voiceless, children and vulnerable people! That’s why it’s important for me to share my story and voice.

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FGM is practiced all over the world. The story below is reminiscent of Sara’s story. This was reported on several years ago on Iraqi television.

Women circumcision is practiced in 27 African states, in Indonesia and in Kurdish region in Iraq. Parts of women genitals will be circumcised without any reason except that sharia requires it .

Parents force their daughters or sisters to undergo FGM. It is not a government directive, but much pressure is put upon families to perform FGM on their females. Women who faced FGM feel ashamed and have suffered not only pain, but lack of confidence in their sexuality. They have less desire to have sex. Many women try to hide the fact that they have undergone FGM.

Many girls in the community, if they voice misgivings or refuse, are attacked by the women in the community. They are threatened by the men that marriage is out of the question unless they are circumcised. 

FGM IN WESTERN COUNTRIES

FGM has been revealed to be practiced in Canada and the United States as well. Often, girls are sent to their country of origin to have the procedure, but it is also performed here in secrecy. 

In 1997, the Parliament of Canada passed an amendment to the Criminal Code of Canada expressly prohibiting all forms of female genital mutilation in Canada. Under the code, it is prohibited to aid, abet or counsel such assault and to interfere with genitalia for nonmedical reasons. Moreover, the amendment expressly prohibits the transport of a child outside of Canada for the purpose of obtaining female genital mutilation. Anyone found to have carried out these offences faces up to 14 years in prison and/or a fine. 

Such a law does not prevent communities from performing FGM. The Somalian community is known for this practice, and it is done within the community. Other Islamic communities in Canada also practice it, but it is sometimes fought against by the women in the community. 

In the United States, a doctor was charged for involvement in FGM procedure. The case, believed to be the nation’s first involving female genital mutilation emerged in April 2017 when a Dr Nagarwala was arrested and accused of heading a conspiracy that lasted 12 years and involved seven other people. In 2020, a federal judge  dismissed the most serious remaining charge against the doctor.

Conclusion 

Sara’s story, and the stories of many other women like her need to be told. Although she has gone through so much trauma in her life, she is full of hope and thankfulness for her opportunities in her new home, the United States of America. Many of her communications with us ended with expressions of peace and kindness.

Sara’s inspiration, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, has made great strides in exposing this barbaric practice of FGM, but much more needs to be done. No matter how uncomfortable it makes us, we need to expose this practice more and more so that it is truly eradicated.

 
 
 
 
 

Inside Hizb Ut Tahrir, A Gateway To Jihad

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Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT), or “Party of Liberation,” is an international Islamist movement seeking to unite Muslims under one Islamic caliphate.

Founded by Palestinian Taqiuddin al-Nabhani al-Filastyni in 1953, Hizb ut-Tahrir considers itself a non-violent political party.  HT states that its goal is to peacefully convert Muslim nations (and indeed the world) to Islamist political systems. HT praises the concept of jihad but insists that it does not use “material power to defend itself or as a weapon….”  The group publicly disavows efforts to achieve its goals of a caliphate through violent means.

The flag that Hizb ut-Tahrir uses shows the Shahada (the testimony, or confession of faith) “I bear witness that there is no deity but Allah, and I bear witness that Muhammad is the messenger of God.”

While not advocating violence directly, individuals associated with HT have been involved in violent acts. Many younger members indoctrinated by HT, such as notorious ISIS figure “Jihadi John,” have gone on to join jihadist movements.

  • April 30, 2003: Suicide bomber Asif Muhammad Hani, a British citizen, explodes at the entrance to Tel Aviv bar Mike’s Place. The bombing kills three and wounds 50. Israeli authorities identify a second bomber, Omar Khan Sharif, also a British citizen, whose explosives failed to detonate. Both men belonged to HT offshoot al-Muhajiroun. Sharif was also reportedly “associated with HT.”*
  • 2004: British authorities arrest an HT member for joining al-Qaeda and plotting to attack financial targets in New York.*
  • July 2004: HT splinter cell Islamic Jihad Union (IJU) attacks the American and Israeli embassies in Uzbekistan.*
  • May 13, 2005: Uzbek security forces stop a revolt, prison break, and an anti-government demonstration in the city of Andijon. Uzbeki President Islam A. Karimov blames international terrorist groups and HT for organizing the uprising. HT denies responsibility.*
  • July 29, 2006: Surveillance cameras film two Lebanese men carrying suitcases filled with propane-gas explosives onto trains in Germany. Investigators said one of the men, Youssef Mohammed el-Hajdib, may have ties to HT. The group denies that Hajdib was a member.*
  • September 2007: German police arrest three members of HT splinter group IJU for plotting to attack restaurants, military and civilian airports, and nightclubs.*
  • November 4, 2010: Russian police say they have prevented an HT cell from blowing up a railway track near a Moscow train station.*
  • November 2012: Early in the month, Russian authorities arrest 18 Russian and Tajik citizens allegedly plotting bomb attacks around Moscow. After searching their apartments, authorities find “counterfeit money worth $1 million and 2 million euros”, as well as guns and explosives. On November 16, authorities charge nine Russian and Tajik citizens with belonging to HT, which is banned in those countries.*
  • December 2014: Iranian-born Australian Man Haron Monis takes more than a dozen people hostage at Sydney’s Lindt Chocolat Café. Monis and two hostages are killed after a 16-hour standoff with police. Monis had attended a June 2014 HT lecture on the failings of the West.*
  • March 2015: Bangladeshi police arrest Islamist blogger Farabi Shafiur Rahman in connection with the February 26, 2015, murder of atheist writer Avijit Roy. Police accuse Rahman of belonging to HT and threatening over social media to kill Roy prior to his murder in a knife attack.*
  • Late March 2015: Turkish police stop nine British citizens from crossing into Syria to join jihadist groups. British police reveal that one of the nine, Waheed Ahmed—a student at Manchester University and the son of Rochdale town councilor Shakil Ahmed—is a member of HT. HT Britain’s chairman, Dr. Abdul Waheed, denies that Ahmed is a member.*
  • April 2015: British media report that individuals associated with HT and the Nusra Front attacked civil activists in Aleppo, Syria. HT Britain denies the reports (1)

Extensive articles have been written on Hizb, encompassing their history, leaders, goals and aspirations.

They have been banned in many Muslim-majority countries, as well as Western countries including Turkey, Egypt, Lebanon and Germany.

Circanda has produced  articles on a prominent Canadian Hizb leader Mazin Abdul-Adhim concerning his publicly stated views.  You can read them here and here. Mr. Abdul-Adhim has been banned from Denmark for his radical views, however, Hizb ut-Tahrir still operates in Canada with impunity. 

Even though they are allowed to operate in Canada, members and leaders are followed closely by intelligence agencies. 

Hizb ut-Tahrir has compiled an extensive and comprehensive library of their goals and aspirations. Many of these books are available for PDF download here.  They are working hard to translate all of their material into English. 

Following is some of the content you will find:

Book 1, Hizb ut-Tahrir: Purpose is to revive the Umah, liberate it from the Kufr, as well as domination of Kufr states.

Book 2, Methodology: Reestablishing the Caliphate is a clollective activety within a structure, party or group. It must be political.

Book 3, System of Islam: It is necessary to radically and comprehensively change a person’s thought and generate another thought for him.

Book 4, Structuring of the party: The ideology is the multiplication of ‘cells’ (individual who embodies the idea) to form leadership and then the idea is propagated through Dawah.

Book 5, Concepts: Hizb works in order to govern by Islam and strives against the Kafr colonialists to uproot their influence.

Book 6, Essential elements of the Islamic disposition: A follower must have both the proper Islamic mentality and behavioral disposition.

Book 7, The Islamic state: The Islamic state is not a dream or a figment of the imagination, it is a reality, always has been, always will be.

Book 8, Institutions of state: Laying out the implementation of the ruling and administrative organizations of the Caliphate.

Book 9, The Ruling Islam in Islam: A complete and comprehensive system designed for mankind, obligatory of Muslims to implement and execute.

Book 10, The social system in Islam: Muslims are obliged to restrict their living solely to what Allah has commanded in the Sunnah, whether or not it disagrees with the west.

Book 11, Economic system: This book introduces the reality of the capitalist and socialist (including Communist) economic systems and their refutation explaining their defects and contradiction with the economic system of Islam.

Book 13 & 14: Draft constitution: A comprehensive and extensive constitution is in place, ready to be implemented with the establishment of the Caliphate.

There are more books of instruction to be found on the website.

Looking at some of the subject matter in the above material, one could think that Hizb is cult-like in structure. This view is strengthened by how they recruit and teach their following.  Though they claim to be a political organization, their methodology is cerebral in nature, attempting to change how people think. In this respect, they are different than the Muslim Brotherhood, who ingratiate themselves into the Western political system while keeping their Islamic supremacy agenda hidden. Hizb rejects those who want to work within the Western system.

The Inner workings

Hizb followers are generally Sunni in ideology, attending Sunni mosques for the most part. They are looked upon with suspicion and wariness by the mosques, not necessarily because of their ideology, but they bring unwanted attention to the mosques because of their very public views on Caliphate. They try to recruit followers after prayer times outside of mosques, handing out pamphlets and speaking to mosque attendees. 

Universities are also actively targeted, particularly the Muslim Students Associations and different activist gatherings, where Hizb can push their ideas onto young, idealized Muslims and non Muslims alike. They attempt to get into as many colleges and universities as possible.  They will try to hold halaqas, or study circles as often as they can. Most of the new recruits come from the universities. The study groups are split into male and female groups.

When someone joins Hizb, they are required to study under a senior member for months, if not years. When they have shown a strong understanding of what they have studied, they are then obligated to go out, recruit and teach others. This is to build the ability of refute and debate with people. 

A recruit does not become a full member until all of the books published by Hizb have been studied and you are tested and approved by the leader of the region. 

Everything within the organization is very secretive, even though they are very forthright in their goals.  When recruits attend a halaqa (study group), they must leave their cell phones at home, no recording is allowed.  Leadership do not communicate via social media and phone, they meet privately.

Members of Hizb ut-Tahrir work within the Islamic education system where they have easy access to students. Their political views are kept secret in order for them to work in these institutions.

Radicalized groups in Canada have a similar mindset, namely,  the promotion and implementation of Islam throughout the world, yet they approach their goal in different ways. Hizb ut-Tahrir, although political in nature, try to reach people through thinking and behavior modification. Muslim Brotherhood  work directly within the political system while keeping their goals under the radar. 

While most mosques will not allow Hizb to proselytize within the building, they hand out pamphlets and talk to mosque goers after the service. They also attend any conference they can, including the RIS annual conference in Toronto. Here, they set up a Dawah booth and pass out information outside of the conference, although ISNA in Mississauga has a conference where they are allowed to attend and distribute. 

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Most of their dawah material is also printed on an online blog. You can access the blog here. The blog deals with happenings in the world and each entry  stresses the coming of the Caliphate as the ultimate solution. Below are some quotes from the blog.

From July 2020 on the police: “These mechanisms of control are so ingrained into the ideology of the system that reform is simply not possible. To end the unjust practices of the police, one must dismantle the unchecked power of the elite, and place meaningful restrictions on them. It means, dismantling Capitalism as a whole and replacing it with the Islamic ideology is the only complete solution.”

From July 2020 on Racism: “Indeed, the brutal and blatant racism African Americans endure in the United States is only a symptom of the corruption of the Capitalist system. Thereforeto completely eradicate racism, we must uproot this failed system and, in turn, replace it with a truly just alternative (Islam)”  What he fails to mention is the acquisition of slaves by Mohammad, not only African slaves, but from throughout the known world. 

May 2020 on Ramadan: “The true unity of the Muslims can only be achieved under the Khilafah. The adoption of the Khalifah is what removes the differences of opinion. Until the Khilafah is re- established, there will not be any unity in the matter of Ramadan, let alone other more important matters.”

May 2020 on Covid: “Ultimately, the solution to containing the spread of COVID- 19, and other pandemics, requires more than one or two policies. It requires a government that fears Allah.”

The bulk of Hizb followers in Ontario are found in the GTA, with London and Hamilton having a growing presence. There are chapters throughout the Muslim and Western worlds.

Leaders in Ontario regularly attend conferences throughout the world.  Canadian leadership has travelled to Syria during the initial uprising to try to convince the rebel army to work with Hizb ut-Tahrir. It is also said that many members of HT went to ISIS to try convince them to work with HT, but they were executed for their trouble.  Canadian leadership also traveled recently to Australia, Turkey and UAE to recruit. 

Although HT does not officially ascribe to jihad with regards to their single minded goal of world-wide Islam, their radical views have the propensity to radicalize individuals, and drive them towards jihadi minded organizations like ISIS and Al Qaeda. 

Quotes from HT leadership

Uthman Badar, HT Australia spokesman, July 3, 2011

“If our members exist in a country where an occupation has occurred, in capacity as individuals they would have an obligation to resist.”

Asim Qureshi, speaker at HT rally, August 19, 2006

“When we see the example of our brothers and sisters fighting in Chechnya, Iraq, Palestine, Kashmir, Afghanistan, then we know where the example lies. When we see Hezbollah defeating the armies of Israel, we know where the solution is and where the victory lies. We know that it is incumbent upon all of us, to support the jihad of our brothers and sisters in these countries when they are facing the oppression of the West. Allahu Akhbar! Allahu Akhbar!”

Kamal Abuzahra, speaker at HT conference, August 4, 2006

“There is no Islam as a way of life without a Khilafah.”

Hassan al-Madhoun, spokesman for HT in the Gaza Strip, May 2015

“We call on the Muslim armies to direct their weapons toward Israel instead of Muslims in an Arab country.”

HT Draft Constitution Article 7

“[Those] guilty of apostasy (murtad) from Islam are to be executed according to the rule of apostasy…”

HT publication, March 25, 1996

“However, it is not allowed for a Muslim to express any opinion that contradicts Islam, whether regarding the Islamic creed or anything emanating from it. Accordingly, he is not allowed to call for the ‘liberation of women,’ or Nationalism, or Patriotism, or Regionalism, or a Kufr principle like Capitalism or Socialism, or indeed any idea that contradicts Islam. Therefore, it is not allowed for Muslims to adopt the freedom of opinion which the Capitalists call for. Everything that is initiated by a Muslim should be confined by the Shar’ia.”

Ismail al-Wahwah, December 24, 2012

“That is the duty of the caliphate – to implement Islam internally and carry the light of Islam to the rest of the world. How? Not with flowers. It was the army of Muslims, which started from Al-Madina, and they went to China, India, and Al-Maghreb. That is jihad.”

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(1) https://www.counterextremism.com/threat/hizb-ut-tahrir

References:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hizb_ut-Tahrir

Islamic Foundation of Toronto denounces distribution of “Hizb ut Tahrir” flyers

Hizb ut-Tahrir (Canada) is a political party that works to establish the Khilafa (caliphate)

 

Canadian Muslim scholar: “Our loyalty is to the Islamic State (Khilafah)”

Hizb ut-Tahrir

Strategic Appointments

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By Rami Dabbas

Did the King Abdullah choose Al-Khasawneh as prime minister to pass the deal of the century?

After the government of the new Jordanian Prime Minister, Bishr Al-Khasawneh took the constitutional oath in front of king Abdullah, many questions revolved around the basic tasks that this man was assigned to, and whether he was able to complete them in light of the difficult conditions  Jordan is going through internally and regionally.

It seems that Jordan is forced to march towards interim challenges that it will face in the next stage, in light of the great turning point that the region is moving towards, and the insistence of the current American administration led by Donald Trump to bypass the Jordanian regime, which in the eyes of the current US administration and the Netanyahu government has become an obstacle to its interests in the region. Especially in light of King Abdullah’s insistence on not agreeing to the American peace deal in its current form, and  also after the Palestinian Authority’s refusal.

All these changes made the Jordanian monarch inclined to appoint Bishr Al-Khasawneh as prime minister to face these challenges, which Jordan seems forced to agree to, the most prominent of which is the deal of the century.

Coming out with a minimal loss

The Jordanian monarch’s choice of Al-Khasawneh came at the expense of two other candidates, Hussein Majali and Walid Al-Maani.

Hussein al-Majali is distinguished as a military figure who lacks political acumen, but he enjoys a populist discourse that makes him close to the street, which is what made the king think of him as a first option, for his characteristics that are able to absorb the anger of the Jordanian street, and his ability to restore popularity again to the Jordanian king, which has declined Recently.

In the end, however, the king saw that the dues of the next phase require the export of a diplomatic figure more than a military and popular figure close to the street. While the personality of the second candidate, Walid Al-Maani, came far from political and security work, he is a doctor, and therefore choosing him  would not be feasible to deal with the next stage.

The deal of the century … the search for realistic solutions

According to sources, King Abdullah pointed out that the choice of Al-Khasawneh came as a result of his distinction as a diplomatic and political figure known to the American decision-making circles, as the king wants to come out in the next stage with the least losses, in light of the state of normalization and peace between the Arab Gulf states with Israel, and the American demands by the Trump administration on Jordan to accept the deal of the Century.

Al-Khasawneh is distinguished in that he is a moderate figure who believes in realistic solutions. He has no problem with the principle of financially compensating the Palestinians instead of the right of return.

It is noteworthy that Al-Khasawneh was the only person who accompanied the Jordanian monarch on his recent lightning visit to the Emirates, just before the UAE signed a peace agreement with Israel, which gave initial indications at the time that King Abdullah wanted to send special signals to Washington via Abu Dhabi, that Amman would accept realistic solutions regarding the Palestinian issue specifically the American peace deal.

In addition to the fact that the man enjoys distinguished relations with Basem Awadallah, a figure close to Muhammad Dahlan, which is considered a green light from Jordan and a tacit approval to make sharp concessions regarding the Palestinian issue, and to agree to the deal of the century in principle, after he initially showed intransigence And a big rejection.

A dictatorial man who does not accept the other opinion

On the other hand, the “diplomatic” character of Al-Khasawneh on the external level does not appear in his dealings and behaviors with the social environment that he knows, and which he collided with and dealt with directly. The man’s personality is known for its clash and non-acceptance of the other. Rather, the man is distinguished by a great exclusionary state.

According to some sources, the man is famous for his nervous temper, and that he is a propagandist and opportunist, as he had attacked a traffic policeman during his work as his country’s ambassador to Egypt. In addition to that, he used to deal with auditors at the Jordanian embassy in Cairo in a superior manner, and did not accept any criticism or complaints submitted to him by the auditors.

Prime Minister with an excessive diplomatic flavor

Al-Khasawneh served extensively in the Jordanian diplomatic corps, and moved in a number of diplomatic and government positions, the last of which was the king’s policy advisor, since August 2020, and he previously worked as an advisor to the king for communication and coordination affairs for the period 2019-2020.

Al-Khasawneh also held the position of Minister of State twice, becoming Minister of State for Foreign Affairs in 2016-2017, and Minister of State for Legal Affairs in 2017-2018.

During his diplomatic career, he traveled as ambassador to Jordan in a number of countries, and his representative in a number of international organizations and forums. He was his country’s ambassador in Egypt from 2012 to 2016, and during the same period he served as Jordan’s delegate to the Arab League, permanent observer to the African Union, and Jordan’s ambassador to Kenya and Ethiopia, then moved to work as ambassador to France between 2018-2019.

Prior to that, he held a number of other positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since the early 1990s. Second and First Attaché and Secretary.

King Abdullah II had limited options as a result of cumulative mistakes throughout his reign. His choice of Bishr Al-Khasawneh at this stage is due to a number of reasons.

The first reason is that he cannot return to the old guard, and thus the king has lost much of his popularity, and he does not want to lose more. Evidence for this is the experience of Marouf Al Bakhit, who he assigned  to head the government twice, the first was in 2011, and the second time in 2017, and his second government was worse than the first.

The second reason is that there are pressing issues on the Jordanian street, including the bad economic situation and political considerations in the region, from new alliances, on top of which is Gulf normalization with Israel, and the attempt to jump over the Jordanian role in the issue of Jerusalem and annexation of the Jordan Valley, and everything related to the Palestinian issue.

In addition to the most important and dangerous file at the domestic level, which is the health file related to the “Coronavirus” pandemic, and the devastating economic repercussions that came with it on the Jordanian economy.

Whereas, the king did not want to focus on the security aspect only by choosing a character such as Hussein al-Majali, or the health aspect by choosing a figure such as Walid al-Maani, but rather wanted to use a personality close to him and close to the Cabinet and the Hashemite palace.

Al-Khasawneh is aware of the instructions and trends within the corridors of the Jordanian political decision, and he is closely informed of the Jordanian position in various issues, as he is the least problematic for the king rather than choosing another person, considering that this person does not have question marks or major criticism in the Jordanian street, since most of his work  is concentrated in the diplomatic and foreign corps.

This is what prompted King Abdullah to change his mind at the last minute regarding the appointment of Majali and Al Maani as prime minister, and the tendency to appoint Al-Khasawneh after a series of great consultations with advisers and close associates.

As the king lives in a very big dilemma, fear and great anxiety about the current stage and what is coming, in light of important files, including holding elections for the House of Representatives, and many Arab countries rushed to normalize with Israel, and most importantly the upcoming American elections.

His Character touches the aspirations of the Jordanian palace and Regime

The choice of Al-Khasawneh as prime minister was among other options before the Jordanian monarch, as the man is famous for his closeness to the king,  considered one of the personalities close to the king for years, specifically, being a long-term advisor to the king, in addition to his experience as a diplomat who worked in Jordanian embassies abroad, and he had a role in developing  Jordan’s relations in the countries in which he worked, including the Arab League, and perhaps the joining of a number of diplomats to his ministerial team would confirm this.

On a large scale, if internal challenges are excluded, specifically dealing with the Coronavirus epidemic in all its details, and the repercussions of the economic crisis that will appear more deeply in the coming months, the external challenges, including regional ones, so the Jordanian decision-maker waits today for the post-American election phase in which the region will witness profound changes, not only linked to Palestinian and Arab peace with Israel.

There are transformations and rearrangements affecting regional powers in the region, which require precision in building Jordanian positions, especially since there is a Jordanian perception that normalization agreements with Israel will include other Arab countries, and this is what Jordan proposes to review its previous positions, ensuring its survival, which is not an issue. All regional powers in the region are moving and adopting their policies with one reference, which is the American elections and the implications of their results.

No magical solutions

Hence, the new Prime Minister Al-Khasawneh does not have a magic wand of solutions to confront the internal challenges, as the margins to maneuver in it are limited, and perhaps in his first statements after the oath, there was some indication for that when he said: “We will take the necessary decisions, even if they are painful,” while drawing foreign policies and decisions.  The government is one of the actors in it, not the only actor.

Islamic Reform In Canada?

 

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On Friday, October 9, 2020, the above sign was seen in Dundas Square in Toronto  in support of imam Mustafa Khattab of the Anatolia Islamic Centre and Muslim Chaplain at Brock University,  because of his statements on LGBTQ.  This sign was displayed adjacent to the Islamic Dawah booth. For years, there has been an Islamic Dawah booth in this area, teaching the public about Islam, and providing literature to interested persons.

Circanada has done a series of articles regarding the information given out at the Dawah booth in downtown Toronto. Much of this literature speaks of Islamic doctrine as taken from the Quran and hadith and the continued supplication of victory over a disbelieving people. One of the books given out “The accepted Dua” has this to say: 

https://circanada.com/2018/05/31/dispelling-misinformation-about-islam-the-accepted-dua/ 

O Allah, destroy the disbelievers that deny Your messenger, and block others from Your path, and descend upon them Your punishment, O Allah, destroy the disbelievers who were given the Book [Jews and Christians]. 

Another book that is given out “24 Hours with the Prophet” echoes this same sentiment:

https://circanada.com/2018/06/13/publications-in-canada-that-promote-hatred-towards-non-muslims/

“…Our Lord! Make us not a trial for the people who are Zalimun (polytheists and wrongdoers) (i.e. do not make them overpower us). And save us by Your Mercy from the disbelievers.”

The Quran that is given out at Dundas Square also references the punishment for the LGBTQ lifestyle.

https://circanada.com/2018/07/25/the-quran/

Surah 4:16 If two men among you are guilty of lewdness, punish them both. If they repent and amend, Leave them alone; for Allah is Oft-returning, Most Merciful.

Another book given out by this same booth, “Clear your doubts about Islam” also gives clear guidance about the homosexual lifestyle.

“Islamic teachings emphasize the distinctions between male and female. Islam instructs parents to separate their children in their beds by the age of ten in order to avoid sexual experiences which may result from childhood experimentation. Such experiences are often reinforced by contacts in school or through abuse from perverted adults. Islam also encourages early marriage in order to facilitate lawful
sexual relations for young people as soon as possible and keep them away from unlawful and unnatural
ones.”

On June 28, 2019 Street Dawah Toronto issued a statement on the Pride Parade and the LGBTQ community:

“Our team stood giving out books and having conversations in the midst of the Pride Parade this month; despite the fact that the LGBTQ lifestyle goes against what Islam permits, we are not forbidden from sharing the message of Islam.

Justin Trudeau has said repeatedly that Islam is compatible with the west, even though much of the Islamic doctrine refute this claim, particularly in the area of the LGBTQ lifestyle. Prime Minister Trudeau is quoted as saying :

https://circanada.com/2018/06/21/canadian-islamic-organization-refutes-trudeaus-claim-that-islam-is-compatible-with-democracy/

“Canadians are quick to point out that ISIS is wrong, that Islam is not incompatible with the Western secular democracy, a free place like Canada.”

Mustafa Khattab, the Imam quoted in the above photo, when  confronted with his original assessment of the homosexual lifestyle, and we quote: “For me, someone who is homosexual is like someone who has diabetes or someone who has cancer or aids,” he said, noting he doesn’t like to be associated with gay people.” ,  wrote  a rebuttal in the Toronto Sun which you can read here. This rebuttal included the quotes on the signage above. 

Mr Khattab is a member of  the Canadian Council of Imams

What transpired in Dundas Square on Friday would make one believe that Prime Minister Trudeau is correct. Is there reform happening in the Islamic community? When prominent Imams are welcoming of the LGBTQ community, which goes directly against Islamic scripture, is reform happening in Canada?

According to sources that witnessed this event, many of the Muslim observers of this signage were outraged.  The gentleman manning the Islamic booth was not in agreement either, as he packed up his booth and left. The general Muslim public has not caught up to their leadership it would appear.

Islamic Reform in Canada?

Domain Names Used by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Seized

notice_of_seizureThis article was originally published by the United States Department of Justice, and can be read here.

Seizure Documents Describe Iranian Government’s Efforts to Use Domains as Part of Global Disinformation Campaign

The United States has seized 92 domain names that were unlawfully used by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to engage in a global disinformation campaign, announced the Department of Justice. 

According to the seizure documents, four of the domains purported to be genuine news outlets but were actually controlled by the IRGC and targeted the United States for the spread of Iranian propaganda to influence United States domestic and foreign policy in violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), and the remainder spread Iranian propaganda to other parts of the world.  In addition, the seizure documents describe how all 92 domains were being used in violation of U.S. sanctions targeting both the Government of Iran and the IRGC. 

“We will continue to use all of our tools to stop the Iranian Government from misusing U.S. companies and social media to spread propaganda covertly, to attempt to influence the American public secretly, and to sow discord,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers.  “Fake news organizations have become a new outlet for disinformation spread by authoritarian countries as they continue to try to undermine our democracy.  Today’s actions show that we can use a variety of laws to vindicate the value of transparency.”        

 “Today we are 92 domains closer to shutting down Iran’s worldwide disinformation campaign,” said U.S. Attorney David L. Anderson for the Northern District of California.  “This important work will continue.  Iran cannot be allowed to hide behind fake news sites.  If Iran wants to be heard using U.S. facilities, it must reveal its true colors.”

“Today, we successfully seized 92 domains involved in a disinformation campaign conducted by Iran-based actors to promote pro-Iranian propaganda.  This investigation, initiated by intelligence we received from Google, was a collaborative effort between the FBI and social media companies Google, Facebook, and Twitter,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Bennett. “This case is a perfect example of why the FBI San Francisco Division prioritizes maintaining an ongoing relationship with a variety of social media and technology companies.  These relationships enable a quick exchange of information to better protect against threats to the nation’s security and our democratic processes. The FBI also urges the public to remain vigilant about the information they find and share on social media. Every citizen must do their part to use a critical eye and look for trusted sources of information. We all have a role to play in protecting the American democratic system from foreign adversaries.”

Pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), unauthorized exports of goods, technology or services to Iran, directly or indirectly from the United States or by a United States person are prohibited. Pursuant to the IEEPA, the Secretary of the Treasury promulgated the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations (ITSR) that prohibit the provision of services to the Government of Iran without a license.  The Department of Treasury may issue a license through its Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).  Further, the United States has found that the IRGC has provided material support to a number of terrorist groups, including Hizballah, Hamas, and the Taliban and, on April 15, 2019, the IRGC was designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the United States Government.

In this case, the United States seized 92 domain names on Oct. 7, 2020, pursuant to a seizure warrant.  The seizure documents describe how the 92 seized domain names were being operated in violation of federal law. 

Four of the domain names, “newsstand7.com,” “usjournal.net,” “usjournal.us,” and “twtoday.net,” were seized pursuant to FARA.  FARA establishes a registration, reporting, and disclosure regime for agents of foreign principals (which includes foreign non-government individuals and entities) so that the U.S. government and the people of the United States are informed of the source of information and the identity of persons attempting to influence U.S. public opinion, policy, and law.  FARA requires, among other things, that persons subject to its requirements submit periodic registration statements containing truthful information about their activities and the income earned from them.  Disclosure of the required information allows the federal government and the American people to evaluate the statements and activities of such persons in light of their function as foreign agents.  Here, the four domains purported to be independent news outlets, but were actually operated by or on behalf of the IRGC to target the United States with pro-Iranian propaganda in an attempt to influence the American people to change United States foreign and domestic policy toward Iran and the Middle East.  These domains targeted a United States audience without proper registration pursuant to FARA and without notifying the American public with a conspicuous notice that the content of the domains was being published on behalf of the IRGC and the Government of Iran.

In addition, the remaining 88 domains targeted audiences in Western Europe, the Middle East, and South East Asia and masqueraded as genuine news outlets while actually being operated by the IRGC to spread pro-Iranian disinformation around the globe to the benefit of the Government of Iran.  The Government of Iran and the IRGC utilized website and domain services in the United States without a license from OFAC.  All 92 domains are owned and operated by United States companies.  Neither the IRGC nor the Government of Iran obtained a license from the Office of Foreign Assets Control prior to utilizing the domain names.  A list of the 92 seized domain names is available here.

Visitors to the sites received the following message:

Notice of Seizure

This seizure was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The Special Prosecutions Section and Asset Forfeiture Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California, and the Counterintelligence and Export Control Section of the Department of Justice’s National Security Division, are prosecuting the seizure.