Following is an article written and shared with permission by Diane Weber Bederman. In this article, she points out that Mr Hindy, Imam of Dar Al-Tawheed Islamic Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, seemed to have been unaware of the radical leanings of a scheduled guest speaker at his mosque. He stated that he was ’embarrassed’ by not knowing about the history of the Imam in question. However, in a previous posting, he noted that the speaker was a ‘well-known scholar’.
Recently, he also condemned the platform of the newly formed Islamic Party of Ontario, calling it ‘trash’. According to the official party website, the platform follows Islamic principles laid out in the Quran, Sunnah and Hadith, the same principles that many Islamic organizations and mosques abide by.
As an Imam, is it proper for him to ‘trash talk’ another Islamic organization or person, particularly when said organization or person follows Islamic principles?
If a non-Muslim would have said that, he or she might have been labelled Islamophobe.
How does Antihate.ca’s Bernier Farber feel about that? Earlier, we published an article concerning the lack of response about hate speech coming out of mosques in Canada. Fighting Islamophobia is one of Antihate’s prime objectives.
Today, Antihate.ca tweeted the following:
Read the complete twitter thread here.
Amira Elghawaby, a founding board member of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network also tweeted this afternoon:
M103 states specifically that the government (a) recognize the need to quell the increasing public climate of hate and fear; (b) condemn Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination and take note of House of Commons’ petition e-411 and the issues raised by it.
By the statements given by Ibrahim Hindy, Amira Alghawaby and the Antihate Network, could they be opening the door to criticism of Islamic doctrine/radicalism? Could this be the beginning of the end of M103?
From The Bederman Blog May 2018:
On April 3, 2018 Ibrahim Hindy, Imam of Dar Al-Tawheed Islamic Centre in Mississauga, Ontario was asked on 1010 News Radio if his mosque had been associated with any speaker who embarrassed him in anyway. He said yes. But:
“Apparently, you know, he came, he gave a speech and, you know, he didn’t say anything really wrong in it, but then I found out later and I was embarrassed later that in other countries yet said things that really were anti-Semitic, not only anti-Semitic, a couple other things he said that were kind of hateful towards other countries and I had no idea, right, so I mean I felt embarrassed. I reach out to the Jewish community right after that cause I felt, I felt really bad about that, and you know it’s challenging, but we have to do better.”
The “he” about whom Hindy referred is Shaykh Nash’at Ahmad, a well-known scholar from Egypt. Hindy has now described some of Shaykh Nash’at Ahmad’s sermons as “anti-Semitic.” Ahmed had been invited to speak at the Dar Al-Tawheed Islamic Centre in December 2016.
According to Al Jazeera Center for Studies, Shaykh Nash’at Ahmad is affiliated with the Egyptian Salafi movement which was subjected to security restrictions and even arrest and trial in various cases related to fatwas, or Islamic edicts, urging the support of Mujahideen (Muslims who engage in jihad) in Palestine and justifying the 9/11 attacks.
What statements are considered “anti-Semitic” according to Ibrahim Hindy? The following are excerpts from Shaykh Nash’at Ahmad‘s sermons in Egypt (originally in Arabic) that were published by media outlets in Canada and “embarrassed” Ibrahim Hindy:
“O Allah, destroy the Jews and whom they ally with… count their number; slay them one by one and spare not one of them.”
“[O Allah] Destroy the Russians and purify the Muslim lands from their filth [danas]. O Lord, destroy all aggressors, including the Shiites, Bashr [Assad], Alawites and others. O Allah, destroy the aggressors who are the Jews and those who support them… O Allah, they corrupted your land and You do not like the corruption… O Allah, purify the Muslim land from their filth [danas] and squalor. O Allah, purify imprisoned al-Aqsa [mosque] from their hands [of the Jews]. O Allah, restore the Caliphate [Islamic State] for the Muslims.”
Based on Hindy’s own statement, it appears that he defines supplications to invoke Allah to “destroy” the Jews and to annihilate them all as expressions of antisemitism. Asking Allah to “purify” the Muslim lands from the “filth” of other nations is perceived as “hateful”.
Imam Ayman Elkasrawy said on Ramadan 2016 in the “Masjid Toronto” mosque
“Purify the Al-Aqsa mosque from the filth [danas] of the Jews.
“Denying Israel’s right to exist, virtually the only country of which such a sentiment is expressed, crosses the line into antisemitism.”
These definitions of antisemitism should serve as guidelines for organizations that fight antisemitism such as the newly minted Canadian Anti-Hate Network (CAN), which takes its inspiration from the Southern Poverty Law Center in the U.S. The CAN is lead by executive director Evan Balgord and is chaired by Bernie Farber.