Imam Mazin AbdulAdhim is a Canadian Imam, born in Calgary, currently living in London Ontario. He is an influential teacher of the political Islam movement Hizb ut-tahrir, a movement that has been banned in several countries. This organization continues to hold conferences in Canada.
Hizb ut-tahrir (Arabic: حزبالتحرير Ḥizb at-Taḥrīr; Party of Liberation) is an international, pan-Islamist political organization, which describes its ideology as Islam, and its aim as the re-establishment of the Islamic Khilafah (Caliphate) or Islamic state to resume the Islamic way of life.
AbdulAdhim has voiced calls for re-establishing the Islamic state and rejecting nation states.
This past September 11, he posted his opinion about the attack on the World Trade Center September 11, 2001. No mention is made of the role of Al-Qaeda in this attack.
Following is his facebook commentary:
“On this anniversary of the events of September 11th, I have an interesting story to tell.
Not long before the events of September 11th, I remember being in Calgary at my father’s house watching television and I came across a documentary about the twin towers on cable television. I watched the whole thing.
The documentary went through the whole building process, and what it was like when it was finished. It was a marvel of architecture, but it was *hated* by the people of New York. It blocked out the sun for a large number of buildings, it was hideous and bland, and it was extremely expensive to maintain.
The interesting part was that it was mostly vacant at the time of the recording of the documentary. It was an unpopular building, even for businesses. They showed footage of the empty gardens and empty sitting areas around the towers. They talked about the fact that almost 50% of the building was vacant, and that it was losing money fast.
The building was going bankrupt with no hope of recovery, and – as Allah is my Witness – I distinctly remember thinking to myself “Wow, what could they do with such a building if it goes bankrupt? It would be impossible to demolish it in the middle of downtown New York.”
And then September 11th happened.
I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that the twin towers and building #7 were demolished intentionally, and the events were used as a premise to massacre millions of innocent Iraqis in order to replace Saddam – who was a British agent that refused to obey US instructions related to oil policies, etc – with a pro-US regime. It was a win-win for whoever was behind it.
This isn’t about conspiracy theories, it’s about the facts on the ground. Anyone who thinks that the US government is above committing such an insane crime is living in a fantasy world for the naive. My guess is this is even considered one of their most prized “trophy” genius plans that worked out.
The most blatant proof, to me, that the buildings were intentionally demolished is the footage of how the WTC 7 building collapsed. It was – without any doubt whatsoever – an organized demolition. No building in history has ever free-fallen like that simply due to a fire; just think about Grenfell Tower and how no one would have worried even for a moment about it collapsing in free-fall due to the fire. WTC 7 was not struck by a plane, and no other buildings fell down around it. It fell straight down, exactly as a planned demolition does. No crumbling or pieces falling sideways or any disorganized mess. Just a perfect free-fall straight down.”
Imam AbdulAdhim has been very vocal in his disdain and hatred for the west, particularly the USA.
His push for a return to an Islamic Caliphate is evident in another post from his facebook page.
“To all the Muslims who attempt to claim that the Khilafah fell after 30 years, or that Islam does not need a Khilafah, or that Islam never had any set political systems, or that the Khulafaa were no different from the corrupt rulers today:
“To control a people, you must first control what they think about themselves and how they regard their history and culture. And when your conqueror makes you ashamed of your culture and your history, he needs no prison walls and no chains to hold you” – John Henrik Clarke”
We once again bring to your attention Islamic teaching books that are sold in Canada and available on Canadian websites.
The Islamic Circle of North America (Canada) website has several books available that guide the Canadian Islamic community on correct Islamic practices and lifestyle. Dr. Iqbal Al-Nadvi serves as Amir (President) of ICNA Canada.
One such book is The Prophet of Islam – The Ideal Husband. Following is a quote from this booklet.
Question: Why Islam permits an unlimited number of slave-women for marriage?
Answer: As slaves, women face a worse lot than men. If they cannot get free by any other way, such as arranging ransom, the best solution for them is marriage. A slave-wife becomes automatically free as soon as she becomes a mother or a widow. And her children are born free. They receive the same status as the children of her fellow free co-wives. And how else are you going to honourably incorporate in your society women captured in war?
Books are also available the the Dawah booth located at Dundas Square in Toronto, giving the same guidance, not only to the Islamic community, but to the community in general.
Canadian Imams have reiterated what these books teach.
Musleh Khan, a Canadian Saudi born imam affiliated with the Islamic Institute of Toronto (IIT) who serves also as a chaplain for the Toronto Police has lectured on the subject of child marriage, namely Mohammad’s marriage to Aisha. Following is a quote from this lecture, given in 2015.
However, your belief(عقيدة), your belief is, if the prophet, peace and blessing be upon him, did it, you have to believe that it was permissible. It’s permitted in our Sharia [Islamic Law] but it has its time and place. That’s what I to tell non Muslims.
Mr Khan also presented a lecture in 2014 during the Islamic Awareness Week at the University of Saskatchewan organized by the Muslim Students Association (MSA)
Following is a quote from this lecture.
A person that we love. (speaking of Mohammad) A person, if he was to walk through that door this very moment, we would go and surround him. And if we could, we would pick up his shoes and carry it for him.
And we would try to replicate everything that he does. So if he sits down, no one, we would never sit down unless we see him do it.
‘Submit to Islam, or suffer the consequences.’ Mohammad
Surah 5:51 “O you who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies. They are [in fact] allies of one another. And whoever is an ally to them among you – then indeed, he is [one] of them. Indeed, Allah guides not the wrongdoing people.”
On August 21, 2018, Toronto Mayor John Tory visited the Masjid Toronto Mosque, located at 168 Dundas Street West in Toronto, as well as Masjid Dar Us Salaam located at 4 Thorncliffe Park Drive in Toronto.
It has been revealed that both of these mosques have given supplications that call for the downfall, death or victory over non Muslims.
Following is an example of some of the prayers invoked:
Shaykh Abdool Hamid (July 8, 2016):
O Allah! Raise the standing of Islam and the Muslims and humiliate the polytheism [identified by Muslim scholars also as Christianity], the infidels and the atheists, and give victory (help) to your slaves who believe in the oneness of Allah. O Allah! Give victory to our oppressed and deprived Muslim brothers and the mujahideen (those who engage in jihad) everywhere. O Allah! Pour on them patience and steadfast their feet and give them victory over the disbelieving people and give them victory over the evildoers and give them victory over the criminals.
This same mosque is known for it’s supplication to slay the unbeliever, as well as calling for the annihilation of Jews and Christians.
Imam Elkasrawy, July 2016
[O Allah!] Give us victory over the disbelieving people… O Allah! Give victory to Islam and raise the standing the Muslims. And humiliate the polytheism and polytheists. O Allah! Give victory (help) to your slaves who believe in the oneness of Allah, O the Lord of the Worlds! O Allah! Give them victory over the criminal people. O Allah! Destroy anyone who killed Muslims. O Allah! Destroy anyone who displaced the sons of the Muslims. O Allah! Count their number; slay them one by one and spare not one of them. O Allah! Purify Al-Aqsa Mosque from the filth of the Jews! O Allah! Purify Al-Aqsa Mosque from the filth of the Jews!
We have seen similar visits to mosques by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, as well as the leader of the opposition, Andrew Scheer.
By visiting mosques that preach/pray hate, and ‘celebrating’ with them, can we assume that these politicians agree with the hate speech coming out of them?
In May of 2018, Masjid Dar Us Salaam, located at 4 Thorncliffe Park Drive in Toronto, specifically posted on it’s facebook page that Muslims must not be friends with Jews or Christians. Following is an excerpt of the post.
Surah Maa’idah [The fifth chapter of the Quran “The Table Spread”] contains laws that pertain to man’s religious, civil, social and political life. This Surah contains detailed guidance about : –
• The etiquette of the hajj journey
• Revering the beacons of Deen
• The perimeters of halaal and haraam
• Marriage and interaction with the Ahlul Kitaab (Jews and
• The laws of wudhu, ghusl and Tayammum
• Dealing with rebellion
• The punishment for robbery and theft
• The prohibition of liquor and gambling
• The Kaffaara (atonement) for breaking vows and
• The detailed laws concerning testimony
Allaah ordains that the hand of a male or female thief is to be cut off.
The Muslims are also warned against taking the Jews and Christians as friends.
The fact that politicians are not taking a stand against such hate speech is concerning, as we see events such as Al Quds taking place throughout Canada, where Jews are threatened.
On August 29, a march is scheduled to take place at 15 Hove St. in North York, Ontario. This is the location of the B’nai Brith offices, and is a predominately Jewish neighborhood. This event has been posted on the Al Quds facebook page, as well as other anti Israel pages.
It remains to be seen whether Toronto politicians will put a stop to this event and others like it.
On August 9, 2018 Global News reported that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has recently revoked the charitable status of the Ottawa Islamic Centre and Assalam Mosque.
According to an official document obtained by Global News, CRA audits raised concerns about “radicalized individuals” who had attended the mosque as well as its roster of guest speakers. “Many of the views expressed by the organization’s speakers are misogynistic, homophobic, racist and/or promote violence,” CRA document reads.
CRA named in this regard four speakers, three of them Canadian imams, including the current Vice-President of the Canadian Council of Imams Abdullah Hakim Quick. Here is an excerpt from the document:
In addition, in a video lecture entitled “The History of the Crusaders,” Mr. Quick advocated for the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem to be liberated from the “filth” of the Jews:
“May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, the Most High, the Most Exalted, clean and purify Masjid [mosque] Al-Aqsa from the filth of the yahud [Jews]. May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, the Most High, the Most Exalted, clean Afghanistan and Iraq and all of the lands from the filth of the Kafirun [disbelieveres or infidels].”
Similar supplication were recited during Ramadan 2016 in Masjid Toronto Mosque by imam Ayman Elkasrawy:
“You are our Protector and give us victory over the disbelieving people. [congregation:] Ameen [declaration of affirmation]…
O Allah! Give victory to Islam and raise the standing of the Muslims. [congregation:] Ameen.
And humiliate the polytheism and polytheists. [congregation:] Ameen.
O Allah! Give victory (help) to your slaves who believe in the oneness of Allah. [congregation:] Ameen.
O Allah! Give them victory over the criminal people.
O Allah! Destroy anyone who killed/ fought against Muslims. [congregation:] Ameen.
O Allah! Destroy anyone who displaced the sons of the Muslims. [congregation:] Ameen.
O Allah! Count their number; [congregation:] Ameen, slay them one by one, [congregation:] Ameen, and spare not one of them.[congregation:] Ameen.
O Allah! Purify Al-Aqsa Mosque from the filth of the Jews! [congregation:] Ameen.
O Allah! Purify Al-Aqsa Mosque from the filth of the Jews! [congregation:] Ameen.
In the same month of Ramadan 2016 Elkasrawy also recitedthe following supplication:
“O Allah, we ask You for… victory over the enemies. [congregation:] Ameen,
O Allah! Raise the standing of Islam and the Muslims. [congregation:] Ameen.
O Allah! Give victory (help) to your oppressed slaves all over the world, east to west. [congregation:] Ameen.
O Allah! Give victory (help) to your slaves who believe in the oneness of Allah, O the Lord of the Worlds! [congregation:] Ameen.
O Allah! Destroy the criminals. [congregation:] Ameen.
O Allah! Destroy anyone who inflicts injustice on your slaves, O the Lord of the Worlds! [congregation:] Ameen.
O Allah! Count their number; [congregation:] Ameen, slay them one by one, [congregation:] Ameen and spare not one of them. [congregation:] Ameen
O Allah! Do not defer [it] from them, O the Lord of the Worlds! [congregation:] Ameen
O Allah! Seize them with the seizure of One Mighty, Omnipotent [referring to a Quranic verse that deals with the punishment Allah inflicted on Pharaoh and his people] [congregation:] Ameen”
Shaykh Abdool Hamid, senior imam at Masjid Toronto Mosque, recitedin multiple occasions supplications in support of the Mujahideen:
“O Allah! Raise the standing of Islam and the Muslims
And humiliate the polytheism, the polytheists, the infidels and the atheists
And Give victory (help) to your slaves who believe in the oneness of Allah
O Allah! Give victory to our oppressed and deprived Muslim brothers and the mujahideen (those who engage in jihad) everywhere
O Allah! Pour on them patience and steadfast their feet
And give them victory over the disbelieving people
And give them victory over the evildoers
And give them victory over the criminals”
Wael Shihab, head imam of Masjid Toronto Mosque, expressed his views on Shariah Law in articles and Islamic rulings posted on Onislam.net. According to Shihab:
The solution to the global violence, extremism and oppression is Islam
Qaradawi’s book “Jurisprudence of Jihad” should serves as a guidance to Muslims
Thieves’ hands should be chopped off no matter their social status
Person who underwent gender reassignment surgery should return to his original gender
Muslims should avoid gays as homosexuality is evil and succumbing to the temptations of the Satan
Wife should not reject her husband’s call for having sex
Should CRA audit Masjid Toronto Mosque and apply to it the same criteria that led to the revoking of their charitable status?
What is interesting is when Iman Ayman Elkasrawy was confronted about his invocation of violence against the Jews, he denied knowledge of what his prayer actually meant. The Toronto Star wrote a long, detailed article in his defense. This article was full of misinformation and downright lies. What is also interesting is that the Toronto Star has not given one report on the Ottawa mosque losing it’s charitable status because of hate speech.
Diane Weber Bederman has compiled a series of articles concerning the duplicity of Toronto Star’s reporting. Here is a link to her blog where you can find these articles.
Should mosques that encourage/perpetuate/host hate speech and Imams be put under microscopic scrutiny? Should it go further than losing charitable status? Should they be closed?
In April and August of 2018, two UK Imams, Ahmad Ali and Yusuf Motala respectively, were guest speakers invited by the Islamic Society of Toronto Masjid Dar Us Salaam mosque, located at 4 Thorncliffe Park Drive in Toronto, Ontario.
Included in various speeches and writings they have presented were not only statements of the inadmissibility of friendship between Muslims and Jews and Christians (see statement here ), but also supplications calling for the slaying of those who do not follow the teachings of Allah. (see full supplication here )
Excerpt of supplication: O Allah! Annihilate [destroy] them as you annihilated [destroyed] Aad and Thamud [ancient peoples annihilated by Allah because they didn’t heed the warnings of the prophets]. O Allah! Count their number, slay [kill] them one by one and make them a lesson to their likenesses O Allah! We will let you in their throats and we seek refuge in you from their evils.
The Mosque in question, when approached by voices of concern, had the following statement concerning the supplication in question:
“The text, when understood in the right context and mainstream interpretation, clearly addresses tyrants and oppressors in general. Any suggestion that the language refers to non-Muslims or that the statement encourages Muslims towards violence are categorically false and inaccurate.”
The guest Imams statement and the supplication speak of the same issue, namely, the distinct separation of Muslims and non Muslims and the hostility that accompanies such separation. This was presented by two separate Imams, guest speakers at the same Toronto Mosque within the same year.
The following are excerpts from the book which was distributed for free on July 13, 2018 at Dundas Square. The excerpts include Quranic verses followed by a modern commentary in the footnotes.
*Surah (chapter) Al-Baqarah [The Cow – 2]
Verse 62 (p. 9)
Indeed, those who believed and those who were Jews or Christians or Sabeans [before Prophet Muhammad] – those [among them] who believed in Allah and the Last Day and did righteousness – will have their reward with their Lord, and no fear will there be concerning them, nor will they grieve.29
After the coming of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) no religion other than Islam is acceptable
to Allah, as stated in 3:85 [And whoever desires other than Islam as religion – never will it be accepted from him, and he, in the Hereafter, will be among the losers.].
Verse 79 [p. 11]
So woe 32 to those who write the “scripture” with their own hands, then say, “This is from Allah,” in order to exchange it for a small price. Woe to them for what their hands have written and woe to them for what they earn.
i.e., death and destruction.
Verse 131 [p. 18]
When his Lord said to him, “Submit,” he said, “I have submitted [in Islam]45 to the Lord of the worlds.”
The meaning of the word “Islam” is “submission to the will of Allah.” This is the way of life ordained by Allah and taught by all of the prophets from Adam to Muhammad (PBUH). A Muslim is one who submits himself to Allah.
Verse 191 [p. 27]
And kill them wherever you overtake them and expel them from wherever they have expelled you, and fitnah 69 is worse than killing. And do not fight them at al-Masjid al-Haram until they fight you there. But if they fight you, then kill them. Such is the recompense of the disbelievers.
Among the meanings of fitnah are disbelief and its imposition on others, discord, dissension, civil strife, persecution, oppression, injustice, seduction, trial and torment.
*Surah (chapter) Al Imran [The House of Imran – 3]
Verse 28 [p. 48]
Let not believers take disbelievers as allies [i.e., supporters or protectors] rather than believers. And whoever [of you] does that has nothing [i.e., no association] with Allah, except when taking precaution against them in prudence.122 And Allah warns you of Himself, and to Allah is the [final] destination.
When fearing harm from an enemy, the believer may pretend as long as his heart and intention are not affected.
Verse 75 [p. 53]
And among the People of the Scripture is he who, if you entrust him with a great amount [of wealth], he will return it to you. And among them is he who, if you entrust him with a [single] silver coin, he will not return it to you unless you are constantly standing over him [demanding it]. That is because they say, “There is no blame upon us concerning the unlearned.”133 And they speak untruth about Allah while they know [it].
The Jews do not consider it a sin to cheat or lie to a gentile or a pagan.
Verse 112 [p. 58]
They have been put under humiliation [by Allah] wherever they are overtaken, except for a rope [i.e., covenant] from Allah and a rope [i.e., treaty] from the people [i.e., the Muslims].144 And they have drawn upon themselves anger from Allah and have been put under destitution. That is because they disbelieved in [i.e., rejected] the verses of Allah and killed the prophets without right. That is because they disobeyed and [habitually] transgressed.
Once they have surrendered, the People of the Scripture retain their rights and honor (in spite of their refusal of Islam) through payment of the jizyah tax in place of zakah and military service due from Muslims. They are then under the protection of the Islamic state.
Verse 184 [p. 66]
Then if they deny you, [O Muhammad] – so were messengers denied before you, who brought clear proofs and written ordinances and the enlightening Scripture.151
The unaltered, original Torah and Gospel, which were revealed by Allah.
*Surah (chapter) an-Nisa [Women – 4]
Verse 15 [p. 71-72]
Those who commit immorality [i.e., unlawful sexual intercourse] of your women – bring against them four [witnesses] from among you. And if they testify,169 confine them [i.e., the guilty women] to houses until death takes them or Allah ordains for them [another] way.170
The witnesses must swear to actually having seen the act taking place
The “other way” (i.e., penalty) was later revealed in 24:2, canceling the ruling in this verse. [24:2 reads the following “The [unmarried] woman or [unmarried] man found guilty of sexual intercourse – lash each one of them with a hundred lashes, and do not be taken by pity for them in the religion [i.e., law] of Allah,906 if you should believe in Allah and the Last Day. And let a group of the believers witness their punishment.]
Verse 16 [p. 72]
And the two171 who commit it [i.e., unlawful sexual intercourse] among you – punish [i.e., dishonor] them both. But if they repent and correct themselves, leave them alone. Indeed, Allah is ever Accepting of repentance and Merciful.
Scholars differ over whether “the two” refers to two of the same sex (i.e., homosexuals) or those of opposite sexes. In either case, later rulings outlined in the sunnah have replaced this one.
Verse 24 [p. 73]
And [also prohibited to you are all] married women except those your right hands possess.177 [This is] the decree of Allah upon you. And lawful to you are [all others] beyond these, [provided] that you seek them [in marriage] with [gifts from] your property, desiring chastity, not unlawful sexual intercourse. So for whatever you enjoy [of marriage] from them, give them their due compensation178 as an obligation. And there is no blame upon you for what you mutually agree to beyond the obligation. Indeed, Allah is ever Knowing and Wise.
i.e., slaves or war captives who had polytheist husbands
The mahr, a specified gift to the bride required of the man upon marriage.
Verse 34 [p.75]
Men are in charge of women182 by [right of] what Allah has given one over the other and what they spend [for maintenance] from their wealth. So righteous women are devoutly obedient, guarding in [the husband’s] absence what Allah would have them guard.183 But those [wives] from whom you fear arrogance.184 – [first] advise them; [then if they persist], forsake them in bed; and [finally], strike them [lightly].185 But if they obey you [once more], seek no means against them. Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted and Grand.
This applies primarily to the husband-wife relationship.
i.e., their husbands’ property and their own chastity.
i.e., major rebellion or refusal of basic religious obligations.
This final disciplinary measure is more psychological than psychical. It may be resorted to only after failure of the first two measures and when it is expected to amend the situation and prevent family breakup; otherwise, it is not acceptable. The Prophet PBUH (who never struck a woman or a servant) additionally stipulated that it must not be severe or damaging and that the face be avoided.”
*Surah (chapter) Al-Maidah [The Table Spread – 5]
Verse 33 [p. 100]
Indeed, the penalty 262 for those who wage war 263 against Allah and His Messenger and strive upon earth [to cause] corruption is none but that they be killed or crucified or that their hands and feet be cut off from opposite sides or that they be exiled from the land. That is for them a disgrace in this world; and for them in the Hereafter is a great punishment,
i.e., commit acts of violence and terrorism against individuals or treason and aggression against the Islamic state.
Verse 60 [p. 104-105]
Say, “Shall I inform you of [what is] worse than that271 as penalty from Allah? [It is that of] those whom Allah has cursed and with whom He became angry and made of them apes and pigs and slaves of Taghut.272 Those are worse in position and further astray from the sound way.”
Referring to the punishment the People of the Scripture (in their censure of the Muslims) claimed was deserved by them.
See footnote to 2:256 [False objects of worship, such as idols, heavenly bodies, spirits, human
*Surah (chapter) Al- Anfal [Spoils of War – 8]
Verse 57 [p. 166]
So if you, [O Muhammad], gain dominance over them in war, disperse by [means of] them those behind them that perhaps they will be reminded.454
i.e., kill them and make an example of them to discourage those who follow them.
*Surah (chapter) Al-Tawbah
*Surah at-Tawbah [Repentance – 9]
Verse 29 [p. 173]
Fight those who do not believe in Allah or in the Last Day and who do not consider unlawful what Allah and His Messenger have made unlawful and who do not adopt the religion of truth [i.e., Islam] from those who were given the Scripture – [fight] until they give the jizyah466 willingly while they are humbled.
A tax required of non-Muslims exempting them from military service and entitling them to the protection of the Islamic state. Concurrently, Zakah is not taken from them, being an obligation only upon Muslims.
*Surah (chapter) Hud [Hud – 11]
Verse 78 [p. 209]
And his people came hastening to him, and before [this] they had been doing evil deeds.569 He said, “O my people, these are my daughters;570 they are purer for you. So fear Allah and do not disgrace me concerning my guests. Is there not among you a man of reason?”
Referring to their practice of sodomy and homosexual rape of males.
i.e., the women of his community who were available for marriage.
*Surah (chapter) An-Nahl [The Bee – 16]
Verse 106 [p. 206]
Whoever disbelieves in [i.e., denies] Allah after his belief…717 except for one who is forced [to renounce his religion] while his heart is secure in faith. But those who [willingly] open their breasts to disbelief, upon them is wrath from Allah, and for them is a great punishment;
Based upon the conclusion of this verse, the omitted phrase concerning the apostate is understood to be “…has earned the wrath of Allah…”
*Surah (chapter) An-Nur [Light – 24]
Verse 2 [p. 336]
The [unmarried] woman or [unmarried] man found guilty of sexual intercourse 973 – lash each one of them with a hundred lashes,974 and do not be taken by pity for them in the religion [i.e., law] of Allah,975 if you should believe in Allah and the Last Day. And let a group of the believers witness their punishment.
Either by voluntary confession of the offender or the testimony of four male witnesses to having actually seen the act take place. Otherwise, there can be no conviction.
The ruling in this verse is applicable to unmarried fornicators. Execution by stoning is confirmed in the sunnah for convicted adulterers.
i.e., Do not let sympathy for a guilty person move you to alter anything ordained by Allah, for in His law is protection of society as a whole.
*Surah (chapter) Ar-Rum [Byzantium – 30]
Verse 30 [p. 395-396]
So direct your face [i.e., self] toward the religion, inclining to truth. [Adhere to] the fitrah1146 of Allah upon which He has created [all] people. No change should there be in the creation of Allah.1147 That is the correct religion, but most of the people do not know.
The natural inborn inclination of man to worship his Creator prior to the corruption of his nature by external influences. Thus, Islamic monotheism is described as the religion of fitrah – that of the inherent nature of mankind.
i.e., let people remain true to their fitrah within the religion of Islam.
*Surah (chapter) al-Jathiya [Kneeling – 45]
Verse 14 [p. 500]
Tell [O Muhammad], to those who have believed to forgive those who expect not the days of Allah [i.e., of His retribution] so that He may recompense a people1471 for what they used to earn.
In the Hereafter, where those who forgive will be rewarded and those who earned evil will be punished. This was at the outset of dawah (invitation to Allah) before permission for jihad.
Sheharyar Shaikh serves since 2015 as the Imam of the Islamic Society of Kingston, Ontario. He served as the President of North American Muslim Foundation and the Imam of Masjid Qurtabah in Scarborough, Ont. In recent years, he also took part in Dawah (introducing Islam to disbelievers) with activists affiliated with the Islamic booth at Toronto’s Dundas Square.
In 2013 Sheharyar Shaikh delivered a sermon entitled “There Is No Compulsion In Islam”. The following are excerpts from a sermon which was delivered in English in 2013 (29:47-31:46):
There is an extensive topic on compulsion in religion (اكراه في الدين). I especially want to look at one aspect – the punishment for apostasy.
When a person in an Islamic State apostasies, leaves religion, let Allah be a witness that I am telling the truth, that the punishment for apostasy is death.