Publications in Canada that seem to promote hatred towards non-Muslims

In our last article, we spoke about inflammatory information being offered on the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) (Canada) website. We will expand on that in this article.

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath has recently called on the the provincial  government to create an anti-racism secretariat to deal with the expressions of racism and systemic discrimination in the Canadian society. Toronto Star reported that her message was delivered in a news conference with a Muslim activist who said she is now “wary given rising anti-Islam sentiment”.

Jennifer Beaudry, spokeswoman of Ontario provincial government, said to The Star that “We do not tolerate racism or marginalization of any kind.”

MP Iqra Khalid brought forward the motion M103 to combat Islamophobia among other things concerning discrimination. The 2018 budget in Ottawa has made provisions concerning recommendations brought forward by a committee formed to study Ms. Khalid’s motion.

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The Trudeau federal government  portrays the Muslim community as an increasingly  major victim of hate speech and racism, but ignores the increasing number of possible hate speech incidents by members and entities of the Muslim community.

 

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Photo: screenshot ICNA Canada official website

Supplication on ICNA Canada syllabus: give us victory over the disbelieving people

ICNA (Islamic Circle of North America) Canada is an Islamic national-wide organization striving “to build an Exemplary Canadian Muslim Community” by “total submission to Him [Allah] and through the propagation of true and universal message of Islam.”

 

On its official website ICNA Canada shares with its members, followers and supporters a Syllabus  that provides selected verses of the Quran and hadiths (traditions containing sayings of Mohammad the prophet of Islam that constitute the major source of guidance).

One particular syllabus contains the following supplication in both Arabic and English:

“Our Lord! Punish us not if we forget or fall into error, our Lord! Lay not on us a burden like that which You did lay on those before us (Jews and Christians); our Lord! Put not on us a burden greater than we have strength to bear. Pardon us and grant us Forgiveness. Have mercy on us. You are our Maulâ (Patron, Supporter and Protector, etc.) and give us victory over the disbelieving people.”

A set of instructions are accompanied to the supplication as follows:

“Instructions:

“1. Memorization should include both Arabic script as well as English

translation.

“2. Study should include in‐depth understanding from other Ayats, Ahadith and

other literature. ICNA‐Chapter can help in this by having dedicated study

circles on these lines.

“3. Study should include all aspects; including knowledge, understanding and

practice in real life.

“4. We all should share these topics among our families as well.”

 

ISLAMIC BOOTH, TORONTO

Not only can instructions such as these be found on-line, but similar books are distributed at the Islamic booth, Dundas Square, Toronto.

Free Islamic book at Dundas Square: “give us victory over the disbelieving people”

Dawah activists at Dundas Square have handed out for free the booklet “24 Hours With The Prophet,” which introduces the daily prayers for Muslims.

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The book’s publisher is the Pakistani Islamic Communication Trust and it was distributed by the Walk-In Islamic InfoCenter located at 21 Dundas Square #910 (www.collectfreequran.org).

In some of the supplications dealing with the “Kafiroun,” the disbelievers or infidels, Muslims are ordained to ask to Allah to help them overcome and defeat their enemies who are identified as the disbelieving people.

The book also explains that “Islam is not only a religion, but a complete way of life” and that it is obligatory upon Muslim to spread Islam by inviting the disbelievers to embrace in Islam.

The following are excerpts from the book:

  1. 71-73

The Witr (Night Prayer)

“… O Allah, we seek your help and request Your forgiveness and believe and trust in You and we praise You in the best manner and we thank You and we are not ungrateful to You, we also abandon and reject anyone who disobeys You.

“O Allah, we worship nothing but You, and we perform prayers for You, we Prostrate to You, and we hope for Your mercy and we fear Your punishment. Your punishment. Your punishment surely overtakes the disbelievers.”

  1. 120-121

“For Patience and endurance

Our Lord! Bestow on us patience, make our foothold, and give us help against the disbelieving folk.” [2:250]

“The most comprehensive Supplication

“…Our Lord! Punish us not if we forget, or fall into error. Our Lord! Lay no us a burden like that which You laid on those before us. Our Lord! Put not on us a burden greater than we have strength to bear. Pardon us and grant us forgiveness. Have mercy on us. You are our Protector, and give us victory over the disbelieving people.” [2:286]

“The Prophet PBUH said: “Whoever recites the two verses [2:285:286] at night, it will sufficient to protect him from misfortune.” (Bukhari)

  1. 122

To overcome enemies

“Our Lord! Forgive us our sins and our transgressions, establish our feet firmly, and give us victory over the disbelieving people.” [3:147]

  1. 124

Protection from oppressors

“…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.” [10:85:86]

  1. 133

Protection from the enemies

“O Allah, we beg You to restrain them by their necks and we seek refuge in You from their evil.” (Abu Dawood)

Islamic Circle of North America (Canada) online course study on sharia punishments

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ICNA (Islamic Circle of North America) Canada is an Islamic nation wide organization striving “to build an Exemplary Canadian Muslim Community” by “total submission to Him [Allah] and through the propagation of true and universal message of Islam.”

Located at 391 Burnhamthorpe Rd., East, Oakville, Ontario, ICNA Canada emphasizes that “the propagation of true and universal message of Islam is only possible in Canada when the whole Canadian Muslim Community is transformed into a Dawah community by practicing and propagating the true Islamic Way of Life. With the vision of building an exemplary Canadian Muslim community it is very important to spread the word of Islam…”

Dr. Iqbal Massod Al-Nadvi is the Amir (President/chairman) of Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) Canada and is also serving as Chairperson of Canadian Council of Imams. he also served as Director of Al-Falah Islamic School in Oakville, Ontario from 2004 to 2011, prior to which he served as Imam of Muslim Association of Calgary Islamic Center from 1998-2004 and as a member of the University of Calgary chaplaincy team.

The Gardens of the Righteous (Arabic: Riyadh as-Salihin), is a compilation of verses from the Qur’an and hadith by Al-Nawawi. It contains a total of 1905 hadith divided across 372 chapters, many of which are introduced by verses of the Quran.

This book appears on ICNA Canada site adds modern commentary to the verses from the Qur’an and hadith.

The following are excerpts from the book which deal with the fixed punishments in Islam including the stoning of adulterers, chopping off thieves’ hands and whipping for the offence of drinking alcohol. In these excerpts, you will see the term ‘Hadd’. This is an Islamic term referring to punishments which under Islamic law (shariah) are mandated and fixed by God.

“[Hadith]: 1209. Ibn `Umar (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “I have been commanded to fight people till they testify `La ilaha illallah’ (there is no true god except Allah) that Muhammad (PBUH) is his slave and Messenger, and they establish Salat, and pay Zakat; and if they do this, their blood (life) and property are secured except when justified by law, and it is for Allah to call them to account.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].”

Commentary: “Except when justified by law” means that after the acceptance of Islam, if someone commits a crime which is punishable by Hadd this will be certainly imposed on him, or her, i.e., cutting of hand in case of theft, one hundred stripes or stoning to death in case of fornication, capital punishment in retaliation for murdering an innocent person.”

“In this Hadith the words “it is for Allah to call them to account” means that if they are not sincere in the acceptance of Islam and would put up an appearance of Islam like hypocrites, or would commit a crime which is liable for Hadd but is somehow not detected by the Islamic court or authorities concerned, they will be taken to account for it by Allah, that is Allah will decide about them on the Day of Judgement. It is evident from this Hadith that so long as Kufr [heresy] is present in this world, it is necessary to wage Jihad against it to finish it off, and so long as all the disbelievers do not openly accept Islam and adopt the Islamic way of life, Muslims are duty- bound to make Jihad against them.”

“[Hadith]: 1628. `Uqbah bin `Amir (May Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “Avoid (entering a place) in which are women (uncovered or simply to mix with them in seclusion).” A man from the Ansar said, “Tell me about the brother of a woman’s husband.” He replied, “The brother of a woman’s husband is death.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].”

Commentary: This Hadith tells us an extremely important point in respect of the veil about which the majority of Muslims are unaware or negligent. The point that it tells us that a woman must observe the veil from the real brothers, cousins etc., of her husband because their visits in her home are very frequent and there may occur several occasions when they come across each other alone. For this reason, there are greater chances of mischief with them. This explains why the husband’s male relatives have been regarded as “death”, that is from the religious point of view they are fatal. In other words, if they commit the mischief, it will prove fatal because in an Islamic state this crime is punishable by Rajm (stoning to death). This can also be fatal in another way. If the husband begins to suspect that his wife has illicit relations with someone else, he might kill her or divorce her out of his sense of honour. Even in case of divorce, her life will become desolate. Another meaning of it can be that one should be as much afraid of meeting such women in seclusion with whom any kind of contact is not permissible as one is afraid of death.”

“When a woman is required to observe the veil from the real brothers of her husband, why would it not be essential to observe the veil from the husband’s friends. Slackness in this matter is also very common nowadays. Although the dangerous consequences of this fashion come to our notice everyday through newspapers, people do not learn any lesson from them, and the fashion of non-observance of the veil is spreading fast like an epidemic. May Allah save us from this evil!”

“[Hadith]: 1770. `Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her) reported: The Quraish were anxious about a woman from Banu Makhzum who had committed theft and asked : “Who will speak to the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) about her?” Then they said: “No one will be bold enough to do so except Usamah bin Zaid, the (Companion who was) dearly loved by the Messenger of Allah (PBUH).” So Usamah (May Allah be pleased with him) spoke to him and the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) (angrily) said, “Are you interceding regarding one of the punishments prescribed by Allah?” He then got up and delivered an address in which he said, “Indeed what destroyed the people before you was just that when a person of high rank among them committed a theft, they spared him; but if the same crime was done by a poor person they inflicted the prescribed punishment on him. I swear by Allah that if Fatimah daughter of Muhammad should steal, I would have her hand cut off.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].”

“In another narration `Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her) said: (Upon hearing the intercession of Usamah), the face of the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) changed color (because of anger) and he said, “Do you dare to intercede in matters prescribed by Allah?” Usamah pleaded: “O Messenger of Allah! Pray for my forgiveness.” `Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her) added: Thereafter the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) gave orders to have that woman’s hand cut off.”

Commentary:

  1. Hadd is the punishment fixed by Shari`ah and which no one has the authority to increase or decrease. For instance, theft is punishable by the cutting of the hand; the punishment of adultery is a hundred stripes or Rajm (stoning to death); the punishment of drinking of intoxicants is forty stripes etc.
  2. Nobody has the right to intercede or make any recommendation in this matter.
  3. There is no distinction of male or female in the matter of these punishments (Hudud). Whoever commits a crime which is punishable by Hadd, whether that person is male or female, will be liable for punishment prescribed under Hadd – the punishment, the limits of which have been defined in the Qur’an and Hadith.
  4. No one is exempted from Hadd, no matter how great he is, because there is no distinction of great or small in the matter of Hadd.
  5. We must learn a lesson from the history of past nations so that we can save ourselves from such misdeeds which caused their ruin.
  6. This Hadith brings into prominence the distinction and eminence of Usamah and his position in the eyes of the Prophet (PBUH).”

“[Hadith]: 242. Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said, “When a slave-girl commits fornication and this fact of fornication has become evident, she must be given the penalty of (fifty) lashes without hurling reproaches at her; if she does it again, she must be given the penalty but she should not be rebuked. If she does it for the third time, he should sell her, even for a rope woven from hair (i.e., something worthless)”. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].”

CommentaryIf a slave-girl is guilty of fornication, she is liable to a punishment of fifty stripes, and this punishment can be given by her master. This Hadith is, in fact addressed to the master of such a slave-girl. The order that one should not censure and reproach her is perhaps based on the consideration that she may abstain from such a sin in future because politeness often proves more effective than reproach. If politeness proves ineffective and she commits that sin again then that slave-girl should be sold for cheap.”

“[Hadith]: 243. Abu Hurairah (May Allah bepleased with him) reported: A man who had drunk wine was brought to the Prophet (PBUH) and he asked us to beat him; some struck him with their hands, some with their garments (making a whip) and some with their sandals. When he (the drunkard) had gone, some of the people said: “May Allah disgrace you!” He (the Prophet (PBUH)) said, “Do not say so. Do not help the devil against him”. [Al-Bukhari].”

Commentary: To imprecate a Muslim virtually amounts to helping Satan against him, because the latter is avowed to mislead people and to expose man to humiliation in this world and the Hereafter. Such people who believe that no Hadd punishment is fixed for drinking take support from this Hadith. They hold that its punishment is discretionary which can be increased or decreased according to the circumstances. But other learned men who hold that its Hadd is forty stripes argue that the incident quoted in this Hadith relates to the period when its Hadd had not been fixed.”

“When the Prophet (PBUH) ordered the punishment of forty stripes for it then it became its prescribed Hadd. Abu Bakr (May Allah bepleased with him) followed it during the period of his caliphate. `Umar (May Allah bepleased with him) also applied it in the early years of his caliphate but subsequently raised its punishment to eighty stripes.”

“The `Ulama’ [scholars] who maintain the punishment of forty stripes contend that the original Hadd was forty stripes and the additional forty stripes comprised discretionary punishment for which the Head of a state has full authority. If he feels, he can add discretionary punishment to the Hadd. The nature of this additional punishment depends on his discretion. The latter opinion seems to be more correct that Hadd is fixed for drinking and its punishment is not based on discretion. The Hadd for it is forty stripes but this Hadd can be increased by adding discretionary punishment to it. Allah knows best.”

Canadian Imam’s view on what constitutes apostasy in Islam

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Sheikh Ahmed Abdul Kader Kandil (أحمد عبد القادر قنديل) serves  as the imam of al-Jisr Mosque in Laval, Quebec since 2007, and he is a member of Conseil des imams du Québec (Council of Imams Quebec).

Of Egyptian descent, Kandil was  an imam of several mosques in Cairo and Alexandria from 1990-96 and worked for 8 years as an Imam, preacher and teacher for the Egyptian Ministry of Endowment. In Canada, Kandil worked as a teacher of Arabic language and Koran in private schools in Edmonton and Montreal and was  the imam of Al-Rashid Mosque in Edmonton for two years before moving to Laval, Quebec.

The following are excerpts of Kandil’s sermon that was titled “The Types of Apostasy”  The sermon was given on May 12, 2013 at Alrawdah Mosque in Montreal (translated from Arabic):

“The apostasy and the meaning of apostasy… [i.e.] a man uttered the two testimonies. He said I bear witness that there is no God but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah, and he was pleased with the Sharia [Law] of Islam and was pleased with the constitution of Islam… whether he was born as a Muslim or became Muslim after being an infidel, and then removed this [Islamic faith] from his mind, [meaning] he removed from his mind the bond which he tied to his soul by disowning the religion as a whole or by disowning part of it or information regarding the religion that must be known [to Muslims]… meaning that you as a Muslim are being held as a person who knows this religion, i.e. that the prayer is a religious duty, that fornication is forbidden and is regarded in the religion of Allah a major sin, that theft is a major sin, that drinking wine is a major sin… you left the religion of Allah… meaning that a person who commits one of these deeds… turns apostate

The ruling on apostasy… the apostate must come to the [Muslim] judge or to the Imam of the Muslims… meaning the emir or the head [of the state] or the ruler… the meaning of the Imam in this context is that he [the apostate] should be brought to the emir or the head of the state or the judge who is in charge of Sharia [Islamic Law] affairs in the Islamic country…

There are two types of apostates… one of them is a person who committed apostasy… and uttered it [the act of apostasy]. We heard him [saying] ‘I’m apostate, I don’t believe in this prayer… I don’t like Islam, I left Islam and turned for example a Christian… He left Islam for another religion or disowned information about Islam that should have been known to all Muslims, but his actions were done on the personal level, he stayed in his home and did not went to fight against Islam or the Muslims or joined a group that fights against the Islamic State or he did not come out and spread his beliefs among the people and launched a website and spread atheism in the country etc…

The second type is a person who committed apostasy, but he did not stop there and joined a vile group in fighting Islam and spread atheism and provoked suspicions [about the Islamic faith] and tried to spread the corruption among the people.

“Each one has a different ruling. Jurists’ opinions were divided on the first case. Most of the jurists agreed that he will be asked for three days to repent. He will be given a period of three days for repentance [and during this time] the scholars will sit with him, pose arguments against him, remove his confusion, answer his doubts and try to convince him. If after the third day he still adheres to his position he will be killed. This is the opinion of the mainstream jurists. Abu Hanifa [founder of a school of Islamic jurisprudence] said that if [the apostate] is a male he will be killed… a woman will not be killed… she will be jailed until death… According the Shafi’i and Maliki [schools of Islamic jurisprudence]… the apostate, male or female, who did not join a group and did not fight [against Islam] will never be killed… he [or she] will be asked to repent and then will be incarcerated till he changes his mind or dies in jail…

“The second case deals with a person who fights against Allah and His messenger and joined a vile group. His verdict will not be a regular execution. His verdict will be identical to the punishment for banditry. ‘Indeed, the penalty for those who wage war 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.’ [Quran 5:33]. This is the difference between them. The first will be asked to repent and the second will be killed immediately without repentance or asking him to repent…

Beheading Apostates in Islam

The third type… there are people called the Westernised Muslims. Did you hear about them? Who are the Westernised Muslims?… There are people called orientalists. The orientalists are European, American and other scholars who came to our countries, learned the Arabic language and the culture of the Arab and the Muslim society and started trying to find doubts in the [truthiness of] the religion of Allah, Blessed and Exalted be He, in order to use them to destroy Islam. Unfortunately, some of them are our kin… our respected secular brothers… they traveled to their [orientalists] countries and learned from them or mingled with them in our countries and started repeating these words of folly uttered and made by the orientalists, for example that Islam oppresses the woman…

They started spreading these suspicions and sedition saying that Islam treats harshly women and that Islam is a rigid religion. [They say:] ‘why the hand of the thief is chopped off? And why the person who commits fornication is stoned to death… and why a person who drinks wine is flogged 80 times? This is a rigid religion. This is cruelty. Is this Islam? Is this the Sharia [Islamic law]? Is this tolerance?’

“By doing so and by these words they addressing Allah directly and accusing Him , Glorified be He, of injustice. They say: ‘Our Lord, you are unjust…’ The Westernized Muslims repeated these statements and this is one of the facets of apostasy, because they accused Allah, Glorified and Exalted be He, of injustice

Another aspect of apostasy is the alliance with the infidels… ‘O you who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies.’ [Quran 5:51]. This is a very important issue… the meaning of the alliance is support, you support him [the infidel] against the believers, subordination, you act in self-deprecation, submit to him or make him judge in issues commanded by Allah, and then love, which makes you love him more than the believers or give him precedence over the believers… and humiliation by belittling yourself in front of him and surrendering to him on the expense of your religion. All of this is alliance, meaning that you are helping an infidel against a Muslim, that you give precedence to an infidel over a Muslim in a matter… that adds strength to the heresy and weaken the power of Islam.”

The changing of God’s laws is forbidden in Islam

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The Islamic Dawah booth at Dundas Square

“Islam Is… Introduction to Islam and Its Principals”, based on Pete Seda’s lectures, is being printed and distributed by ICNA (Islamic Circle of North America) Canada (391 Burnhamthorpe Rd., East, Oakville, Ontario).

Dr. Iqbal Massod Al-Nadvi is the Amir (President) and Chairman of Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) Canada and is also serving as Chairperson of Canadian Council of Imams. he also served as Director of Al-Falah Islamic School in Oakville, Ontario from 2004 to 2011, prior to which he served as Imam of Muslim Association of Calgary Islamic Center from 1998-2004 and as a member of the University of Calgary chaplaincy team.

The woman that stood at the centre of the “niqab debate” in the Canadian election campaign also works for the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA).

The following are excerpts of the book that was picked up  from the Islamic booth at Dundas Square in downtown Toronto.

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“Islam is a global faith… Islam is a complete way of life, implying total submission to God…”
p. 7
“Islam calls humanity away from the worship of any part of creation to the worship of The One and Only True God. No act of worship or devotion has any meaning or value if the concept of monotheism is in any way compromised…”
p. 9
“In Islam, to believe that any of God’s creation shares in His power or attributes is considered polytheism and disbelief… The purpose of Islam is to call people away from creation and to direct them toward the worship of The Creator alone…”
p. 10
“God created humans with an innate, natural inclination toward the worship of Him alone. Satan, on the other hand, does his utmost to get people to turn away from monotheism, enticing mankind to the worship of creation (idolatry)… Due to the allure of Satan, people repeatedly deviated to the worship of created beings (idolatry and polytheism)… In Islam, the greatest possible sin is to worship anything or anyone other than [p. 11] God…”
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“If any sort of gain, be it wealth, job, power or recognition, becomes more important than pleasing God, even that is a form of polytheism…”
P. 13
“To ascribe to God attributes of created things is a form of polytheism. It is likewise a form of polytheism to ascribe to created things attributes that belong to God alone. For instance, anyone who believes that any other than God is The All-Wise or the All Powerful has committed the sin of polytheism…”
P. 16
“A Muslim must believe in all of the Prophets and Messengers sent by God. God has mentioned some of them in the Quran. Among those mentioned by name are Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad…”
“All the Prophets and Messengers of God brought the teachings of Islam…”
P. 17
“Likewise, when Jesus came and declared his Prophet-hood with clear signs and miracles, it was obligatory for everyone to accept him unconditionally if they were to be considered Muslims. All those who rejected Jesus became disbelievers in Islam…”
P. 34
The changing of God’s laws is forbidden in Islam. God condemns religious leaders who alter divine principles. One who attempts to make changes places him or herself on the same level [p. 35] with God, committing polytheism…”
P. 36
“The Jinn were created before Adam; they have free will. Disobedient jinns are demons. They live here with us in some manner by which they can see us but we cannot see them unless they choose to make themselves appear. Sorcery, which is forbidden in Islam, is also performed through them…”
p. 38
Every human being is responsible for his or her actions and is born as a Muslim, pure and free from sin…”
p. 45
An Islamic society can legislate any laws for the improvement of life (e.g. traffic laws) as long as they are not in contradiction to Islamic Law…”
p. 48
From the Islamic point of view, ‘liberated’ Western women who must worry about their looks, figure and youth for the pleasure of others are trapped in a form of slavery…”
p. 50
“A man is responsible for maintaining and protecting his family and providing the basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter for his wife, children and (if needed) other female relatives in the household. Women are not primarily responsible for this, even if married…”

Women in Islam

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Much has been written on the role of women in Islam. The religion has been presented as a protecting environment for women, where they are nurtured and treasured. Information, such as what you see below, can be perceived as protective, but when you read deeper into such writings, you see the oppression and humiliation of women,.

The book, ‘Women in Islam’ outlines the role of women and their  lesser intellectual capacities. It instructs how to disciple a wayward wife, complete with Quranic references.

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This book is given out freely at the Islamic Booth at Dundas Square in Toronto. It is also given out on our university campuses during Islam Awareness Week.

Although some Muslim women do not suffer beatings or humiliation, countless women do suffer, and the following information can encourage the abuse, oppression and humiliation of women.

In point B below,  ‘Women in Islam’ states that Mohammad never beat his wife Aisha, however, in Sahih Muslim (4:2127), we read that he did indeed beat her and caused her pain.

It must also be said that prominent Muslim leaders in Canada hold the view that beating women (albeit lightly) is permissible.

The following quotes (in italics) are take from the book ‘Women in Islam’.

A/ “Polygamy in the Islamic society is limited to four wives only, the marriages being performed lawfully with a proper marriage contract, witnesses, etc. The man must bear all financial burdens and responsibilities to his wives and children that arise from his marriages. All the children are legitimate, who must be raised and cared for under the responsibility of both parents…

B/ Wife Discipline 

Allah, the Exalted, stated in the Glorious Qur’an: “(… As to those women on whose part you see ill conduct, admonish them (first), (next,) refuse to share their beds, (and last,) beat them (lightly, if it is useful). But if they return to obedience, seek not against them means (of annoyance). Surely, Allah is Most High, Most Great.)” [4:34]

Islam forbids beating women and warns strictly against it. The Prophet (Peace be upon Him) never beat any of his wives or servants, as his wife Aishah (may Allah exalt their mention) reported in an authentic tradition (Bukhari #2328). Women are, in general, weaker than men in their physique and stamina. Women are often unable to defend themselves against violence. Although beating of women is generally forbidden, Islam permits the beating of wives in a restricted and limited sense only as a final solution and acceptable valid reason when all else fails. This is analogous to spanking children when all else fails and they must learn a lesson in obedience for their own protection and success.”

In the verse we quoted, Allah deals with the case of a wife who behaves immorally towards her husband’s rights. The treatment of this extremely sensitive issue comes in gradual stages, as we have noticed from the verse. Medicine, or treatment of any ailment, can be very bitter at times. But an ill person will take the remedy gladly and bear the bitterness of the medicine in order to be cured from his illness. The remedy to treat a wife blameworthy of immoral behavior, as we have noticed, comes  in three gradual stages:

1. First stage: The stage of advice, counseling and warning against Allah’s punishment. A husband must remind his wife of the importance of protecting his rights in Islam. This stage is a very kind and easy one. But, if this treatment does not work and proves to be ineffective, then the husband may resort to the next stage.

2. Second stage: To leave the wife’s bed. Or, if one sleeps in the same bed with her, he will turn his back to her, not touch her, talk to her or have intercourse with her. This stage, as noticed, combines both strictness and kindness, although it is a very harsh practice on both. But, if this treatment does not work, then the husband may resort to the final stage of discipline explained below.

3. Third and final stage: Beating without hurting, breaking a bone, leaving black or blue marks on the body, and avoiding hitting the face or especially sensitive places at any cost. The purpose of beating her is only to discipline and never retaliation or with desire to hurt by any means. Islam forbids severe beating as punishment.”

The Prophet (Peace be upon Him) said: “None of you should beat his wife like a slave beating and then have intercourse with her at the end of the day”. [Bukhari #4908]
This treatment is proved to be very effective with two types of women, as psychologists have determined:

The first type: Strong willed, demanding and commandeering women. These are the type of women who like to control, master and run the affairs of their husbands by pushing them around, commanding them and giving them orders.

The second type: Submissive or subdued women. These women may even enjoy being beaten at times as a sign of love and concern…

Beating, according to the Islamic teachings, is listed as the last and final stage of disciplining methods.

Islam does not permit, allow or even condone beating unless the first two stages are proven to be ineffective. Moreover, beating must not be employed as a remedy, if a wife prefers to be divorced.

The three stages of discipline stated in the verse of the Glorious Qur’an are only meant to be a means of discipline for the protection of the family unit. One form of destruction of a family is when the wife becomes a victim of divorce. Islam aims to relieve unnecessary pains, problems and conflicts…”

C/ Testimony of Women

“Allah the exalted stated in the glorious Quran:

And bring to witness two witnesses from among your men. And if there are not two men (available), then a man and two women, such as you agree for witnesses, so Allah clarifies to assure the rights of others that testimonies will not be valid unless two men, or one man and two women offer them.

D/ Travel Without a Male Guardian

The Prophet (Peace be upon Him) said: “A woman must not travel alone without a (1) mahram. No man may enter the house of a woman unless there is a mahram with her.”

For the protection of the person and honor of women, the Islamic rule encompassed in this tradition forbids any woman, whether she be young or old, single or married, to travel alone without (mahram) as a travel companion. This man must be of those to whom she is permanently prohibited to marry due to their close blood relationship, such as a father, a brother, an uncle, an elder son or nephew after he has reached puberty, or a husband, etc. Some people might say that this regulation restricts the freedom of the woman and her basic right of movement. The purpose of this rule is not to prevent her travel but to free her from harm and molestation, and thus to maintain and preserve her right of dignity.”

We find that many civilizations have similar rules about escorting women in travel, but often they allow other than the “mahram” to escort her since they do not differentiate between a “mahram” and a “non-mahram” in their cultures, which results in terrible stories. Therefore, and upon this line of reasoning, forbidding a woman to travel alone, and mandating a male escort who must be a “mahram”, is not in any way a humiliating restriction or insult to her abilities, but, in fact, is an honor that she is served, protected and given companionship by a male escort who has to give her preference over his personal matters and needs.”

  1. unmarriageable kin

 

Negative results of Quranic texts on discipline

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Dispelling Misinformation About Islam; The Accepted Dua

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At the Islamic Booth at Dundas Square in downtown Toronto, Ontario,  information about Islam is freely available to those wanting to learn more. This would be considered Da’wah.  Da’wah is an Arabic word which has the literal meaning of “issuing a summons,” or encouraging people to follow Islam through preaching. The importance of  Da’wah has been emphasized many times in the Quran:

“So do not obey the disbelievers, and strive against them with the Qur’an a great striving.-[Qur’an :25 : 51-51]”  q

Included in this information given out at Dundas Square is the book ‘The Accepted Dua’. Dua means invocation or supplication in Islamic terminology.

Following are some quotes from this book. The embolden text is particularly interesting.  A reoccurring theme in much of this material is supplication for victory over a disbelieving people.

p. 5
“Du’a is a great act with great effects on our lives. The benefits are immense and amazing. None can know this unless they have experienced it. And that is the main reason for publishing the book.”
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“I decided to title this book: The Accepted Du’a, since this is what the book is solely aimed for, to make the Muslim aware of what is needed to have his Dua’s accepted… Abdul Azeez al-Athari, 3 November 2010.”
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“Introduction of Shaykh Muhammad Al-Hamad…
“Surely the Du’a is a great blessing and a noble favour which The Patron Mighty and Majestic has bestowed on His servants. Such that He commanded them to Du’a and promised them response and reward. The Du’a is immense in value, its benefit[s] are wide in the religion, surely nothing brings the blessings better than it…”
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“In addition, if he is a (1)mujaahid (on the path of Allah) during that time how much is he in need of calling his Lord!? The One whom for Him victory is asked, the descent of tranquility and firmness during the duel. Not to mention, he asks his Lord for the humiliation of the adversaries and the descent of fear into their hearts, their conflict between themselves and their defeat.”
p. 80
The Authentic Duas of the Quran and the Sunnah (Arabic and English translations)
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“Our Lord, forgive us our sins and the excessiveness [committed] in our affairs and plant firmly our feet and give us victory over the disbelieving people.”
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“Our Lord, do not impose upon us if we have forgotten or erred. Our Lord, and lay not upon us a burden like that which You laid upon those before us. Our Lord, and burden us not with that which we have no ability to bear. And pardon us; and forgive us; and have mercy on us. You are the protector, so give us victory over the disbelieving people.
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“O Allah to You belongs the perfect praise, O Allah none can hold back what you give, and none can give what you hold back, and none can bring close that which You put afar, and none can make far that which You bring close, O Allah give us from Your blessings, Your mercy, Your bounties, Your provision. O Allah, I ask You permanent bounties that don’t change or end, O Allah, I ask bounties on the Day of hardship, and I ask You for safety on the Day of fear. O Allah, I seek refuge with You from the evil of that which You have given us and what you haven’t. O Allah, make Eeman (true belief) beloved to us and adorn it in our hearts, and make us detest disbelief evil sins and wrongdoing, and make us from the guided ones. O Allah make us die as Muslims, and live as Muslims, and join us with the righteous ones without humiliation or turmoil. 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]. You are the True God.”

1. Mujaahid-warrior on the path of Allah

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Muslim prayer at Toronto City Hall speaks against Jews and Christians

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The second annual Iftar (breaking the fast of Ramadan) was held at City Hall on May 29, 2018.

The following is the text of the invitation to the event:

“The office of Councillor Neethan Shan in partnership with the office of Mayor John Tory invites you to the 2nd annual Iftar at City Hall! We are also pleased to partner with Toronto & York Region Labour Council, Islamic Relief Canada, Urban Alliance on Race Relations, Muslim Welfare Centre, Society of United Professionals, and Muslim Youth Fellowship.

“Canadian Muslims contribute significantly to the social, economic, political and cultural spheres of our society. This Holy Month of Ramadan, we invite Canadians of all backgrounds to come together and join us for a delicious iftar as we celebrate the achievements of Canadian Muslims. Maghrib Salah/Prayer will be held around 9 PM, followed by Iftar.

“RSVP today! For further inquiries: Email: councillor_shan@toronto.ca Phone: (416)392-4078”

An Imam recited the Adhan (Islamic call to prayer) from the chamber of Toronto City Hall. The following is the text of the Adhan (originally in Arabic) and the English translation of what you hear:

Allah is Greatest

I bear witness that there is no god but Allah

I bear witness that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah

Hurry to the prayer

Hurry to success/ salvation

Allah is Greatest

There is no god but Allah

Muslim prayer at Toronto City Hall speaks against Jews and Christians

The Maghrib Salah/ Prayer includes the recitation of the first chapter of the Quran (Surah Al-Fatihah) at least three times. The following is the translation of Surah (chapter) al-Fatihah as provided by Omar Subedar, Imam at at Brampton Makki Masjid, The Islamic society of Peel, Vice president of Mathabah Institute and CEO & Founder of Bukhari Publications:

  • [In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful]
  • All praise is for Allah, the Sustainer of every creation
  • The Most Merciful and the Ever Merciful
  • Master of the Day of Compensation
  • It is only You who we worship and only You Who we seek assistance from
  • Guide us to the straight path
  • The path of those you bestowed favours upon, not those who have incurred [Your] wrath and those who have deviated

The attached video shows American and Canadian Muslim religious leaders explaining the context of Surah Al-Fatiha (courtesy of the American Centre for Democracy, for more information click HERE):

Osman Haji Madad, Sahaba Masjid. Edmonton, Alberta: “Who are those who earned the wrath of Allah?… They are the JewsThose who were cursed by Allah. Allah was angry at them and turned them into monkeys and pigs.” (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcQHKY-Pfbg)

Muhammed Alshareef is the founder and President of Huston (TX) based AlMaghrib Institute, now operating in “40 cities around the globe,” and boasts of having more than 80,000 students. Alshareef, who was born and raised in Canada, kicked-off the AlMaghrib Institute in 2002, in College Park, Maryland. (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42cSYW-P1iU)

In the video, Alshareef says: “Adiyy ibn Hatim [one of the companions of Muhammad], May Allah, Exalted be He, be please with him, asked the Prophet, blessings. and peace of Allah be upon him, he said: Who are the “Al-Maghdoubi Alaihim”? Who are those that evoked Allah’s anger?That made Allah angry at them? And the Prophet, blessings, and peace of Allah be upon him, said: “Houm Al-Yahood” [Arabic], they are the Jews. And so every time you’re reciting Surah [chapter] Al-Fatiha [first chapter of the Quran], and in fact is some Muslim countries they want to take out the verses because they want to have good relationships with Israel… they said let’s not teach in our curriculum the verses that deal of and speak about the Jews and praise be to Allah, the scholars said: what are going to do with “Ghairi Al-Maghdoubi Alaihim” [not those who have incurred [Your] wrath]? Are they going to take Surah [chapter] Al-Fatiha from the curriculum? They cannot take it out… And so because the Muslim youth aren’t growing up on the “Aqida” [Islamic faith], and most beloved people to them are becoming actors and actresses, Jewish actresses, Christian actresses, when they hear a speech about how Allah, Exalted, and Glorified be He, condemned the Jews, they say: What’s wrong with Seinfeld? Every Wednesday at 8 pm, prime time television, they’re watching Seinfeld, and he’s funny. [They say:] Are you telling me Seinfeld is going to hellfire? And that’s in their mind. Because they have laughed and spent very joyous moments with the sitcom and now they cannot understand what Allah, Exalted, and Glorified be He, is telling them in the Quran… If the Jews evoked Allah’s anger, then they did it for a reason, and Allah page after page in the Quran shows us the reason why the Jews evoked Allah’s, Exalted and Glorified be He, anger.”

Omar Subedar, Imam at Makki Masjid in Brampton, Ontario and Vice President of Mathabah Institute: “First I’m going to recite the verse. I seek refuge in Allah from Satan the accursed. In the name of Allah the Beneficent the Merciful. Not the path of those who have incurred Your anger or the path of those who have deviated, who have fallen astray. Now, who are these people? Whom are these categories Allah (swt) is referring to? The first group, the prophet (pbuh) has identified as the Jews (اليهود), and the second group ‘those who have deviated,’ the prophet, peace, and blessing be upon him, has identified them as the Christians (النصارى).” (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CP_9fZC1KjI&t=9s)

Musleh Khan, Toronto Police Muslim Chaplain: “Al-Timidhi reports in an authentic Hadith the the Prophet (PBUH) was asked by a companion: those who have earned your anger غير المغضوب عليهم, the Prophet (PBUH) says this refers to the Yahoudi [Jews] and then companion continue to ask والضاليين the Prophet responds and says this refers to the Nasara [Christians] and those who have gone astray…” (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fL00VOTPZI&t=183s)

Younus Kathrada, of Vancouver,  British Columbia: “Pointing specifically at different groups here. As we said, although the Ayat (verses) include all non-Muslims whether they’d be Christians or Jews or other than them. But we speak about المغضوب عليهم those who earned the wrath and the anger of Allah, Exalted, and Glorified be He, specifically here the scholars (علماء) speak of the Jews Al-Yahoud. Why? Well, if you look in the Quran, it’s because they are the ones who are the most argumentative. They’re the ones who knew, they have knowledge of things, and yet they rejected it. So, of course, they earned the wrath and the anger of Allah, Exalted, and Glorified be He… We find that even in the Sunnah [narrations attributed to Muhammad statement or deeds] the Prophet [Mohammad], peace be upon him, they, because they know and yet they reject. الضالين those who went astray, you know, because they don’t base things on knowledge. It’s all about emotion. And Glorified be Allah, the more we think about it, look at today even, you know, if you look at many of the Christians today, they like to talk about, everything is love, it’s not based on knowledge. Nothing is knowledge-based. Everything is emotions, ok, and so they’ve gone astray because they refused to seek that knowledge and they refuse to act upon this knowledge that is present غير المغضوب عليهم ولا الضالين. ”

Sheikh Mashhoor Hasan, explained in a lecture in a Toronto mosque the meaning of this chapter. The following are excerpts from his lecture translated by Abu Umar Abdulaziz: “Not those whom you have become angry on, not those who have deviated. The prophet [Mohammad], peace be upon him, said in Jami` at-Tirmidhi [collection of hadiths, narrations attributed to Mohammad], after he recited this verse, he said: Those whom Allah is angry on [are] the Jews and those who deviated they are the Christians. Why were the Jews called the ones whom Allah is angry on? And why the Christians called the ones went astray? It is very easy, but most of the Muslims they resemble themselves with these ones [Jews] or with these ones [Christians]… The Jews have been called the ones whom Allah is angry on because they had knowledge. They have knowledge, but they don’t act on this knowledge. And those who are astray [the Christians] are called astray because they do actions and they do acts of worship, but they do have knowledge.” (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8U4UUrca9Y)

Website: gloriousquranhistory.ca,Quran exegesis by Muhammad ash-Shawkani: “In this 7th and last Ayah [verse] of [Surah – chapter] Al Fatiha, Allah [SWT] mentions the Muslims who practice Islam, the Jews and Christians… Those who have evoked the Wrath of Allah [SWT] are the Jews [or Israelites] who knew the full truth through Prophet Mousa [Alyhi Al Salam: AAS] but deviated from this truth with selfishness, pride, and prejudice. They thus deserved the Wrath of Allah [SWT]. The astray, on the other hand, are the Christians who deviated from the Message of Prophet Isa [AAS] out of ignorance and ill-knowledge…”

“In his book “Commentary on The Holy Quran” (Volume 1, SURAH AL-FATIHA), Mirzā Ghulām Ahmad, the leader and the founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam, explained verse no. 7 of-of Al-Fatiha.  The following are excerpts from the book (p. 338-340): “All commentators are agreed that those who incurred Divine wrath and those who went astray are the Jews and Christians respectively. A prayer to be safeguarded against these mischiefs, not to be included among those who went astray, nor among those who incurred Divine wrath, has been taught. This must be repeatedly offered in the five daily Prayer services. It is thus clear that this is the biggest and most serious mischief which must be safeguarded against. It should be called the mother of mischiefs… Those who incurred Divine displeasure are the Jews, and those who went astray are the Christians…”

The booklet “Muslim Prayer Handbook For Beginners” has been handed out at the Islamic booth at Toronto’s Dundas Square. Printed and distributed by the Walk-In Islamic InfoCenter located at Toronto (collectfreequran.org), the booklet introduces the daily prayers for Muslims. In some of the supplications dealing with the “Kafiroun,” the disbelievers or infidels, Muslims are ordained to ask Allah to help them overcome and defeat their enemies who are identified as the disbelieving people.

The following are the recommended daily prayers for Muslims in which the disbelievers are mentioned: “Du’a [supplication] to overcome enemies… Our Lord! Forgive us our sins and our transgressions, establish our feet firmly, and give us victory over the disbelieving people.” (3:147)… The Witr (The Last Night prayer) … we also abandon and reject anyone who disobeys you… Your punishment surely overtakes the disbelievers… The most comprehensive Supplication… You are our protector, and give us victory over the disbelieving people.”