by Doris Strub Epstein
“The real threat to Canada is not Islamophobia, it is radical Islam and Islamofascism,” said Muslim activist and panel member Asif Javaid, at a groundbreaking event that brought Muslims together who oppose a Liberal MP’s motion to condemn Islamophobia. They packed the hall in a Mississauga venue. The motion passed in Parliament in March and many there fear it will lead to a bill that would muzzle free speech and be a slippery slope to Sharia law. In a statement on the flier advertising the event, it states, “On April 9, join Muslims Against M103 to protest the infiltration of the Muslim Brotherhood and Jamaat-e-Islami agenda in Canada’s highest corridors of power, the House of Commons.”
Broadcaster Tahir Goa was concerned about the mixing of politics with religion. “Most politicians supported it for their short term political gains. They can’t understand the magnitude of damage that Muslims in Canada would face.”
A impassioned Tarek Fatah, columnist and author, proclaimed, “The target of this M 103 has been Muslims who stand up to the jihadi agenda and fight for Canada’s treasured institution of freedom of speech that this initiative tries to stifle.” Because of his unbridled criticism of Islam, he has a bounty of one million rupees on his head in Pakistan.
Furthermore, they agreed, there will be a backlash of segregation and polarization of Muslims , which will incur more discrimination and more violence. “Please don’t politicize our faith. Please don’t segregate Muslims,” Javaid pleaded.
Dismissing Islamophobia as a “myth” they pointed out that there are eleven Muslim MP’s sitting in Parliament – the highest ever. The Minister of Immigration is a black Muslim. The highest number of refugees coming to Canada are Muslim.
“They don’t want to go to Muslim countries. The real enemy of Muslims are Muslims”, said Fatah. “They have been killing each other since the Prophet died. No Muslim wants to seek refuge in a Muslim country.”
According to Fatah, M 103 was hatched in the Pakistan Embassy in Ottawa with the ultimate goal of bringing in an Islamist agenda to Canada.
Iqra Khalid, the MP who introduced the motion, was born in Pakistan. She attended York University and was president of the Muslim Student Association According to the panelists, this organization is ideologically close to the idesas represented by major Islamic movements, including the Muslim Brotherhood. “When Iqra was elected, the Pakistan High Commission celebrated,” Fatah told the audience. “The radicals have infiltrated the political system in every party, in the disguise of community leadership, community workers and mosque leaders,” claimed Javaid. “Islamists from Pakistan and other Muslim countries supported her in the last election. She is obligated to them. She is their puppet.”
Islamic clerical authority in the west works through transnational networks such as the Muslim Brotherhood and Jamaat -e- Islami, and have cells in schools and universities. They use NGO’s to facilitate, Fatah reported.
“If systemic racism was an issue for Khalid and other MPs, I asked her why she did not react when it was reported by CIJNews that an Islamic cleric in Montreal, uttered the following words to a congregation:
O Allah, give victory to our brothers who engage in Jihad
O Allah, destroy the accursed Jews
Variations of which are read at most mosques every Friday.”
All the speakers are convinced that only Muslims can effectively fight the Islamists. “The motion passed but the party has just begun,” predicted Javaid. “These hardliners will take “evidence” and will demand Bill 103.”
“In 2004 we fought Sharia law and banned it in Ontario. One law for all. This can only be fought by Muslims,” Fatah said to a standing ovation.
A new poll indicates that if the vote on M 103 was up to mot Canadians , it would fail. Forty two per cent would vote against it; 29 percent would vote in favour and 29 percent were uncertain would abstain.