Imams issue fatwa against attacks on Canada, U.S.

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Imams issue fatwa against attacks on Canada, U.S.

A group of imams from across Canada issued a fatwa Friday to condemn any attacks by extremists against Canada or the United States to be attacks against the 10 million Muslims living in North America.

In a joint statement issued by the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada, the imams state: "We, the undersigned Imams, are issuing the following Fatwa in order to guide the Muslims of North America regarding the attacks on Canada and the United States by the terrorists and the extremists. In our view, these attacks are evil and Islam requires from Muslims to stand up against this evil."

The fatwa, or religious edict, is a response to the attempted Christmas Day bombing of a U.S.-bound plane by a Nigerian man who reportedly has ties to Islamic militants in Yemen.

In their statement, the imams cite quotes from the Qur'an that call on followers to "enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong," and to be "protecting friends of one another."

They also say that as imams, they have an obligation to inform Muslims around the world that North American Muslims enjoy the freedom to practice their religion, to pray five times daily and attend mosque and to celebrate religious festivals.

"In many cases, Muslims have more freedom to practice Islam here in Canada and the United States than many Muslim countries," the statement reads.

The imams say that the Canadian and American constitutions are similar to the principles of Islam that protect human rights and justice.

"Therefore, any attack on Canada and the United States is an attack on the freedom of Canadian and American Muslims. Any attack on Canada and the United States is an attack on thousands of mosques across North America," the statement says.

It goes on to say it is the duty of every Canadian and American Muslim to expose any person, Muslim or non-Muslim, with plans to harm fellow Canadians or Americans.

The statement is signed by 19 Canadian imams and one from Houston, Texas.

Imam Syed B. Soharwardy of the Islamic Supreme Council said he began work on the fatwa two weeks after news broke that the Christmas Day bomb-attempt suspect had ties to radical Islamic groups.

"This is against our religion and the people in the Muslim community, wherever they live in this world," Soharwardy said. "If they are committing these crimes in the name of Islam, they are dead wrong."

On Friday, a Detroit court recorded a not guilty plea for Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who is facing six charges, including the attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.

Abdulmutallab has been dubbed the "underwear bomber" because he is alleged to have hidden an explosive device containing the chemical PETN under his clothing.

The FBI alleges he tried to ignite the explosives with chemicals in a syringe as Northwest Airlines Flight 253 was descending into Detroit.

The device failed. However, Abdulmutallab sustained some burns. Afterward, U.S. officials said Abdulmutallab told them he was given the materials by al Qaeda operatives in Yemen.

The incident caused mass traffic chaos in the days after and spurred mass security crackdowns as airports around the world.

A number of countries, including Canada, have since announced that full-body scanners, which are capable of seeing through clothing, would be installed at major airports.

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Here is the full text of the fatwa:

Date: January 8, 2010

ISCC affiliated Imams Issue Important Fatwa
Attack on Canada and the United States is Attack on Muslims
Over 10 million Muslims Live in North America


Calgary) Twenty Imams affiliated with the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada have issued a Fatwa today declaring the attacks on Canada and the United States by any extremist will be the attack on 10 million Muslims living in North America. This is the first Fatwa by the Muslim clergy declaring attacks on Canada and the United States as attack on Muslims. Following is the text of the Fatwa.



FATWA (religious edict)

In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful



We, the undersigned Imams, are issuing the following Fatwa in order to guide the Muslims of North America regarding the attacks on Canada and the United States by the terrorists and the extremists. In our view, these attacks are evil and Islam requires from Muslims to stand up against this evil. In the holy Qur’an Almighty Allah orders Muslims,

"Let there among you be a group that summon to all that is beneficial commands what is proper and forbids what is improper; they are the ones who will prosper." (3:104)

"Believing men and believing women are protecting friends of one another; they enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong; they perform salat and give zakat..." (9:71)

"Those who, if We establish them in the land (with authority), establish regular prayers and practice regular charity and enjoin the right and forbid the wrong..." (22:41)

Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said in a Hadith;

"When people see a wrong-doer and do nothing to stop him, they may well be visited by God with a punishment."

Therefore, it is an obligation upon us (Imams) to inform all Muslims around the world that Muslims in Canada and the United States have complete freedom to practice Islam. There is no single city in Canada and the United States where MASAJIDS (Mosques) are not built. In all major cities Islamic schools provide education to Muslim children about Qur’an and the Islamic traditions.

Thousands of Muslims perform Hajj every year and travel to Saudi Arabia with complete freedom and respect. In the month of Ramadan, both Canadian and the United States governments recognize the occasion and greet all Muslim citizens. Muslims pray five daily prayers in mosques without any fear or restrictions. Muslims have complete freedom to pay Zakat (poor due) to the charity or a person of their choice. Muslims have complete freedom to celebrate their festivals openly, publicly and Islamically. Muslims enjoy freedom of religion just like Christians, Jews and others. No one stops us from obeying Allah and His Messenger (Peace be upon him). No one stops us from preaching Islam and practicing Islam. In many cases, Muslims have more freedom to practice Islam here in Canada and the United States than many Muslim countries.

In fact, the constitutions of the United States and Canada are very close to the Islamic guiding principles of human rights and freedom. There is no conflict between the Islamic values of freedom and justice and the Canadian /US values of freedom and justice.

Therefore, any attack on Canada and the United States is an attack on the freedom of Canadian and American Muslims. Any attack on Canada and the United States is an attack on thousands of mosques across North America. It is a duty of every Canadian and American Muslim to safeguard Canada and the USA. They must expose any person, Muslim OR non-Muslim, who would cause harm to fellow Canadians OR Americans. We, Canadian and American Muslims, must condemn and stand up against these attacks on Canada and the United States.

May Allah save Canada, the United States and the entire world from the evil of wrong doers. Ameen.

Signed by:

1. Prof. Imam Syed B. Soharwardy - Calgary
2. Allama Imam Ghalib Hussain Chishty - Calgary
3. Allama Imam Syed Mukhtar Naeemi – Houston, USA
4. Allama Imam Muhammad Nasir Qadri - Montreal
5. Allama Imam Abdul Latif No’mani - Vancouver
6. Imam Hafiz Muhammad Zarif Naeemi - Calgary
7. Imam Nizamuddin Sayed Qadri - Calgary
8. Imam Qazi Bashiruddin Qadri - Hamilton
9. Imam Osman Qazi - Toronto
10. Imam Saeed Ahmed Saifee - Toronto
11. Alimah Hafizah Sister Zaheera Tariq - Calgary
12. Imam Ayaz Khan Qadri - Calgary
13. Alimah Sister Fatimah Zohra - Toronto
14. Imam Shahid Bashir Lahori - Calgary
15. Imam Hafiz Intizar Ahmed Qadri - Montreal
16. Imam Sayed Sajid Qadri – Calgary
17. Imam Arif Mahmood Naqshbandi - Calgary
18. Imam Muhammad Anees Siddiqui – Calgary
19. Sister Shahana Kamil – Mississauga
20. Mr. Mushtaq Khan - Mississauga

Today, January 8, 2010, Calgary Imams will be available at the Al Madinah Calgary Islamic Centre, 5700 Falsbridge Dr. NE at 2:00 PM to explain the Fatwa and answer any questions. The other Imams will be speaking about this Fatwa in their Friday sermons.

For further questions, please contact Imam Syed Soharwardy at 403-831-6330 OR email, [email protected]. Thanks
Attack on Canada and the United States is an attack on 10 million North American Muslims. Islamic Supreme Council of Canada Imams issue Fatwa (edict) today
 

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Imams issue fatwa against attacks on Canada, U.S.

A group of imams from across Canada issued a fatwa Friday to condemn any attacks by extremists against Canada or the United States to be attacks against the 10 million Muslims living in North America.

In a joint statement issued by the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada, the imams state: "We, the undersigned Imams, are issuing the following Fatwa in order to guide the Muslims of North America regarding the attacks on Canada and the United States by the terrorists and the extremists. In our view, these attacks are evil and Islam requires from Muslims to stand up against this evil."

The fatwa, or religious edict, is a response to the attempted Christmas Day bombing of a U.S.-bound plane by a Nigerian man who reportedly has ties to Islamic militants in Yemen.

In their statement, the imams cite quotes from the Qur'an that call on followers to "enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong," and to be "protecting friends of one another."

They also say that as imams, they have an obligation to inform Muslims around the world that North American Muslims enjoy the freedom to practice their religion, to pray five times daily and attend mosque and to celebrate religious festivals.

"In many cases, Muslims have more freedom to practice Islam here in Canada and the United States than many Muslim countries," the statement reads.

The imams say that the Canadian and American constitutions are similar to the principles of Islam that protect human rights and justice.

"Therefore, any attack on Canada and the United States is an attack on the freedom of Canadian and American Muslims. Any attack on Canada and the United States is an attack on thousands of mosques across North America," the statement says.

It goes on to say it is the duty of every Canadian and American Muslim to expose any person, Muslim or non-Muslim, with plans to harm fellow Canadians or Americans.

The statement is signed by 19 Canadian imams and one from Houston, Texas.

Imam Syed B. Soharwardy of the Islamic Supreme Council said he began work on the fatwa two weeks after news broke that the Christmas Day bomb-attempt suspect had ties to radical Islamic groups.

"This is against our religion and the people in the Muslim community, wherever they live in this world," Soharwardy said. "If they are committing these crimes in the name of Islam, they are dead wrong."

On Friday, a Detroit court recorded a not guilty plea for Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who is facing six charges, including the attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.


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Despite the good intentions - here is the problem with this statement or fatwa.

They are saying that because Muslims in Canada and the US are treated as full citizens with full rights of worship, etc and given all the freedom to practice the faith in peace and because there are a couple of million Muslims living in these 2 countries - it therefore is wrong to attack these countries.

What if you had a country that had absolutely no Muslims - would that justify blowing up a plane full of innocent civilians.

If you have to use a religious argument or angle to rally against something as evil as mass-murder of civilians, then you know that you are talking to an audience that is morally bankrupt anyway.

Does any sane person really need a fatwa to know that it is wrong to blow up innocent civilians regardless of what your grievance is ??
 

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