Canadian Muslim Cleric Hate

Montreal police issue arrest warrant for imam who called for Jews to be killed in sermon

Sheikh Muhammad bin Musa Al-Nasr, a citizen of Jordan, is wanted on charges of wilful promotion of hatred

CBC News
Posted: Jul 17, 2017

Montreal police have issued an arrest warrant for an imam who allegedly made hateful comments against Jews.
Sheikh Muhammad bin Musa Al-Nasr is wanted on charges of wilful promotion of hatred, which carries a prison term of up to two years.

Montreal police have refused to comment until the suspect appears in court, but Quebec's Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions confirmed a justice of the peace issued the arrest warrant July 12.

A cleric from Jordan, he was invited to Dar Al-Arqam Mosque in the city's Saint-Michel neighbourhood to give a sermon last December. The video was posted to the mosque's YouTube channel three days later.

In it, Muhammad bin Musa Al-Nasr recites the following verse in Arabic: "O Muslim, O servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him."

CBC independently verified the speech and its translation.

The Dar Al-Arqam Mosque has not returned CBC's calls.

Dar Al-Arqam is not a member of the Muslim Council of Montreal, which represents more than 40 Muslim institutions in the city, according to council president Salam Elmenyawi.

Elmenyawi says he spoke with member imams after first hearing about the sermon so they knew it was unacceptable.

Inciting violence

When Harvey Levine, regional director of B'nai Brith in Quebec, first learned about the online video in March, he filed a complaint with police.

"It's just unacceptable for anybody to preach that kind of hate against Jews, especially when it involves expressions of a violent nature."

"There were passages that called the Jews 'the worst of mankind' and expressed his hope, the imam, that Muslims would slaughter them on Judgement Day," he said.

Nasr is a citizen of Jordan, and B'nai Brith is urging the federal government to locate and request extradition from whichever country he is currently based in.

The controversial verse comes from a religious text known as a hadith, which interprets the words and actions of the Prophet Muhammad.

The hadith in question deals with the end times, and tells how stones and trees will ask Muslims to come and kill Jews hiding behind them.

Canada: Senior Imam mocks the Western idea of “marital rape”

Jonathan D. Halevi
February 26, 2016
CIJ News

Sheik Houssein Muhammad Amer (حسين محمد عامر) is the Imam of Centre Aljisr (مركز الجسر الإسلامي) in Laval, Quebec also a member of Quebec council of Imams.

In a lecture at Al-Rawdah Mosque in Montreal (published on September 2, 2015), Imam Houssein Amer mocked the Western idea of “marital rape” and explained the differences between the West and Islam in this regard.

The following are excerpts of Houssein Amer’s speech (originally in Arabic):

“According to the Western view, the woman who is a spouse – her husband is not allowed to force her to have sex with him. It is forbidden. Why? Because, this is her freedom [of choice]. They [the West] were the first to establish the term of “marital rape”. Is it possible that a husband rapes his wife? Yes. He forces her to have sex with him. It is forbidden. Mistake. She may complain. Glory be to Allah.

“At the same time, some of our brothers, the preachers, told a story that happened in Germany. A German brother converted to Islam. His wife remained German [non-Muslim], and she defied him by bringing her lover to the house. Afterwards, the issue developed into a sexual intercourse. He hit her lover. She called the Police. The wife called the Police, told them: my lover has been attacked in my home. As you have rights in home I also have rights in home. When the Police arrived and listened to both sides, the Policeman told him [the husband]: The Law does not ban her, and you cannot ban her from having any sexual activity even with somebody else. Are you upset? Do the same like her. There is no power but in Allah.

“They [the West] made no difference even between the legitimate aspect [sex within marriage] which we have discussed and which serves as a guarantee from the this disease [HIV] and the sex outside marriage, Glory be to Allah, Glory be to Almighty Allah.

“And worse than that, they opened the other issues, such as homosexuality, man with man, woman with woman, and nowadays a man can go with a man to a church and a priest marries them. Some brothers say: let them live in halal [legitimate status]. They live together in contradiction to the [Islamic] Law, Glory be to Allah. I’m saying that the proper moral approach is that there is freedom [of choice] but within the Islamic Law, within the Islamic Law. You are a free-person in your subjugation to Almighty Allah.”

In previous sermon (published on December 31, 2010) Imam Houssein Amer justified the wisdom of wife beating in Islam (“not severely”) as a last resort and as an act of education in case the husband fails to convince his wife to return to the right path of Islam.

Here is an excerpt of Amer’s sermon (originally in Arabic):

“The Prophet [Muhammad], peace be upon him, says: if they [wives] do so, then, [the husbands should] beat them but not severely [Muslim 1218]. Some people argue, when they hear this text, that the Islamic Law permitted wife beating, and other people say, when hearing it, that Islam oppresses the wife by allowing the husband to beat her.”

“My brothers and my loved ones, the beating in Islam is a type of education, and it is said that it is the last resort [literally “the last medicine”, meaning a medicine that is administered after all others failed to cure the illness as it is said in the hadith:] the last medicine is burning [the skin with fire].”

“The West prohibits the beating for the purpose of education and this is the position that was taken there. However, the truth is otherwise. The beating is a type of education… the beating is used after exhausting all effective and successful [possible] solutions and [it turned out that] there is no treatment without it.”

“The Koran referred to the beating in the context of a series of treatment saying: But those [wives] from whom you fear arrogance – [first] advise them; [then if they persist], forsake them in bed; and [finally], strike them. But if they obey you [once more], seek no means against them [Surat An-Nisā’, 34].”

“This is the case regarding the wife if you are right, and she should be admonished, her husband should remind her his rights over her and she should return to Follow @her Lord Almighty. In case that the admonition and the advice fail in dealing with her, he [the husband] has to abandon the bed, meaning to distance himself from her, to snub her, to avoid touching her to the point that he will not dream on her, and if the estrangement fails the beating [of the wife] is permitted, as the Prophet said: not severe beating.”

Imam Houssein Amer’s views go in line with the positions expressed in recent years by other senior Imams in Canada:

Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips (Toronto, Ontario): “Men are considered the head of the family and the final decisions are in his hand… her responsibility is to obey him as long as his requests are permissible according to Islamic law… [In] Islam, a woman is obliged to give herself to her husband and he may not be charged with rape… It is true that the Sharee’ah does permit a husband to hit his wife… The Qur’anic verse outlines the procedures which should be followed in the case of a rebellious and unjustly disobedient wife… the intent of this beating is not inflicting pain and punishment but merely to bring the woman back to her senses and re-establish authority in the family.”

Sheikh Musleh Khan (Toronto, Ontario): The husband is the only leader of the family; “the wife should be obedient to her husband at all times” including when he call her to bed; she should “ask her husband permission before leaving the home” and “is obliged to serve her husband.”

Sheikh Ahmed Abdul Kader Kandil (Montreal, Quebec): “The man has a right over his wife also regarding the issue of obedience in the sense that she has to obey him on any matter and particularly when the man calls his wife to bed.”

Imam Shazim Khan (Peterborough, Ontario): “So the Prophet, peace be upon him (PBUH he said): ‘Even in that situation she should not refuse.’ And to refuse, and to refuse to obey her husband in this respect [to respond to his call to have sex] is a major sin in Islam. It is a major sin… If a man calls on his wife to satisfy his desire with her and she refuses for no genuine reason… the angels curse her till the morning… One of the rights of the husband over his wife also is that she should serve him… wife should protect his honour… she stays away from everything that her husband doesn’t like in order to please him…”

Imam Abdi Hersy (Edmonton, Alberta): “The husband has many rights [حقوق] on his wife… first and foremost, she has to obey you. She has to obey you, ok. He comes with the orders. You have to give orders and she has to obey you… That’s one of the rights of the husband for his wife. So she is going to cook and clean and prepare food… So she has to obey you… And the biggest thing when it comes to obeying your husband, ladies, is when he calls you in the bed stop what you are doing, quit… Obey your husband… The other thing that is a right upon the wife for her husband is she cannot leave the house without his permission…

“First and foremost, ladies obey husbands… First and foremost, if you order her to pray or to obey Allah… she has no choice but to obey him… if husband calls his wife to his bed and she refuses without any valid excuse… the angels curse her until morning… She has to listen if he orders to restrain herself or refrain from haram [forbidden action]. She wants to do haram [forbidden action], and he says no, she has to obey him with that… if you order to do prayer, do prayers… she has to obey you, she cannot say no.”

Syrian refugees in Alberta welcomed with prayer: “Destroy enemies of Islam”


FEBRUARY 13, 2016

On February 5, 2016, the Alberta Islamic Welfare Association hosted a Family Day event for Syrian refugees and their families, along with members of the local Muslim community in Edmonton and the Imam Shaban Sherif Mady.

In his speech to the Syrian refugees, Shaban Sherif Mady greeted them, emphasized the merits of the people of Greater Syria in the eyes of Allah for defeating the Crusaders and the Tatars, and ended with a supplication to Allah.

The following is an excerpt of the supplication (originally in Arabic):

“O Allah! Strengthen the mujahideen [jihad fighters in the path of Allah] everywhere, make their hearts firm and strong, let them hit their targets, give them victory over their enemies.

“O Allah! Destroy the oppressors.

“O Allah! Destroy your enemies, the enemies of religion [Islam].

“O Allah! Whoever wishes good for Islam and the Muslims, bestow all goodness upon him.

“O Allah! Whoever wishes ill for us and wishes ill for Islam and the Muslims, make his plot [tied] around his neck and make him preoccupied with himself, and make his plan cause his own destruction.”

Sheikh Shaban Sherif Mady (شعبان شريف ماضي), was a scholar at al-Azhar theological school in Egypt and served at the Ministry of Endowment and Ministry of Education of the Egyptian government.

Today, he is the Imam of a Muslim congregation in Edmonton, Alberta, which holds its Friday prayers at Glengarry Hall in Edmonton.

Toronto Imam: Muslims should hire only Muslims; do business only with Muslims

Posted by: Jonathan D. Halevi
January 8, 2016
CIJ News

Shaykh Said Rageah was born in Somalia and in the late 80sn moved to North America. Rageah has a Bachelor’s in Islamic studies and a Masters in Shari’ah and he has had several posts over the years, including: founder of Masjid Huda in Montreal and Masjid Aya in Maryland, advisor for Muslim Youth magazine, and member in the Aqsa Association.

He is also the founder of both Muslim Magazine and Al Aqsa Association, and served as the Chaplain at both the University of Calgary and the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT). He served as an Imam at the Abu Hurairah Mosque in Toronto, the Chairman for the Journey of Faith Conference and as an instructor for the AlMaghrib Institute.

In a sermon delivered at Abu Hurairah Centre in Toronto (the video was uploaded to YouTube on February 8, 2009), Imam Rageah called on Canadian Muslims to unite and translate their demography into a political and economic power that is necessary to make the government allow Muslims to implement the Islamic Law (Sharia) in their communities and to change the foreign policy.

Rageah spoke in favour of following the example of the Sikh neighbourhood in Edmonton, Alberta, by bringing the Muslim community to live together in one area in which the authorities will not be able to make any decision without the approval of the Muslims.

He urges Muslims to hire only Muslim workers, to buy products or services only from Muslim-owned businesses and to avoid advertising with media outlets owned by kafir, meaning unbeliever or infidel. In this way, he maintained, Canadian Muslims can strengthen themselves and live according to Islam.

The following is a transcript of segments from Rageah’s sermon:

“With four, five [hundred] thousand Muslims you can create the most powerful lobby in Canada… with that number of Muslims you can create one of the strongest Muslim business in Toronto…

“If you just put our resources, if we put our resources together, if we can work together as an Ummah [Muslim nation] we can change a lot…

“As Muslims, we are scattered all over the city. You have people living in Brampton, you have people living in Mississauga, you have people living in Whitby, you have people living in Richmond Hill. Imagine if we all get together in one area.

“In the City of Edmonton, the Sikh, Sikh, they live in one neighbourhood and nothing can be changed or done without their approval. We here we may as well benefit from the system that they have here.

“What can you do with unity? A lot. You can change a lot. You can change the foreign policy of this country. You can change how the Muslims think. You can even when need help, when you need help you call Muslim for your need you will help the Muslim community…

“Brothers in the masjid [Mosque] right now, they are coming up with the magazine or newspaper called Ummah Times. What Ummah Times is that? Ummah Times is advertising all your businesses all the Muslim businesses [are] Ummah.

“All you need to do – I will never advertise with a kafir [unbeliever, infidel], there you go.

“I hear some advertisements giving to 680 News $5,000. Before your Muslim brothers $50 and $80 or $100 we think twice before we do it.

“Unless we work together, the day we need a truck driver we know where to find truck drivers.

“The day that I need a cab I should have a number of a Muslim cab it’s ok, pick me up.

“When I wan to see a doctor, only Muslim doctor.

“When I want to hire someone only Muslim worker.

“Then we can strengthen ourselves. This is the way and this is the only way we can exist in the society, living according to Islam.

“When the Sharia [Islamic Law], when the government of Toronto, Ontario gave us a break and said: deal your internal affairs based on your Sharia [Islamic Law] we did not go and say: Those few people are Ismailis and Ahmadis, they are not even Muslims. Why would they speak on behalf of Muslims. But, we say no, we keep quiet and see and watch what happens, and then the result was that they said… we will never allow you to rule yourselves, your internal affairs based on the Shariah…

“My brothers in faith, anything that happens in your Muslim community, in the City of Toronto, anything that can be done, five hundred thousand Muslims that is a great number, large number, you can do a lot, work together. Let’s be an Ummah [nation]…

“Take your children to Islamic schools.

“Take your vehicle to Muslim owned business.

“If you buy a vehicle make sure there is a Muslim business or car dealer that sells cars.

“If you want to do anything just ask if that individual is a Muslim or not. If he is not, then look for a Muslim, because I’m sure you’ll find a Muslim. I’m sure you’ll find a Muslim in that field…

“O Allah, Raise the standing of Islam and the Muslims, and humiliate the infidels and the polytheists.”

In his recent visit to Sweden, Rageah met with Muslim youths apparently sons and daughters of refugees from the Middle East who resettled with their families in a small Swedish village.

Rageah explained to the Muslim youths the obligation upon them to follow the teachings of Islam and also the importance of playing a leading role in introducing Islam to the local society in order to spread Islam in their new community.

The following are excerpts of Rageah’s speech (posted on YouTube on December 8, 2015):

“Why do you think Allah brought you here? Why do you think Allah brought your parents and they brought you here?

“Do you think because there was a civil war back home and they had nowhere else to go, and now all of the sudden they came to Sweden to this small village that I cannot even pronounce its name? Do you think they came here accidentally?

“No. It was designed by Almighty Allah. It was designed that you perhaps can be born and raised here, so you can carry the message of Islam to your own community, to the Swedish community, because maybe your father when he is speaking Swedish he has an accent, maybe your mother when she is speaking she has an accent. Maybe they don’t understand the culture of the people.

“Perhaps Allah brought you here so you can adapt, understand, analyze, read and learn the culture of the people and then in return you come back and give them the light of Islam…

“Unfortunately a lot of young ladies and a lot of young boys, or young men, they think they were brought here so they can have fun, they can listen to music, they can shovel the snow that their father never have seen before, they can make a snow man in front of their houses, they can slide down the hill. This is not the reason.

“The reason that Allah brought you here is so you can can carry the message of Islam to the people. Why? Because each one of us, Almighty Allah [said] call to the way of your Lord. So your responsibility is to call people to Allah.”

Rageah, an Imam at the Abu Hurairah Mosque in Toronto and an instructor for the AlMaghrib Institute, sees Prime Minister Harper as an enemy of Islam. The following is an excerpt (25:20-26:59) of his speech at Assalam Mosque in Ottawa in 2012 (the video was uploaded to YouTube on September 12, 2012):

“If one of us was invited by the Prime Minister of this country [Stephen Harper] and he says: ‘I’ll give you a special invitation, exclusive invitation, come to my house, have dinner with me, chat with me, sit with me, talk to me, I’ll talk to you.’ I guarantee you, everyone of you will come out of that meeting raising his head with pride, so proud of himself, so pleased, you know, twitting every second: O I’m sitting with the Prime Minister [Stephen Harper], you know, you know, putting on Facebook: This is my picture with the Prime Minister [Stephen Harper], you know, and you’ll brag on that day and night. Every single moment when someone says: Peace be upon you, O do you know I was just chatting with the Prime Minister [Stephen Harper]. When Someone says: ‘How are the children?’ ‘His house is excellent.’ Your life will be nothing but him, and he [Stephen Harper] is the enemy of Islam. He [Stephen Harper] is an enemy of Islam. I guarantee you, we go to him right now, and he is the man who said, you know, the threat of this country is Islamism. All of us would say: ‘Mister Prime Minister, can we take a picture with you?’ We are so proud of that, because it is the human nature, but Allah is telling you: ‘Stay with me every night.’ Seclusion with Allah we don’t care. We don’t care. The voluntary prayer during the night is a conversation between you and Allah, no one else.”

Rageah did not elaborate in his speech what is the Islamic ruling regarding an “enemy of Islam.” In previous speech (February 2012) at the University of Waterloo as part of the Islamic Awareness Week organized by the local Muslim Students Association (MSA) and partially funded by the university, Rageah implicitly justified the death penalty for apostates and those who insult the prophets.

Imam Ahmed Qandeel, member of the supreme council of Quebec imams, explained in the weekly Friday (May 12, 2013) sermon at Alrawdah Mosque in Montreal, the Islamic ruling regarding Muslims who became enemies of Islam. The following is an excerpt of his sermon (originally in Arabic):

“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…”

The imam who is everywhere
No one was surprised when Toronto’s best-known Muslim cleric showed up at the courthouse

When Canada’s most quoted and often controversial imam, Ally Hindy, appeared at the Brampton courthouse this past weekend to support the group police describe as a homegrown terrorism cell, few were surprised.

Since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, and with Canada’s focus on terrorism, Hindy has either known, or involved himself with, virtually every high-profile Canadian accused of terrorism offences.

He has also been one of the most vocal critics of Canada’s spy service and the RCMP — the federal agencies that investigated the alleged cell of 17 people who were arrested last weekend as part of a massive police raid. Hindy claims police and the spies unfairly target Muslims, and that their invasive tactics have dissuaded many in the community from co-operating with federal authorities.

He said he feels it’s his duty to ensure suspects get a fair trial.

Now it appears that some of the comments that garnered him headlines in the past two years have a connection to this case.

Last July, Hindy warned then public safety minister Anne McLellan at a closed-door meeting with Muslim leaders that the government must stop "terrorizing" Canadian Muslims.

"If you try to cross the line, I can’t guarantee what is going to happen. Our young people, we can’t control," Hindy told The Globe and Mail last summer in relaying what he said at the meeting.

He was complaining about a young Muslim woman who had recently told him she was "roughed up" by Canadian spies while her husband was away at prayers. Hindy had circulated flyers in Toronto mosques detailing the woman’s allegations and reminding people that they were not legally obliged to speak with agents from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.

That woman, sources say, is the wife of suspect Fahim Ahmad, who now faces six terrorism-related charges, including accusations he was involved in the purchase of guns and an alleged bomb plot.

A month after Hindy made these comments, it’s alleged that Ahmad rented the car that Ali Dirie and Yasin Abdi Mohamed were driving when arrested at the border for smuggling loaded guns and ammunition from the United States to Canada. They pleaded guilty last October and are both serving two-year sentences. Ahmad was not arrested at the time, but all three now face charges of allegedly acquiring weapons in association for a terrorist group.

Once Hindy’s accusations were made public last year, CSIS took the unprecedented step of defending itself, phoning Toronto media outlets to offer comment and asking police to probe the claim. Four months later, Toronto police closed the investigation because they said the woman refused to come forward.

Hindy would not comment on that case, but did speak of Ahmad and the eight other suspects he knows. At one point, he said, Ahmad told him he wanted to go to Afghanistan to join the jihad, but Hindy encouraged him to stay here and find non-violent ways to express his frustration.

Among the other suspects Hindy knows are Ahmad Mustafa Ghany and Zakaria Amara, who married sisters in ceremonies presided over by Hindy.

In the past, it was the Khadr family who drew reporters and police to Hindy. He knew reputed Al Qaeda financier Ahmed Said Khadr and his six children during the 1990s, when the family lived between Scarborough, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Khadr was killed in a 2003 battle with Pakistani forces and his children were either arrested for terrorism offences or returned to Toronto. Hindy was one of the few in the community who would speak up for their rights.

He has in the past offered bond for some of those held on national security certificates, unrelated to this case.

"I feel this is my duty to be there," Hindy said yesterday.

"Very easy I could not mention I married these two guys, disappear, not speak much. But I like to be there because I think this is happening to us, our community and many Muslim leaders just want to avoid to be in any situation like that."

If the accusations that the group plotted to bomb Canadian targets are proven, Hindy said, then no lenience is deserved.

"If my son is doing something to destroy this country, I can say he should be hanged, not just put in jail," he said.