Canada’s Growing Islamic Radicalism

Sara Akrami is the founder and president of the Human Rights Activists Association at York University.


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Proselytizing radical Islamist ideology is quite common in Toronto. On the streets of downtown Toronto, there are always numerous individuals from various Islamic centers who distribute free Qur’ans and promote jihad. When we spoke to some of them and asked their opinion about non-Muslims, they replied with: “Non-Muslims are dirty! Either they have to convert to Islam or they must get killed because when a non-Muslim get killed, Allah becomes happy.” They also added that “one day Islam will take over the world and the flag of Islam will wave everywhere, even on White House.”

Another concerning issue is the increase in the number of Islamic schools around Canada, especially in Toronto. Some of the practices that are being taught in these schools are completely against Canadian norms and contribute to radicalization of young children. For instance, in some schools, girls and boys are segregated based on their sex. Also, when it comes to prayer time, in some Islamic schools, girls have to pray behind boys. Aside from that, some of the hate teachings in these schools toward other religions and critics of Islam will inevitably lead students to the idea of violent jihad. This issue has already occurred in King Fahad Academy, an Islamic school in the United Kingdom. The nature of the Arabic textbooks that are being used in King Fahad Academy are extremely racist. For example, various textbooks include the following verse from the Qur’an: “They are the Jewish observers of Saturdays whose youth God transformed into monkeys and their elders into pigs as their punishment.” The author of the textbook explains that “the monkeys are the Jews and the pigs are the Christian infidels at Jesus’ table.”

The case of Theo Van Gogh, the Dutch filmmaker and director of the movie “Submission,” which criticized the treatment of women in Islam, serves as an ominous warning for those who do not take seriously the threat of radicalization in the West. In an interview with Theo Van Gogh, the reporter asked him, “Don’t you think that someday there will be an idiot who wants to kill you?” He responded, “No, I can’t imagine that.” The reporter continued to ask, “So you believe in the goodness of man?” Van Gogh replied, “No, not in the goodness of man but in my own arrogance that has so much affect that a bullet will not come for me.” When Theo Van Gogh was murdered by Mohammad Bouyeri, a Dutch-Moroccan Muslim on November 2, 2004, Mohammad Bouyeri stated that “if I had the opportunity to get out of prison and I had the opportunity to do what I did on November 2nd, I would have done exactly the same.” In addition, many other brave individuals who criticize Islam, such as Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Greet Wilders, and Salman Rushdi, have been threatened by Islamic extremists.

Some extremist Islamic practices have been seen here in Canada. One example is Aqsa Parvez’s case, a 16-year-old Pakistani-Canadian girl who became the victim of honor killing. Her refusal to wear the hijab caused her brother to assist her father in her murder, because they believed had brought dishonor to their family.

Even recently, the Canadian police service has arrested one of the leaders of the Baitul Mukarram Islamic Society in Toronto. Mohammad Masroor, 48, is charged with a series of sexual assaults. He is currently facing 13 charges, but the police believe there are other victims as well. The victims of the sexual assaults are both female and male.

Without adequate recognition, the growth of radical Islam in Canada, an ideology that is behind the majority of the terrorist activities around the world and promotes intolerance for everything non-Muslim, will put the safety of Canada in danger. It is time Canada takes this trend seriously, before more victims are needlessly added to the list.

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  • Ron Carnine

    Its interesting that the Muslim's like to bring up the fact that the Jews crucified Jesus when they believe no such thing. Their claim is that Jesus did not die on the Cross, Judas did. As Christians we should remember that it was God the Father who sent Jesus to the cross for my sins, so I (a Gentile) sent Jesus to the Cross. Remember that Jesus was said to have been slain before the"foundation of the World", so God had finalized his plans before he created Adam. The Muslim hatred of the Jews is nothing new, they supported the Nazi's and that's one of the reasons the Belfour agreement was formed. It's nothing new that the Arabs hate the Jews, Esau hated Jacob thousands of years ago. Muslim's know history like I know camels. They only use the parts of history that support their cause and forget the rest. Israel lawfully became a nation because the actions of the UN. 5 Arab nations attacked the brand new Israel in 1948 and got their butts kicked. Israel's rights to the land were finalized because the Arabs failed to agree to any peace agreement and because Israel fought and won a defensive war the land becomes their land lawfully.

    • voted against carter

      Ron,..
      hit the wrong button, should be a thumbs up!

    • UCSPanther

      Their use of Jesus is just another way they use to attack the Jews. Hitler did the same thing, and he was no friend of Christianity either.

    • Angel

      Ron,
      I do agree that Islamic extremists are a treat everywhere in the world but so are other extremists practicing other religions or believes. I do believe in peace and human rights regardless of religions. I do believe people in Israel like other people have to live in peace. No doubt about it. But can you tell me what was the name of the land now we call it Israel?And what about Palestinians' right? I think the best way to establish peace in that region and put an end to all hatred in middle east is negotiation. Israelis and Palestinians need to recognize each other's rights and live peacefully next to each other.

  • Jaladhi

    In one sentence – the West is screwed by allowing Muslims to come to their countries under the guise of multiculturalism and then allowing them to use our democratic laws to spread their murderous ideology and trying to suppress our freedom of speech since they get offended with everything that we do here. And they are succeeding in their efforts as shown by the UN resolution sponsored by OIC to criminalize insulting religions. There is only one religion whose followers are always offended or feeling insulted about their religion and that religion is, you guessed it, Islam. They demand the freedom of religion and speech for themselves yet want to suppress our freedom of speech.

    Unfortunately, the West still does not recognize this threat to us and is still not curbing this menace!!!

    If this continues – the west is doomed !!

  • voted against carter

    ' TAQIYYA '
    Do your own research about it if you don't know what this means.

    Islam IS EVIL. PERIOD.

    Islam strives for world domination.

    The Quran commands Muslims to exercise jihad.

    The Quran commands Muslims to establish shariah law.

    The Quran commands Muslims to impose Islam on the entire world.

    Islam is NOT a religion, it IS a totalitarian ideology.

    Islam wants to dominate all aspects of life, from the cradle to the grave.

    Shariah law is a law that controls every detail of life in a Islamic society.

    From civic- and family law to criminal law.

    It determines how one should eat, dress and even use the toilet.

    Oppression of women is good, drinking alcohol is bad.

    The core of the Quran is the call to jihad.

    Jihad means a lot of things and is Arabic for battle.

    Islam means submission, there cannot be any mistake about its goal.

    Islam and freedom, Islam and democracy are not compatible.

    They are opposite values.

    Mohamed's "wife" was six years old.

    That makes Mohamed a PEDOPHILE!!!

    And you want to base a "Religion" on this a z z -holes rantings?

    Are you INSANE?

    I STAND with Israel

  • Anamah

    Is the Canadian government going to discard this kind of trash? Why are they allowed to hurt us promoting their sick agenda? This people acting like this are injecting their malignant hate in the complete society. We have the right to live in peace, to be protected and enjoy life without their incitement. This lunatic behavior must be banned or they must be spelled from our countries. Enough is enough!!!

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    a great post

  • Sam

    Seriously … All religions are a pile of sh!t , with different flavour . As long as people believe in a God they will kill each other for it ……

  • peace

    As a woman borned in a muslem country,what I saw from Islam was only discrimination and racism,paternalism,terrorism,violence and retrospection.while they see this comment they will become angry because they don't think that one can comment its beleives specially if that person is a woman that according the real Islamic rules it is just a creative to make a peace for man and according its Sharia she is considered as a half individual comparing to man. They think that they live in 1400years ago and their rules are exactly the same as 1400 years ago.As a woman I have seen many crulties and discrimination against my sex(female).

  • peace

    I can not beleive how could a woman obey these Islamic rules without losing her pride.How could a man who beleives in human rights beleives in Islam either because these two are just like two parallel lines that never meet each other.If you see some of them thinks other than this,be sure that they are so stupid that can not understand simple meanings of human rights and democracy or they don't want to understand for many different reasons like political,economical,fear and so on.I am so sorry to tell this that although I respect honest religious people but I think all relegions are manmade equipment to get more power

  • peace

    .I am so sorry for western countries that have made a watch and wait diplomacy and just see dollars that comes from their oil.yes they are reach and be sure that it is just the power of money that they can tell what ever they like so easily while other voices are not heard any more.Just be careful that this radical Islam or any other radicalism that is getting more and more reach and powerful and also numerous( a muslem man can marry with 4women and they like to have many children) and on the other hand it is supported also by western governments because of their short term economical benifits or other political reasons without considering long term damage of this kind of ideologies that just like cancer cells spreading around .But these governments some they will wake up that is too late and this ideology will contaminate all countries of the world and we have to observe 3rd world war or religious wars……………………………

  • shahin

    its true

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