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Top Muslim clerics issue Fatwa denouncing terror attacks on Canada and U.S


One of the clerics, Prof. Syed, walked across Canada calling for a stop to violence.

CALGARY – Top Imams affiliated with the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada have issued a fatwa calling those terrorists who attack the United States and Canada “evil.”

The Fatwa is the most important condemnation of terrorists who try to hurt people living in Canada. Extremists have been told that any attack on the U.S. or on Canada will be construed as an attack on 10 million Muslims who live in these two countries.

“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. A Fatwa is a religious edict.

“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,” said the declaration.

“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 (God) 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)

“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 (God) save Canada, the United States and the entire world from the evil of wrong doers. Ameen.”

Signed by:

Prof. Imam Syed B. Soharwardy – Calgary
Allama Imam Ghalib Hussain Chishty – Calgary
Allama Imam Syed Mukhtar Naeemi – Houston, USA
Allama Imam Muhammad Nasir Qadri – Montreal
Allama Imam Abdul Latif No’mani – Vancouver
Imam Hafiz Muhammad Zarif Naeemi – Calgary
Imam Nizamuddin Sayed Qadri – Calgary
Imam Qazi Bashiruddin Qadri – Hamilton
Imam Osman Qazi – Toronto
Imam Saeed Ahmed Saifee – Toronto
Alimah Hafizah Sister Zaheera Tariq – Calgary
Imam Ayaz Khan Qadri – Calgary
Alimah Sister Fatimah Zohra – Toronto
Imam Shahid Bashir Lahori – Calgary
Imam Hafiz Intizar Ahmed Qadri – Montreal
Imam Sayed Sajid Qadri – Calgary
Imam Arif Mahmood Naqshbandi – Calgary
Imam Muhammad Anees Siddiqui – Calgary
Sister Shahana Kamil – Mississauga
Mr. Mushtaq Khan – Mississauga

Editor’s Note: Because of the interest in this article we thought you’d like to see the Charter of Rights that Mohammed guaranteed to Christians. The guarantee was given to the St. Catherines Monastery in Egypt. Here.

The guarantee reads as follows:

This is a message from Muhammad ibn Abdullah, as a covenant to those who adopt Christianity, near and far, we are with them.
Verily I, the servants, the helpers, and my followers defend them, because Christians are my citizens; and by Allah! I hold out against anything that displeases them.
No compulsion is to be on them.
Neither are their judges to be removed from their jobs nor their monks from their monasteries.
No one is to destroy a house of their religion, to damage it, or to carry anything from it to the Muslims’ houses.
Should anyone take any of these, he would spoil God’s covenant and disobey His Prophet. Verily, they are my allies and have my secure charter against all that they hate.
No one is to force them to travel or to oblige them to fight.
The Muslims are to fight for them.
If a female Christian is married to a Muslim, it is not to take place without her approval. She is not to be prevented from visiting her church to pray.
Their churches are to be respected. They are neither to be prevented from repairing them nor the sacredness of their covenants.
No one of the nation (Muslims) is to disobey the covenant till the Last Day (end of the world).


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38 Comments for “Top Muslim clerics issue Fatwa denouncing terror attacks on Canada and U.S”

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  2. Muslim are therefore deemed guilty by association until they “denounce”. What a stupid line of thinking!

  3. Sure, it’s definitely positive that they are denouncing terrorism, but they don’t have to. Americans desperately want Muslims to denounce terrorism and claim it will help educate other Muslims in America. But in reality Americans want apologies from Muslims because of the acts of others, and that’s just insecurity. Were not going to get an apology for 9/11 because there is no one Muslim in charge of terrorism. Don’t forget that terrorists make up a very small percentage of Muslims, and those other Muslims do not have to apologies or recognize the actions of the violent ones.

    • Agreed. No one should have to say sorry for the actions of other. In this instance, it is important to convey to a nervous population the fact that 1.2 billion Muslims are not wearing explosive vests ready to kill their fellow human beings. So we did welcome the initiative by the clerics since it provides a degree of comfort to those whose knowledge of Islam is based on hysterics rather than reality.

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  5. Until the main bodies of Islamic Clerics (Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, etc.) do the same, it will be a minor step forward, however it is a start. However, I am very pessimistic that this will happen.

    • @ johnston:
      Read the Amman Declaration from Jordon with over 500 global cleric signatories. from almost 50 countries. The Amman conference was very successful. Inform yourself about muslims and Islam ..

  6. Now THIS is the kind of man that I (a Christian) could break bread and be friends with. We all have the same Creator – no matter what man-made names we’ve come up with for our Creator. When we fight and kill each other, its just like if our OWN children did the same in front of us. Lets wake up fellow humans – rise above all of this.

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  10. Good luck to the people who signed this Fatwa.  These are brave individuals for supporting this, they must be aware of the personal risk they are taking by signing the declaration.  The rest of us have the responsibility to help protect these people from harm if there is a backlash, and threats against them need to be taken seriously.

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