‘It’s gonna be nice. It’s gonna be beautiful. It’s gonna stand out in the city as a nice new building’
CBC News Posted: May 16, 2014 5:55 AM CT Last Updated: May 16, 2014 5:55 AM CT
A growing Muslim community in Iqaluit is getting help to build a mosque from the same foundation that helped establish mosques in Inuvik, N.W.T., and Thompson, Man.
It would be the first official Islamic place of worship in Nunavut.
“It’s gonna be nice. It’s gonna be beautiful. It’s gonna stand out in the city as a nice new building,” said Hussain Guisti of the Zubaidah Tallab Foundation, a Manitoba-based Islamic charity.
Guisti estimates there are currently 80 Muslims living in Iqaluit, and he expects that number to quadruple in the next two decades.
“There’s been a tremendous increase in the number of Muslims in the past 20-some years in Iqaluit, and we anticipate that number to continue to grow because Iqaluit is a booming, developing city,” he said.
“It’s attracting people from all nationalities for economic opportunities and job growth.”
Guisti says his group is working with the Islamic Society of Nunavut, founded in 2009, to construct a two-storey building.
Some of the materials are already in town and more will arrive on sealifts this summer.
They are looking at a site near the Road to Nowhere. The city says the group would have to apply to amend the zoning bylaw for the area.
The Islamic Society of Nunavut and the Zubaidah Tallab Foundation are still raising funds locally and in the south to help pay for the building and the associated costs.
Posted: Monday, October 27, 2014 6:00 am
Mischa Popoff | 18 comments
For years now, Liberals and New Democrats have pretended Islamic terrorists deserved to be treated with kid gloves.
They said the Bush-Cheney doctrine was distinctly un-Canadian and that aggression only gave rise to more terrorism.
How did a proud nation that helped defeat Nazi Germany, fascist Italy, imperial Japan and the communist Soviets sink to the point where two of our men in uniform had to be murdered in cold blood on our own soil before we would collectively awaken from this isolationist trance?
First, we were told Maher Arar was tortured in 2002 when American intelligence pulled him off a flight and sent him to Syria for questioning about his ties to terrorists. He never proved his claims of torture and never denied having numerous conversations over the years with known terrorists. Continue reading
Monday 3pm Bloor & Palmerston : Street Team to pass out flyers re: AUSMA MALIK – See more at: http://www.risecanada.com/2014/10/27/monday-3pm-bloor-palmerston-street-team-pass-flyers-re-ausma-malik/#sthash.J7TxQmuJ.dpuf
On Monday, Toronto will vote in municipal elections. One of the candidates for TDSB trustee (Trinity-Spadina), AUSMA MALIK, has participated in fundraising events for the infamous “Toronto 18″ charged Islamic terrorists. She has also participated in events where flags of banned Islamic terrorist group Hezbollah have been openly displayed. Tomorrow we shall be passing out the following flyer. – See more at: http://www.risecanada.com/2014/10/27/monday-3pm-bloor-palmerston-street-team-pass-flyers-re-ausma-malik/#sthash.J7TxQmuJ.dpuf
BY RON CORBETT, OTTAWA SUN
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If Mike Maguire can sit down yet — after the thorough spanking he received this week over his transit plan — I want him to know the worst is probably behind him.
And for what it’s worth, when Election Day comes around, I don’t think his transit plan will be seen as the worst idea of the campaign.
Why just this week a candidate in Gloucester-Southgate sent out a press release saying he would adopt sharia law at city hall if he were elected.
Meladul Haq Ahmadzai says sharia law would “restore transparency and accountability at city hall.”
Not a lot of reporters attended his sharia law press conference, nor has Ahmadzai been interviewed all that often, despite his press releases always ending with the cheerful reminder that “the media is welcome to ask questions.” Continue reading
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A Toronto mother claims a niqab-wearing school bus driver poses a safety risk because she’s not easily identifiable.
Stacy Joseph says she doesn’t think the niqab, a veil that some women in the Muslim community choose to wear to cover their faces, should be worn while driving her seven-year-old son or her four-year-old boy who has special needs.
“As a parent I’m concerned that I don’t know who is driving them,” Joseph told CityNews. “I know the other bus drivers, I know them by face, I know them by name so I can easily identify them.”
She says this is not about any particular person or religion, it’s about the safety of her children.
“It has nothing to do with religion or anything like that, it’s just a matter that her face is covered and if anybody’s face was covered I’d be concerned,” said Joseph.
Under the Ontario Human Rights code, bus drivers, like any other employee in the province, must be reasonably accommodated when it comes to their religious faith – and that includes allowing them to wear religious clothing.
While the niqab is sparking concern from Joseph, others in the community say, in their experience, it’s widely accepted.
Afia Baig has been wearing a niqab in Canada for the past 18 years and although she doesn’t know the bus driver personally, she says concerns of impersonation or identity issues can be quashed by just having regular conversations with the driver.
“I see where they’re coming from, but I think they have really nothing to fear about it,” said Baig. “I think its more the fear of what is behind, what the woman is going to be like, of who is going to be sitting behind the wheel, and when she gets to know her, I’m sure 100 per cent the fear will go away.”
Niqabs have sparked controversy in the past, with protests against a Quebec law that bans women wearing the veils from receiving or providing public service.
Religious rights and security rights also collided in 2010, with allegations Air Canada failed to visually verify the identity of women boarding a flight in Montreal.
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A person is witnessed driving a Lincoln Navigator wearing an Islamic veil (Niqab). If this person were to commit a traffic violation, or worse, then how could they be positively identified later? For example, if a veiled driver were to run over a pedestrian, then flee, how could any witnesses positively identify that perpetrator, beyond any reasonable doubt?
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Mohammed Azhar Ali Khan
Canadian Muslims – living in a country where race, religion or ethnicity do not produce discrimination or oppression, the law is supreme, freedom of expression is enjoyed by all and the people are friendly and receptive to diversity – are horrified by the barbarity in Syria and Iraq.
They find the so-called Islamic caliphate particularly repulsive because its actions, particularly violent persecution of Shias, Christians, Yazidis, women and moderate Sunnis, violate the basic teachings of Islam that command justice, tolerance, compassion and respect for people of other beliefs. Its brutality goes against the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) whose life clearly illustrated that his mission was to be a mercy for all mankind.
Canadian Muslims worry about ISIS’s brutality for three other reasons. One is that while violence and brutality are common throughout the world and are committed by people of different faiths and also by those who profess no beliefs, the so-called caliphate says it is acting in accordance with Islamic teachings – a monstrous lie. Continue reading
David B. Harris, Special to QMI Agency
A tweet claims to show a picture of the Andre Poulin, who later became known as Abu Muslim. (Twitter)
This approach should simplify the forensic challenge when suicide bombing arrives in Canada – as, of course, it will.
There are several reasons why it’s coming.
First, we have what Hollywood would call “the talent.”
Our Islamist ranks are hugely reinforced by almost unparalleled, politically motivated – and economically unjustifiable – mass immigration from terror-producing countries where we have no meaningful capacity to do background checks. And the “homegrown” element may have helped Calgary alone contribute about two dozen to foreign jihad. Dozens more Somali-Canadian youth are estimated to have joined al-Shabaab terrorists, the group that destroyed a Kenyan shopping mall. Tellingly, this number outstrips per capita the size of the U.S. cadre that’s gone to jihad in Somalia and environs.
Remember Canadian suicide bomber Salman Ashrafi, who detonated in Iraq? And how about Timmins’ best, convert Andre Poulin who polished himself off in a Syrian death-charge? Let’s not forget the two key Canukistan players in the Algerian gas plant butchery, “martyrs” who had no prospect of outliving their operation.
UK commentator Douglas Murray claims “there are now at least twice as many young British Muslims who have gone to Syria” to fight for extremism, as “there are Muslims fighting for Queen and country here in the British armed forces.” One wonders how Canadian statistics compare, and what returning Canadian jihadis will have in mind.
Second, as the cop shows say, there’s intention.
U.S. SEAL operators found documents targeting Canada and a few other nations in Osama bin Laden’s lair. All of these countries have been hit, except Canada. And there’s no end to the Islamist hatred within our borders. Media reports revealed wives of Toronto 18 mass-terror accused held Canadians in searing contempt: “this filthy country,” was the best one could say about it. Another unsuccessfully tried to include as a condition of her marriage an undertaking that hubby would hit the jihad trail at the first opportunity.
Intention is reinforced by ugly propaganda. Look how terror-convict Momin Khawaja’s mummy would read grisly anti-infidel bedtime stories to her junior jihadi. Or Saudi Government Qur’ans, available in Canada, with Riyadh-approved scholars’ annotations about non-Muslims’ spiritual and physical “impurity.” In fact, “filthy as regards urine, stools and blood.”
When the average Canadian’s blood is written off as filthy, you’d better consider that there’s some terminal “othering” going on, the kind that could make you roadkill on someone’s personal expressway to paradise.
How about what moderate Muslims properly deride as the divisive “Muslim victimhood narrative” – exaggerated portrayals of Muslims as constant victims of non-Muslim fellow citizens – summarized in the Islamist-contrived word “Islamophobia”? The spin is a dangerous potential prompter of youth radicalism.
Such concerns triggered extraordinary Globe and Mail condemnations of Canadian Muslim personalities Mohamed Elmasry and Sheema Khan, the latter being the Globe’s own columnist – and founder of the deeply troubling National Council of Canadian Muslims (then called CAIR-CAN). The newspaper said their kind of hand-wringing about largely imaginary “backlash” put them among those “jostling for a spot on victimhood’s centre stage” in “a shamefully equivocal reply to terrorism.”
The third aspect favouring suicide attacks in Canada: location, location, location.
We have target-worthy locations. Canada is an almost absurdly open society with very accessible infrastructure. Shopping malls, office buildings, major events, energy generation and distribution. Think of all the carbomb-ready parking lots beneath city halls, court buildings and other such symbolic targets.
Canada must awaken before someone loses his head.
- A lawyer with 30 years’ experience in intelligence affairs, David B. Harris is director of the International Intelligence Program, INSIGNIS Strategic Research Inc.