Skip to comments.Muslim moderates threatened in phone call
Posted on 03/24/2007 9:49:06 AM PDT by Dan Evans
Police have launched a hate-crime investigation after a phone call was received by the Muslim Canadian Congress from a man who vowed to "slaughter" members of the group unless they stop speaking publicly about Islam.
The message warned organization members that they must "cease from your campaign of smearing Islam" or "I will slaughter you." It was left on the voice mail of the secretary-general for the Congress on Monday.
The caller mentioned Congress founder Tarek Fatah and current president Farzana Hassan-Shahid by name.
Both have openly criticized the politicization of Islam and alleged influence of Iran and Saudi Arabia in Canadian mosques. They have also been threatened in the past.
After publishing her book "Islam, Women and the Challenges of Today," Hassan-Shahid faced hecklers and had her home vandalized.
"But swearing by God that `I will do this and slaughter all of you,' that's pretty chilling," she told the Toronto Star.
"He said that we are a Munafiq organization. Munafiq really means a 'hypocrite' and to call someone like me a hypocrite I think is totally erroneous and fallacious," Hassan-Shahid told CTV Newsnet.
"I have a different understanding of my faith and it's not hypocritical. I've been articulating it in a very honest manner so I think that that in itself is a fallacy and he needs to overcome it," Hassan-Shahid said, when asked what she would tell the caller if given a chance.
Known for his opposition to Sharia law, Fatah campaigned against a 2005 effort to introduce the religious arbitration courts into Ontario law.
A threat last August convinced him to resign as communications director for the Congress.
Jason Kenney, Canada's secretary of state for multiculturalism, said he was deeply disturbed by Monday's threat and notified Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day of the incident.
"Threats of violence against individuals for their political or religious views have no place in this country," Kenney told the Star.
"It's totally unacceptable and I would hope the whole community - both the Muslim communities and the broader community -- would stand in solidarity with those who are being threatened."
Reports say both Fatah and Hassan-Shahid won't stop speaking out but they are frustrated with the lack of public debate and the inability to air their views without the threat of violence.
Just in case anyone out there wonders why there aren't more moderate Muslims.
Ya gotta love dese holy guys. What they'll do for their moon god.
"Jason Kenney, Canada's secretary of state for multiculturalism,....."
Oh boy. These are the idiots responsible for the environment producing this crap.
It time to stand up now or else "slaughter" will be a common thing.
Who's to say that things like this aren't set up by the muslims in order to draw attention to themselves?
It's hard to be openly moderate when someone may saw the head of your child off.
There was the case in Tulsa a while back where the muslim was tossed out of his mosque for writing an editorial suggesting that muslims need to step up and help America fight terrorism.
Worst of all the MSM almost completely ignores them. They only seem to want the Muslims from "central casting," i.e. fake moderates or open Islamists.
The latter is the most infuriating, and probably the most damaging. What are ordinary Muslims to think when see and hear even secular Western media branding the views of extremists and Islamists as normative?
Take for instance the cartoon controversy from last year. Nearly every media outlet reported as simple fact that Islam prohibits depictions of The Prophet (Mohammad) or showing his face. It's not like it would have taken a great deal of research to document the falsity of this, at least as a universal claim. There are pious depictions of Mohammad in museums and mosques all over the world that show his face. I've got a book on my own shelf that shows dozens of them.
"Just in case anyone out there wonders why there aren't more moderate Muslims."
yeah right, this is why there aren't more moderate muslims.
Or to demonstrate what can happen to you if you stray from the flock.
Liberals are doing a great deal of damage to moderate muslims too.
Liberalism would do great things for the mideast. It certainly takes the fight out of a population. Unfortunately, western liberals only support those who oppose us no matter how brutal and backward they are.
If western liberals had any sense they wouldn't blindly encourage islamic extremists while discouraging moderates.
A moderate Muslim is a heretic. That is why they will get killed along with the Infidels.
They are probaly more hated than us by the Muslims who follow the fundamentals of the religion. Which is subjugating , converting or killing non believers.
For a Muslim to make nice with infidels is forbidden in the Koran. - Tom
There are a few, but they are becoming fewer and increasingly more silent.
That's being a bit paranoid--personal opinion.
Some of the Dutch film included things which Christians should have objected to, had they been forced to see it.
And people such as you are another.
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