Canadian Imam says ISIS will destroy Islam.
Those are his words not mine and the Calgary Muslim cleric said them in a video recording on CBC television.
Naturally, we agree with him and support his hunger strike to gain attention inside the Muslim world for the depth and breadth of the danger, not only to Islam but also to the whole world.
We are not proud of the fact that we have been crying out for months, perhaps even years, against the spreading cancer of Islamic jihad. without witnessing any apparent sharing of those fears among the leaders of the world's nations, at least to the degree that this Calgary Imam has now joined and proclaimed.
The British Prime Minister, David Cameron, through the Home Secretary in his Cabinet writing an article that appeared in the British press last night, is proposing legislation that would take direct aim at those in Great Briton who espouse Islamic terror, even British Imams who advocate violence through their homilies and the distribution of leaflets, on behalf of the recruitment of new jihadists to the ISIS campaign to establish a caliphate. Just yesterday, a digital advertisement imposing the ISIS insignia on the image of the White House, proclaiming the promising the destruction of America and all of her allies.
Whenever and wherever I have encountered Sunni Muslims, over the last few years, I have formally and directly pleaded with those men to "tame their monster" referring firstly to Al Qaeda and more recently, ISIS, as well as the Imam in Great Briton who was quoted as announcing that Islamic jihad intended to take over Buckingham Palace, leaving the Royal Family two choices, convert or leave the country. It is neither as advocate for the preservation of the crown as the head of state in Canada, nor as rocket scientist that we have spoken out against such abhorrent statements. It is merely a non-Muslim, Caucasian Canadian's response to the facts as reported on the ground in too many countries on too many continents, in Nigeria, Sudan, Central African Republic, Somalia, Spain, the United States, Great Britain and elsewhere.
It has been neither comfortable nor comfortably received that these admonishings were delivered and received. I do not like telling another human being that there are men (almost exclusively) operating as agents of his faith community in their own perceptions and words and actions, with a purpose and goal of violently imposing their tyrannical will on innocents, both Muslim and "infidel" (their word).
The Imam in Calgary has obviously, and with much more relevance and credibility than I, been making similar overtures against this cancer. He has experienced direct death threats, and another such threat just this week. Just this week, the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyhu spoke this way about Hamas: "They are a branch of the same tree as ISIS!"
And that is just another reason why all people, Christians, Jews, and all others including Muslims who do not subscribe to the radical Sunni interpretation of the Koran held by these scum, must, for the purpose of the survival of all humanity, join in solidarity against this scourge in its current and any future iterations.
The military wing of Hamas just yesterday, is reported to have executed some 18 Palestinians whom they accused and convicted, in a terrorist court, of spying for Israel. Six of those 18 were executed in public, by masked terrorist members of Hamas, as a demonstration of what will happen to others who might consider spying for Israel. Also, just yesterday, another suicide bomber drove a vehicle into the Security Offices of the government of Baghdad, killing another couple of dozen Iraqi's....reports have not yet confirmed this latest act was committed by an ISIS agent, but here is little doubt that it was.
ISIS, sadly, has also infiltrated Syria, to the degree that the United States might actually be compelled to ally with Assad, the hated leader of that country, in a marriage of necessity, certainly not of choice. The Sunni members of the Iraqi government this week walked out of talks dedicated to the formation of a unity government that represents all factions of the Iraqi population, Sunni, Shia, Kurd and minorities.
Will the United States be forced to drop bombs on Syria, in their drive to eradicate ISIS, a country that has already faced the deaths of over 120,000 in the three years plus of its civil war? There are strong indications that that development is imminent. Will other western governments be forced to join the military initiatives against ISIS around the world? Will the people represented by those governments subscribe to the need for actions on all fronts to not merely drive ISIS underground as bombing raids certainly will, but to decapitate its many heads, and disperse its many cohorts, including the use of the intelligence cohort, the police and criminal cohort, the military cohort, and sadly, the citizen cohort.
If all citizens do not share the Calgary Imam's perception and reality, that ISIS will destroy Islam, along with all other models of western culture including all faith communities, then this initiative (much more than a "project", to use the president's latest word for his many initiatives) will fail and ISIS will indeed impose its terror not only on the Twin Towers of Manhattan, but on the many structures and targets of our way of life.
For them this is a Holy War, analogous to the Crusades, only this time, we all face the threat that these thugs will eventually acquire not only our left over tanks and humvies, but our loose nukes and the capacity to fire them into our towns and cities. Last night's rocket attack on a Kibbutz in Israel, killing a four-year-old Israeli boy, fired by another arm of Islamic terrorism, Hamas, could be a foreshadowing of the kind of actions to which we could all be subject, without our having pushed back as vigorously and as coherently as each of us can.
And our leaders have to listen to the Calgary Imam, and to his perception of the risks of doing nothing, or doing too little too late, a tradition on so many files that does not do us proud or serve our purpose.
A Canadian imam known for his pacifist sermons warned Friday that Islamist militant group ISIS was actively recruiting in Canada and said one member issued him a death threat.
Syed Soharwardy, founder of the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada (ISCC), called on Canadian and Western authorities to intensify the fight against Islamist militant movements.
"Absolutely I am convinced that this recruitment is going on right here in this country, under our noses, in our universities, in our colleges, in the places of worship, in our community," he told CBC public television.
Soharwardy added that a Muslim man from Ottawa who was fighting with ISIS in Mosul in northern Iraq had sent him a death threat on Facebook.
"He was condemning me for condemning ISIS, and he was saying that 'You are a deviant imam and your version of Islam is not the right version,'" Soharwardy said, using another acronym by which ISIS is known. (Al Arabiya, Middle East. August 24, 2014)