The prominent Canadian imam Syed Soharwardy is at it again, spreading dawah and preaching sharia. He also proclaims that “the rights of women and non-Muslim minorities are completely protected by the Islamic Shari’a.” One need only look at world news, history, and traditional as well as current Islamic jurisprudence, and it is abundantly clear that such a statement is patently false. It will remain false unless Islam becomes fully modernized and abandons the Sharia, which teaches that women are half the worth of men (in testimony, Qur’an 2:282), allows for wife beating (Qur’an 4:34), sex on demand and the sexual slavery of infidel women (Qur’an 4:3, 4:24, 23:1-6, 33:50, 70:30) and for women to be covered except for their face and hands or risk being “abused” (Quran 24:31 and Quran 33:59).
Some other previous statements made by Soharwardy:
“Sharia cannot be customized for specific countries. These universal, divine laws are for all people of all countries for all times.”
“I am one of the founding members of the Islamic Institute of Civil Justice. The mandate of the institute is to resolve disputes within existing Canadian laws by using the principles of conflict resolution from Islamic Law, or sharia.”
“Presently, what Israeli forces are doing to Palestinians is worse than the Holocaust of World War II.”
Still, Soharwardy is “invited by CBC as a guest expert to discuss issues related to terrorism and radicalization” — a man who also openly advocates the jizya tax on non-Muslims, in keeping with the Sharia.
“Fight those who believe not in Allah and the Last Day and do not forbid what Allah and His Messenger have forbidden, and do not practice the religion of truth, even if they are of the People of the Book — until they pay the jizya with willing submission and feel themselves subdued.” — Quran 9:29
CIJ news reports that it “obtained a copy of a book ‘The Quran’ (Saheeh International) that is being distributed for free across Ontario by Islamic groups, mosques and the Islamic booths at Toronto’s Dundas Square and St. Lawrence Market….The book explains the Islamic Law based on the Quran and Sunnah.” Note the justification of jihad violence:
Muslims should avoid causing them any harm as long as they comply with the agreement and do not breach it…If they breach the agreement and break in some way, their blood and properties become lawful.
This is an alarming vision of sharia subjugation of the infidel, sanctioning violence against non-Muslims, and it is being distributed across Ontario. If infidels don’t submit, then their “blood and properties become lawful.” This incitement to violence and advocacy of sharia is a thinly veiled call for an Islamic takeover of Western governments, to be replaced by the sharia. At the same time, Canada moves toward sharia objectives, even pushing through “anti-Islamophobia” motion M-103, as well as enacting “anti-Islamophobia” charters in six major cities across Canada — all initiatives pushed by individuals with unsavory links to the Muslim Brotherhood.
In Sohawardy’s own words, which were posted on the official site of the Islamic Supreme Council: “The purpose of Islam is to create a very strong ethical and spiritual society on earth.” Soharwardy’s prominence as a “moderate” Muslim leader in Canada and status as a member of Canada’s “diverse” community is at odds with his open advocacy of sharia.
“Syed Soharwardy says Islamic Sharia law is the solution, Jizya is not discriminatory”, by Jonathan Halevi, CIJ News, April 24, 2017:
Imam Syed Soharwardy of Calgary, the head of the Calgary-based Islamic Supreme Council of Canada and the founder of Muslims Against Terrorism, is often invited by CBC as a guest expert to discuss issues related to terrorism and radicalization. He is introduced as a moderate voice in the Muslim community who “has worked to prevent the radicalization of youth in Canada.”
In an article entitled “Islamic Shari’a – A Blessing OR a Burden” posted on the official site of the Islamic Supreme Council, Soharwardy says the following:
“The purpose of Islam is to create a very strong ethical and spiritual society on earth.”
“The current chaos in Muslim countries is… is because of the absence of Shari’a [Islamic Law].”
Under Islamic Sharia Law, poor thieves will be exempted from the punishment of cutting their hands off.
“The rights of women and non-Muslim minorities are completely protected by the Islamic Shari’a [Law].”
The following are excerpts from Syed Soharwardy’s article:
Islam is not just a religion, it is a normal and natural way of life… The purpose of Islam is to create a very strong ethical and spiritual society on earth. In order to create such a society, Islam provides a complete road map. This road map is called Shari’a.
From the early 7th century until the 18th century, the Islamic countries fully enforced the Islamic Shari’a… Currently, there is not a single Islamic state where Shari’a is enforced in its full and pure form, only bits and pieces of Shari’a have been enforced and this is what confuses many people…
Neither Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him), nor the Islamic Shari’a should be blamed for the behaviour of any extremist that uses Islam for his/her own personal gains. The current chaos in Muslim countries is not because of Shari’a. It is because of the absence of Shari’a…
Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) implemented Shari’a after he purified the hearts and minds of the society (inner side of a person). He implemented Shari’a after he made sure that no one sleeps hungry in the Islamic state. When he (Peace be upon him) asked women to dress modestly, he also asked men to dress modestly and lower their gaze. Sincerity, honesty, purity and economic independence is the pre-requisite of Shari’a. Before implementing Shari’a, the Muslim governments and jurists must make sure that every citizen of their country has food, shelter and dress. Shari’a can not be implemented on empty stomachs. A person who is going to die because of hunger can steal food and no one has the right to cut his hands. This is what Shari’a says. If a woman is raped by a man, the man should be punished not the woman. The so-called honour killings is a cruel custom of ignorant times and has no basis in Islamic Shari’a.
The rights of women and non-Muslim minorities are completely protected by the Islamic Shari’a. There should be no doubt about it. Therefore, Islamic Shari’a is a blessing not a burden.
On Sunday, April 2, 2017, Soharwardy delivered a speech at Christ Church Scraborough Village in Toronto.
The following is an excerpts [sic] from Soharwardy’s speech entitled “Interfaith Dialogue – Understanding Islam and Muslims”:
“Jizya [poll-tax] is not a discrimination against non-Muslims… In Islam everybody pay taxes… Muslims pay taxes which is called Zakat and non-Muslims pay taxes which is called Jizya… This is not racism… non-Muslims should be used on non-Muslims to protect their lives… and to their security and safety.”
CIJnews obtained a copy of a book “The Quran” (Saheeh International) that is being distributed for free across Ontario by Islamic groups, mosques and the Islamic booths at Toronto’s Dundas Square and St. Lawrence Market.
The book explains the Islamic Law based on the Quran and Sunnah (narrations about Mohammad’s sayings and deeds) regarding the fighting (jihad) against disbelievers, enforcing of a poll-tax on Jews and Christians who live under the rule of the Islamic State, taking non-Muslims women as sex-slaves during war, wife beating under certain conditions, punishing those of wage war against Islam by execution, crucifixion and amputation, condemning sodomy as an “evil” act and executing married men and women who were convicted of fornication by stoning them to death.
The following are excerpts from the book that deal with rights of non-Muslims in the Islamic State (Quranic verse followed by a modern commentary):
Surah (chapter) Al Imra, verse 112: “They have been put under humiliation [by Allah] wherever they are overtaken, except for a rope [i.e., covenant] from Allah and a rope [i.e., treaty] from the people [i.e., the Muslims].144 And they have drawn upon themselves anger from Allah and have been put under destitution. That is because they disbelieved in [i.e., rejected] the verses of Allah and killed the prophets without right. That is because they disobeyed and [habitually] transgressed.”
Modern commentary, footnote 144: “Once they have surrendered, the People of the Scripture retain their rights and honor (in spite of their refusal of Islam) through payment of the jizyah tax in place of zakah and military service due from Muslims. They are then under the protection of the Islamic state.”
The book “Human Rights in Islam and Common Misconceptions” by Abdul-Rahman al-Sheha that was also handed out at the Islamic booth at Toronto’s Dundas Square states the following:
“The non-Muslim residents of an Islamic state are required to pay a minimal tax called ‘Jizyah’ which is specific type of head-tax collected from individuals who do not accept Islam and desire to keep their religion while living in an Islamic state and under Islamic rule…”
The book Minhaj Al-Muslim (A book of Creed, Manners, Character, Acts of Worship and other Deeds) by Abu Bakr Jabir Al-Jaza’iry, is being sold in Islamic bookstores across Canada and is deemed a reliable source on Islamic Sharia Law. The following is excerpts from Vol. 2 pp. 182-185 that deal with the rights and duties of non-Muslims in the Islamic State:
The Agreement of Protection given to the Non-Muslim sunjects under tje Islamic Government, and its Regulations.
1. The agreement of protection given to the non-Muslims subjects under the Islamic Government
The agreement of protection is an assurance to the disbelievers who respond to Muslims by paying the Jizyah tax. It is a pact in which they promise the Muslims to adhere to the laws of the Islamic Sharia related to the prescribed laws of punishment, such as for murder, stealing and breach of honor.
2. Who is responsible for the agreement of protection given to the non-Muslim subjects under the Islamic Government?
It is only the Imam or his deputy among thr military commanders who has the authority to give the agreement of protection to non-Muslims. As for others, they have no right to do that. As for giving personal protection and security, it is permissible for ant Muslim man and woman to do that…
3. Distinguishing between the Muslims and non-Muslims who live under the Islamic Government
It is obligatory for non-Muslims to distinguish themselves from Muslims in the matter of clothing and other things, so that they will be recognized (as non-Muslim). It is not permissible to bury them in the Muslims’ cemetery. Similarly, it is not permissible to stand for them, nor it is permissible to precede them with the greetings of peace. Also, they should not be given seats of honor at gatherings…
Things Forbidden to Non-Muslims living under the Islamic government
Certain things are forbidden to the non-Muslims living under the Islamic government, such as:
1) Constructing Churches or Synagogues, or renovating the demolished ones…
2) Erecting the residence of non-Muslims above the homes of the Muslims…
3) Publicly drinking intoxicants or eating swine (pork) in front of the Muslims, or eating and drinking during the daytime of Ramadhan. Rather, they must conceal whatever things are forbidden to Muslims, due to fear of them causing temptation (to do what is forbidden) for the Muslims.
Things that invalidate the Agreement of Protection given to Non-Muslims living under the Islamic Government.
There are certain things that invalidate the agreement of protection given to the non-Muslims living under the Islamic Government such as:
1) refusing to pay the Jizyah tax.
2) Lack of adherence to the Islamic laws, which was a condition in the contract.
3) Aggression against Muslims by killing, robbery, spying or giving asylum to such a spy for the enemy, or committing fornication or idolatry with Muslim women.
4) Mentioning Allah, His Messenger or His Book in a blasphemous way.
Rights of Non-Muslims living under the Islamic Government.
It is the duty of Muslims to protect the lives, property and honor of non-Muslims living under the Islamic Government. The Muslims should avoid causing them any harm as long as they comply with the agreement and do not breach it…
If they breach the agreement and break in some way, their blood and properties become lawful….