By Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury
Islam now is the second largest religion in Canada with a total Muslim population of around 1.5 million. The number is increasing geometrically and according to statistics, the size of Muslim population in Canada may cross 15 percent of the total population by 2030. The most Muslim populated areas in Canada are Greater Toronto and Greater Montreal. Just remember, in 1991, the Muslim population in Canada was 0.9 percent of the total population. Almost every Muslim country in the world has sent immigrants to Canada – from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Albania, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Somalia, Lebanon, Libya, Tunisia, Oman, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Yemen, Bangladesh, Maldives and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The fertility rate for Muslims in Canada is higher than the rate for other Canadians (an average of 2.4 children per woman for Muslims, compared with 1.6 children per woman for other populations in Canada). Due to rise in the Muslim population, number of mosques and madnassa (Islamic seminary) are increasing with mostly funding from the Arab nations. According to strategists, rise of Islam already is posing potential threat to non-Muslim Canadians, especially Jews and Christians. Muslim dominance has also been increasing significantly in the country.
In my opinion, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which guarantees freedom of religious expression is working as a shield to Muslims in growing the size of the Muslim population at the same time getting involved in radical Islamic activities, conversion of non-Muslims into Islam and even taking part into radical Islamic terrorism.
Hijab and burqa culture:
Under Section 2(a) of the Charter, the wearing of Islamic attires such as hijab is permitted in schools and places of work, although Quebec has ruled that medical faculties are not required to accommodate Muslim women who wish to be served by female employees. In 2011, the Harper government attempted to ban the niqab during citizenship ceremonies. In 2015, the Federal Court of Appeal ruled against the ban, and the Supreme Court turned down the government’s appeal.
Rise of Islam in Canada:
Let us not forget, four years after Canada’s founding in 1867, the 1871 Canadian Census found just 13 European Muslims among the population. A great number of Bosniaks (from Bosnia) went to Ameican soil; some came before the First World War. The first Muslim organization in Canada was registered in 1934 in Regina, Saskatchewan, consisting of immigrants from Lebanon. The first Canadian mosque was constructed in Edmonton in 1938, when there were approximately 700 European Muslims in the country. This building now is a part of the museum at Fort Edmonton Park. The years after the Second World War, Canada saw an increase in the Muslim population. However, Muslim still was a distinct religious minority. It was only after the removal of European immigration preferences in the late 1960s and early 1970s that Muslims began to arrive like tidal waves in a significant numbers.
Bosniaks were the initiators and one of the main participants in founding of all first mosques in Toronto. First mosque, out of which the three oldest mosques in Toronto came were founded by Bosniaks and Albanians in 1968. The first mosque in Toronto was named Jami Mosque (56 Boustead Ave. Toronto). Later, with the initiatives of Professor Qadeer Baig of University of Toronto, it was purchased by Asian Muslims, while Albanians and Bosniaks later founded their own mosques: Albanian Muslim Society of Toronto on 564 Annette St. and Bosanska džamija (Bosnian Mosque) at Bosnian Islamic Centre.
The first Madressa (Islamic seminary) in North America; Al-Rashid Islamic Institute was established in Cornwall, Ontario in 1983 and has graduates that are Hafiz (Quran) and Ulama. The Seminary was established by Maulana Mazhar Alam, originally from Bihar, India, under the direction of his teacher the leading Indian Tablighi scholar Muhammad Zakariya Kandhlawi and focuses on the traditional Hanafi school of thought. Due to its proximity to the US border city of Massena the school has historically had a high ratio of US students. Their most prominent graduate Shaykh Muhammad Al Shareef completed his Hifz in the early 1990s then went on to form the Al Maghrib Institute.
Charity status of a number of mosques were stripped off by the Canadian authorities because many of the guest speakers were misogynistic, homophobic, and racist and promoted radical Islamic militancy. But, during past several years, especially after Justin Trudeau became the Prime Minister, Islam and Muslims in Canada have found an advantageous situation as Trudeau is heavily inclined towards appeasing radical Islam and even jihad. Since then, Canada in fact has turned into a breeding ground of radical Islam while a large number of ISIS and even Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, Al Shabab terrorists are getting shelter in Canada.
Muslims in Canada although are “very proud” to be Canadian, they have started considering the non-Muslims, particularly Christians and Jews as their arch rivals. More than half the Muslim population in Canada dream of establishing Sharia rule in that country thus “bringing Canada under the flag of Islam.”
Its not love – its Jihad!
In the recent years, there is a growing tendency in the Canadian Muslims in marrying non-Muslim girls and boys (or males and females) thus getting them converted into Islam. In all of such cases, Muslim males and females enjoy huge encouragement and patronization from their families as they considering such conversions as a noble task. Young Muslim boys and girls are injected radical Islamic indoctrinations as well as provocations in attracting non-Muslim males and females as their romantic partners. They consider such romantic relations as jihad.
Destroying the non-Muslim society:
As part of master plan, Muslims, particularly those from Afghanistan and Pakistan are increasingly getting involved into trafficking in narcotics into Canada. They even do some “sacrifices” in the wholesale or retail prices of such drugs with the dangerous agenda of getting larger number of customers. Their targets are non-Muslims. Drug dealers consider this as a holy task. I call it – narco jihad.
Huge patronization from the Arab nations:
Muslim NGOs and mosques receive huge amount of fund (declared as well as discreet) mostly from the Arab countries. To my knowledge, major stake of this donation comes from Jakat (Islamic charity) fund, which again amounts to hundreds of millions of dollars. As Zakat is based on income and the value of all of one’s possessions, and it is customarily 2.5 percent (of a Muslim’s total savings and wealth above a minimum amount known as nisab), the total amount of Zakat only from the oil-rich Arab nations would stand at few billion dollars. Donors prefer giving this mandatory charity mostly to Islamic seminary (madrassa). They also can give Zakat fund to various Islamic publication and media projects. Meaning, most of these mosques and Islamic seminaries would have no financial constraints. To my knowledge, several Islamic television channels are running with the Zakat fund and it is anticipated that such broadcast jihad would further expand in the years to come.
Is Canada heading towards total Islamization?
My reply unfortunately is affirmative. While radical Islam is growing and expanding like bonfire under huge patronization of the Muslims, including the Muslim philanthropists, there really is no such effective measure taken by the non-Muslims in empowering the anti-Islam establishments. Rather, there is clear lethargy amongst the non-Muslim individuals and groups in extending wholehearted support to groups and individuals who actually are working with a noble goal of saving Canada from being totally Islamized. This is extremely unfortunate and even worrisome – but this is the reality that exists around us.